Great Things to Come

When we received “Everything Is Already Inside Something Else” in a submission for Ink & Letters Issue 4, we knew we had a great poem on our hands. 

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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. 

What would Laurie Jean Cannady read?

Back in June we created the Ink & Letters Summer Reading List, consisting of books several of our contributors and friends recommend that everyone read. We've also been sharing what books several of them were looking forward to reading themselves. If you need to catch up, here are links to the summer reading selections of poet Juan Morales, activist and essayist D.L. Mayfield, and poet John Poch. Today we're sharing the fourth post in this series.

Laurie Jean Cannady's memoir essay "Inflated Worth" was published in I&L issue 3. Cannady shared four titles from her summer to-read list:

  • The Telling by Zoe Zolbrod
  • God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer
  • Words or Water by Li Yun Alvarado
  • The Complete Artist's Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice by Julia Cameron

Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady has published articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women's issues. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root online magazine. Dr. Cannady currently resides in central Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. She teaches English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter here.