Natural Bridge Podcast Episode 5

Episode 5 of the Natural Bridge Podcast is now available to stream through Soundcloud or you can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. This episode features our nominees for the Pushcart Prize. Chris Souza, Andy Fogle, and Travis Mossotti read their poetry, and Bridget McDonald reads an essay by Kirsti Sandy. If you missed it, episode 4 with Alexander Weinstein is also available.

Pushcart Prize Nominations!


Natural Bridge is happy to announce our nominations for the Pushcart Prize!

Our nominations include:


“Man on the Floor” by Kirsti Sandi


“The Abandoned Quarry” by Travis Mossotti

“Ten Bands of an Oval Braided Rug” by Andy Fogle

“Occupy This Threshold” by Nandini Dhar

“Scion” by Chris Souza


“The War Ends Many Times” by Rachel hall


Congratulations to all our nominees! We hope to see you in the forthcoming issue of the Pushcart!

Leslie Pietrzyk Reading: Thursday, September 29


Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 pm UMSL North Campus SSB 331 (The bldg next to the Tower) 1 University Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63121  Author Leslie Piertryzk will read from her newest short story collection, This Angel On My Chest, winner of the 2015 Drue Heinz award. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the 16 best story collections of the year! Books will be on sale, and the author will discuss writing linked stories and answer questions. Contact Mary Troy ( or directions if needed.





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