These last few months have been unlike any we have faced in our lives. The novel coronavirus has forced us to confront personal, political, and economic questions that have been deferred by our country for decades. We believe our Winter 2020 issue addresses the same questions the coronavirus has exposed with an eye on the personal responsibility we all share in answering them.
Contained within this issue, you will find stories and poems that engage with the impact of climate change on animal and human life, the necessity of education to personal growth, the inequalities of class privilege, survival, love, and much more. The visual art featured complements the literary work with searching portrayals of the intersections between nature and society, identity and culture, fantasy and reality. These topics shape and are shaped by the choices we make every day and are reflected in the narratives and lyrics of our contributors’ works. These are the choices that act as the foundations of any powerful work of literature and we are proud to publish these unique perspectives.
With that in mind, as you read this issue, hopefully it will reveal to you an experience or question that requires your attention and acts as a source of light and comfort in what has already been described as potentially the “darkest winter of modern history.”
Stay safe and well,
Patti Jeane Pangborn & Trevor Fuller
P.S. The winner of our poetry contest, judged by CAConrad, will be announced soon so stay tuned to our social media. Thank you to everyone who submitted!