Stacie McCall Whitaker - Stone Coast, Maine

Dear Readers,

First and foremost, we’d like to thank you for reading. When we decided to create a literary arts journal, we wondered if we could find a central theme—if it would be possible to unify readers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry all in one publication. We worried that we might be reaching too far, and that we wouldn’t appeal to a wider audience.

With each issue, however, we’ve seen a greater number of both readers and submissions, and it has become increasingly difficult to select the few pieces that we have room to print. From hundreds of submissions for our Winter 2016 issue, we chose only 29 works of literature, each accompanied by a work of art.

The submissions we receive give each issue a unique shape, and Issue No. 6 is no exception. Within these pages you will find works about love, loss, and the terrible beauty of life. You will find humor, horror, joy, despair, and perhaps even some measure of truth. The central theme, it turns out, isn’t in the genres, but in the works themselves.

One of our goals for this issue was to promote inclusivity and diversity among our contributors, and provide a safe platform for marginalized voices. We hope the collection you hold in your hands is a step in the right direction, however, we recognize that we still have room to grow. We encourage artists from underrepresented communities and cultures to submit during our next reading period. And the one after that. And the one after that.

Publishing a literary arts journal is not only a labor of love, but an act of faith. Faith that artists will contribute. Faith that staff won’t burn out. Faith that readers will pick up a copy. This journal would not exist without the passion of our contributors, the tireless dedication of our staff, and the steadfast support of our readers.

To everyone whose work graces these pages, to everyone who toiled behind the scenes to bring this issue to print, and to you, dear readers, thank you.

Stacie McCall-Whitaker
Peter Adrian Behravesh