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A Spy In the House of Love

A Spy In the House of Love

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in On The Personal Narrative | No Comments

By Marcia Aldrich.   I wrote a scene for an essay called “The Mother Bed,” and I return to it repeatedly, involuntarily. Writers aren’t supposed to repeat themselves.  The assumption is a writer works through the emotions of a scene and then lets it go. Whoever  developed this theoretical ideal didn’t grow up in my […]

Act Three

Act Three

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Announcements | No Comments

By David Lazar.   Everyone may hath two birthdays, as Charles Lamb suggests, but the same doesn’t necessarily hold for literary magazines. So with glee and bated breath (for blowing out candles, of course) Hotel Amerika is set to embark on its third act (oh, Scott, in America there are endless acts . . . […]

The Body Rights Movement

The Body Rights Movement

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Politics of Writing | No Comments

By Lisa Samuels. I’m seeing a Body Rights Movement rising up and gathering cogency. The U.S. woman with the mattress on her back, protesting her university’s unwillingness to expel her rapist; young women in Aotearoa/New Zealand chaining themselves to the police station to protest the dismissal of charges against the RoastBusters; recent U.S. public meetings […]

Hotel Amerika’s
TransGenre Writing Contest
Winners Announced


1st Place: Sarah Minor, “Nest”

2nd Place: Dana Curtis​,​ ” Two Films”

Honorable Mention:
​adrian nichols​,​ “lexicon of anarchy, no. xxii”​
Sophie Monatte​,​ “Fragments”

Please look for these and other exceptional works in Hotel Amerika Volume 14, coming Winter 2016.




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