Issue 1: January 2018

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It’s the Issue 1 of we’ve hoped for and have been planning for years over dinners, cocktails, backgammon boards, and pool tables. ’s future is bright. Keep following, and reading. We plan to knock your socks off.

With great pleasure, we feature poetry from Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss, to whom we were introduced in 2017. Pasca and Muuss are a literary power couple based in New York, and together are writers, performers, teachers, and more—also, husband and wife, and parents. Their poems, here and elsewhere, are some of the fiercest and most vulnerable that we’ve ever seen.

Also featured: a story by Elena Georgiou, an excerpt from her forthcoming collection, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator. Georgiou, originally from London, is now based in Vermont and directs the MFA creative writing program at Goddard College. She’s the author of two previous books of poetry. As the author Aimee Lu writes, “Elena Georgiou’s exquisite collection could not be more timely. At a moment when America’s political response to The Other is triggering a national crisis of conscience, these poignant stories remind us of the vital role that human compassion plays in bridging ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic divides.”

We couldn’t agree more. Compassion is more necessary than ever.

Many of our contributors happen to be born abroad or happen to live abroad from their country of origin. At times we found a piece from abroad to be edgier, more raw, or more challenging to grasp. We feel strongly that these voices are worth hearing. These voices and experiences accompany our own on this planet, our planet, blessed with so much and yet at risk and vulnerable like never before. The world is calling us. The world is calling on us. Are we hearing these voices?


The Editors.

Issue 1

January 2018


Book Excerpt



Another Way Through the Cagibi

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