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Issue 90: Technology

Issue 90: Technology

                       Photograph by Shakhbout Saeed Al Kaabi

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PBQ associate editor wins award

January 23rd, 2015

Painted Bride Quarterly would like to congratulate our very own, Jason Schneiderman! Our associate editor’s poetry manuscript “Primary Source” has received the 2015 Benjamin Saltman Award, judged by Douglas Kearney.

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PBQ’s January Slam: Slammin’ Start to 2015

January 23rd, 2015

PBQ kicked off the Slam season January 22. Andrew called in sick but our very own editor, Kathleen Volk Miller stepped up as host of the evening! The night started

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McMyne wins second in fiction contest

January 14th, 2015

Everyone at Painted Bride Quarterly would like to congratulate Mary McMyne on earning second place in the Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction last fall for her piece, “Camille”. McMyne is

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January 13th, 2015

Painted Bride Quarterly has a new Facebook page! “Like” the page and receive updates on new issues, print annuals and events! Share events and even invite your friends to “like”

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Dina Guidubaldi’s collection coming soon

December 22nd, 2014

Painted Bride Quarterly is excited to announce that Dina Guidubaldi’s debut collection of stories, How Gone We Got, is being published by Queen’s Ferry Press. Her collection is coming out in March

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Robbi Nester


Night Visitors
The dead do not remember
who they were.
Their feelings, fractured
in the fall from flesh,
are not the same,
glances glacial,
words few, dismissive.
It would take a locksmith
to make the tumblers fall in place
and let the doors swing
free again between us.
Life swaddles us in plush,
in all the rich distractions
of the world--morning
breaths and sunset signals.
But once they’ve gone,
the dead see only
tied-off ends, the underside,
and not the patterns.
No wonder they’re disgruntled,
sundered from these riches,
gaining access only through our dreams.

>> The words for next month:
strap, homogeneous and tighten


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