The Stonecoast Review | A Literary Arts Journal
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
― Anne Lamott
We are excited to announce that the web edition of Issue #7 is now live! We apologize for the delay. Unforeseen circumstances prevented us from releasing this issue in July as we had planned, and we are working diligently to finalize the print edition. Once we have a firm release date, we will announce it here on our homepage. Issue #8 is still on track to release in early January and shouldn’t be affected by the Issue #7 delays. Thanks to a generous donation from the Stonecoast MFA graduating class of July 2017, contributors to both issues will receive complimentary copies on behalf of the Stonecoast Review.
A bit about Issue #7: From hundreds of submissions during our last reading period, we selected twenty-seven works of literature. This issue also contains fiction from Stonecoast faculty member James Patrick Kelly, dramatic works from Stonecoast faculty member Tom Coash and Stonecoast alumna Suri Parmar, and poetry from Stonecoast alumni Casey Martinson and Robert Malloy.
While reading through submissions, we often find that a theme emerges among the works, and Issue #7 was no exception. From pieces such as “Two Tornadoes” and “A Tornado Watch” to “Hurricane, Haiti,” “Blizzard,” and the lightning in “The Cat-eyed Man and the Brass Woman,” storms are a common thread running through this issue. Given the volatility of our current global climate, and the weather-related crises in places like Texas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and South Asia, this theme feels appropriate.
As always, one of our goals for this issue was to promote inclusivity and diversity among our contributors, as well as provide a safe platform for marginalized voices. We hope this collection continues to be a step in the right direction.
Thank you to everyone who put in extra effort to make Issue #7 of the Stonecoast Review successful, especially our former Editor-in-Chief, Stacie McCall-Whitaker, whose dedication over the last two years has helped transform us into the publication we are today. And, of course, thank you to our readers. One of our long-term goals is to pay our contributors professional rates for their work, a dream that can become a reality with your continued support.
Finally, we encourage artists from underrepresented communities and cultures to submit during our current reading period for Issue #8, which closes on October 29th. Now, more than ever, our world needs stories, essays, and poems that celebrate truth, challenge injustice, and open the doors of possibility to a brighter future for all of humankind.
With heartfelt thanks,
Peter Adrian Behravesh