Citron 10: Winter 2019

Letter from the Editor

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
Mark Strand, “The Coming of Light”


Shoppers in Montreal

IMAGE CREDIT: Nathan R. Elliott. St. Catherine Noël. 2019.

Tonight we celebrate Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. On this dark evening we reflect on the year that is closing and the one that is coming near. In this bustling season it sometimes feels as though there is no safe place to express loss or doubt. Mark Strand’s tender words invite us to believe that it is never too late for love or the return of the light. As this day slows and we finally find ourselves in bed, the natural world goes on and “even this late the bones of the body shine and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.” We are grateful that you have taken this time in your busy life to find a moment of stillness to join us in reading the work of our winter writers.

Tonight we also think back on our year at Citron. In September, we kicked off our 10th anniversary by publishing Citron 10: Fall 2019 and our anthology, Citron 10: Celebrating 10 Years of the Short Form.  For the past year we poured over a decade of work by writers who touched our lives with their words. We also nominated some of our favorite work from our tenth year for Best of the Net, Best Microfiction, and The Pushcart Prize. Last summer we created Zest, and in 2020 you can expect book reviews and more by our editors. Thank you for spending another year with us celebrating the short form and its writers.

On behalf of The Citron Review, may this season bring light and love to you and yours, and a happy new year.

Warmest wishes,
Angela M. Brommel
Poetry Editor
The Citron Review




Table of Contents



Notes on the selections by Eric Steineger

Richard Foerster First Poem
Shannon K. Winston Peer
The Spinners
David J. Bauman Through the Dark
Creative Nonfiction

Notes on the selections by Nathan R. Elliott

Denton Loving The Topography of Tears
Lisa Tuininga The Farrier
Will McMillan Kids in the Hall
Savannah Slone i want to start a podcast but

Notes on the selections by Elizabeth De Arcos

Flash Fiction

Paul Beckman Crumbs
Kris Willcox Hanging Out the Laundry
Bleriana Myftiu The Soldier on the Mountain
Emma Pattee Men learn to swim in the deep end

Micro Fiction

DS Levy Babyland
Sean Pravica Sign of Life
2019 Pushcart Nominations
2019 Best Microfiction Nominations
2019 Best of the Net Nominations




Snow on brush in desert

IMAGE CREDIT: Jill Katherine Chmelko. Protest Road, Winter. 2019.

🍋Our Tenth Anniversary


    Cheers to ten years of celebrating the short form.


🍋 Instagram

Winter will soon come to a close and everyone's crying! We trust Paul Beckman to reveal a trail through it all. Paul Beckman’s fourth short story collection is Kiss Kiss (Truth Serum Press), was a finalist for the 2019 Short Story Indie Book Awards. He was one of the winners of @bestsmallfictions 2016. He won the Editor’s Choice Award in 2016 from Fiction Southeast, and was in the #WigleafTop50. His stories have appeared in @jellyfishreviewig, @spelkfiction, @litromedia, @pankmagazine, Lost Balloon and many others. Paul curates the FBomb NY flash fiction reading series monthly at KGB Bar & @kgblitjournal. #amreading #flashfiction
Don't cry...or maybe do. A deeper look at our saltiest moments with Denton Loving's "The Topography of Tears." Denton Loving is the author of the poetry collection Crimes Against Birds and editor of Seeking Its Own Level, an Anthology of Writings about Water. His writing has recently appeared in @lunchwithironhorse, @kenyonreview, #ChattahoocheeReview and #TheThreepennyReview. #amreading #creativenonfiction
US President George Washington rode a horse, of course. So we are recognizing this President's birthday with our Winter Issue story, "The Farrier, by Lisa Tuininga. Lisa Tuininga writes fiction and creative nonfiction. She holds a BA in English Literature from DePaul University and has studied at Seattle’s literary center, @hugohouse. Her work has appeared in @belletristmagazine , Adanna Literary Journal, @sharkreeflit, and others (under pen name Lisa Regen) and she is working on her first novel. #amreading #amsubmitting
Whether you celebrate V-Day or you're anti-V-Day, we all have laundry to do. Kris Willcox's work is in publications including The Cimarron Review​, @beloitfictionjournal , and @PDXReview. #amreading #flashfiction #litmag
Dive deep into some #flashfiction with @elpattee. Emma Pattee’s writing has been published in @nytimes and @carvecommunity and is forthcoming in @marieclairemag. She was a 2019 AWP Writer-to-Writer mentee and leads the Portland chapter of Women Who Submit. She is currently working on a novel.
We review the debut Cathy Ulrich collection Ghosts of You (@okaydonkeymag) We're over the moon with ZEST. #amreading #flashfiction

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