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Magazine Review :: Crazyhorse Spring 2022

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Guest Post by Cindy Dale

It gets expensive entering contests. So, I love it when a journal includes a copy of the contest issue with the entrance fee. Case in point: Crazyhorse. No, I didn’t win, but the College of Charleston’s Crazyhorse includes a year’s subscription with your entry fee. From the very first story, Marian Crotty’s “Near Strangers,” I was hooked. Crotty masterfully interweaves the story of Betsy’s evening as a hospital volunteer assisting a rape victim with the story of her own fractured relationship with her gay son. Pair this story with Daniel Garcia’s unsettling poem about abuse, “What I’m Trying to Say Is.” Kris Willcox’s “In May” considers the long arc of a woman’s life concluding with, “It’s not the things that matter to me. It’s the choices over what to keep, and what to throw away.” The story closes with the narrator quietly feeding a handful of old sequestered photos into the fire pit. I found myself thinking about old photos again with Gregory Dunne’s poem “Quiet Blizzard.” The Crazyhorse Spring 2022 issue is 165 beautiful pages of an astounding range of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. This is an issue to be slowly savored by readers all summer long, and for writers, the Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry open to submissions January 1-31 each year.

Reviewer bio: Cindy Dale has published over twenty short stories in literary journals and anthologies. She lives on a barrier beach off the coast of Long Island.

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Magazine Stand :: Crazyhorse – Spring 2022

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The newest issue of College of Charleston’s Crazyhorse literary magazine features the winners of their 2022 Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry as well as Fiction by Louise Barry, Marian Crotty, Katherine Damm, Stephanie Macias, Hugh Sheehy, Kris Willcox; Essays by Grey Wolfe LaJoie, Rhea Ramakrishnan, Kiyoko Reidy, Brenna Womer; Poetry by Christopher Bakka, Ciaran Berry, Paola Bruni, Marianne Chan, Gregory Dunne, Rasheena Fountain, Daniel Garcia, April Gibson, Aiden Heung, L. A. Johnson, Chi Kyu Lee, Nicole W. Lee, Grace Li, Oksana Maksymchuk, Forester McClatchey, Sarah Fathima Mohammed, Shonté Murray-Daniels, Derek N. Otsuji, Isaac Pickell, Ayesha Shibli, Katie Jean Shinkle, Emma Soberano, Pablo Piñero Stillmann, Grace Wagner, Tianru Wang, NaBeela Washington, Sandra M. Yee. This issue’s cover art is by J.Otto Seibold, California (after the fires).

Crazyhorse – Fall 2021

Featuring the 2021 Crazyhorse prize winners in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Mary Clark, Jung Hae Chae, and Mark Wagenaar; a debut story from Nancy Nguyen; fiction from Nicole VanderLinden, Weston Cutter, and Timothy Mullaney; an essay from A.C. Zhang; and poems from Lisa Low, Michael Prior, Mary Kaiser, Jose Hernandez Diaz, and Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, among others. Now on Crazyhorse website.

Eulogy for a Father

Magazine Review by Katy Haas

At a time when I felt incredibly alone, Ira Sukrungruang kept me company with his collection of essays, Buddha’s Dog: & Other Meditations. I stayed up all night reading it, telling myself I’d just read one more essay and then sleep and before I knew it, the book was finished and dawn was right around the corner. So now when I again feel those nagging feelings of loneliness, I was excited to see he had a new nonfiction piece in the Spring 2020 issue of Crazyhorse to help fill in the spaces around me: “Eulogy for My Father.”

This eulogy is written in short, one-sentence paragraphs that rapidly fall down the sixteen pages they occupy. “Let me start again,” he repeatedly states and follows another thread as he sorts the complicated thoughts and feelings surrounding the relationship he had with his father, his father’s absence, and the ways in which these feelings now echo over his relationship with his son.

The piece is honest and tender, bringing tears to my eyes by the time I reached the end and his final “restart.” It was nice seeing Sukrungruang once again show off his mastery of the nonfiction form. Even sitting with his grief, it was also nice to feel close to something for the moment.

Contest :: Crazyhorse’s Crazyshorts! Contest Opens July 1

Deadline: July 31, 2020
July 1 is tomorrow which means Crazyhorse‘s annual Crazyshorts! competition will be officially open to submissions. From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu. First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse. For more information, visit: crazyhorse.cofc.edu/crazyshorts.

Contest :: Crazyhorse’s 2020 Crazy Shorts! Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2020
From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu. First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse. For more information, visit: crazyhorse.cofc.edu/crazyshorts.

“Owosso” by Mary Birnbaum

Crazyhorse - Fall 2019Magazine Review by Katy Haas

Mary Birnbaum’s nonfiction piece “Owosso” caught my eye in the latest issue of Crazyhorse, not only because it’s the winner of the Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize, but because it’s a familiar name (though a surprise to see in a national literary journal); the tiny town in Michigan is a mere hour away from where I’ve lived my whole life. It’s also where Birnbaum’s grandfather lived, she learns as she reads his obituary at the gym. This discovery leads her on an exploration of the concept of ghosts and hauntings.

Across the country, Birnbaum writes of the ghostly characters of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and personal ghost stories shared by two friends. This leads her to look at the ghosts of her own life. These are not supernatural beings haunting the darkness, but are her father and her grandfather, two strangers removed from her life.

Birnbaum’s thoughts about her father and grandfather are complex and complicated. She breaks her ideas apart into small chunks, making them easily digestible as she bounces back and forth between ghost stories, the “what-ifs” of finding and confronting her father, and her discovery at the gym. At one point she wonders, “if it’s worse to be a ghost or to be haunted. I wonder if both are possible in me,” leading me to consider the ways in which I myself am a ghost or am being haunted in my own life.

