Editor’s Desk – Week of February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015


Dear Intrepid Readers,


We’re not questioning why; it just keeps him away from the lake.

Friday the 13th back-to-back with Valentine’s Day? The calendar is sending us seriously mixed messages. But February is zipping by, and with March comes the next issue of NonBinary ReviewBulfinch’s Mythology: The Age Of Fable! This week, we finalized the lineup for the issue & selected the next 3 months of Alphanumeric features for your reading pleasure.

Of all the issues we’ve curated for NonBinary Review, this was the most difficult to narrow down. This was our busiest reading window to date, with some of the strongest work submitted. Narrowing our list down to 40 pieces was nearly impossible. Along the way, we had to let go of some truly stellar pieces due to length constraints and to provide a diverse cross-section of pieces. But the finalized list of authors, poems, flash pieces and stories is going to wow you—that’s a promise. It also means that our current Wizard Of Oz online features are going to be bundled up and rolled into the app-exclusive issue soon—so don’t forget to visit, screenshot, read and enjoy these pieces while they’re online. This week, our featured piece is Lorraine Schein’s “Dorothy Gale,” a piece that made us love L. Frank Baum more than we already did. We’d also be happy if you visited our website on Tuesdays as we wind down the last Wizard of Oz pieces before rolling out the new wave of Alphanumeric features, inspired by classical mythology.

And now, our favorite part of the weekly editor’s letter: the spotlights on our contributors. As an editor, I often look at our roster of contributors and feel like I lucked into the best job ever: allowed to collect, curate, and publish the work of such a supremely talented group of authors, artists, and poets. There are times where I have to pinch myself, seeing the names of these writers as I send off acceptances. Each week, I feel proud to call these people the backbone of Zoetic Press, NonBinary Review & Unbound Octavo, and also to call these writers my peers. Zoetic authors, without you and your belief in our publication model and your trust in us, we would have never made it this far. For that, we can never thank you enough. So now that I’ve gotten my soppy Valentine’s Day love-fest for our writers out of the way, let’s share some success & great writing!

We want to congratulate NBR4 contributor Sonia Greenfield—her first book of poetry, “Boy with a Halo at the Farmer’s Market,” won the Codhill Book Prize and will be released in the late spring! We are looking forward to the release! Dying to dig into Sonia’s work? (We don’t blame you.) While you’re waiting to read her story in NBR4, “Drink Responsibly,” how about you enjoy the video of Sonia reading at poetry.la, as part of the Rattle reading series? Not enough? So many of our contributors have published amazing work over at The Manifest Station, including Sonia. Check out her essay on the complicated nature of grief, “New York Times Crossword Puzzle Book #50”.

We also want to wish a happy publication month to NBR1 contributor & newest NBR associate editor, Sarah Ann Winn—her e-chapbook, Portage, is available for free from Sundress Publications. (Click on “e-chaps” in the upper right hand corner.) Congrats, Sarah! Likewise, NBR4 contributor Laura Madeline Wiseman’s collection, Wake, is available now from Aldrich Press. One of the poems from this collection, “Local Monsters,” will be featured in the next issue of NBR, as well as being available to read online in Alphanumeric, so get excited!

Remember, even if you don’t have a special sweetie to spend tomorrow with, we’re here for you at Zoetic Press. And Sunday is our favorite day of the year.



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Until next week—



Allie Marini Batts, Managing Editor

NonBinary Review & Zoetic Press