Prime Number Magazine
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PO Box 30314,
Winston-Salem NC 27130
Prime Number Magazine is a publication of Press 53, PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130
Publisher & Editor in Chief: Kevin Morgan Watson founded Press 53 in October of 2005. Since that time, Press 53 has earned a reputation for publishing quality poetry and short fiction collections from writers in more than 30 states. Press 53 is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kevin can be contacted at Press 53 via email.
Guest Editor for Poetry, Issue 101, October – December 2016: Hedy Habra is the author of Under Brushstrokes (Press 53, 2015), finalist for the 2015 USA Best Book Award for Poetry, and Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the 2014 USA Best Book Award for Poetry and finalist for the International Book Award for Poetry. Her collection of short fiction, Flying Carpets (Interlink 2013), won a 2013 Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention, and was finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award and the USA Best Book Award. Her book of literary criticism, Mundos alternos y artísticos en Vargas Llosa (Iberoamericana 2012), explores the visual and interartistic elements in the Peruvian novelist’s characters’ interiority. She has an M.A. and an M.F.A. in English and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish literature, all from Western Michigan University, where she currently teaches and received the All-University Research and Creative Scholar Award and a Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award. She is a recipient of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award and was finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award. She writes poetry and fiction in French, Spanish, and English, and has numerous poems and short stories in journals and anthologies. Her website is HedyHabra.com
Guest Editor for Short Fiction for Issue 101, October – December, 2016: Gerry Wilson is a seventh generation Mississippian and grew up in Pontotoc, a little town nestled in the hill country, in a household with her maternal grandmother, a born storyteller. Gerry’s love of story began there. For more than twenty years, she taught English and creative writing to high school students. As she learned how to impart her love of reading and writing to her students, her yen to write fiction blossomed.
Now retired, Gerry writes short and long fiction. Her short stories have appeared in numerous journals. “Mating,” the first story in Crosscurrents and Other Stories (Press 53), won the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction. In 2015 she received a Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship. She has studied fiction writing with Andre Dubus III, Antonya Nelson, Ann Hood, Jane Hamilton, Connie May Fowler, Dorothy Allison, and Ron Hansen. She is currently working on a new novel.
Guest Editor for Poetry for Issue 103, January – March 2017: Wendy Willis is a poet and essayist living in Portland, Oregon. Her first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released by Press 53 in 2012, and she has published in a wide variety of journals and magazines. Wendy is also the Executive Director of Kitchen Table Democracy, a national non-profit housed at Portland State University dedicated to collaborative and democratic governance. She has also served as an Assistant Public Defender for the District of Oregon and a law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr., of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette University and an M.F.A. from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
Guest Editor for Short Fiction for Issue 103, January – March 2017: Steve Mitchell’s work has been published in The Southeast Review, storySouth, The North Carolina Literary Review, Red Fez, and Contrary, among others. His short story collection, The Naming of Ghosts, is published by Press 53. He’s a winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize. Steve has a deep belief in the primacy of doubt and an abiding conviction that great wisdom informs very bad movies. He’s co-owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Guest Editor for Poetry for Issue 107, April – June 2017: Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community. Specifically, he edits Writer's Market and Poet's Market, produces a free weekly e-newsletter for WritersMarket.com, maintains multiple blogs (including one on poetry on WritersDigest.com), co-hosts the Writer's Market podcast on publishing with Brian A. Klems, writes the "Poetic Asides" column for Writer's Digest magazine, leads webinars and tutorials online, speaks at events around the country, and (believe it or not) quite a few other things. He's the author of Solving the World's Problems (Press 53), a couple of sold out limited-edition poetry chapbooks, and a few e-books through Writer's Digest Books, including The Writer's Digest Guide to Poetic Forms and Write Poetry Now: 366 Prompts for Poets. Robert lives just north of Atlanta with his wife Tammy Foster Brewer, who is also a poet, and they have 5 kids between them. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.
Guest Editor for Short Fiction for Issue 107, April – June 2017: Elizabeth Gonzalez won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction for her story collection The Universal Physics of Escape. Her stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010, New Stories from the Midwest 2013, SolLit Selects, and other publications. Stories from The Universal Physics of Escape have received the 2011 Howard Frank Mosher Prize from Hunger Mountain, and the 2012 Tusculum Review Fiction Prize. Gonzalez works as a freelance writer and earned an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two daughters.
Editor in Chief Emeritus: Clifford Garstang is the author of the prize-winning short story collection In an Uncharted Country (Press 53) and What the Zhang Boys Know (Press 53), winner of the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction. Clifford is founding editor of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, an anthology series published by Press 53. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Bellevue Literary Journal, Blackbird, Cream City Review, Shenandoah, Tampa Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and has received Distinguished Mention in Best American Short Stories. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte and is the co-founder of Prime Number Magazine. He is also the author of the popular literary blog Perpetual Folly.