Meridian 33 is here!

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Friends, enemies, and frenemies: we did it. Meridian 33 is finished. This is a monster issue and we on the editorial staff are so very proud of all 175 pages of excellent content stuffed between its covers.

You can read the entire issue on our website for free, and ePubs and print copies will be available very soon.

Be sure to check out the art insert, featuring Elisabeth Hogeman’s series Geographic Tongues, in which she riffs on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, as well as Claude Monet’s work, using cow tongues. That’s right: cow tongues. That’s what’s on the cover: a beautiful cow tongue covered in cicada wings and succulents. Claire Raymond, a poet and art history scholar, contextualizes Hogeman’s work in her eloquent introduction to the Tongues.

Meridian 33 also includes our 2014 Editors’ Prize Contest Winners, Javier Zamora in poetry and Anya Groner in fiction. Read more about our winners in our blog profile from April.

We only have one nonfiction piece in this issue, but it’s  a stunner. Christopher Kempf contributes a hilarious, poignant essay about what it’s like negotiating life with hyperhidrosis, i.e., excessive and uncontrollable sweating. Look for a shout-out to middle-school-dance awkwardness, as well as insightful meditation on guilt, shame, and fear of bodies.

In fiction, in addition to Anya Groner’s prize-winning story, “Buster,” Meridian 33 includes Earle McCartney’s “A Day’s Ride from Everywhere,” Trudy Lewis’s “Pelt,” Nicole Smith’s “The Broken Pattern,” and Andrew Payton’s “Gardening for Fuck-Ups.”

On the poetry side, we have funny, beautiful, and heartbreaking poems from Patty Yumi Cottrell, Libby Burton, Cori A. Winrock, Brittney Scott, Patrick Milian, Michael Barach, Jonathan Barrett, Melissa Barrett, Jennifer Perrine, Andrew Kozma, Sara Eliza Johnson, Doug Ramspeck, Regina DiPerna, Matt Morton, and Scott Brennan—plus Javier Zamora’s prize-winner.

The issue also includes an interview with Jim Shepard, as well as an expanded book reviews section, which features a special section of chapbook reviews. Check it all out on our website’s e-reader!

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