Editor's Note 2/23

A boy and girl normally sit opposite each other at the table. However, you may sit on your date's left, if you like. Just be sure you offer her the seat facing the most pleasant view – not facing the kitchen.
Your date will probably keep her pocketbook and gloves in her lap during the meal. If her bag is cumbersome, though, she may put it on an empty chair at the table, or even store it under the table. "No parking" on the table!
"Table for Two," Etiquette for Young Moderns (1954)

Welcome to our sixteenth and February issue! I think the pieces in this issue offer a lively variety of takes on some perennially engaging pop culture themes, with a few of them on point for the Valentine’s Day time of year.

For an update on our chapbook project: we’ve had a healthy response with new manuscripts almost daily. This project will run throughout 2023, so if you’re thinking about publishing a chapbook, or know someone who is, please keep us in mind. As I’ve mentioned on social media and in mailing list updates, since this project is funded by a grant from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, these chapbooks will focus on speculative and experimental writing, especially writing with sci-fi and fantasy elements and themes.

With that, we present poetry by:

Gale Acuff
Alex Carrigan πŸ”ˆ
D. R. James
Julie Johnson
Emily Liu
Alex Mepham πŸ”ˆ
Esther Sadoff πŸ”ˆ
Mark Saunders πŸ”ˆ
Rhys Shanahan πŸ”ˆ
Rodrigo Toscano πŸ”ˆ

Prose explorations by:

Angela Emmert πŸ”ˆ
Kim Goldberg πŸ”ˆ
Mark Henderson
Quinn Rennerfeldt πŸ”ˆ
Beth Sherman πŸ”ˆ

And visual art by:

Sarah-Jane Crowson πŸ–ΌοΈ
Carmella Dolmer πŸ–ΌοΈ
Bella LaMontagne πŸ–ΌοΈ
Sara Maino πŸ–ΌοΈ
Sadie Maskery πŸ–ΌοΈ

All the best and happy reading,

Matthew Bullen
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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