The dogs, the tear gas… It haven't gotten no better.
-- James Cias, 61, Mississippi native, 2014.
Fine, -- Günter Eich, "Old Postcards"
But when the war is over
we'll go to Minsk
and pick up Grandmother.
The colonization of language by the state renders that language inaccessible to a poetry that wants to register its protest against such depredations.
-- Carolyn Forché, Against Forgetting, Introduction 41
I don't think avoiding conflict is not caring.
-- Ai Yazawa, Nana, Vol. 12
The Theme of Folio's upcoming Volume 30, Issue 1 is Conflict. We are looking for well-crafted poetry, prose, and art that is bold, self-aware, unforgiving, and urgent. Submissions open August 21, and will close December 31.
Folio is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors.
Past issues have included work by Roxane Gay, Michael Reid Busk, Franny Choi, Billy Collins, Ivan Pinkava, Hettie Jones, William Stafford, Bruce Weigl, Yumi Sakugawa, and Ross Gay, as well as interviews with Michael Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Baxter, Amy Bloom, Ann Beattie, Walter Kirn, Marie Howe, and Evie Shockley.
We encourage you to look at a recent issue of Folio to determine the compatibility of your work with our magazine, available for purchase through Submittable. Manuscripts are read between August 21 and December 31. Get in touch with questions, comments, and pie recipes via email-- we're always stoked to hear from you (mostly. But just you. Only you).
Joellyn & Priyanka.
In this issue: an extract from Mari Naomi’s remarkable (and latest) graphic novel; Courtney Lamar Charleston's wrenching and unforgettable poem "Six Shots on Ferguson Missouri"; interviews with authors Helon Habila, and Laura Van Den Berg; all three winners of our 2015 Fiction Contest judged by Lydia Millet, and much more prose, poetry, and art that responds to Conflict, our 2015 issue theme.
All gratitude and respect to our formidable list of contributors this year: D.M. Aderibigbe, Barbara Barrow, Joe Baumann, Doritt Carroll, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Debka Colson, Laura Distelheim, Natalia Drepina, Chitra Ganesh, Edgar Invoker, Mercedes Lawry MariNaomi, Kevin McLellan, Kristine Ong Muslim, Robert Nazarene, Tran Nguyen, Alison Palmer, Pamela Petro, Alice Pettway, Frederick Pollack, David Sheskin, Noel Sloboda, Alison Stone, Jason Tandon, Travis Turner, Rose Wong, William Kelley Woolfit,t Amos Wright, Michelle Wright & Brigit Kelly Young.
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