And so, our first issue of the year arrives. Quite by accident, many of our writers ended up referencing—partially or wholly—their fathers. Their relationship with their father, the chasms or connections between parent and child, between understanding and lack thereof. The writers within have also touched on their relationship or their subject’s relationship with religion, with the current goings on in our own world and how we struggle against convention. We’ve also got an Objects of Derision interview with wondrous poet Fisayo Adeyeye, & flippin’ astonishing art from Shoko Ishida. We hope that you’ll fall in love with this issue as much as we have.
Thank you to Fisayo Adeyeye, Yusra Amjad, M. J. Arlett, Jason Barry, Craig Burnett, Ava C. Cipri, Hannah Cohen, Kate DeBolt, Glyn Edwards, Rita Feinstein, Beth Gilstrap, Rachana Hegde, Shoko Ishida, Wilson Josephson, Shawn McClure, Anika Prakash, Rushda Rafeek, Lisa Schapiro Flynn, Margarita Serafimova, Shruti Swaminathan, Brandon Thurman, Benjamin Winkler, & Tara Isabel Zambrano; thank you for your words & art, for trusting us with them, for providing us with respite and thought, with the beautiful and monstrous parts of our world.
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