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

ISSN 2160-4207
Welcome to Issue No. 67 of Prime Number: 
A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose
Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The 2015 Prime Number Awards are NOW OPEN! This year, we're offering prizes in three categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry: First Prize--$1,000 plus publication; Second Prize--$250 plus publication; Third Prize: publication. The deadline to enter is March 31, 2015. Go here for information about our terrific judges and full contest guidelines.

Also, we wanted to make sure you knew that Volume 4 from our Editors' Selection series is now available. It includes the first place winners from last year's contest, plus great stories, essays, and poems from our 4th year of publication. Order Editors' Selections Volumes 1, 2, 3  and 4, shipping now from Press 53. 

We are currently reading submissions for Issue 67 updates, Issue 71, 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!

Readers sometimes ask 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.

See our cover image above? That's a print made from a handcut linoleum block by Lindsay Curren. We asked Lindsay to describe the process of making this print, and you can read all about that here.

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

Nick Ostdick
Grief Showers

Michael Overa
Second Run


James Alan Gill
The Blind Seer

Kathleen Blackburn
The Secret Places


Mimi Herman
On a Scale from Yes to No
Yes for These Few Hours

Judith Pulman  
Regarding the Dead Lobster Found at 60th and Stark Street
Saying Adieu to the Season of Exploding Hearts

Steven D. Schroeder
The Book
Henry Repeater

M. E. Silverman
Response to: Step on a Crack
Response to: Don't Swallow Your Gum or it Will Grow into a Tree
Response to: I Don't Believe You
Response to: You're Going to Dig a Hole to China
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Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine
Issue 67, January-March 2015

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

Available now:
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Brandon D. Shuler
Interview with Sergio Troncoso

Curtis Smith
Review of The Blessings by Elise Juska

John Guzlowski
Review of The Cartographer's Ink by Okla Elliott

Michelle Newby
Review of Escape by Dominique Manotti

Clifford Garstang
Review of The Poison that Purifies You by Elizabeth Kadetsky