As the essay wraps up, Birnbaum decides to label Owosso a mythical location. But while the small city is something separated from herself, it did conjure up from the shadows a tiny, welcomed connection between writer and this reader.

Crazyhorse – Fall 2017

After hungrily reading each word of the featured works published on the Crazyhorse website, I was more than excited to get my hands on the entire Fall 2017 issue. Through Shane Brown’s “Blue Hole,” a cover art piece, I fell into the wonderland of prose and poetry. Jonathan Bohr Heinen, the managing editor, notes that “art isn’t some frivolous reflection of aimless escape.” While this issue’s pieces take us on a journey, they nevertheless offer a reflection of reality. As Heinen puts it, “It’s the light that shines so brilliantly and helps us make sense of the world we inhabit. It’s truth.” The editor’s insight offers an entry point for readers as they carefully tread the pages of the 92nd issue seeking “the light.”

Continue reading “Crazyhorse – Fall 2017”

Crazyhorse – Spring 2015

Perhaps my favorite poem in this issue of Crazyhorse is the “Poem for the Giraffe Marius,” written by Christopher Kempf. The poem details the death of Marius, a giraffe who was executed via a bolt gun at the Copenhagen Zoo, “Because they said genetics [ . . . ] inbreeding. Because when the steel bolt retracts, the giraffe’s / skull crumpling // on itself like a cup.” Kempf continues, “There is [ . . . ] an element / of cruelty rooted in every spectacle.” Continue reading “Crazyhorse – Spring 2015”

Crazyhorse – Fall 2006

Crazyhorse has been so good for so long, I opened the pages of this issue expecting to be bored by its brilliance. Instead, Crazyhorse Number 70 features stories that are so fascinating that boredom is out of the question. Crazyhorse does not rely on heavy plotting; the plots are, in fact, fairly mundane. It is the writing that contains much of the appeal. Fiction Prize Winner “Dog People” by Steve Mitchel tells the story of a divorced father and his children, love life, and ex-wife. Continue reading “Crazyhorse – Fall 2006”

Crazyhorse – Fall 2013

The latest issue of Crazyhorse has everything we expect from the best literary magazines, from familiar authors’ names—then those same authors delivering in expected and surprising ways—to previously unknown writers delighting with the same energy as those more widely known. I even learned a few things, seeing new ways to break and enjamb poetic lines, and new ways to use space and silence and sequence in verse and prose. Continue reading “Crazyhorse – Fall 2013”

Crazyhorse Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners

The Fall 2012 issue of Crazyhorse announces the winner of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction: “Candidate” by Amina Gautier, selected by Joyce Carol Oates. The winner of the Lynda Hull Memorial Prize, judged by Carl Phillips, is Lo Kwa Mei-en’s poem, “Man O’ War.” Both winners received $2,000 and inclusion in this issue.

Other contributors to the issue include Karen Brown, Nona Kennedy Carlson, Aaron Gwyn, Caitlin Horrocks, Molly McNett, Karen Munro, Lia Purpura, Peter Stine, Monica Berlin, Traci Brimhall, Daniel Carter, Jean-Paul de Dadelsen, Kara Dorris, John Estes, Elisa Gabbert, Sarah Giragosian, Karin Gottshall, Sarah Gridley, Katy Gunn, Marilyn Hacker, Allison Hutchcraft, Karen An-hwei Lee, G

Crazyhorse 50th Anniversary Issue

In celebration of its 50th year of continuous publication, Crazyhorse offers readers a “sort of” Editors’ Picks Bonus Anniversary Issue. It includes works from issues edited at College of Charleston in hopes that it will stand as a show of appreciation for all the writers and editors who have come before as well as (“with any luck”) those who will continue the come to the publication.

Tupelo Press / Crazyhorse Award Winner

Winner of the Tupelo Press / Crazyhorse Award The Forest of Sure Things by Megan Snyder-Camp is now available for purchase.

The 12th Annual Tupelo Press Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry is an open competition with a $3,000 prize. Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad (translations are not eligible for this prize). Final judges will be the editors of Tupelo Press and the journal Crazyhorse. All entries must be postmarked or uploaded to the online Submission Manager between January 1 and April 15, 2011.

Crazyhorse – Spring 2010

One of the things I have always appreciated most about Crazyhorse is Crazyhorse’s appreciation of the capacity of language’s glorious limitations, the way in which what we cannot say, must say, do not say, and end up saying anyway comes to life in the hands of a gifted writer. Here is Jennifer Militello reassuring me that this issue won’t let me down in her poem, “A Dictionary at the Turn of the Millennium”: Continue reading “Crazyhorse – Spring 2010”

The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize Winners

Crazyhorse has announced the winners of the The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize and The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, each of which receive $2000 and publication in Crazyhorse (Number 78, November 2010):

Fiction judge: Aimee Bender

Fiction Winner: Marjorie Celona for the story “All Galaxies Moving”

Fiction finalists: Clifford Garstang, Jacob M. Appel, Lucy Ferriss, Nicolaus Aufdenkampe, Jamey Bradbury, Becky Margolis

Poetry judge: Larissa Szporluk

Poetry Winner: Juliet Patterson for the poem “Extinction Event”

Poetry finalists: Sam Witt, Andrew Demcak, Steven Kilpatrick, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Sierra Nelson, Bianca Stone, Broc Rossell, Susan Sonde, Cecilia Woloch, Jay Peters, Patrick Haas