-2018-

June

  1. Stephen Florida-Gabe Habash
  2. Ask Roxane: I'm Outraged but Failing at Activism. Why?-The New York Times

April

  1. Refresh, Refresh-Benjamin Percy

March

  1. Nobel Lecture-Toni Morrison
  2. And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready-Meaghan O'Connel
  3. Fire Sermon-Jaime Quatro

February

  1. Everyone Knows You Go Home-Natalia Sylvester
  2. 17 Things I Learned in 2017-Natalia Sylvester
  3. I Quit Twitter and It Feels Great-Lindy West (The New York Times)
  4. The Wife of the Lion-Hernán Díaz (KR Online)
  5. Love and Trouble-Claire Dederer
  6. Object Permanence-Nicole Sealey (APR)
  7. Publishing Your First Book: Advice for First Time Authors-Shelly Oria (Poets & Writers)
  8. Roxane Gay on Clothes in the Workplace (The Guardian)
  9. Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction-Benjamin Percy

January

  1. Out in the Open-Jesús Carrasco
  2. Han Kang and the Complexity of Translation-Jiayang Fan (The New Yorker)
  3. Harmless Like You-Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  4. I'm Rooting for Everybody Black-Cortney Lamar Charleston (poets.org)
  5. Francine Prose's Problem-Gina Apostol (Los Angeles Review of Books)
  6. I Used to Insist I Didn't Get Angry. Not Anymore.-Leslie Jamison (The New York Times Magazine)
  7. The Cactus Mother: Nine Plants, Zero Kids-Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Catapult)
  8. On Reclamation-Shay Alexi (Tinderbox Poetry)

 

-2017-

December

  1. Cat Person-Kristen Roupenian (The New Yorker)
  2. In the Country: Stories-Mia Alvar

November

  1. Exit West-Mohsin Hamid
  2. Behold the Dreamers-Imbolo Mbue

October

  1. Eat Only When You're Hungry-Lindsay Hunter

September

  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing–Jesmyn Ward
  2. New People–Danzy Senna
  3. Who Will Greet You At Home–Lesley Nneka Arimah

August

  1. Prayer–Natalie Mesnard (KR Online)
  2. Everything is Far from Here–Cristina Henríquez (The New Yorker)
  3. Don't Give HBO's Confederate the Benefit of the Doubt–Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic)
  4. Cristina Henríquez on Immigration, Detention, and Missing Names (The New Yorker)

July

  1. Hunger–Roxane Gay
  2. Marriage of a Thousand Lies–SJ Sindu
  3. Bad Feminist–Roxane Gay

June

  1. How to Write an Internet Essay to Support Your Novel–Gabe Habash (Lit Hub)
  2. How to Write a Poetry Review–Glynn Young (Tweet Speak Poetry)
  3. Four "Types" of Creative Writing Careers–Tom Tulathimutte (Catapult)
  4. Gwendolyn Brooks: America in the Winter Time–Haki R. Madhubuti (Poetry)
  5. Wonderland–Shoaib Alam (KR Online)
  6. "Teaching My Mother English Over the Phone" and "My Mother's Been Trying to Kill Me Since the Day I was Born"–Eloisa Amezcua (Diode Poetry)

May

  1. Come Together, Fall Apart–Cristina Henríquez

April

  1. White People Always Want to Tell Me They Grew Up Poor—Megan Fernandez (The Common)
  2. The Book of Unknown Americans—Cristina Henríquez
  3. Autobiography of Red–Anne Carson
  4. So Often the Body Becomes a Distraction–Kaveh Akbar (DIAGRAM)
  5. Trayvon–Luther Hughes (The Shallow Ends)
  6. Break-up Letter to My Clitoris—Kendra DeColo (THRUSH)
  7. It's Just That I'm Not Really into Politics–Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (BOATT)
  8. Bumping into My Dead Mother at the German Deli–Tammy Robacker (Whale Road Review)
  9. Tuesday Night in Montparnasse–Sasha Pimentel (The Normal School)
  10. I Only Want to Talk About Nice Things–Claire Lombardo (Little Fiction)
  11. Self-Portrait as C-Section Scar–Aimee Nezhukumatathil (KR Online)
  12. Soil Horizon–Tiana Clark (poets.org)

March

  1. Ode to the Pubic Hair Stuck in My Throat–Hieu Minh Nguyen (BOAAT Journal)
  2. Karyotype–Jasmine Cui (Glass: A Journal of Poetry)
  3. When Life Gives You Lemons–Ariel Francisco (The Ofi Press Magazine)
  4. Tepoztlán Blues–Norma Liliana Valdez (Tinderbox Poetry)
  5. Neckbone–Malcolm Tariq (Tinderbox Poetry)
  6. Ethnic Hair–Geoff Anderson (Whale Road Review)
  7. The President Has Never Said the Word 'Black'–Morgan Parker (The New York Times Magazine)
  8. Matt–Morgan Parker (Sixth Finch)
  9. Everything I Never Told You—Celeste Ng

February

  1. Mother Tongue–Demetria Martinez
  2. Homegoing–Yaa Gyasi
  3. Cayucos–Eduardo C. Corral (poets.org)
  4. Why Birds–Jennifer Givhan (The Pinch)
  5. Always Happy Hour–Mary Miller
  6. An Index of Small Stings–Huda Al-Marashi (The Offing)

