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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Note from the Fiction Editors

BY GABRIELLE PASTOREK, AMANDA BOYLE, AND NINA SABAK

The fiction featured in this spring issue offers clean, refreshing narratives that bring their pairings of characters to life. In Marvin Shackelford’s “All the Way Down in Fortune, Georgia,” we witness a couple raising questions of duty and commitment. Dorothy Erickson examines multiple familial pairings in “On Exhibit” that give the story its great emotional dimension. And in Gianna De Persiis Vona’s “Bobby Singer,” we see the unlikely pairing of two seemingly polar-opposite young boys who have more in common than they think. The character interactions in this issue are brimming with raw honesty, creating stories of depth and complexity. These three works consistently shifted our expectations and awareness as we read.

This issue also features a thorough interview with Nalo Hopkinson, who presented a talk entitled “Keeping it (Un)Real” at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh this past winter. In the interview, Hopkinson addresses the nuances of science fiction and fantasy genres, touching on post-colonialism, teaching, and writing from the body.

As always, we had a great time reading through the submissions for this issue, and we hope you enjoy these stories as much as we have!

– Gabrielle Pastorek, Amanda Boyle, and Nina Sabak