Editor’s Desk – Week of March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015


Dear Intrepid Readers,


We’re almost ready to release NonBinary Review #4, Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable, and we could not be more excited about it. We hope that you’re equally excited to read the collection of work we’ve assembled for you, and the accompanying online Alphanumeric pieces for the issue. Our next Alphanumeric kicks off the Bulfinch’s Mythology cycle—we’ve already given you a teaser, “Asterios,” that is an excerpt from a graphic novel by our favorite artists, MANDEM.

MANDEM aren’t just fantastic artists, they’re Classics academics as well, making this issue of NonBinary Review’s theme all the more personal to them. And you, dear readers, are the ones who reap the benefits. Not only will you be enjoying the breathtaking cover of NBR #4 by MANDEM, but you’ll get to see their work as a literary/artistic collaboration in “Asterios.” We hope that you’re as excited to read it as we are to bring it to you. Because we are NOT mean, here’s a teaser:


Now are you excited?


For the past few weeks, getting NBR #4 completed & launched for your reading pleasure has been our main goal. Each issue is a learning curve from which we learn a little more about what our readers expect, what our authors expect, and what we as an editorial team expect from ourselves. As in each issue of NBR, we’ve been faced with the task of culling a very large pool of exceptional work down to just 30 pieces for the issue, with 12 accompanying Alphanumeric features to spotlight online.


As ever, we’re honored to publish the diverse, talented group of authors that we call our contributors. Every week, one of my favorite parts of my job is aggregating the links to their recent work and seeing the breadth and scope of their writing. This week, I’m excited to bring you some great reads. The current issue of Stirring features work by NBR #3 contributor Sara Amis (Astraea) and a review of NBR #4 contributor Laura Madeline Wiseman’s collection, Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience. We’re also excited to share with you some of contributor and associate editor Sarah Ann Winn’s Appendices poems, in the current issue of Quarterly West. It’s important for readers to understand that here at Zoetic Press, we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk too—our masthead are all working writers. On that note, it’s the publication “birthday week” for my first full-length poetry collection with ELJ Publications, “Before Fire: Divorce Poems.”

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Until next week—



Allie Marini Batts, Managing Editor