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

A few days later, while sitting on the rocks that served as the front steps, avoiding work, Arturo, Leo, and Adriana saw their father coming up the mountain, and on his shoulders was a goat. Adriana let out a shriek that Arturo was sure had startled the goat, because he could see it jerking and thrashing on his father’s shoulders, attempting to get free.
lance olsen author photo

My Red Heaven

By | Book Review

Jeffrey Condran reviews My Red Heaven by Lance Olsen.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021

War Story

By | Fiction

Baldy spots two breasts floating in the water. Baldy, Country, Sarge, R.J., and I all line up along the water’s edge. “Look at this,” Aftershock yells from downriver. A torso propped up by a knotted rubber tree.  Nervous laughter. Baldy throws up.  Country points to another body, neck to belly, that surfaces near the first.

Issue 27 | Winter 2021


By | Poetry

Her heart two-steps, now flesh, now metaphor, while her mind—the brain when it blushes— gently nets a halo: thought bubbles and unlit bulbs.