Looking Forward, Looking Back

A print from Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures (Band 1,1) with different images of Janus. (Wikimedia Commons)

A print from Bernard de Montfaucon's L'antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures (Band 1,1) with different images of Janus. (Wikimedia Commons)

Named after the double-faced Roman god Janus, who looks backward and forward, the month of January prompts us to both reflect on the previous year and look ahead at what a new year might hold--an effect that's inevitably heightened in a year of presidential transition and seems more fraught than ever this time around.

At Ink & Letters we've looked back at 2016 with gratitude for the wonderful writers and artists who shared their work with us, and for the readers who subscribed and shared the magazine with others. We pause now to acknowledge six outstanding writers whose work we nominated for inclusion in the annual Puschart Prize anthology, which honors and collects "the best of the small presses." Our Pushcart nominees include:

  • "The Plaza of Good Success" by John Poch (poem, issue 3)
  • "Inflated Worth" by Laurie Jean Cannady (nonfiction, issue 3)
  • "Copper" by Joshua M. Hren (fiction, issue 3)
  • "In My Defense" by D. G. Geis (poem, issue 4)
  • "For When You Cannot Shower" by Marci Rae Johnson (poem, issue 4)
  • "Gaze, Shift, Repeat" by Ellen Estilai (nonfiction, issue 4)

We also look ahead to producing two new issues in the coming year, starting with our spring issue, themed "In Black & White." Whatever else 2017 brings, we believe it will also bring art and writing that stirs us to look backward and forward, within and without.