January

  1. You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine–Alexandra Kleeman
  2. The Vegetarian–Han Kang
  3. The State Para-Military Force Speaks–Raena Shirali (Boston Review)
  4. In Colorado My Father Scoured and Stacked Dishes–Eduardo C. Corral (Poetry Magazine)
  5. How I Learned to Walk–Javier Zamora (Poetry Magazine)
  6. The Full Text of Roxane Gay's WI12 Speech–Publishers Weekly

 

–2016–

December

  1. The Feels of Love-T Kira Madden (Guernica)
  2. That Night Alive-Tara Deal
  3. Problems-Jade Sharma

November

  1. Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down – Anne Valente
  2. Sonora – Hannah Lilith Assadi

October

  1. The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan

September

  1. The Shatter of Birds – Javier Zamora (Four Way Review)
  2. Marrow Island – Alexis M. Smith
  3. Hide & Seek – Katie Cortese (New South)
  4. The Throwback Special – Chris Bachelder
  5. "Grinning in Sardinia" and "Circus Pony" – Tómas Q. Morín (Paris-American)
  6. Whale Fall – Rebecca Griggs (Granta)
  7. Before You Throw Her Body Down - LaTanya McQueen (Ninth Letter)
  8. The President Has Never Said The Word 'Black'-Morgan Parker (NY Times)

August

  1. The Forgotten History of Banana Republic—Kashana Cauley (Catapult)
  2. Frank Ocean, Harper Lee, and the Reclusive Artist—Eve L. Ewing (The Atlantic)
  3. Interview with Safiyah Sinclair (KR Online)
  4. The Mother–Maggie Smith (Waxwing)
  5. Rain Over Madrid–Andrés Barba
  6. To Know You Better–Chrissy Martin (Small Po[r]tions)
  7. The Pariah and I–Porochista Khakpour (Bennington Review)
  8. 5 Fictional Vegetarians Who Defy Stereotypes-Kristen Martin (Lit Hub)

July

  1. Quinceañera Preparations (at 19th and Nicholson) - Matty Layne (Flyleaf Journal)
  2. The Generals of South America - M. Soledad Caballero (Memorious)
  3. Notes from the Milk Cave - Sarah Menkedick (The Paris Review)
  4. Remedies –Kali Fajardo-Anstine (Bellevue Literary Review
  5. Love Letter - Shasta Grant (Hobart)
  6. Chamomile - Mary Lenoir Bond (Rust + Moth)
  7. How the Literary Class System is Impoverishing Literature-Lorraine Berry (Lit Hub)

June

  1. At the Bottom of the River – Jamaica Kincaid
  2. Trespass – David L. Ulin (Guernica)
  3. Day Come White, Night Come Black – Anna Boshka (Wax Wing)
  4. The Story of any Teeth - Valeria Luiselli
  5. The Sky Over Lima - Juan Gómez Bárcena

May

  1. Love Invents Us – Amy Bloom
  2. Produce – Steph Colbourn (The Offing)
  3. Gulf Return – Deepak Unnikrishnan (Guernica)
  4. The Culling - Jasmine Sawers (Ploughshares)
  5. My Friend Diane – Emily Flouton (SmokeLong Quarterly)
  6. Boy – Brent Anthony Johnston (The American Scholar)
  7. The Midnight Zone - Lauren Groff (The New Yorker)
  8. Asylum - Hala Alyan (Guernica)
  9. Temples - Adrienne Celt (Epoch)
  10. Pomegranate – Karissa Chen (Guernica)

April

  1. The Girls – Emma Cline
  2. Rosalee Carrasco - Tomika M. Breland (Winner of 2014/15 Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest)
  3. The Rememberer –Aimee Bender (from The Girl in the Flammable Skirt)
  4. Marion –Emma Cline, (The Paris Review)
  5. Kiddio at the Wedding - Mary O'Donoghue (Granta)

March

  1. An Act of Vengeance – Isabel Allende
  2. Collection Day – Kathy Fish
  3. One Hundred Years of Loneliness – Oindrila Mukherjee (Arts & Letters, Issue 31)
  4. The Contents of Her Stomach – Chelsea Laine Wells (Cease, Cows)
  5. Only the Good – Maria Adelmann (Indiana Review, Vol 37, Number 2)
  6. Fruit Series – Opal Palmer Adisa
  7. Animal Control – Ryan Bradford (Paper Darts)
  8. Nell – Colleen O'Brien (Willow Springs, 77)
  9. Cinder Blocks – Bradley Bazzle (Epoch, Vol 62.1)

February

  1. Memories of My Meloncholy Whores – Gabriel García-Marquez
  2. Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories – Edited by James Thomas & Robert Shapard
  3. The Dinner Party – Joshua Ferris
  4. The Caretaker – Anthony Doerr
  5. Pet Milk – Stuart Dybek
  6. Adventure – Sherwood Anderson
  7. The Last Thing We Need – Claire Vaye Watkins
  8. Reference #388475848-5 – Amy Hempel
  9. An Official Reply – Ha Jin
  10. The Gift of the Magi – O.Henry
  11. The Necklace – Guy de Maupassant
  12. The Story of an Hour – Kate Chopin
  13. Darling – Kim Chinquee (Indiana Review, Vol 37, Number 2)
  14. If That's All There Is – Mona Awad (Electric Literature)

January

  1. Making Shapely Fiction – Jerome Stern
  2. Gutshot – Amelia Gray
  3. Nilda – Junot Díaz
  4. Girl – Jamaica Kincaid
  5. Brownies – ZZ Packer
  6. Nirvana – Adam Johnson