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.
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.
Guest Short Fiction Editor, Issue 109, July-September 2017: Jen McConnell is the author of Welcome, Anyone. A native Californian, Jen began her writing life in San Francisco in 1996. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont, and has published numerous stories in literary journals and anthologies.
Guest Poetry Editor, Issue 109, July-September 2017: Joseph Mills has published six volumes of poetry with Press 53, most recently Exit, pursued by a bear, which features poems inspired by Shakespeare stage direction, but with a bit of Joseph's modern take on life as only he sees it. Joseph has appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor nine times, and has had a poem featured in "American Life in Poetry" with former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
Guest Short Fiction Editor, Issue 113, October-December 2017: Chauna Craig is the author of The Widow's Guide to Edible Mushrooms. She has published stories and essays in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, and Sou’wester. She’s been awarded fellowships and scholarships to Vermont Studio Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.
Guest Poetry Editor, Issue 113, October-December 2017: Gabrielle Brant Freeman is the author of When She Was Bad and has been published in many journals, including Barrelhouse, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, Shenandoah, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and was a 2014 finalist. Freeman won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, and she received a Regional Artist Grant in 2015 from the North Carolina Arts Council. Freeman earned her MFA through Converse College.
Guest Short Fiction Editor, Issue 127, January-March 2018: John Matthew Fox is the author of I Will Shout Your Name, forthcoming in November 2017 from Press 53. John has published in Crazyhorse, Third Coast, Shenandoah, and the Chicago Tribune. He provides editing services and resources for writers at the literary blog Bookfox, which has received mentions from The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and The Huffington Post. He earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but after teaching at the collegiate level for a decade, he decided to focus on Bookfox full time.
Guest Poetry Editor, Issue 127, January-March 2018: Seth Michelson is an award-winning poet, professor, and translator whose collections of poetry include Swimming Through Fire (Press 53), Eyes Like Broken Windows (Press 53), House in a Hurricane, Kaddish for My Unborn Son, and Maestro of Brutal Splendor. His translations of poetry include the books The Ghetto (Tamara Kamenszain, Argentina), roly poly (Victoria Estol, Uruguay), Poems from the Disaster (Zulema Moret, Argentina/Spain), Red Song (Melisa Machado, Uruguay), and Dreaming in Another Land (Rati Saxena, India). He currently teaches the poetry of the Americas at Washington and Lee University, as well as in a high-security prison for undocumented, unaccompanied youth.