Fall/Winter 2015

If you haven’t heard, Solsiticelitmag received two citations for Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2015.  Jabari Asim and Mary Collins were chosen.  Congratulations!

In this issue, we wish to honor the twentieth anniversary reissue of Richard Hoffman’s iconic, prescient memoir Half the House (New Rivers Press), a profound look into childhood abuse that has influenced many victims to come forward and take action.  A must read!  Also, please go to our Blog in this issue for a provocative, relevant interview with Richard.

We also are honoring Lou Jones, internationally known photographer, by featuring selections from his powerful new series, panAFRICAproject, which includes our cover photograph.  Check out his artist’s statement in photography.

And as fiction editor, I offer thanks to our talented cast of diverse writers, a testament to co-existence in this time of division.  From Donna Gordon’s literary horror story; to Tom Whalen’s postmodern take on a German language school; to Sarah Colwill-Brown’s tale of sexual exploitation; to William Petersen’s lyrical story of a jazz musician; to Brett Riley’s story of a disgraced vet; to two vastly different novel excerptsKim McLarin’s set back in the tumultuous life of a freed slave, and Alan Davis’s life of a marginal dreamer starting in the 60s.

These talented authors will enrich us, derail us, challenge us.  So delve into our current issue, read on!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  A warm welcome to our new managing editor, Carissa Halston, an editor herself of  apt, an online journal, and Aforementioned Productions.  Please check out her amazing bio on the Contributors’ page.

Also, we will have a booth at AWP, again shared with the fab journal, Talking Writing.  Also, we’re co-hosting an offsite reception on April 1st, from 5-7 p.m. at the O Hotel in LA with Talking Writing, Juked and the Santa Monica Review!  More info and invites to come!

And in these troubled times, we renew our outreach to writers of diversity.

Join us.  Subscribe.  Donate.  Lee Hope, editor in chief


Nonfiction Editor’s Note

What a feast of voices are represented in this issue’s nonfiction! Identity, grief, learning, regret, all situated in the realm of memory, the only dimension where what has happened, and who has since passed on, still exists, for better and for worse. Enjoy!

And we have an announcement to make! The much anticipated novel, Horsefever, by award-winning fiction writer and our editor-in-chief, Lee Hope, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press on Feb. 15, 2016. Stay tuned for more announcements. Go to leehopebooks for more info!

–Richard Hoffman


Poetry Editor’s Note

She admits she is haunted, but does so softly, writes George Drew in his poem, Haunted, and that seems to be a running theme throughout all of the poems in this issue. We hear it in Basho’s whispers in Meena Alexander’s, Little Burnt Holes, we see it in the graffiti on the walls in Jenifer DeBellis’, Asylum, and we feel it in Wendy Mnookin’s Russian Novel when the narrator pulls Anna Karenina/ from the diaper bag.

Maybe we were subconsciously preparing for another harsh New England winter when we chose these poems, remembering that in a winter-hardened house, as Sheryl White writes, nothing approaches that will end in honey. But as Jose Treja-Maya reminds us in Inipi, there are certain songs that last forever. And these poems sing – offering us both the burden of a broken body, from Zilka Joseph, and the blue on our bodies/ that can’t be blotted out, from Karl Krolow.

We are particularly delighted to include a section of elegantly spare and deeply intimate poems by 20th century poets, Karl Krolow and Kuno Raeber translated from German and Swiss German (respectively) by Stuart Friebert.

Language haunts us because it is a conduit for disruption. It is a space for discussion, for reflection. Words linger. They stay with us. Ultimately, we are haunted by what we are trying to heal in our own lives.

Kindest regards, Ben Berman, January Gill O’Neil, and Dzvinia Orlowsky