Editor’s Welcome Winter 2023

“Blue Collapse” by Malcolm Glass

Happy New Year! You might have noticed that we postponed this year’s Winter issue by a month. While it’s so nice to start the new year with a new issue, it’s also always kind of a strain. The holidays take their toll and everyone is so busy! Doug Van Gundy, our poetry editor, hosts the Low-Residency MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan in January. This year, Natalie Sypolt joined him on the faculty. My brother and his wife had a new baby in mid-December and I spent most of my holidays holding her and napping with her and generally snuggling her. So, as it turns out, we all needed a little more time this year.

We hope you love this issue. We’ve got some really beautiful artwork by Karah Tull, Malcolm Glass (who has also got some poetry in this issue), and W. Jack Savage. It’s such a nice complement to the incredible fiction, essays, and poetry featured in this issue.

We want to welcome our newest intern, Leah Brennsteiner, who has already been incredibly helpful in creating this issue. As ever, we hope you all thrive this winter season and we hope this little magazine can shine a little light during these dark months.

Stay warm,