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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 59 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

It's time for another issue--the first issue of our 5th year! Amazing!

To see work from previous issues, check out the Archives, or order Editors' Selections Volumes 1, 2  and 3, shipping now from Press 53. These three volumes are beautiful books and contain some excellent poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Plus, Volume 3 has an interview with Pam Houston that you won't find anywhere else. Also, we're beginning work on Volume 4, which will be available by the end of the year.

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 59 updates, Issue 61, and beyond. Please visit our Submit page and send us your distinctive poetry and prose. We’re looking for flash fiction and nonfiction up to 750 words, stories and essays up to 5,000 words, poems, book reviews, craft essays, short drama, ideas for interviews, and cover art that reflects the number of a particular issue. If we’ve had to decline your submission, please forgive us and try again!

And as we begin our fifth year, we've made a few staff changes. Jon Chopan, who has been Nonfiction Editor for the past year, shifts to take over the duties of Fiction Editor. And we'd like to welcome Amy Monticello, our new Nonfiction Editor. (I'll be remaining with the magazine as Editor in Chief.)

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.

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

Clifford Garstang

Andrew Harlan

Louise Marburg
What Brings You Down

Kevin Wolfe
Special Forces


Suzanne Richardson
How to Explode

Matthew Batt
The Light Inside


Heather Bartlett
She Tries to Teach Me the Principle of Non-Attachment
Tell Me

Andrea Jurjević  
Gifts for the Past
While Looking at a Photograph You Send from Afar, Winds of the    Pacific Mold the Monterey Cypress
I Close My Hand--Stars Fall Through My Fingers

Kevin Rippin
Driving Through a Blizzard

J.R. Toriseva

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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 59, July-September 2014
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130

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Prime Number Magazine, Editors' Selections Volumes 1, 2 and 3.
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Liana Vrajitoru
Review of Juan Ochoa's Mariguano

Brandon D. Shuler
Review of Sergio Troncoso's The Nature of Truth


Curtis Smith
Interview with Barbara J. Taylor

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