Editor-in-Chief of Bellingham Review since 2015, Susanne Paola Antonetta has announced she will be stepping down from her role to focus more on her own writing and perhaps even start her own small press. She writes, “I’m thrilled to be passing along the editorship to Jane Wong,” poet and nonfiction writer whose most recent book is How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James Press, 2021). Closing out her final issue, Susanne writes, “Literature may not fix our problems, but it fixes us to one another. It allows us to see that the view from another’s space in this world is both akin to ours and radically different [. . . ] each word is an invitation to a longed-for dialogue, on both ends.”
Offering ways to connect in this newest issue of Bellingham Review are the 2021 Contest Winners: Keya Mitra for fiction, Lisa Nikolidakis for nonfiction, and Andrea Hollander for poetry. Also featured is Fiction by Farha Mukri and Marc Vincenz, Nonfiction by Gordon W. Mennenga, L.I. Henley, and “Critical Conversation” by Denise Duhamel & Julie Marie Wade, Poetry by Darius Atefat-Peckham, G.C. Waldrep, Robert Cording, Stacy Boe Miller, Mira Rosenthal, and Martha Silano, Hybrid works by Lissa Batista and Suzanne Manizza Roszak. Cover photo by Susan Bennerstrom.