The Fiddlehead is published four times a year, devoting its Summer 2018 issue to poetry and reviews of poetry collections. The out-going co-editor, Ross Leckie, in his editorial opener, lets readers know that the special summer issues are “larger than the regular issues,” and “have the feel of something like an annual anthology.” Divided into three thematic sections each presented with a line from one of the poems within as a title and a black and white copy of the cover art—Waning Summer Light, 2017 by Sonya Mahnic—the issue contains poems by thirty-four poets and is packed with memorable work to keep company with even in the coldest of winters.
Room, published out of Canada, continues to live by their tagline “literature, art and feminism since 1975.” Room has come a long way from the white, middleclass, lesbian pieces of the 1970s. Editor Leah Golob is proud to say in her Editor’s Letter how “the magazine has taken greater care to feature a more nuanced, inclusive, and intersectional approach to gender and sexuality.” This issue is dedicated to queer writers who are either women or genderqueer. Through fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art, this issue of Room proclaims queerness that is presented in bodies and in history, a queerness that is today and yesterday and always.
You don’t have to be an expert in Chinese literature to enjoy Chinese Literature Today (CLT). And though this issue is dedicated to Chinese science fiction, featuring science fiction writer Han Song, you don’t have to be an expert in science fiction either. CLT features fiction, poetry, and interviews, in addition to literary and film criticism all by Chinese or (for the first time) Chinese-American and Tibetan authors. Framed by introductory and contextual pieces such as “A Very Brief History of Chinese Science Fiction” by Wu Yan and Yao Jianbin, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter, CLT provides readers with necessary background. All the same, be aware that a good portion of the journal is dedicated toward academic articles and scholarship rather then wholly fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.
Burnings fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, video
Our January 2019 Issue contains brilliant flash nonfiction from Abby Mims, Dustin Parsons, Susan Jackson Rodgers, Prajeet Heir, Sam Kiss, Amy Stonestrom, Rebecca McClanahan, John Skoyles, Richard Hoffman, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Bryn Chancellor, Niya Marie, Jennifer Wortman, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Harrison Candelaria Fletcher. In our Craft Section, Nicole Breit reveals the power of the literary diptych (with writing prompts), Susan Bruns Rowe considers the elusiveness of voice, and Michael Downs shows how “a single sentence or detail or image – even a particular word – can act as a ‘vein of jade’ that makes the whole work glisten." And stunning artwork by Dev Murphy.
Special Issue on Justice. Creative nonfiction by Margaret Donovan Bauer, Robin Gow, Jennifer Case, Vic Sizemore, and more; an essay by Laurie Klein; fiction by Dustin M. Hoffman, Cassandra Passarelli, and Michael McGuire; and poetry by Daisy Bassen, Elizabeth Diebold, Alice B. Fogel, Es Foong, Tim Krcmarik, Keli Osborn, Joel Peckham, Katherine Russell, Amie Whittemore, and others. Plus, Katherine Abrams in conversation with Vivian Shipley.
Issue 27 is here with nonfiction by Fred Haefele, CMarie Fuhrman, Lauren Fath, and Alexis Bonogofsky; fiction by Brady Harrison, Robert Kostuck, and Hillary Behrman; and poetry by Paulann Petersen, Tiah Lindner Raphael, Gene Goldfab, Zachary Eddy, Jeanne Julian, and Judith Chibante. Art by Kim Matthews Wheaton.
In this issue: cyanotypes, a giant hedge, nuns with tattoos, food carts, a divorcée in pumps, Naima Coltrane, an ode to the dumbphone, Charlottesville, and the winners of the 2018 Iowa Review Awards.
New work by Cameron Morse, Stefene Russell, Theresa Williams, Daisy Bassen, Mark Mazzoli, M.G. Martin, Steve Owen, Darren C. Demarree, Calvin Haul, Brittany Ackerman, Makamae Murray, Colin Dodds, Carolyn Martin, J. Tarwood, Mark DeCarteret, and Maura Way.
In this issue, find Howard Faerstein’s editor selections in poetry: Eden Bailie, Emily Robidoux, Noel Sloboda, and Robert Schultz. Also in this issue are Virginia Pye’s editor selections in short fiction: Jason Grunspan, Jessica Barksdale, Lois Wolfe, and Victoria Kellawy.