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Issue #24 – Solitude’s Spectrum

Solitude is a part of every life, and from person to person it can mean something different and new, something dour and tragic, something essential and protected, desired, feared. When I first put into words why I felt solitude would make such a fascinating theme for an issue, I had my own unique connotation in mind, my own vision of solitude: the cool, quiet afternoons spent alone writing, puttering about, resting, reading, no need to go out, no need to have anyone in, just staying tucked away because going out can be so damned draining sometimes. I seek days alone. I need days alone. Solitude is an essential companion. And while I know not everyone’s vision of the word “solitude” is the same, and I expected different variations on the tune, the array of interpretations that spilled into our inbox surpassed any of my expectations.

Read the full guest editor letter from James H Duncan

Solitude's Spectrum Cover Final 2

Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
(of use) by Megan Merchant

Titanium Wrench by Jonathan Travelstead

After Noon by Thomas Gillaspy

Rapture of the Deep by CJ Spataro

Campfires by Bridget Clawson

Peter Discovers Wrinkles in his Shadow by Shahé Mankerian

The Trash Man by Andrew Mondry

Dead Mako by Tomas Bird

Reflection by Shanti Weiland

Night Bloom by Samantha Malay

Two Eggs by Rebecca Schumejda

Agates by Benjamin Malay

Tartaruga by Catherine Arra

The Immigrant, 1909 by Kenneth Wolman

When I Bite My Tongue I Think of the Year I Was Addicted to Xanax by Siaara Freeman

No-One Suspects Your Shoulderblades of Wings by Wes Jamison

  Wind and Space by Cover Artist Brad G. Garber

Wings Outside the Window: Review of Chloe Honum’s Then Winter by Sonja Johanson

Rachel Nix Interviews April Michelle Bratten

 Rachel Nix Interviews James H Duncan


About Our Guest Editor
James H DuncanJames H Duncan is the editor of Hobo Camp Review, a literary magazine celebrating the traveling word. After graduating from Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT in 2004, he took to the road and traversed the long stretches of highway between Maine and California, Mexico and Montreal, finding moments of respite in book shops, dive bars, cafes, diners, and train stations. Along the way, James worked as a landscaper, drove a snow plow, painted houses, slept through overnight security jobs, toiled as a chef, and held a few handyman jobs before transitioning to wordsmith positions at trade publishers, newspapers, as a writer for American Artist magazine, and as an acquisitions editor for Writer’s Digest Books. Twice nominated for the Best of the Net award and once for the Pushcart Prize for my poetry, James is the author of a dozen collections of poetry and fiction, including What Lies In Wait, Dead City Jazz, Berlin, and The Cards We Keep, and has appeared in such magazines as Drunk Monkeys, Five:2:One, Pulp ModernRed Fez, Plainsongs, Reed Magazine, The Homestead Review, The Battered Suitcase, San Pedro River Review, Up the Staircase, The Aurorean, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Gutter Eloquence Magazine, among many others. He currently writes columns for The Blue Mountain Review and hosts a monthly poetry read series in Troy, NY alongside poet R.M. Engelhardt called The Troy Poetry Mission. When he’s not freelancing, he’s writing novels, columns, short stories, and poetry. For more, please visit www.jameshduncan.com.

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2017 Best of the Net Nominations

Congratulations to our nominations for
Best of the Net!

The Comrade” by Kathleen McClung

The Mermaids” by Erinn Batykefer

This Is a Serious Consideration” by Megan Merchant

All-American Roommate” by M. Wright

L’aurore” by Meg Drummond-Wilson

She Called Me a Dirty Jew” by Phyllis Wax

I Curse Because” by Wang Ping

To Gorgeous, From Sis” by Chuck Nwoke

For information on the Best of the Net anthology, visit Sundress Publications.
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Issue #22 – Of Distance and Discord

What then are the seeds of non-spatial distance? That which isolates one from the world? The haunting pieces in cahoodaloodaling’s Winter 2017 edition attempt to unearth the answer…

Read the full guest editor letter from Sade Andria Zabala.

Of Distance and Discord Cover

Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
This Is a Serious Consideration by Megan Merchant

Ourland by Sue Hyon Bae

Drifting Across Town on the Top Deck by Vicky Waters

Wrong Number by Michael Brockley

Freeway Sex by Alexis Rhone Fancher

To Gorgeous, Love Sis by Chuck Nwoke

All-American Roommate by M. Wright

Kansas by Ana Prundaru

Elizabeth’s Request by Maggie Blake Bailey

Brieftrager by Robert Bharda Ward

Below the Line by Ryan Harper

How to Drive Across the Country by Vivian Wagner

No Eyes by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam & Peter Brewer

L’aurore by Meg Drummond-Wilson

Tarots & Irony by Klarisse Medina

Our Escape by Diana Hurlburt

In-Season by Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll

She Called Me a Dirty Jew by Phyllis Wax

The Favorite by Kelly Flynn

Some Place Not Here by Jessica Barksdale

Cover Art: Of Distance and Discord by Julie Chua

Rachel Nix Interviews Shinjini Bhattacharjee

Review of Dream Job: Wacky Adventures of an HR Manager by Janet Garber


About Our Guest Editor
Sade Andria ZabalaSade Andria Zabala is a Filipina mermaid living in Denmark.

She is the author of poetry books WAR SONGS and Coffee & Cigarettes (Thought Catalog Books, 2016). Her writing has appeared on Literary Orphans, Words Dance Publishing, Hooligan Magazine, and more.

When she’s not busy watching Survivor or having a knife fight with her anxiety, she writes for Thought Catalog. Follow her Facebook, Tumblr, or Instagram.

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