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This issue of Catamaran homes in on the human experience, from the personal to the ontological. Our cover art is by Bay Area based painter Rolland Petersen, whose 60 year painting career is legendary, and whose wife Caryl is his model and muse. Alison Harris's story "The Knot" and Varda Fiszbein's "The Transparent Scarf" illustrate the beauty of chance encounters. Thomas Christensen gives us an informative survey of the prevailing theories of what constitutes life in his essay "La Vie en Rose." Poet Farnaz Fatemi stuns us with her viscerality, depening the artistic narrative. The paintings of Jason E. Carter illustrate the shades of suburban life in his "Domestic" series.
Chagrin River Review is back from a short hiatus with all new poetry and prose in its Spring 2018 issue. This 11th issue features poetry by Paul Hostovsky, Mercedes Lawry, Chris Lilley, Johnnie Clemens May, T. J. McGuire, Jeremy Schnotala, Wendy Scott, and Karen Weyant; and fiction by Christopher Acker, Grace Campbell, and Jennifer Porter.
The latest issue of Concho River Review features fiction by Deborah Nedelman, E.K. Ota, Jeff Pearson, and Sally Wagner; nonfiction by Laura Bernstein-Machlay, Melissa Knox, and Debbie Williams; poetry by twenty-three poets, including Jonathan Bracker, Robert Cooperman, Lyman Grant, Laura Quinn Guidry, Joan Payne Kincaid, Richard Krohn, Matthew Spireng, Larry D. Thomas, Terri Tucker, David Vancil, T.D. Walker, and Jerry Whitus ; and six book reviews.
Our 50th issue features poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from Scott Nadelson, David Starkey, Terri Brown-Davidson, Anne Champion, Eric G. Wilson, Stephanie Bane, Charlene Logan Burnett, Richard Spilman, Bryce Berkowitz, and many more. Plus, the editor interviews Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate and former Pembroke Magazine editor. The issue's stunning cover art comes from Indian artist Mahirwan Mamtani's Mandala Conscious Beings series.
There is wonder and delight in RHINO 2018, to be sure. Just as there is goofy, slack-jawed, and subversive humor. And, of course, the issue is flush with imagination and linguistic artistry. But with titles like “Naked Bootleg and the American Distance” and “Being Caught in a Failing State,” this year’s poems also reveal the distinctly anxious tenor of our time. In this issue, find the Founders' Prize Winner: Asking for a Friend by Abby E. Murray; the Editor's Prize Winner: Worms by Erika Brummett; and the Translation Prize Winner: Hat by Dejan Aleksic trans. Charles Simic.