“It will deny and deny, as if/ Paranoia comes with plumed fluorescent feathers./ As if prudery is self-acknowledging.” Weekend poem, by Divya Rajan.Read More
“I liked the kid. He made me nervy, but I liked him. If he hadn’t come along, I wouldn’t have made it. I wouldn’t have even made it halfway backwards if I had it in me to try.” Story of the Week (August 28), by N.V. Baker.Read More
“night pushes at// the stars, at what/ we hope survives…” Poem of the Week (August 26), by Tom Montag.Read More
“This is how he remembers his family,/ this is how he misses them. Meanwhile,/ just outside the dingy rented room they/ still go on fighting…” Weekend poem, by Souradeep Roy.Read More
Spotlight Artist Irfan Hasan speaks to The Missing Slate about his process, influences and his work in this special feature.Read More
Spotlight Artist Irfan Hasan speaks to The Missing Slate about his process, influences and his work in this special feature.
“Poetry can play a crucial role in finding a language of vulnerability, in holding out a mirror to our world’s blemishes…” Continuing our Poet of the Month series, Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik talks to Audrey Ryback.
“Fiction possesses the ability to reveal stories that facts, figures and historical accounts tend to gloss over…” Zuha Siddiqui, The Missing Slate’s Author of the Month for May, talks to Umamah Wajid.
“While war and civil strife tear at parts of Ukraine, Chernobyl keeps its eerie silence.” Nellie Barg recalls the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster.
By Nancy Hightower.
Noah Klein’s tongue-in-cheek examination of the connection between the Wheaties box and the American dream.
Sahar Rehan reads out her winning entry ‘The Barren Lands’. Set in Pakistan’s Thar Desert, ‘The Barren Lands’ tells a story about a people’s morals as dry and arid as the place they live; about the insufferable cruelties inflicted on women and how the mistakes of men must be borne by women. Coupled with rich detail and nuanced observations of life in the desert, ‘The Barren Lands’ captured our attention from the very first sentence and maintained it through the length of the piece.
Yusra Amjad reads out her winning entry, ‘Big, Little’. The short story examines a young relationship and a young woman’s perspective on it, turning the tables on the ‘traditional’ perspectives by interjecting a strong female narrator into the proceedings, awakening to her sexuality and her needs, which are often at odds with her partner’s.
Pakistani author Soniah Kamal (‘The Breast’) reads out an excerpt of ‘An Isolated Incident’ and discusses Kashmir, the politicization of literature and the road to publishing.