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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 13 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editors (or jump to the Table of Contents)

Dear Readers,

Just in time for Halloween, we are excited to present lucky Issue No. 13 of Prime Number Magazine. The only thing scary about this issue, though, is how great the work is that we're able to bring you this quarter. We've got terrific short stories for you, including work by Sybil Baker and Benjamin Buchholz, both of whom have novels coming out soon. We've also got wonderful non-fiction, including an essay by Kirk Curnutt, author of Dixie Noir, among other books. Also, be sure to check out our eclectic mix of poetry, including work by Lenore Weiss and Joe Mills. And because we think you will be doing a lot of reading in the cold months ahead (or hot months, for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere), we've got a bunch of book reviews. Lastly, we're pleased to present a story board by Emily Edwards that we think you'll love.

Our cover photo for the issue is by photographer Peg Duthie.

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 six 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 17, scheduled to launch in January. 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


Shannon Anthony
License to Rock

Stephen Williams
Pan's Burden

Benjamin Buchholz
Uncle Matty Doesn't Require Collapse

Robert Wexelblatt
Petite Suite Printanière

Sybil Baker
The Spiritual Age of Machines

Jody Hobbs Hesler


Jacqueline Doyle

Kirk Curnutt
The Best Cemetery in the South (in which to Kiss a Woman)

Sarah Gottlieb

Patricia Bjorklund
Almost Happy,1972

Lois C. Fiorelli
Living in the Zone

Skylaar Amann
And the Dreams of Vaudeville Follow Us All Home
Memories of Ukulele and the Girl Who Loved Her

Amorak Huey
Johnny Winter in Stockholm
Big Bill Broonzy in Amsterdam
Governor O.K. Allen Considers the Pardon Request
of Huddie William Ledbetter

Joe Mills
Telling Time

Lenore Weiss
Börte’s Perfect Love Story


Hobie Anthony
Review of Betty Superman by Tiff Holland

Anne Sanow
Review of Mending: New and Selected Stories by Sallie Bingham

Malena Carollo
Review of If You Knew Then What I Know Now by Ryan Van Meter

Jeffery Hess
Review of Fighting in the Shade by Sterling Watson

Marko Fong
Review of Jailed by Myra Sherman

Catherine Staples
Review of Lumina by Heather Ross Miller
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Issue 13, October-December 2011
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

The Key to Room 103, Hotel Porte Mars, Reims © Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie
The Key to Room 103, Hotel Porte Mars, Reims

Emily Edwards
Art Critic

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