April Freely’s “Stand Your Ground”

Hello Readers,

And welcome to the newly-created blog for New Madrid, the national journal for Murray State University’s low-residency MFA program.  We’ll be updating this space periodically to share poems, stories, and essays we’ve published, along with some web exclusives and reminders, like the following:

We will be reading submissions for our summer issue until March 15, 2015.  We accept online submissions only.  You can upload your work on our submissions page.

As the current nonfiction editor at New Madrid, the first essay I’ve decided to highlight is April Freely’s “Stand Your Ground” from our Winter 2015 issue.  Meditative and lyric, anxiously calm, estranging and intimate — Freely’s voice is capacious in a way that fuses and confuses the registers we expect an essay to settle into.  It is, quite simply, the piece of work I’m most proud to have had the chance to publish and most eager for you to read.

Also, it was not built by, for, or with the internet in mind, even though it is coming to you that way.  Best to print it out and take your time.   Here’s the link:

Stand Your Ground PDF

More soon,

Riley Hanick, New Madrid Nonfiction Editor