Midwest Review

Volume 6: more of the best contemporary writing from the Midwest: new work by Sam Savage, Michael Martone, Sarah Fay, Nicholas Gulig, Mary Mullen, Rikki Santer, Hannah Craig. Fermin Calderon-Dujarric, and more.



excerpts and updates

May 23, 2017

Midwest Review 4 contributor wins national award

Lolilta Ditzler’s essay “Life With Linda,” published in the Midwest Review,  received a First-Place Award from the National Federation of Press Women. Awards will be presented at the Federation’s conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Sept. 7-9, 2017.  
March 28, 2017

Birch tree on Washington Island, Door County, WI

by Sarah Marty
March 28, 2017

fake barns

by Dylan Krieger like armageddon in a meadow the buildings fall down all around us one nearly crushes your unconscious but it turns out you’re standing square inside the negated space of its sole window this is after all the cars have passed their idiot madrigals still thumping our ear […]
March 28, 2017

South Dakota Saturday Night

My mother’s younger sister in stocking feet, her shoes dangling from one hand, the other hand easing open the screen door, easing it closed, escapes into the shadows. My mother lies on the bed staring at a ceiling bright with starlight and longs to risk the two-mile walk to Pickerel […]
March 28, 2017

Minnesota Child at the End of Winter

Underneath her, twigs tick. How thick grass dawns on her plastic sled. Her scoot over patches of snow grips a stuck tantrum of stopping dead. Rocks in palms—she signals potholes in March, comes bellowing home, tarring the air again. She goes, no speed, spin or shots past trees, no snow […]
March 28, 2017

Late Summer

The past is not where you left it. —Carolyn Forché The earwigs now own my dahlia—each leaf, cluster of pink petals, unfurled bud— my treasure a shredded stalk I would not have recognized last spring, reminding me the past does not stay where I left it— no matter how I […]
March 28, 2017

Open Gate

by Dave Giroux
March 28, 2017


One morning all over town it began to rain, little downpours breaking out in the bakery, the laundromat. By nine it was thundering in the beauty parlor, drizzling in the jewelry store. All morning it kept coming down, big plump drops cascading over tables, countertops, wreaking havoc in the hardware […]
March 28, 2017

Prayer Down Depot Road

I can’t sleep, America. The coal cars vibrating, bulky behind the roadhouse where I stay, drum by the room at midnight, at one, rattle past this insomnia. A yellow moon stares in the windows, spotlight on dreams twisted in a cotton bedcover. The yellow moon over the railroad shed shines […]
March 28, 2017

Waiting for Dandelion Time

by Gregory Galbraith
April 13, 2016

Silver-Bearded Man in the Waiting Room at the Dental Clinic

I’ve never seen him before but I’d like to look at him across a breakfast table while sunshine orangens a pitcher of juice, a light wind adds a soundtrack of patio wind chimes, the young day at our feet like a sheltie anticipating an open gate. None of this is going […]
April 13, 2016

Flower Texture

-Travis Anderson