Here in Vermont, we are celebrating Mud Season in all of its glory.
Our slate of authors and artists bring a spirit of resilience and dogged determination to Issue #43.
- Nonfiction author Lauren Mauldin explores body image and self-acceptance in “Keto Crash.” In a voice that’s confident and wry, she weaves a compelling story while tackling head-on misguided societal expectations around weight. Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson said she appreciated Mauldin’s “ability to share honest stories of hurt without portraying herself as a victim.” Her writing asks important questions while never losing its humanity.
- Poet Joshua Sassoon Orol takes the name Shoshana as the foundation for “Shoshana’s Mother,” a series of poems that explore the name as a character and as a Hebrew word that has changed meaning over time. Says our staff mentor, Julia Shipley: “I love how these poems progressively illuminate a less explored perspective, how culture and gender identity are swirled and discussed in exact language.”
- Fiction author Carley Gomez tells the story of a nine-year-old girl and her father. In What Does a Nine Year-Old Know? he struggles to understand her; she teaches him things he didn’t expect. Together, they forge ahead as they navigate the complexity of growing up, negotiating identity, and accepting loss.
- Our featured artist for Issue #43, Ann Calandro, presents a series of mixed media collages that swirl with life, asking the viewer to linger in the details. She calls her style “enchanted realism” – the world as it is, yet something askew. Where the real meets the imaginary, she finds inspiration in the small moments of life.
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