Congratulations to the Open Season contest winners featured in this issue: Jann Everard (fiction) for “Blue Runaways,” B. A. Markus (creative nonfiction) for “How Can a Dog Help a Goose,” and Barbara Pelman (poetry) for “Nevertheless.”
The spring thaw has just begun, but Iceland’s slanting rain remains a constant in Jann Everard’s “Blue Runaways.” A redhead ignites Vancouver Island’s Cathedral Grove in S. C. Bayat’s story “Wild, Sweet Orange,” while fall’s first frost hardens the ground in Tom Wayman’s poem “Penis in Autumn.” Jason Emde gets lost and found during a 1200 kilometer trek in Japan with his father in his memoir “You Are Here.” Barbara Pelman channels W. S. Merwin in her poem “Nevertheless,” and B. A. Markus blurs the line between memoir and folktale in “How Can a Dog Help a Goose.” Corinne Stikeman says goodbye in “Things My Father Thought Were Beautiful,” and Carolyn Nakagawa addresses the revolution in her poem “Horses and men.”
Lounge indoors during the season’s gloomy days while reading reviews of books by Alden Nowlan, Claire Kelly, Sarah de Leeuw, and Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson.