Review: Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch

Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch Published by Riverhead Books Feb 04, 2020 | 208 Pages Review by Raisa Tolchinsky   “…I wrote story after story. There was no inside out. There were words and there was my body, and I could see through my own skin. I wrote my guts out. Until it was a book. Until my very skin made screamsong,”… Read more →

Review: Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming by Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming By Laszlo Krasznahorkai Translated by Ottilie Mulzet New Directions Publishing, 2019   Review by JE Suarez   Open the first page of Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming and you will see a passage titled “WARNING.” Some seven pages long and positioned before the book’s title page, before the table of contents, before, even, the copyright page, this prologue (if… Read more →

Announcing our 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominations

  We are pleased to announce this year’s Pushcart Prize Nominations:   Alyssa Quinn: “Transcendence: A Schematic” Michael Pontacoloni: “The Last Diving Horse Show in America” Emma Windsor Wood: “Living” Dara Passano: “Fellowship” Chris Stuck: “Every Time They Call You N*****” Brenna Lemieux: “We Were Happy”   Congratulations on your brilliant work. We wish we could nominate more–we’ve had the… Read more →

Review: Lynn Martin’s Shiver

Review: Lynn Martin’s Shiver by Lindsay Hill   …where not a mile down the road runs a river—clear and clean called ‘Rockfish.’ Or, simply, the river. Or even more simply, home.   In his introduction to Matsuo Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior, translator Sam Hamill shares a telling anecdote from the poet’s life. When one of Basho’s acolytes lavishly… Read more →


  The Winner of the Meridian Short Prose Prize will receive $250.00 and publication. Two Runners-Up will also be published in our print magazine, and all submissions will be considered for publication. Anything goes! Send us your hybrid bits, lyric essaylets, prose poems, flash fiction, microessays, short-short-stories…whatever you call it, we want to read your vibrant, electric words. We will… Read more →

Editors’ Prize 2019 Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted to our 2019 Editors’ Prize contest. This year, we received over 200 submissions in each genre, which our dedicated team of readers read with attention and great interest. After much deliberation, we’ve decided on our winners: In prose, congratulations to Alyssa Quinn for her essay “Transcendence: A Schematic.” In poetry, congratulations to Michael Pontacoloni for… Read more →

Review: White by Deni Ellis Béchard

Deni Ellis Béchard’s sixth book and third novel White is a high-res contemporary replica of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Part investigative journalism, part travel journal, White is captained by an American-Canadian journalist, Béchard (eponymously named), as he travels into the Congolese jungle to profile a mysterious, rogue conservationist. As he descends into the Congo’s dense briar of politicians and… Read more →

Review: The Popul Vuh, Translated from the K’iche’ by Michael Bazzett

At the University of Virginia, I teach an Introduction to Poetry class called “Dream, Death, and Myth.” While organizing the myth unit, I was met with a super-abundance of poems about Classical and Judeo-Christian mythology. Even among contemporary authors, there were so many great books to choose from, like Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, Louise Glück’s Averno, and Gregory Orr’s… Read more →