It is Winter. Once again, we find ourselves in the icy grips of the season on the east coast of the Americas. Some of us are a little worse for wear, are desperate for answers, for safety. The political world is in turmoil and anxieties are high, but this is also a season for giving and hope and love. Our hope is that this issue will serve as a respite from some of the overwhelming anxiety, that these talented artists will allow you pause, comfort, space to think.
This issue features enchanting art by Kmye Chan, and poetry exploring place, memory, and things lost to us by Emily Pinkerton, who is also the subject of our Objects of Derision feature interview. Work in this issue also looks to the literal and figurative beyond, to the power of language, of the mythic, and to the impact of loss and love in our everyday lives.
To Fisayo Adeyeye, Devon Balwit, Robert Beveridge, Ace Boggess, Kevin Casey, Kmye Chan, Marlena Chertock, Doug Cornett, Emily Corwin, Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, Kathryn Hargett, Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios, Michele Leavitt, Courtney LeBlanc, Elisa Luna-Ady, Ashley Mares, Nate Maxson, Emily Pinkerton, Timothy Otte, Alex Reece Abbott, George Salis, Lori Sambol Brody, Jamie Samdahl, Mike Shier, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Steph Wang, Melissa Wiley, and Linda Wojtowick: thank you for entrusting us with your work, for sharing your extraordinary talents with us.
Thank you also to Sara Iacovelli, Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad, Joseph Spece, Graham Oliver, Olga Belykh, Daniel Warner, Julia Dixon Evans, Andrea Hackbarth, John Boucher, Diana Khong, Andrew Saavedra and Lindsay Branca, without whom I would always be lost, and to Will Kaufman, who we hope will return to us one day.
Thank you.
Emma Fissenden