It is my proudest pleasure to present the sixth glorious issue of Hot Metal Bridge, “Return to Earth”. Rejoice! For that which will change your life has arrived!
In this jam-packed beaut of an issue, we’re rolling with the winner of the 1st Annual HMB Fiction Contest, a story about our native Pittsburgh chosen by Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher. We received a ton more entries than anticipated, and I’d like to personally thank all those who submitted. We hope to see new work from you again come spring and also this summer when the contest starts up again.
But that’s not all that’s new with Hot Metal Bridge! Marvel at an informative interview with acclaimed novelist Dean Bakopoulos! Bask in the glow of five–five!–poems by poetista Valerie Witte! Wonder at five pieces of flash creative nonfiction and Christophe Collard’s attempt to remediate new media!
And don’t forget about Hot Metal Bridge during the off-season. In between issues we publish multiple book reviews a month and release a podcast you can subscribe to on iTunes. And last but certainly not least, I’d like to introduce you to Turi Fesler and Amy Whipple, the incoming Editors of Hot Metal Bridge. They’ve served as Genre Editors and readers for years now and will do a fine job providing you with all the HMB content you’ve grown to love.
Finally, I’d like to thank all the Emeritus Editors–of which I will now be a part like a ghost receding into the ether–along with our wonderful staff, Irina Reyn, Jeff Martin, Ben Lerner, Chuck Kinder and especially Denise Thomas for seeing us through a particularly turbulent period known as “writing the contest winning check”. And most of all I’d like to thank you, dear readers. Without your continued support we would be lost and alone, pumping our work into an infinite void. Thanks for stopping by and please enjoy “Return to Earth”, an issue that I am certain will surprise and satisfy even the most critical of readers.
A Sincere Farewell,