Midwest Review

Volume 6: more good contemporary writing from and about the Midwest: fresh new work by Sam Savage, Michael Martone, Sarah Fay, Nicholas Gulig, Mary Mullen, rikki santer, Hannah Craig. Fermin Calderon-Dujarric, and more.
















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
man holding a spring picture of the same location where he is standing in winter

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
close-up of flower

Flower Texture

-Travis Anderson
April 13, 2016

Wendt Road and Thyme

After the funeral I returned, a widow, to our old house on the road’s south end. In the garden we had planted milkweed and asters for the Monarchs, rosemary and sage for love. Our place bordered an ancient and well-tended pasture where curious cows still grazed. Evenings they paraded peacefully […]
April 13, 2016
black and white trees with a yellow stripe down the road

Foggy Road

– Corey Hoppenrath
April 13, 2016

The Adventure Ranger’s History of Surprises

My hands shook, not so much from holding a dead rattlesnake as from the possibility that the snake wasn’t dead. Not all the way. A ranger found it on the road, its head flattened by a tire. The length of it, however, looked undamaged and so the ranger put it […]
April 13, 2016

Midnight Train

He stands on the stairs leading to the platform and a rush of wind holds him upright. He feels a flush as if an empathetic trace of all those coming and going, running and wandering. He feels their anticipation, their notions of dread, pushing toward the turnstiles, heading back to […]
April 13, 2016
tree painting

The Grove

-Helen Klebesadel
April 13, 2016


I decided to rent a wood chipper. I need mulch for the strawberry and asparagus beds. I need something to spread in thick layers between the rows of bi-color sweet corn and jewel-toned chards, around the fruit trees and under the hydrangea. I will rent a chipper and clear brush: […]
April 13, 2016
bird house fallen from the tree


-Emi Morita
April 13, 2016


Entering the Chicago Art Annex on Wednesday evening felt like trespassing. Normally this would have bothered Jayne, but the sugar binges and atonement fasts of the past few days had left her feeling rinsed out. All she could do was trudge forward, which at this moment meant finding a sliver […]