Issue 39: SPring 2017

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Nan Scott Hanway, Jack and Jackie

Mary Alice Stewart, Something Confused About Where It Belonged

Lygia Fagundes Telles, It’s Chilly in Here, Don’t You Think? Translated by Eric M. B. Becker

Dustin M. Hoffman, Scraps on Fire

Matthew Vollmer, Source Material

Andrew Mangan, Roman Candle

Fortunato Salazar, Game Fish

Ben Goldman, Cruise


Colin Dekeersgieter, Interview with Wayne Koestenbaum



Cover art by Madeleine Barnes.


Donika Kelly, Two Poems

Ladan Osman, Two Poems

Michael Dhyne, Two Poems

Anne Boyer, About the New Thinkers

Anaïs Duplan, Upon Entering the Waiting Room, I Am Hunger

Alex Greenberg, Aubade Ending in Disappointment

Saskia Hamilton, Avowal

Emily Rose Cole, Hospice

Leah Silvieus, Aubade with Septic Field

Debra Nystrom, Evening Before the Funeral

Arden Levine, Healer

Gabrielle Bates, Poetry Comics

Vincent Toro, “Give Me My Flowers While I Yet Live”

Javier Zamora, from The Book I Made with a Counselor My First Week of School

Jenna-Marie Warnecke, Grammar Mnemonics for When to Use “Lie” vs. “Lay”

Jeremy Michael Clark, Two Poems

Kaveh Akbar, Two Poems

Susanna Lang, Jazz in April

Ross Gay, Two Poems

Kamilah Aisha Moon, Hunt (1936– )

Zeina Hashem Beck, Two Poems

John Murillo, Contemporary American Poetry




Washington Square Review, a journal of new fiction, poetry, translations, and interviews, is published biannually by the students and faculty of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program.

We're proud to announce that Amy Hempel's story "The Chicane," which originally appeared in Washington Square Review #37, has been selected for Best American Short Stories 2017, guest edited by Meg Wolitzer. Buy the issue by clicking here and selecting #37. 

PAST issues include work by:

Kaveh Akbar, John Ashbery, Zeina Hashem Beck, Joshua Beckman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Charles Bock, Anne Carson, Martha Collins, Courtney Craggett, Mahmoud Darwish, Lydia Davis, E. L. Doctorow, Nguyen Do, Timothy Donnelly, Stephen Dunn, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Ross Gay, Eamon Grennan, Terrance Hayes, Amy Hempel, Edward Hirsch, Catherine Lacey, Phillis Levin, Todd Hasak-Lowy, Etgar Keret, David Kirby, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ben Lerner, Colum McCann, Shane McCrae, Jeffrey McDaniel, Joe Meno, Paul Muldoon, Carol Muske-Dukes, Eileen Myles, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Howard Norman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Meghan O'Rourke, Tommy Pico, D. A. Powell, Brian Morton, Anne Marie Rooney, Charles Simic, Ruth Stone, Nguyen Trai, Deb Olin Unferth, Cesar Vallejo, G. C. Waldrep, Elizabeth Willis, John Yau, Javier Zamora, Rachel Zucker, and many more. 



EXECUTIVE EDITORS: Matthew Rohrer & Darin Strauss

MANAGING EDITOR: Lindsey Skillen


FICTION EDITOR: Bruna Dantas Lobato


POETRY EDITORS: Jessica Marion Modi & Ama Codjoe 



ASSISTANT INTERVIEWS EDITORS: Colin Dekeersgieter & Crystal Powell

WEB EDITORS: Alisha Kaplan & Alexandria Hall

ASSISTANT WEB EDITORS: Hannah Gilham & Nadra Mabrouk

COPY EDITORS:  Mallory Imler Powell & Holly Mitchell

READERS: Albert Alla, Amir Ahmadi Arian, Laura Cresté, Dario Diofebi, Chelsea Keane, Emma Kruse, Francisco MárquezMaddie Mori, AJ Ogundimu, Ryan Ouimet, Michael Sarinsky, Francine Shahabaz, T. J. Smith, Leigh Sugar, Megan Swenson, Eleanor Wright


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