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. 

Previewing Perspective

Cover art by Erin Wilson

Cover art by Erin Wilson

Issue 4 of Ink & Letters is almost ready to go to the printer, and we're thrilled to offer a sneak peek of what you'll find in its pages. We selected the theme "Perspective" for the issue, and our contributors have delivered art and writing that invites us to see the world anew from diverse vantage points. Erin Wilson's whimsical cover art is one example. Here are a few more hints of what's to come:

Twenty-six years after fleeing the Iranian Revolution, a mother returns to Tehran with her daughters in Ellen Estilai's memoir essay "Gaze, Shift, Repeat." Poet D.G. Geis puts an organ grinder's monkey on the witness stand in "In My Defense," a poem whose humor and wordplay lead to surprising questions about human nature. Angela Doll Carlson gets a wakeup call in "Cancer Cures Everything." And we are honored to publish a moving elegy for the late poet Brett Foster, "For When You Cannot Shower," by Marci Rae Johnson.

That's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There's also exciting new writing from Alexa Albanese, Johnie Catfish, Charity Gingerich, Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, and Cameron Alexander Lawrence, plus arresting art by Carlos Guana, Allison Kentle, Nick Oxford, Caron L. Warner, and Stephen Whitmore.

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