The winter edition of our new publication sits in the places where “fiction by women” overlaps with “women’s fiction.” While the reader may see familiar tropes in this issue – a secretary considers a one-night stand; a woman runs from an abusive marriage into the arms of a wealthy foreigner – the work asks readers to go deep into the lived experiences of women. This issue shows women’s isolation even when surrounded by people (or, in one case, babies), their visceral relationship with their own bodies and the ways in which conventional female biology is so closely tied to domestic horror.
These familiar themes in the winter issue will challenge readers to think about women’s fiction and fiction by women, and how a stereotypical device can take an unexpected turn that digs into tender places with insight and wisdom. As always, the issue should remind readers that writing by women stands in merit as much as the male literary canon.
I want to kick doors and shatter glass, break my way out of this stopped-up life that keeps me nothing but a food source and a vacuum, a minder of things that require no mind at all
“Hunts Point” by Marissa Anne Ayala
“why is there blood in the sink?” by Katelyn Kopenhaver
“Untitled 07/15/17, 11:48pm” by Katelyn Kopenhaver
“I Became a Boy” by Nahid Rachlin
“Irene’s Barrio and Other Barrios” by Silvia Bonilla
“Bottles” by Carolyn Jack
“Tendencies” by Tina Parker
“Strangers” by Enid Harlow
Marissa Anne Ayala is a writer based in Austin, TX. She earned her BS from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and her MFA in fiction from the New School. Her work has appeared in Tupelo Press, Handwritten, Entropy, STRATA, and Glassworks Magazine. She was a featured performer with 826NYC, Boundless Tales via Newtown Literary, Poets of Queens, Pen + Brush, Litost, Renegade Reading Series, and attended the Home School Poetry Conference in 2017. She is currently working with the Poetry Society of NY to launch Poetry Brothels in Austin, TX. You can find her on Twitter @MarissaAAyala
Silvia Bonilla lives in New York City. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, The Puritan, Cimarron Review, Rhino, The Acentos Review, Jet Fuel Review, and Reed Magazine, among others. She has received scholarships from Tupelo Press, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Colgate University. She was a runner-up for The Latin Scholarship at The Frost Place 2018.
Enid Harlow is the author of four novels: Love’s Wilderness (Pen and Brush, 2015); Good to Her (Strategic Book Publishing Co., 2013); Crashing (St. Martin’s Press, 1980), and A Better Man (Van Neste Books, 2000). Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals of national distinction including Boulevard, TriQuarterly, Notre Dame Review, Nimrod, The Southern Review, and The Ontario Review. Harlow has also been awarded an Artists’ Fellowship in Fiction by the New York Foundation for the Arts and has received two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards. She lives and works in New York City, the city of her birth.
Carolyn Jack has received the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers’ 2016 Meringoff Prize for Fiction for the first chapter of her novel, Success. Other recent work has won The Westchester Review’s 2016 Flash Fiction Contest and been recognized with a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination from Great Lakes Review. Prior to completing her MFA in fiction from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2016, Jack enjoyed a career as an arts journalist, media entrepreneur and communications consultant. Her newspaper stories and reviews have earned the 2006 Mensa Press Award for Writing on Human Intelligence, as well as first-place criticism and reporting prizes from the Florida and Cleveland (Ohio) press clubs and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.
In order to make sense of anything, Katelyn Kopenhaver is an artist that pulls from reality and cultural phenomena happening in the world and aligns them directly with her biographical experience. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives in New York City working as a freelance photographer and artist. Kopenhaver has received her BFA in Photography and Video from the School of Visual Arts. More information about Kopenhaver’s work can be seen via her website at kkope.com
Tina Parker is the author of the poetry collection Mother May I and poetry chapbook Another Offering. To learn more about her work, visit www.tina-parker.org.
Nahid Rachlin is the author of a memoir, four novels, and many short stories, which have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and others. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times (most recently in 2015), and one was featured in Symphony Space’s “Selected Shorts.” Also a teacher, Rachlin has taught creative writing at numerous institutions and conferences, including Yale University, Barnard College, and the Yale Writers Conference. She has been the judge of several fiction awards and competitions, and gives regular readings and talks.