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Solstice Reviews and Interviews Issue

solstice winter 2019

The Winter 2019 issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices online is dedicated to reviews and interviews, from authors of a wide range of genres. Included in the issue are interviews with Ana Jelnikar, Genia Blum, Serina Gousby, Tenzin Dickie, Jennifer Martelli, and Adriana Páramo, and reviews of Then Again  by Ben Berman, Bad Harvest  by Dzvinia Orlowsky, Rewilding  by January Gill O’Neil, The Raincoat Colors  by Helena Minton.

Cover photography, in addition to a portfolio inside this issue, by Keith Flynn, which documents “the effects of the Great Recession on the individual lives of people living in Appalachia, within a 75 mile radius of Asheville, North Carolina.”

Solstice Offers Diverse Voices

Primarily an online publication of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and photography, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices also provides the community with unique essays on its SolLit Blog. Recent features include:

patricia carrillo“A Writer-Photographer’s Poignant Essay about Smelter Town” by William Crawford

“Women Writers’ Roundtable: Judy Juanita, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, and Dr. Raina J. León on Life-Changing Art” by Rochelle Spencer

“Misogyny and the Acceptance of Violence Against Women” by Patricia Carrillo [pictured]

“The Immigrant Experience Then and Now — and Hope for the Future” by Diane O’Neill

“Neurodiverse Students Need Creative Arts” by Donnie Welch

“Protesting Police Brutality: From Taking a Knee in the U.S to Striking in Catalan” by Chetan Tiwari and Sandell Morse

“Writing, Meditation, and the Art of Looking” by Marilyn McCabe

Guest bloggers are invited to contribute: “We seek inspirational and informative content from diverse voices on writing craft, writing process, diversity (or lack thereof?) in the lit world, recent trends in writing and/or literature, brief author interviews, and more.” See full submission guidelines here.

Solstice Contest Winners

In the most recent issue, Solstice publishes the work of their 2012 contest award winners and finalists. They also feature a poem by Stephen Dunn after whom the poetry prize was named. Editor Lee Hope says to “plunge into this special Summer Issue and explore the depth and richness of our writers!”

Fiction Prize
Judge: Jennifer Haigh

First Place: $1,000
Amy L. Clark: “Rheumatic Fever”

Cameron MacKenzie: “Ruffly Like Christmastime”

Silvia Moreno-Garcia: “Translucent Skin”
Morgan Smith: “Messengers of God”
Janet Hilliard-Osborn: “In the Shade of the Black Walnut Tree”

Stephen Dunn Poetry Award
Judges: Kathleen Aguero and Danielle Georges

First Place: $500
Mike Nelson: “Via Dolorosa”

Emily Van Duyne: “I Blame the Ronettes”

Don Colburn: “Technicalities and the Heart”
Kristen Havens: “Centinela”
Read Trammell: “Fisherman on the Pier”

Nonfiction Prize
Judge: Jerald Walker

First Place: $500
Dawn Haines: “Aleatorik”

Gaynell Gavin: “A Failure of Narrative Distance”
Deborah Taffa: “On Bison Skulls and Trains”