Editor’s Desk – Week of February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015


Dear Intrepid Readers,

This is the last week of our Wonderful Wizard of Oz features for Alphanumeric. Next week, we’re rolling out the first of the Bulfinch’s Mythology features! Don’t miss your last chance to read some of our favorites: This week’s Alphanumeric is Cathy Bryant’s beautiful, “Dorothy, Later In Life,” the perfect bookend to the Wizard of Oz issue. The new issue of NonBinary Review is scheduled to launch in March.


You don’t have to dine in Hades, unless you really want to.

Here’s a teaser for what’s in store for you with the next issue of NonBinary Review & its accompanying Alphanumeric features—our cover is, as ever, by the incomparable MANDEM. Our first Alphanumeric feature will also be by MANDEM, an excerpt from their graphic novel, “Asterios.” Just in case you’ve forgetten how awesome MANDEM are, here’s two of their works-in-progress, “Sebastian’s Psychopomps” (left) and “The Trials of St. Sebastian: Paeon” (right). [Oils and pigment ink on canvas.]



Did you love last week’s Alphanumeric? If you were smitten with Jen Stein’s “Grown Dorothy Steps On The Scale,” you’re in luck! Jen’s got an elegant, compact poem over at Sundress Publications’ Stirring: “Sepia.”

One of our absolute favorite stories so far is from NonBinary Review #1, Chloe Clark’s “Telling Ghost Stories.” So naturally, we were eager to read her newest publication, “Lover, I’ll Be Waiting.” It does not disappoint. And we have some creative non-fiction for you from Alphanumeric contributor N.I. Nicholson—this week, they have a really inspiring post, titled “Speaking For Myself: My Cognitive Style, Ableism, And Communication” –this essay will give you a lot to think about.


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Until next week—



Allie Marini Batts, Managing Editor