by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

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Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is the author of the award-winning Descanso For My Father: Fragments of a Life and Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams. His lyric essays and prose poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA programs at Colorado State University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Dawn”?

“Dawn” is from a larger project exploring notions of in-between-ness. With it I’d hoped to examine the residues of a dream – a kind of awakening – and the emotional reflections-refractions we carry over from sleep. I’d never written a tryptic before and I love how the form allows for echoes, ripples, shimmers, etc. Now I’m hooked!


Congrats to the Best Small Fictions nominations from Matter Press for Compressed Creative Arts: Sara Backer’s “Oh, What a Night”; Dan Crawley’s “Powers”; Jill Talbot’s “Malahat Highway on Boxing Day”; Christopher Allen’s “Falling Man;” and Kathy Fish’s “Five Micros.”


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now open. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period closes June 15, 2019; submit here.


03/18 • Tamara Gane
03/20 • Tiff Holland
03/25 • Sara Crowley
03/27 • Hannah van Didden
04/01 • Ian Mahler
04/08 • Cindy Hunter Morgan
04/15 • Mason Binkley