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Columbia Journal is excited to announce the winners and finalists of our inaugural Womxn's History Month Special Issue, in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. We...
Columbia Journal is excited to announce the winners and finalists of our 2019 Winter Contest, which was judged by Ruth Madievsky, Ada Calhoun, and Ottessa...
Music, emotion and group translation: an interview with Terry Ehret, John Johnson and Nancy J. Morales
It is necessary and vital that we experience poetry from other countries if not simply for the reason that it allows us to sensitize and...
"its / note / a / common name."
Despite the fact that it takes place in 1871, The Illness Lesson feels eerily contemporary.
Everything feels like a death. I climb the tree and my husband hands me the bird.
Pointing toward the carousel ride, where the child’s attention was fixed, he asked, “Why don’t you play with the other kids?”
Irby’s signature sardonic voice nibbles playfully at your ear from the first page, where she dedicates the collection to Wellbutrin.
"Red goes on / in my cavernous eyes."
"The poem wants to try on her voice, / saying I did this work...."
"My mother knows how / to choose the best: the ones / with smooth pale skin. / She presses a honeydew / to her cheek,...
"oh what if / I / will be the reason / you are re- / membered."
This novel is at its best in its moments of careful consideration of the anxieties of its main characters.