Issue 29

Spring 2022

The 29th issue of Coal Hill Review examines a kaleidoscope of loss and the ways in which people face their realities and reckon with them. From fiction that explores the loss of innocence to nonfiction that records the fracturing of communities as old ways of existing clash with new ideas, and poetry that moves across thresholds and states of being, this issue traverses wide scopes of emotion with clarity and poignancy. Our pieces examine flaws and failures with open arms, and while there may not always be solutions to the ways people harm themselves or others, each work brings forth a cathartic expression of creativity in the face of decay.

Featured Content from Issue 29

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

The Right Sound

By | Fiction

“I’m worried,” she said. Her voice sounded both fearful and angry. I knew she’d come from a small town and the university life in this larger city had been challenging. “About what?” “My stories don’t sound like everybody else’s in class.”   “Well, maybe that’s a good thing,” I said.  She smiled, the charming smile she’d had earlier in the semester. “A good thing?”
Haeun Park

“The Whole Blessed Void”: A review of And Then the Gray Heaven by RE Katz

By | Book Review

Haeun Park Reviews And Then the Gray Heaven, a novella by RE Katz.

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

Oscar’s Gift

By | Fiction

“Oscar can read people’s minds, like Professor X,” he said. “He knows liars.” He wore a big grin, smug and edentulous. We looked at Allison for an explanation. She had that dramatic pissed look only preteens can fabricate, overwrought as they figure out the plasticity of their own faces, and she grabbed a fistful of Garrett’s striped t-shirt, baring her teeth at him. 

Issue 29 | Spring 2022

The Frog

By | Fiction

Much of nature expresses itself in screaming. These are the things that trees laboriously record in microscopic twitches found in their rings.