Issue 27

Winter 2021

The 27th issue of Coal Hill Review features work that explores the self and connection to one’s family, as well as the nature of decay. This issue’s writers delve into these ideas with curiosity and poignancy. Join them as they unravel what it means to know oneself, even the darkest parts.

This winter, we find ourselves the ones falling from the bird’s nest, learning new lessons, wandering the natural world, and mourning the way people fade until they’re gone. We hope you enjoy moving through this season’s work as much as we did.

Featured Content from Issue 27

Issue 27 | Winter 2021


By | Fiction

The scrubs are itchy and tight and he feels ridiculous with the stethoscope draped around his neck. He wonders if it is real but he would feel even more ridiculous putting it in his ears, pressing whatever the thing is called on his chest, listening for the soft bump of his own heartbeat. He wonders how much of his life has been spent in exactly this way, standing to the side, offstage, waiting for the Rabbit to show him up again.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021

Memory Theater

By | Poetry

Can’t find my shoes. Forget them. Torn sheet? Forget that. The soft quilt drifts, my cast-off reading glasses tilt sideways— slippery sheet, blind glasses, orphan shoes: a stage for drunken love though I’m sober.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021

The Oracle of Thompson Street: Remembering Samuel Menashe

By | Nonfiction

Dumbstruck, I felt like I’d just been hit in the gut by a bowling ball. Could it be the very same Samuel Menashe from Chautauqua? The old man with the suspenders and hair like lemon meringue?

Issue 27 | Winter 2021

Review and Interview: The Falls

By | Book Review

Risa Denenberg reviews The Falls by Emily Mohn-Slate and interviews the author.