Issue 43: Spring 2019

Fiction, Poetry, Translations, and Interviews


Sarah Jane Cody, What We Knew
Jamie Quatro, Skopas
Samantha Barron, Beauty Parlor
William Lychack, Brownie Versus Mouse
Becky Hagenston, Fillies
Ariana Harwicz, Feebleminded translated by Annie McDermott and Carolina Orloff
Lisa Bubert, Stone Baby
Zhao Song, Dad translated by Lin Yan and Feng You
Sydney Bradley, For Golde
Fabio Morábito, Anna Karenina translated by Curtis Bauer
Marilyn Chin, From a Poet’ Notebook: Late Birthday, All Night Brush Painting


Kukuwa Ashun, Interview with Elizabeth Acevedo
Charis Caputo, Interview with Morgan Parker

Cover art by Annette Davidek


Stacy Szymaszek, Two Poems
Eric Gamalinda, Selfie
Kristina Faust, O Riparian City
Kwame Dawes, News
Elena Guro, Excertpts from Baby Camels of the Sky translated by Matvei Yankelevich with Yelena Polowy
Aysar Ghassan, Gray Matter
Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, The Cabinet of Ontology
Daneen Wardrop, Two Poems
Paloma Yannakakis, Mental Armor
Rocío Ágreda Piérola, Two Poems translated by Jessica Sequeira
Lucy Duggan, I Drop In
Kirsten Kaschock, Circle of Fifths 16-18
Romana Iorga, The Snare
Jody Gladding, untitled
Qin Sanshu, Two Poems translated by Stephen Nashef
Hana Widerman, What My Mother Texts Me When I’m at School
Greg Allendorf, Cloisonné
Logan February, Talking to Mama About Boys
Malú Urriola, Four Poems from Swim translated by Anna Deeny Morales
Andrew Hemmert, Cadaver Theory
Brad Trumpfheller, Asphyxia
Diannely Antigua, Everything’s Been Said
Su Xian, Two Poems translated by Kate Costello
Josh Kalscheur, First Language on this Object
Raych Jackson, Jonah Was Trapped Before He Met the Fish
Afrizal Malna, Three Poems translated by Daniel Owen
Taylor Altman, On the Nature of Poisons
Luther Hughes, Two Poems
Mohamed Metwalli, That Is the Question translated by Gretchen McCullough and the author
Emily Luan, untitled
Michael Malan, Fender Bender
Ángel García, Disavowal of Country
Trevor Ketner, Memory of Summer Heat
Susan Bruce, Touched
Gili Haimovich, Rolling Through Givatayim translated by Dara Barnat
Erika Meitner, I would like to be the you in someone’s poem
E. Kristin Anderson, Hold Me Here, Halfway to Catatonic
Mitchell Glazier, I Left My Heart at Horsemeat Disco
Paulo Leminski, Four Poems translated by Elisa Wouk Almino
Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Notes from the Birth Year: On Breastfeeding
Michael Mlekoday, Weeding
Andrew Collard, Unpunctuated Days
Anthony DiPietro, Love Is a Temple Love the Higher Law
Jenna Le, How We Met
Pamela Sneed, There Is Me/ There Is My Mother
Angie Mazakis, The Woman Who Lives Inside My GPS Directs Her Thoughts Inward
Yang Sufei, Two Poems translated by Consuela
Malcolm Tariq, Two Poems
Elizabeth Onusko, Seed Head
Jill McDonough, Woman Scorned
Sun Yung Shin, Wheels of Misfortune
Patrick Kindig, on love: agape
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, Lesionado





Washington Square Review, an award-winning journal of new fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, translations, and interviews, is published biannually by the students and faculty of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program.

recent acclaim:

  • David Leavitt’s story, “The David Party,” which originally appeared in Washington Square Review #40, was republished in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018, edited by Sheila Heti.

  • Dustin M. Hoffman’s story, “Scraps on Fire,” which was published in issue #39, was listed in the “Other Distinguished Stories of 2017” section of Best American Short Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay.

  • Megan Tucker's debut story, "Candidates," from issue #40, won the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and appeared in the PEN America Best Debut Stories 2018, edited by Yuka Igarashi.

  • Amy Hempel's story, "The Chicane," which originally appeared in Washington Square Review #37, was featured in Best American Short Stories 2017, guest edited by Meg Wolitzer.

  • "The Lucky Lady" by Rebecca Schiff and "We the Grandchildren" by Loredo Lucas, both from issue #37, were listed in Best American Short Stories 2017 as "Other Distinguished Stories of 2016."  

PAST issues include work by:

Etel Adnan, Kaveh Akbar, John Ashbery, Dan Beachy-Quick, Zeina Hashem Beck, Joshua Beckman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Charles Bock, Anne Carson, Susan Choi, Martha Collins, Courtney Craggett, Mahmoud Darwish, Lydia Davis, E. L. Doctorow, Nguyen Do, Timothy Donnelly, Stephen Dunn, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Joshua Ferris, Rivka Galchen, Ross Gay, Eamon Grennan, Lauren Groff, Terrance Hayes, Amy Hempel, Yuri Herrera, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, Etgar Keret, David Kirby, Yusef Komunyakaa, Catherine Lacey, Ada Limón, Ben Lerner, Colum McCann, Shane McCrae, Jeffrey McDaniel, Joe Meno, Paul Muldoon, Carol Muske-Dukes, Eileen Myles, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Howard Norman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Chinelo Okparanta, Meghan O'Rourke, Helen Phillips, Tommy Pico, D. A. Powell, Brian Morton, Anne Marie Rooney, Evie Shockley, Charles Simic, Ruth Stone, Nguyen Trai, Deb Olin Unferth, Cesar Vallejo, G. C. Waldrep, Elizabeth Willis, John Yau, Jenny Xie, Javier Zamora, Rachel Zucker, and many more. 



EXECUTIVE EDITORS: Matthew Rohrer and Darin Strauss



FICTION EDITORS: Rebecca Saltzman and Alanna Weissman

ASSISTANT FICTION EDITORS: Alex Foster, Cosima Diamond and Alison Sharpe

POETRY EDITORS: Mallory Imler Powell and Peter Neeley

ASSISTANT POETRY EDITORS: Katie Martin, Caroline Shea and Rachel Whalen


ASSISTANT NON-FICTION EDITORS: Hannah Seidlitz and Wesley Cho

WEB EDITOR: Janelle Tan

ASSISTANT WEB EDITORS: Lauren Lowe and Rachel Barton

ART EDITOR: Elliott Case

INTERVIEWS EDITORS: Kukuwa Ashun and Parker Tarun

ASSISTANT INTERVIEWS EDITORS: Amanda Larson and William Toms


ASSISTANT TRANSLATIONS EDITOR: Marissa Davis and Sasha Burshteyn

BOOKS EDITOR: William Pepicelli

COPY EDITORS:  James Kelly Quigley and Hannah Redder





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