Letter from the Editor
This issue is our second one back from hiatus. We doubled submissions in all categories. This was great, but it also made the choices as to which pieces to publish even harder. You, dear submitters, don’t make it easy for us! Your writing inspires and challenges us to think deeper and broader, to push past good into the realm of excellence. We’ve always asked you to move us with your writing, to make us feel something beyond a nod to “good writing.” The whole concept of being bold and vulnerable is that the writing must be two-fold – both hard-edged and soft-centered, sharp and still able to be held in the hands. These 24 poems, 3 short fiction pieces, and 3 creative nonfiction pieces do just that. They push at us and punch, and then they find the cradle which makes all good writing tinder for the heart.
We hope you enjoy Issue Nine. Celebrate it with us on social media and with your fellow writers. And catch us in early 2023 for Issue Ten. The reading period opens on January 1, 2023.
Until then, blessings,
Featured Artist: Elizabeth Marrero
Click HERE to view Elizabeth’s art and read the Artist’s Statement