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Welcome to The Good Life Review Buzz—our hotspot for exciting news, interviews, book reviews, info about upcoming events, and highlights of our team.

Coming soon!… “Micro Mondays” featuring brief fiction, cnf, and poetry. It’s like a shot of literary adrenaline to jump start the week.

Hush by Nikki Ummel Review by Cid Galicia

In the chapbook, Hush, Nikki Ummel guides readers through the neighborhoods, bars, and backyards of New Orleans–while simultaneously the streets, alleyways, and rooms of her own life as a partner, mother, sister, and queer woman. Readers travel the lived realities of medical recovery and support for her sister, hurricanes, and the ever-stretching diversity of today’s family dynamics. There is joy, but that joy is not a shield of denial to hide behind from real-world experience. Through these poems, she offers us truths of living with struggle and love in the heart of The Big Easy…

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2022 Pushcart Prize Nominations

With one day to spare, our 2022 Pushcart Nominations have been signed, sealed, and are on the way to Wainscott, New York. Huzzah!!

Pushcart is one of the most honored literary series in America and each year editors of small book presses, magazines, and journals are invited to nominate poetry, short stories, essays, or stand-alone excerpts from novels. As such, we are grateful for the opportunity to send six pieces published in 2022 for consideration. Read on to learn who we nominated this year…

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Introducing Tacheny Perry

2022 has brought a number of BIG changes to our growing TGLR fam and with those changes, a renewed sense of enthusiasm for our organization and mission. As we glide toward 2023, I’m excited to introduce/re-introduce new and existing team members and shine a spotlight on them, their writing lives, and their contributions to our efforts as a budding literary journal. Up first, is the lovely Tacheny Perry who is an editor on our flash fiction team and who also recently stepped into the role of Managing Editor…

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Author Q&A with Briana Wipf

This week our featured author is Briana Wipf. Briana is at work on her doctoral degree with a focus on medieval literature and digital humanities. By her own account, she’s currently “neck-deep” in writing a dissertation that she wouldn’t recommend anyone read even when it’s finished. We would recommend, instead, her short fiction, Take Your Shot, which is available in our autumn issue. Read the full Q&A to find out what music she was listening to when she wrote this particular piece and what fuels her desire to write…

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Author Q&A with Ernie Sadashige

When we said that part of our mission was to publish stories and poems that “reveal the complexities hidden in the heartland and beyond” what we were talking about are pieces like the one from Ernie Sadashige. His story, Ersatz Coffee, shines a light on a part of Nebraska (and US) history that is not widely known: During World War II, thousands of prisoners of war were held throughout Nebraska in base camps that included Fort Robinson, Camp Scottsbluff and Camp Atlanta. In this week’s Q&A we had the opportunity to do a deeper dive with Ernie about this topic, his story, and his writing life..

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Author Q&A with Anne Whitehouse

This week’s Author Q&A is with Anne Whitehouse. Anne lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, and is the author of a novel, Fall Love, as well as numerous poetry collections, short stories, essays, and feature articles. She’s excited about her newest chapbook, FRIDA, about Frida Kahlo, that is forthcoming from Ethel Zine and Micro Press in December 2022. Read on to learn more about her poems and writing life including what fuels her desire to write…

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Author Q&A with Bridgit Kuenning-Pollpeter

This week’s Author Q&A features Bridgit Kuenning Pollpeter. Bridgit is a mom and freelance writer from the Midwest. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of Nebraska whose work has appeared in 13th Floor Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, Random Sample Review, and elsewhere. In this Q&A Bridgit elaborates on her writing and provides a little glimpse into the events that inspired her essay, Mutation of a Body. Read the full Q&A to learn what Bridgit shared with us…

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Issue #9 ~ Autumn 2022 is Now Live!

Today, friends, we are thrilled to present Issue #9 ~ Autumn 2022. We’re grateful for all the writers who sent us work and recognize that our organization could not exist without their dedication, passion for creating, and their courage to share.We’re eager to showcase and celebrate thirteen incredible pieces from eleven writers as well as artwork from a number of talented artists. Don’t delay, dive into this delicious issue today!…

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Voice to Voice in the Dark by Tim Hunt Review by Cat Dixon

The spirit of the Beats pulses throughout this new collection from the poet Tim Hunt. The Beats, as we all know, were focused on genuine lived experiences and often protested against traditional modern life while celebrating art, music, and freedom. Tim Hunt has painted vivid scenes of the everyday with his imagery coupled with the hunger for travel, adventure, and hope…

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2022 Best of the Net Nominations

Hello friends. Autumn is in the air and that means it’s “Best of the Net” season again. Yes, we are fully aware that all those other journals have had their nominations in for WEEKS but, here at The Good Life Review, we are seasoned procrastinators! Read on to learn who we nominated (with several hours to spare) for the Best of the Best in fiction, poetry, cnf, and art this year!…

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Author Q & A with Alex Sese

This week’s Author Q&A is with Alex Sese. Alex is a native of the Philippines who currently lives in Illinois as a full-time copy editor in medical communications and freelance fiction and nonfiction editor for Subtle Script Editing. Her story, “Love, Dad,” was this year’s winner of the Honeybee Prize in Fiction selected by guest judge Mary Kurlya. Read on to learn what Mary said about her story and what Alex shared with us about what fuels her desire to write and who some of her writing influences are…

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Author Q & A with Adeline Lovell

This week’s author Q&A is with Adeline Lovell. Addie is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She attends Smith College where her focus is Women and Gender Studies with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is the author of the award-winning story “Burning,” and the runner-up for the 2022 Honeybee Literature Prize in fiction. Read on to learn what Addie shared with us about the making of this very timely story and about her writing life…

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