What Happens to the Future
by John Blair
There is no future.
It’s that simple. New Orleans
humps its sodden past Read more...
by Dwayne Martine
Discover me, find me,
as my woven ends
unravel in your hands, Read more...
by Denise Bergman
Her portable garden escapes the terry gym towel.
Unweeded gladiola shoulders.
Arms with petal trails. Read more...
by Sanjeev Sethi
One can buy someone’s bairn,
collect a kidney or chew a cherry. Read more...
ST. CHARLES SCARECROW FEST
by Len Krisak
Their gestures in the eye of day, as day
Dives down on city square, on booth, and hay Read more...
Gezi Park, 2013
by Hedy Habra
At nightfall, they melt into a sea of discontent, glide like a procession of fireflies answering the same call. Read more...
The Land of the Dead Is Open for Business
by Jacob Strautmann
These byways inevitably
find one un-branching road below Read more...
by Geraldine Zetzel
Inside the tent with my mother
the women are wailing: Read more...
This Shining Night
by Thomas Larson
In January 1971, I was living in Columbia, Missouri, where for two years I’d been an undergraduate English major at the University.[i] A surprise to literate me, I’d become pencil-sucking bored with my classes, especially the non-electives “Restoration Drama” and “Chaucer.” Read more...
Ess, Ess, Mein Kihnd
by Debbie Merion
From far points, Bob, Rachel and I fly into the same city—Los Angeles. We have no idea how long we will be in L.A., how much underwear to pack, the big or the small toothpaste, but we are there on a mission: to help our Abigail fight her anorexia. Read more...
by Valerie Miner
You glance out the window at the tranquil spring evening. Three stories down to the glorious almond blossoms and purple magnolias dazzling the campus after long dreary rains. Northern California heaven. Read more...
The Secret Eater
by Laurie Foos
At first the blue girl was nothing but a rumor, a whisper. Read more...
by Estela González
Magali and I crossed the street to the Richardson’s. Nine o’clock in the morning: a good time to get rid of things. Read more...
by Jerry Whitus
He would put in just south of Jacque Rosier Baygall, where she’d put in, and paddle downstream one-and-a-quarter creek miles to the sandbar Read more...
by Gary Percesepe
Gabrielle pulls up to a Conoco gas station. “I need to use the restroom. You need anything?” Read more...
ON THE BLACK SEA, WE FLOAT
by Amrit Chima
The daughter waves a hand in front of her mother’s face, fascinated—and alarmed—by the half visible irises Read more...
by Sean Conway
Not that it mattered now,
but the kid had this coming a long time. Read more...
by Sean Gandert
The Tech didn't notice new patients any more.
This hadn't always been the case Read more...
Corn Dogs, Blue Ribbons, and the American Pastoral
by Meg Birnbaum
This portfolio presents a wistful visual record of this American tradition that has changed little over the past century. Read more...
So much good news to announce for SolLitMag: First, we welcome our terrific new Managing Editor and Blog Editor, Amy Yelin. Amy is also a published author of fine nonfiction! And we announce our forthcoming (April, 2015) print anthology, Selections from Solstice, celebrating our first five years. And check for our forthcoming (2014) third eBook, Sadgirls, by Margaret Garcia. Also, we’ll have a booth at AWP 2015, monitor a panel on editors speak on diversity, and co-host a reception with Talking Writing and Juked.
Now to our Winter Issue: Here’s to an impressive diversity of styles in Fiction: Featuring acclaimed author Valerie Miner’s mysterious realistic piece. Moving into the magical realism of Laurie Foos, to the prose poetry of a lesbian encounter by Estela Gonzales, to the beautifully crafted realistic stories by Amrit Chima and Jerry Whitus, to the edgy postmodern realism of Gary Percesepe, to the hardcore realism of Sean Conway, and the quirky premise fiction of Sean Gandert.
For Nonfiction we offer a range from the profound multi-media essay by Thomas Larson to Allen Gee’s deep-going metaphorical insights into deep-water fishing, to Debbie Merion’s in-depth look into anorexia.
Unending thanks to our devoted, creative editors Richard Hoffman, author of the acclaimed memoir Love & Fury, and to Ben Berman, poet and author of Strange Borderlands. (Order through our sidebar ads!) And with gratitude to Dzvinia Orlowsky for editing Poetry in Translation. And thanks to DeWitt Henry for promoting two pieces in this issue. And to our devoted readers and staff. Please Subscribe for free, follow us on Twitter, become a Facebook Friend. Join our diverse, ever-growing community! We are promoting diversity in the arts!
Lee Hope, editor in chief
Ps. And order the new anthology, American Fiction, 2014, published by the distinguished New Rivers Press.
Poetry Editor’s Note:
I’m always fascinated by the process of how an issue comes together – begins to find a shape and form of its own. What happens, say, when John Blair’s poem, What Happens to the Future, suddenly finds it way next to Dwayne Martine’s, Artifact. Or what it’s like to read Len Krisak’s piece about a scarecrow festival in St. Charles, Illinois, juxtaposed next to Hedy Habra’s poem about protests in Gezi Park. Or what it means to consider Jacob Strautmann’s The Land of the Dead is Open for Business beside Geraldine Zetzel’s Survivor. And it seems fitting as we approach the winter solstice that the issue begins with the line: So, I have lost you, in a poem called Autumn, by Tran Nhuong, translated by Bruce Weigl and Nguyen Ba Chung and ends with this note from Geraldine Zetzel: Cold, let him not know/that I am to be your bride.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS: SolsticeLitBooks third eBook just published! Sad Girls and Other Stories by Margaret Elysia Garcia. Sad Girls & Other Stories explores the world of chicanas, their families and their friends, as they come of age near Freeway 605 in a dystopian Los Angeles. Learn more or read the book here! Many thanks to co-editor for eBooks, Jenifer DeBellis.
And congrats to Mike Miner, his eBook “Everything She Knows” won an honorable mention in the 2014 Global eBook Awards!
Solsticelitmag will be moderating a panel at AWP15. Title: Making Diversity Happen. And we’ll be sharing a booth at the AWP Bookfair with Talking Writing. More to come.
Also, we thank our donors at our June annual bash and fundraiser! You will be listed soon on our donor’s page! Our first silent auction was a success! Many thanks to two restaurants in the Boston area: Sweet Basil and Not Your Average Joes for donating gift certificates. And to Laure-Anne Bosselaar Bill Betcher, Kathleen Aguero, Helen Elaine Lee, and many others for silent auction donations. And to Richard Hoffman and to Beacon Books, for donating so many copies of his stellar memoir, Love and Fury. Please get this provocative family saga of betrayal and reconciliation.
In these trying times, literature can reflect our innermost concerns. Read on. Lee Hope
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