Welcome to Issue No. 3 of Prime Number: 

A Journal of Distinctive Poetry & Prose

Letter from the Editors

Dear Readers,

The time has come to launch Issue No. 3 of Prime Number. This issue, like the first (No. 2), is filled with wonderful stories, essays, poems, interviews and reviews. You'll find fiction by  Richard Wiley, John Givens, Anne Leigh Parrish, Meagan Ciesla, and Jon Trobaugh; essays by Elizabeth Bernays, Randall Horton, Nina Feng, and Joe Mills; poetry by Susan Meyers, Mark Smith-Soto, Lola Haskins, and Nick Ripatrazone; and a review of Lori Ostlund's The Bigness of the World. We've also got two interviews in this issue. One is with Christine Schutt, whose novel Florida was a National Book Award Finalist. The other is with debut-novelist Emma Rathbone. We're also excited by our "cover" for this issue--a beautiful photograph by Katinka Matson: "Three Hanging Calla Lillies."

As with Issue No. 2, our launch doesn't mean the end. Come back in a couple of weeks for the first of four updates we'll post to this issue--with flash fiction, flash non-fiction, and poetry.

And a final note: Please send us your work! We're looking for short stories and essays under 3,000 words, including flash fiction and non-fiction. We're also looking for poetry of various lengths, reviews, short plays, interviews, and even cover art. (The next issue will be No. 5, so send us art that represents the number 5.) To learn more, visit our submissions page. 

We expect to publish both emerging and established writers. We don’t have an aesthetic. Our goal is to publish distinctive work, regardless of theme and style. We're looking for poetry and prose on all subjects--not just math or numbers!

One more thing: Prime Number Magazine is published by Press 53, a terrific small press helping to keep literature alive.

-The Editors 


Table of Contents, Prime Number Magazine

Issue 3, October-December 2010



Susan Laughter Meyers

What It's Like

The Body

Home from Fairchild Tropical Garden

Dogged by Worry

Lola Haskins

At Twenty-two Months, Ava Launches Her Poetry Career

Of Dust on a White Counter



Mark Smith-Soto

To One Inspecting My Poems

Morning Dream

Nick Ripatrazone


Maria Falconetti

Salem Falls Board of Education:Minutes for Monday, January 12, 1991



Anne Leigh Parrish

The Fall

Jon Trobaugh


John Givens

The Palace Orphan

Richard Wiley

Home Delivery

Meagan Ciesla

24 Points



Randall Horton

Ghost Enjambment

Elizabeth Bernays

Your Brain Knows More Than You Do

Joe Mills

Reading Back the Way I Came

Nina Feng




Interview with Christine Schutt, author of Florida and All Souls

Interview with Emma Rathbone, author of The Patterns of Paper Monsters

Joe Mills

Review of The Bigness of the World, by Lori Ostlund


Prime Number Decimals

Prime Number Decimals 3.2

Prime Number Decimals 3.3

Prime Number Decimals 3.5

Prime Number Decimals 3.7