On Thursday August 30th at 5:00,  Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, will make an appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe to discuss his book and its upcoming film adaptation.  Touching on issues of adolescence, particularly sexuality and drug usage, Perks of Being a Wallflower follows wallflower Charlie, as a freshman in high school.

Chbosky’s work includes the screenplay for the popular movie Rent, as well as the writing for the CBS series Jericho, which aired in 2006. For more details about Stephen Chbosky’s Changing Hands appearance, you can visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/chbosky-aug12.

From now until October 31st, Superstition Review is accepting submissions of art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for Issue 8 to be published in early December. We are looking for innovative work that has not been previously published.

Please review Issues 1-7 to get an idea of our editorial preferences, but remember we have new staff members for each Issue who are interested in wide range of writing and art.

For information on submission guidelines go to http://superstitionreview.submishmash.com/Submit.

We look forward to reading your submissions.


Interview editor Britney Gulbrandsen is entering into her senior year at Arizona State University. She will graduate in December with a degree in Literature, Writing, and Film. This is her second semester working with Superstition Review, and she hopes her experience here will help her accomplish her dreams and goals of becoming a published writer. She is currently undergoing her last sweep of revisions on a set of short stories, poems, and an essay that she will hopefully send in to some literary magazines later this semester.

1. What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

My position with Superstition Review is Interview Editor. My responsibilities with this position are to choose writers I would like to interview, e-mail them and ask if they would agree to be interviewed, research them and read various works they have written, formulate well-informed interview questions, and correspond with the interviewees.


2. Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?

In the spring of 2010, I interviewed with Superstition Review for the first time as a nonfiction editor because I took a class with Patricia Murphy, the managing editor, the semester before. I really enjoyed working for the literary magazine, so I decided to try it out again.


3. How do you like to spend your free time?

I spend most of my free time playing with my new baby son. He was born on September 6, 2010 and keeps me very busy. I also enjoy cuddling up with my husband for movie date night, reading, writing, scrapbooking, crafting, skimming magazines, shopping, and game nights with friends and family.


4. What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?

I would love to try out the fiction editor position or the blogger position for Superstition Review.


5. Describe one of your favorite literary works.

This is the same answer I gave the last time I interned with Superstition Review, but one of my favorite literary works is the short essay “Why I Write” by Joan Didion. It really resonates with me. I find myself re-reading it over and over again. It gets me ready to write something new. It makes me want to conquer my writing fears, increase my confidence, and send something in to get published. I don’t know why this is, I simply know that I love it.


6. What are you currently reading?

Honestly, I’m currently only reading books that are required for my classes. I, sadly, don’t have much time for reading other than that right now. But I did finish Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert this past weekend.


7. Creatively, what are you currently working on?

I’m currently beginning my first memoir. Also, I have various short stories, poems, and an essay that I am finishing final revisions on so I can send them in to literary magazines and contests.


8. What inspires you?

Reading blogs. Different blogs inspire me for different reasons and in different ways. Some inspire me to write more or help me write better. Some inspire me to be a better wife, mother, friend, and person. Other blogs inspire me to get creative with crafts, décor for my house, gifts, and date night with my husband. And some simply inspire me to reach my full potential.


9. What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the fact that I didn’t decide to drop out of school when I had my baby. I’m determined to push through it, fifteen credit hours at a time, until I graduate in December.


10. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself as a published writer with three more kids, a few finished books, and hopefully my masters.


On Friday February 25th at noon, author Heidi Durrow will be reading at Changing Hands Bookstore from her latest novel The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

Durrow’s first literary publication, “Light-skinned-ed Girl,” appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review Spring/Summer 2005. She is the co-host of the weekly award winning podcast Mixed Chicks Chat, which focuses on issues of being culturally and racially mixed. In 2008, she cofounded the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival.  The annual festival is free to the public and celebrates stories of the Mixed experience. This year’s Festival will be held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on June 11th and 12th.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is Durrow’s first novel. In 2008, she won the Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change for her novel.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the story of Rachel, a young biracial girl, who is the only survivor of her family after an accident on their Chicago rooftop. Rachel then moves in with her strict African American grandmother where her biracial identity gathers her a lot of attention. The novel explores the issue of race and identity and how they confine and define us.

For more information about Heidi Durrow, or to listen to her award winning podcast, you can visit her website here http://heidiwdurrow.com/.

Our Section Editors continue to read submissions of Art, Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry until March 31st. You can submit at http://superstitionreview.submishmash.com/Submit.

