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the top 15 most-read posts

1 Oct

We’re always grateful when gorgeous, deep, necessary work comes our way, or when a fascinating person chooses to spend time talking with us. And this journal is our opportunity to share that work, and those conversations, with readers who get it, people who need it. A readership has grown around this collection of artifacts and ideas, and within that readership a little community. Thank you for being part of it. We tend to celebrate the thing you might have otherwise missed. But today, we’d like to celebrate the most-read (thousands of reads each), most-accessed, most-shared writing at Pea River Journal. Think of this post as a little party for these 15 pieces.

Thank you, writers and conversationalists and makers and readers, for bringing this list into being. And if you’ve not yet read these pieces, here’s your chance.

The 15

Amanda Miska’s story Slow Wave

Win Bassett’s poem Only You Can Prevent Nothing

Our interview with Rachel Hyman

Robert Gray’s poems The Day I Was Born and Humidity

The Prints Project

Our interview with Matthew Rouser

Ray McManus’ American Poem #2

Our conversation with Marium Khalid

Robert Fanning’s poem The House We Almost Bought

Grant Clauser’s poem Objects in Motion

Our documentary photographs for the Stay Fly mural in Phoenix conceived and painted by Sentrock and Mikey Jackson

Al Maginnes’ poem How Things Break in This World

Anthony Martin’s story Ill Not in the Mind

Richard Heby’s poem The Plum

Rafael Alvarez’ story Burdens of Home


Catch them elsewhere:

Amanda Miska

Win Bassett

Rachel Hyman

Robert Gray

Ray McManus

Robert Fanning

Grant Clauser


Al Maginnes

Anthony Martin

Richard Heby

Rafael Alvarez


Robert Henri on representation and completion.

13 Sep


building without destroying: Robert Henri on making art

12 Sep



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what we are reading

15 Jun

So we commit to reading at least two books every week, in addition to any manuscripts we are reviewing or reading for other reasons. Recent books of the week have included Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State (of course), Tony Hoagland’s Sweet Ruin, Bill McKibben’s Age of Missing Information, Svetlana Boym’s The Future of Nostalgia, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In (yes why not), Corbusier’s Le Modulor, Mark Binelli’s Detroit City is the Place to Be, and and and.

But we also always have an extra book that lingers between the weeks, maybe because it’s really long or complex, or maybe because we love it and cannot let it go.

And we have to confess (is this a confession? just became a confession) that we’ve been lingering over Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle. Sigh. We are just obsessed. And Book 2 is even better than Book 1, and so we are just dying to begin Book 3. And what is the attraction? the narration becomes embedded in our way of thinking. So much of it echoes the quotidian realities of our daily lives, and the insights, when they arrive, are the ones we’ve somehow failed to articulate. Some of them we have been ashamed to admit. But we find ourselves attracted to, identifying with, the solitariness, the brittleness, the domesticated swagger.

So. Do you have a reading list? Do you pop through some books and linger over others? What are you reading now?


Badger, Party of 7


james (w) moore

poems, and the poet who poems them

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

Daily Discussions of craft and the writing life

Vinita Words

It's always about writing...

David J. Bauman

Co-author of Mapping the Valley

MarLa Sink Druzgal

Freelance Creative Professional

Beth Gilstrap

Writer * Editor * Educator * Weirdo

Anthony Wilson

Lifesaving Poems


Just another site

Grant Clauser

(poetry and other stuff, but mostly poetry)

Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

Just another site

Largehearted Boy

a roominghouse for the servants of the duende