Chariton Review

James D'Agostino, Editor


The best in short fiction, poetry, translations, and essays.

Vol. 34, No. 1 & 2 (2011)

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Vol. 34, No. 1 and 2 (2011)

Chariton Review publishes the best in short fiction, poetry, translations, and essays in two issues each year. This international literary journal founded in 1975 by Andrew Grossbardt and edited by Jim Barnes from 1976 to 2010 and now edited by James D’Agostino.

The 2011 spring issue (No. 1) includes The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize winner and finalists.



Vol. 34, No. 1

The Chariton Review Short Fiction Prize, 2011

Judge: Bonnie Campbell

Sarah Towers: The Outside World

Sandra Jacobs: Valkyrie
Adam Sturtevant: Melampus
Genevieve Thurtle: The Dome

L. A. Hoffer: What We Were Wearing
Andrew Kozma: The Year of the Stolen Bicycle Tire
Julie Rose: The Fire Queen of Bovina

Allegra Blake
We Must Make Clearer the Issue
Orange Crush
Your Road Kill Epistle
After the Ice Storm

Mary Crow
Shape of the World

Jim Daniels
The Army of Lost Youths Attacks Pittsburgh
Ascending and Descending
Ashes to Ashes
Abbey’s fluorescent pink broom

Raymond Holmes
Autumnal Disassemble
Sifting Through the Mail, I Dislocate into Anatomy
The Book of Etudes
The Indication of Right Now

David Dodd Lee
The Challenge
Everyone is a Stranger
The Boats Come By

Billy Reynolds
Standing Under the Bleachers
The Beagle Factory in the Optative Mood
Pioneer Cemetery
The Folded Leaf
Early Evening, Early Summer

Jamie Thomas
Lost & Found
To Self-Consciousness
Cooking for One
Hard to believe
Inspiration Means Inhale

Leia Penina Wilson
i have learned to synthesize it and
and i couldn’t stay long
how a paper crane became an organic bird
and become exhausted by the visible


Vol. 34, No. 2

Short Stories
Michael Fischer: Rats, Rise from the Dead!
Emily Fridlund: Catapult
Matthew Harrison: Vanishing Points
Chrissy Kolaya: Unveiling the Wild . . .
Nathan Leslie: A Direct Response
Joseph O’Malley: Too Beautiful
Geoff Pollock: The Day Teddy Roosevelt Stole My Land

Sarah Fawn Montgomery: On Names

Deborah Burnham
The silence
Erasures: Bonnard
The Blind Children Learn to Fall
I didn’t know

David J. Daniels
After Hours at The Wok
To a Closeted Groom on His Wedding Day
The Nail
Feast of Ursula
Curtis’s Feast

Stuart Friebert
Einstein in Berlin
“A Single Quantum of Visible Light”

Marc Harshman
The Village Next Door
Eastbound Train
The Temptation
Lowell Thomas in Greenville, Ohio

Amanda Hempel
Snow Fell on the Rivers

Ricardo Pau-Llosa
Flying Past Bimini
Miami Suburb
Artemisa Japanese Car Care, Miami

Kirk Pinho
Poem for Calamity
Poem for My Comatose Days
Poem for Anne’s Legs

Philip Schaefer
River Rat

Lauren Slaughter
The Barefoot Contessa
The Barefoot Contessa Wakes Up with that Too-Full Feeling
The Barefoot Contessa Is Glad She Never Had Children
There Is Always a Woman
By What Age Should the Baby Speak Fluent Chinese
Biopsy (at Chestnut Hill Hospital)
Appointment at the Fertility Clinic
Sarah, After Her Mother’s Stroke

Stefanie Wortman
Spiritual Exercises
Strip Mall
Weed Guide
The Zombie

Marcel Lecomte, Translated by K. A. Wisniewski
La nouvelle saison / New Season
Chat / Cat
Terre / Earth
Translator’s Note




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