Prime Number Magazine
is a publication of 
Press 53
PO Box 30314,
Winston-Salem NC 27130

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 11 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

We are delighted to present Issue No. 11 of Prime Number Magazine,  marking the beginning of our second year of publication. Prime Number fans will realize that this is our fifth issue (2, 3, 5, 7, 11), and we are in the process of selecting work from the first four issues for our inaugural print annual edition, due out later this year. (Believe me, you'll hear about it when it's ready!)

In any event, we're starting Year Two off with a bang. We've got short stories by Kevin McIlvoy, Corey Mesler, and Kim Church, among many others. Our poetry features Karen Donovan, Jon Tribble, Laura Lee Washburn, and Lawrence Wray. We're also loaded with non-fiction this time out, including essays by Michael Milburn, Sheila Black, Beverly Jackson, and more!.

We're also delighted to share with you a craft essay by the memoirist and teacher Michael Steinberg, as well as reviews of new books by Michael Parker and Carol Fisher Saller (a contributor to Issue 2). And, for the first time, we have a short drama. This one is by playwright Robert Moulthrop.

Did you see our cover photo? The lovely picture is by writer and photographer Cath Barton.

As we've said before, it has become increasingly difficult to turn down the wonderful work we are offered. If we have had to decline your work, please try us again! Now that we have five issues for you to look at, you should be getting a better sense of what we like.

A number of readers have asked how they might comment on the work they read in the magazine. We’ll look into adding that feature in the future. In the meantime if you are moved to comment I would encourage you to send us an email ( and we’ll pass your thoughts along to the contributors. Similarly, if you are a publisher and would like to send us ARCs for us to consider for reviews, please contact us at the above email address. We’re especially interested in reviewing new, recent, or overlooked books from small presses.

Finally, we’ve begun reading submissions for Issue 13, scheduled to launch in October. We’d love to include your work, so please submit! We need short stories, flash fiction and non-fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, short drama, and cover art. To learn more, visit our submissions page.

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive. Please support indpendent presses and bookstores.

The Editors


Jim Miller

Arthur Powers

Marion de Booy Wentzien
After Roy

Gregory J. Wolos

Kevin McIlvoy

Corey Mesler
The Day the Change Came for James

Maura O'Brien
Corpse Pose

Kevin C. Jones

Kim Church
Cafeteria Lady

Annette Gendler
Waiting in the Dark

Erin McReynolds
We Hit People

Michael Milburn
My Memoir

Sheila Black
Waiting to be Dangerous: Confessionalism and Disability

Beverly A. Jackson
The Wing Shed

Jeffery Hess
Nobody's Father


Karen Donovan
Taking a Night Kayak Through Bullocks Cove
This Noon

Jon Tribble
Midnight Rainbows From Devil's Kitchen
Young Wife, Bathing
Blue Crabs

Laura Lee Washburn
Ode to the Unwritten Odes
What's What

Lawrence Wray
The Disappearance of Outside
Schubert's Berceuse


Martha F. Brenner
Review of The Watery Part of the World, by Michael Parker

Kristen-Paige Madonia
Review of Eddie's War, by Carol Fisher Saller

Tell a friend about this page
Issue 11, July-September 2011
New Poetry and Flash Fiction every 13 days, or 11 days, or 17 days. Sign up for our updates and we'll let you know. 

Prime Decimals 11.2 

Prime Decimals 11.3

Prime Decimals 11.5

Prime Decimals 11.7 is now live!
Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 11, July-September 2011
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

Eleven © Cath Barton

Cath Barton

Robert Moulthrop
Back up to Fall River 


Michael Steinberg
The Person to Whom Things Happened: Finding the Inner Story in Personal Narratives 

Available now  Prime Number Magazine, Editor Selections, Volume 1 . Learn more...