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"An Office Memo," by Rose Burke

New piece posted on our site: “An Office Memo,” by Rose Burke

Waste basket sketchD.U.M. ACCESSORIES Your Dream Accessory Line

To: All Staff

From: The Boss

Date: 10/19/2014 

RE: Employer Appreciation Month

MEMO

D.U.M. Accessories invites you to participate in Employer Appreciation Month, a mandatory program carefully designed by the generous founder and innate leader of our company. Adapted from a program trending on the West Coast, it is intended to unite employees by simply…

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The Vol. 3 Collector’s Edition Cover

We’ve completed the next step in creating the collector’s edition. The boxes are finished.

They have been hand-stamped with archival grade, acid-free ink on the front, spine, and back.  The box’s exterior has also been lightly conditioned with linseed oil, mineral oil, and orange oil for more luster and a longer shelf-life. We had some fun experiments with darker wood treatments before realizing…

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Vol. 3 Pre-Orders on Sale Now!

Pre-orders for The Conium Review Volume 3 are on sale through early November or until supplies last. The current pre-order price is $10.00. Retail price will be $12.00 after release. Our last issue sold out early, so be sure to reserve your copy today.

The Conium ReviewVolume 3 features eight new stories from Olivia Ciacci, Tom Howard, D. V. Klenak, Jan LaPerle, Zach Powers, Christine Texeira,…

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Come follow us at The Conium Review Online Compendium!

Come follow us at The Conium Review Online Compendium!

This particular WordPress blog has been dormant for a while, but all the content has been moved to our main site.  We recently changed our website and added WordPress.org functionality to it.  Our WordPress.com (dot-com, not dot-org) will be deleted soon.  Please follow the migrated blog if you want to keep receiving our posts.

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The Conium Review Vol. 3 Cover

The Volume 3 cover is completed. This issue contains 120 pages of awesomeness, provided by seven authors.

The Conium Review Vol. 3 Cover

The Volume 3 cover is completed. This issue contains 120 pages of awesomeness, provided by seven authors.

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"Texarkana," by Daniel Aristi

New fiction posted: “Texarkana,” by Daniel Aristi

The starving mutt in the front porch had started eating limbs & tail.

Owner Sam was a soda jerker once, used to read lots. Now’s rocking chair material, no books, reads something in the clouds. With age his eyes have receded towards the temples so now he looks at things sideways, like a sparrow. In the backyard, there’s a left-for-dead kidney pool. On Tuesday the therapist counseled Sam and…

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"New Perimeters," by Kayla Pongrac

New flash fiction: “New Perimeters,” by Kayla Pongrac

On Monday I showed you around town like any good friend would do; I pointed to massive structures and historical landmarks that I thought might make your insides hum with familiarity.

As we dipped triangle-shaped slices of pita bread into red pepper-flavored hummus at a table inside a crowded café, I explained that all my friends have officially escaped, just like you did five years ago.…

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Contributor News: Carlo Matos’s flash novella, “The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco,” published by Mayapple Press

Contributor News: Carlo Matos’s flash novella, “The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco,” published by Mayapple Press

Carlo Matos has a new book out from Mayapple Press.  Check out The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco.  The book includes “Groundhog Day #3,” which first appeared in The Conium Review Vol. 2, No. 2.

Sara Tracey, author of Some Kind of Shelter calls the book “Wildly and refreshingly allusive,” and she notes “Matos is magician and mathematician as he crafts these micro narratives …”

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"Why VIDA Matters to Me: Part I, Men Only Tell Half the Story," by James R. Gapinski

A few months ago, I was talking about the VIDA “count” with a friend-and-fellow-writer.  The count has been at the forefront of our editorial discussions this year—The Conium Review journal has a large gender gap, but we’re trying to change that this year and beyond.

In the middle of the conversation, my friend-and-fellow-writer said something like “I feel like, as a woman author, I should care…

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"Why VIDA Matters to Me: Part II, Words are Power (Or Another Rant about Stephen Tully Dierks)," by James R. Gapinski

While the VIDA countmatters to the integrity of literature and books (see “Part I” of this essay), it has deeper connotations too.  Words are power.  By silencing women, the publishing industry explicitly proclaims that women do not matter.  The “important authors” that we read in MFA programs are mostly white men (or maybe not—that depends on your MFA program—but generally speaking, most…

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