I'm fascinated with writing that addresses the body (like the essay I linked to in my previous post--it does so in stunning, heart-smashing ways). This interview of ex-gymnast and writer Chelsea Bieker over on The Hairpin is a very different kind of body piece but excellent, too. I appreciate how, in addition to sharing her experience of competing in a demanding sport, she explores the relationship between criticism of the body/the body's performance and criticism of writing. And as someone who never learned to cartwheel but admired those 96 Olympic girls, I found it super fun to read.
"Here We Go On", an essay by Mira Ptacin, is both gorgeous and brutal--and so amazing that I won't forget it anytime soon. Check it out over at The Rumpus.
"Footnotes to a History of Museums", a poem by Kristina Marie Darling in elimae.
"Bridal Discount", a story by Sarah Malone in The Collagist
"The Day You Get Your MFA in Poetry" post by Lindsay Miller in The Hairpin
"Love and death on the side of the road: a conversation with taxidermy sculptor Kate Puxley" at Art Threat"