Amanda Johnston, Cave Canem Fellow, Affrilachian Poet, and now founding editor, brings readers and writers the new online publication Torch: poetry, prose, and short stories by African American Women.
"Torch was established to promote the work of African American women. We provide a place to celebrate contemporary poetry, prose, and short stories by experienced and emerging writers alike. We prefer our contributors to take risks and offer a diverse body of work that examines and challenges preconceived notions regarding race, ethnicity, gender roles, and identity."
Torch accepts submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, photography and artwork, from April 15 through August 31.
The inaugural Spring/Summer 2008 issue includes FLAME - an interview, biography, and work sample of Tayari Jones, and SPARK - featuring work by Kamilah Aisha Moon, poetry and prose by Lauren K. Alleyne, Tara Betts, Renee Breeden, Kelly Norman Ellis, francine harris , Lilian Oben, darlene anita scott, Nancy Shakir, Bianca Spriggs, a short story by Keli Stewart, and artwork by Nicole Goodwin (work featured above: "Flowers for the Fallen").