Arna Bontemps Hemenway
Arna Bontemps Hemenway’s fiction is forthcoming from or has previously appeared in the Seattle Review, Bat City Review and Epilogue Magazine and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Hemenway was the third-place winner of The Atlantic‘s 2008 Fiction Contest and has been awarded both the Truman Capote Fellowship and John C. Schupes Fellowship of Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he is completing his MFA. 
Jul 17 2011
In the Mosque of Imam Alwani
This was when they lived in the eternal city. It seemed possible that the trio’s little corner of the Kurdish spring—the square chimneys of the brick kilns unfurling their listing columns of black smoke into the high, clear light, the sloped, red sides of the river, secreted within the ellipses of bank woods and seething with insects in the lambent dawn before the air filled with the clattering gossip of the washerwomen and the collisions of the silver-voiced children worrying its shallows—had, since the beginning of time, continued in just this way in its sounds and habits, relying on no allegiance other than the residents’ curious sense of belief in their own perpetuity. This was when Bajh and Asti and Araz all lived there together, when they were young and the fields and herds still seemed born entirely anew each spring; this was when it was still their city to have.