From the Editors 1.2

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the second issue of Change Seven Magazine.

A lot’s happened since our debut in February. Shortly after launching, we added three regular columns, and we are currently adding a fourth. Joe Mills will be joining Laura Jean Moore, Susan Woodring, and Corey Mesler who have so far tackled love, meritocracy, menstrual blood, Pablo Neruda, the Alaskan wilderness, the alchemy of writing, Einstein and the nature of light, karaoke, stargazing, Iris Murdoch, and poetry. And they’re only getting started. Co-editor Antonios Maltezos kicked off our book review series with a close read of Sheldon Lee Compton’s flash fiction collection Where Alligators Sleep, and Laura Knight Moretz launched our interview series with a conversation with novelist Charles Dodd White. Two weeks ago, we brought on our first intern, Chelsei Crotteau, who will be helping with our social media efforts this summer.

As we move forward we’ll be adding even more new columns, a diverse and dynamic chorus of voices, excellent writers with distinctive personalities bridging the gap between personal essay and cultural commentary. We’ll also begin to cultivate a chatty literary community by fostering conversations between Change Seven writers and readers. Starting now, we encourage you to comment in the threads following each page on our site. We’ll be listening and responding.

We’re committed to supporting indie writers, so you’ll be seeing more book reviews of small press titles in the coming months as well.

Tony’s interview with Night Train editor Rusty Barnes earlier this month was a popular post. Look for more talks with writers, editors, and small press publishers.

Our blog will be getting some minor adjustments as well. Tony and I will be adding a twice-monthly blog feature whereby we take turns musing on the countless ways change is affecting our lives. Then we’ll turn the mic around and ask: What does change mean to you?
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For now, we invite you to immerse yourself in our sizzling new summer issue, which features the work of eleven writers, seven poets, and three visual artists. You’ll find that we’ve broadened our borders this time: Susan Tepper and Kathy Fish bring us glimpes of Russia with “Dear Petrov” and “We Learned to Pronounce Prokofiev” while Patty Somlo and Shuly Cawood conjure a bit of Mexico in “The Spell” and “Puerto Escondido, Mexico.” Rosalyn Marhatta takes us along the banks of the Bagmati in “Pashupati” while Ron Hayes shows us inside abandoned houses closer to home in “The Girl Who Wishes Her Spikey Black Hair Cascaded.” Frank Morelli and Terri Brown-Davidson give us two views of New York, one from atop a Manhattan high-rise in “The Eighteenth Floor” and the other from the harsh streets below in “Plath’s Second Coming.” Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz and Jan Parker take us inside cars in “What You Did to This Family” and “Chafed” while Val Nieman, Laurel Dowswell, Peter Haynes, and Eric Rampson draw us into hospitals, hardware stores, bedrooms, and locker rooms in “A Good Man,” “I Am the Eggman,” “Original Album Covers,” and “Where the Fire Touched Her.” Donna Vitucci leads us through the woods to the kirk in “Mercy on Us,” Howie Good takes us into the Metro in “Go Fish,” Spencer K. M. Brown peers into the home across the street in “Caves,” and Allison Grayhurst drops us into cellars filled with mice in “As the Serpents Scatter.” Justin Hamm, whose photo graces our cover this issue, offers snapshots of the American Midwest, Dean Pasch collides worlds in his digital images, and Corey Noll serves up an eclectic series of photos going everywhere at once.
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There’s a lot to take in, so peruse our pages at your leisure.

Enjoy!

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Sheryl & Tony

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