Announcing the Overture to Memory Shortlist

Announcing the Overture to Memory Shortlist

After many weeks of intense deliberation, discussion, and meticulous review of the poems and stories that make up our incredibly diverse and spectacular longlist, we are beyond ecstatic to announce the shortlist for L'Éphémère Review's Inaugural Writing Awards, Overture to Memory!

 Racing Sunbeams in Vague Skies: A Review of Oathbreaker's Rheia

Racing Sunbeams in Vague Skies: A Review of Oathbreaker's Rheia

The East Flanders-based Oathbreaker presents a subliminal resonance that enchantingly drives us to a cathartic realm of transcendence on their third full-length album Rheia, under Deathwish Inc. Produced by the mighty Jack Shirley (who had previously worked with Deafheaven, Loma Prieta, and Whirr), Rheia comes off as an ecstatic, viscerally presented convergence between black metal, post-hardcore, and post-metal. Often put in comparison with the likes of Deafheaven’s New Bermuda, it happens to be the kind of release that you would find yourself profoundly drowning in, with the vehement emotions radiating through frantic, devastating screams— sometimes switching to anthemic soothing voices, clashes of fuzz and soaring riffs, and drumbeats that resemble the racing sunbeams up there in the vague skies.

An Interview with Courtney Felle

An Interview with Courtney Felle

Interview Correspondent Olivia Hu had the pleasure of speaking to Courtney Felle, an emerging poet, essayist, editor, and political activist. 

Their talk explored the many dimensions of how our identities ultimately bleed into our work as artists, within and outside of realization.

Inevitable Deaths and Self-Care

Inevitable Deaths and Self-Care

There are days, when the past begins to resemble a caricature. A fragment, a morsel of something that was important and sacred, a morsel of something that was important and necessary. But now, exists only in lines and grunts. 

Memories of wisdom. 

An Interview with Kailey Tedesco

An Interview with Kailey Tedesco

Olivia Hu recently spoke with Kailey Tedesco, author of the full-length collection She Used to Be on a Milk Carton, from April Gloaming Publishing. In addition to this collection and her chapbook These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese, from Dancing Girl Press, she is the co-founding editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical and an associate editor for Luna Luna Magazine. She also performs as Hortensia Celeste with the Poetry Brothel.

Their talk spanned across the many realms of publishing and the exploration of creation.

From the North to the Stars: A Playlist

From the North to the Stars: A Playlist

There are a lot of things associated with the north; the radiant Northern lights, Freyr, the Norse God of fertility and peace that travels through seas with his golden-bristled boar, dead warriors called Einherjar who are brought by Valkyries to Valhalla, and the nine realms unified by the world tree Yggdrasil. A lot of beautiful things come from the north, including various, remarkable music scenes. This mixtape features music writer Ralka Skjerseth’s selection of some of the finest tunes from the Nordics, sincerely brought to you from the north to the stars.

An Interview with Amy Lauren

An Interview with Amy Lauren

L'Éphémère Review interviewer Olivia Hu speaks to Amy Lauren on her chapbook Prodigal, published with Bottlecap Press. A Mississippi poet and semi-finalist in the Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest, Amy Lauren is the author of Prodigal (Bottlecap Press, 2017) and God With Us (Headmistress Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in Believe Out Loud, Sinister Wisdom, and Cordite Poetry Review, and she has received nominations for the Best of the Net anthology and Pushcart Prize.

Their talk revolved around the way poetry allows the reclaiming and healing of one's identity, when culture and setting will not.