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Story of the Week

The Silence

“She screamed as though trying to reach someone who wasn’t there, to rouse someone from sleep, to rattle a cold, indifferent conscience…” Story of the Week (October 2), by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. Translated from Portuguese by the City University Literary Translation Summer School.

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Poem of the Week

Blue Shirt

“you do not question the disappearance of your hands. / your hands are murals. silver buttons. leaven…” Poem of the Week (September 29), by Triin Paja.

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Anthology 2014

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Author of the Month: Ambika Thompson

“I’m also really obsessed by things that one can buy in vending machines…caviar, lettuce, burgers, canned bread, underwear, eggs, rice, neckties, art, and what I’ve now found I’ve always needed, live crabs.” Ambika Thompson, The Missing Slate’s Author of the Month for July, talks to Casey Harding.


Author of the Month: Nafiza Azad

“I’ve learned from reading that you can tell a story in two ways: one is via the written narrative and the other is via the subtext, specifically, the things that remain unsaid but implied.” Nafiza Azad, The Missing Slate’s Author of the Month for June, talks to Casey Harding.

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Poet of the Month: Chelsey Harris

“It’s extremely gratifying to be able to change my own story if I want, or to be able to change any story for that matter.” Chelsey Harris, The Missing Slate’s Poet of the Month for July, talks to Jamie Osborn.




“I do not leave when he locks me out; I beg to be let in. I do not leave when he drives off while I’m still in the car, screaming to be let out…” Microfiction by Claire Polders.


Unpredictability and Complexity

Chaos Theory Applied to the Literary Arts By Angel Dionne The study of chaos is the study of systems which exhibit sensitivity to initial…


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Voices in Verse Vol. 1: ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’

Farda Ali Khan performs her poem, ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’. In a close competition, she placed third in a competition that showcased the talents of young poets under 30, from backgrounds as diverse as medicine, computer science and engineering, and the literary arts. The poem examines the shifting sands of culture against a backdrop of fragile patriotism.

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Voices in Verse Vol. 1: ‘When Your Body Smiles’

Finalist and winner Orooj-e-Zafar performs her winning poem, ‘When Your Body Smiles’. She tied with Risham Amjad when the panel of judges that included poet and TMS contributor Ilona Yusuf and the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, was undecided on who to give the final prize to. Her poem speaks to the importance of being true to who you are and the daily struggle of being comfortable in your own skin.