• Stephen Scott Whitaker

What's in the November/December 2017 issue


This issue of The Broadkill Review features new work from Mid-Atlantic powerhouse David Poyer, which may at first seem counter intuitive. What is a best selling Naval fiction writer doing in a small press literary magazine? The Broadkill Review is committed to writing from the Mid Atlantic, and beyond, and Poyer not only lives in the Mid-Atlantic, but also publishes from the Mid-Atlantic. Poyer, and his poet-novelist wife, Lenore Hart, are the heads of Northampton House Press (Jim Bourey reviews the press’ new urban horror collection here). The Broadkill Review seeks to publish beautiful language, and Poyer is craftsman committed to beautiful language. In conjunction with St. Martin’s Press we will release the opening pages to his new novel, The Hunter Killer: the War with China when it hits the shelf on the 28th of November. For now, a preview of Poyer’s economical and poetic voice:

“The building’s set back from the highway behind chain link topped by concertina. Bay-mist softens the angles of blue and white-painted concrete block, cooling towers, the boiler smokestacks in the byproducts plant. Morning light plays in gold, rose, and lavender through plumes of smoke and steam, rising toward a blue sky where seagulls wheel.”

This issue showcases two plays, a ten minute blistering satire about the war in the Middle East and the struggle of veterans, and a one-act play about ghosts, poetry, and mental illness. There’s flash fiction from contributing editor Gerry LaFemina, and Linda Blaskey’s curated a cracker jack line up of poets including Steven Ray Smith, Joan Colby, and former Dogfish Head winner, Grant Clauser, .

We’re all volunteers here, and work continues on the mailing lists, blogs, social media outlets, seeking the best writing, and seeking the best readers. If you are interested in writing reviews for the Broadkill Review drop us a line at broadkillreview@gmail.com Furthermore, if you are student in a creative writing program from the Mid Atlantic, or a professor in writing program in the Mid Atlantic, we’d like to hear from you. If you are a small press publisher from the Mid Atlantic please drop us a line. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from writers from other places in the world, we do! We cast our vision worldwide and keep a focus on world back home, they are not mutually exclusive.


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