Our Interview Editors have been very busy lately and have confirmed interviews with writer, blogger and book reviewer Maud Newton and poet and novelist Marge Piercy to appear in Issue 7. Maud Newton won the 2009 Narrative Prize for an excerpt from her novel titled “When the Flock Changed” that appeared in Narrative Magazine. She received the Irwin and Alica Stark Short Fiction Award from the City College of New York in 2004 and she won Second Prize in the Narrative Magazine Love Story Contest in 2008.

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen volumes of poems, fifteen novels and one play among many other writings. Her writings often deal with feminist or social concerns but her story’s settings are often varied. For example, her feminist/science fiction novel He, She and It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1991.

In the coming weeks Superstition Review staff is looking forward to Alison Hawthorne Deming’s reading at the Arizona State University Tempe campus on Wednesday, April 13th, at 7 PM.

On Friday March 4th, at 7pm, author Yann Martel will be reading at Changing Hands Bookstore from his latest book Beatrice and Virgil.

Yann Martel is the author of The New York Times best selling book Life of Pi. In 2002, Martel was the recipient of the Mann Booker Prize for Life of Pi.  He was also shortlisted for the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was Winner of the 2001-2003 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

His new book, Beatrice and Virgil, is an allegorical tale of representations of the Holocaust. The book follows novelist Henry as he receives a script for a play. He traces the play back to a taxidermist who introduces him to the play’s protagonists, a donkey and a monkey, named Beatrice and Virgil.

For more information about Yann Martel you can visit his author page at http://www.randomhouse.ca/newface/martel.php.

Art Editor Christina Arregoces is a freshman studying English (Creative Writing) at Arizona State and is a student of Barrett, The Honors College. She is a writer for the State Press Weekly podcast and recently had two of her short stories selected for publication in the 2011 spring edition of Lux literary magazine. Upon graduating in 2014, she hopes to attend law school and pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, while continuing to cultivate her love of writing. This is her first semester at Superstition Review, and she is looking forward to every moment of it.

1. What is your position with Superstition Review and what are your responsibilities?

My position with Superstition Review is Art Editor. As one of the Art Section Editors, I am responsible for reviewing pieces by various artists whose work will be featured in the seventh issue. My responsibilities include corresponding with contributors.

2. Why did you decide to get involved with Superstition Review?

I love to read and write creatively and I hope to one day have a career as a publisher. So as soon as I heard about Superstition Review, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I knew it would be a great opportunity for me to get a sense of what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I can’t wait to begin to delve into it.

3. How do you like to spend your free time?

I’m a huge reader; it’s a rare day that I don’t have my hands on a book for at least half an hour or so. I also love to spend time with my best friends and just relax with my roommate.

4. What other position(s) for Superstition Review would you like to try out?

I’d like to try out the Fiction Editor position. As a reader and a writer, I’d love to get the chance to read submissions and stumble upon stories that I’ve never come across before.

5. Describe one of your favorite literary works.

I really can’t tell you how excited I was for this question. My all time favorite literary work (and it was difficult making my list, but this novel just tops all others) is The Book Thief, a novel by Australian author Markus Zusak. Though I’ve read dozens of books about the Holocaust, I’ve never in my life come across a book like this. The story follows a little girl named Liesel, her adopted family, and her friendship with a Jewish man hiding from the Nazis in her family’s basement. But the story isn’t told through her eyes; Zusak’s narrator is none other than the surprisingly-human Death himself. The book is beautiful and heart breaking and the moment I picked it up, I fell in love with it. To this day, no other book has ever affected me so much.

6. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. I like to break up novels with short stories, so after I finished Choke by Chuck Palahiunk, I moved on to Salinger. I’m only on the fifth story but I’m already sad the end is so close.

7. Creatively, what are you currently working on?

I typically like writing short stories, so I’m currently working on a longer one that I’ve been writing for months now.

8. What inspires you?

My past mainly inspires me. People, places, moments that I remember, as well as stories I’ve heard from family and friends. I love the moments I see day to day; from interactions between people on the sidewalk to snippets of conversation that make no sense until the holes are filled in with words.

9. What are you most proud of?

Right now, I’m most proud of a writing contest I won for a short story that I submitted. As a newly published writer, every publication opportunity that comes along excites me like crazy.

10. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I see myself smiling and writing. Hopefully, I’ll be working as a publisher, surrounded by words and books, with several more stories on their way. I’d also love to buy a dog; I plan on getting a pug and naming him Doyle.