Lee Hope

Spring 2014 Editor’s Note

First, a timely ANNOUNCEMENT:  Solsticelitmag will be on a Grub Street panel with Talking Writing on the topic: DigitalLit:  Why Online Journals Deserve More Respect at 3:45 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston on Friday, May 2nd.   Also, we’ll be a party where editors meet writers on Thursday eve from 5-7 pm.  https://grubstreet.org/muse/lit-week-2014/thursday-may-1st/    And go to MuseandtheMarketplace.org for their amazing weekend schedule.

Also, we announce the first recipient of the KURT BROWN Memorial FELLOWSHIP of $1,000 for a student to attend Pine Manor’s Solstice MFA Low-Residency, with which Solsticelitmag, an independent nonprofit, has an informal sisterly connection.  Congratulations to incoming MFA poetry student: Lisa Sullivan.


First, our cover:  “Water Issues” photographic fine art journalism by Dominic Chavez.  Click photography for more of this vital series on water pollution in third world countries.

Our divergent fiction ranges from a premise piece by John Brown Spiers, to subtle magical realism by David Low, to the realism of Elizabeth Searle’s not so quiet story of a quiet car, and Eric May’s depiction of the rise of a Southern African American family dynasty, and Catherine Bell’s depiction of the decline of a WASP family’s fortune.  Also we feature short innovative work, two experimental pieces by Steven Huff, a sexual fantasy by Jenifer DeBellis and a lyrical voice piece by Vincent Craig Wright.

Our culturally relevant nonfiction includes a unique multimedia piece by Thomas Larson, also a brilliant essay investigating African American fatherhood by Trent Masiki; a lyrical piece critiquing the death of JFK by Martin C. Hansen; and finally a provocative essay critiquing psychiatry by Thomas Mallouk.

Also click on our ever-expanding feature: Book Reviews.

And don’t forget our amazing, award-winning Video Performance Poetry, edited by nationally-known Regie Gibson.  And again we announce our new international category:  Poetry in Translation, edited by Dzvinia Orlowsky.

Thanks to all our fine editors, readers and staff.  Please see their bios on our impressive Staff Page.  Huge thanks to eBook co-editor Debbie Merion for the publication of our first eBook, Everything She Knows by Mike Miner.  We congratulate our co-editor for poetry, Ben Berman, on the nomination of his poetry collection, Strange Borderlands, for a Massachusetts Book Award.  And again, we are deeply pleased to welcome our new poetry co-editor, the gifted Jamaal May.  His poetry editor’s note is below.

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Warmly, Lee Hope


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