We received a fine abundance of prose, poetry, and artwork for this issue. The featured stories range from visitors and messages from the other side to explorations of friendship and family connections. The poetry transports us from wash on the line to the far reaches of galaxies, whileJuliette Gagnon Strong Heart shares her distinctive artwork bridging Indigenous past and present.
Thank you to the writers, poets, and artists who shared this abundance with us. We now gratefully share Smoky Quartz Fall 2021 with you for your reading pleasure.
~ The Editors, Smoky Quartz
Please note: Smoky Quartz is temporarily closed to submissions as we make plans for a 10th anniversary edition in print! More information about the anniversary edition will be available in the January issue of The Quill and on our News page.
The editors of Smoky Quartz have completed the process of reading and selecting work for the Fall 2021 issue. We are in the process of notifying contributors and updating bios. The issue will be published at the end of November. Thank you to everyone who submitted work!
Please note: We are temporarily closed to submissions as we make plans for a 10th anniversary print edition of Smoky Quartz.
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When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.
~ Madeleine M. Kunin
Spring flows out to the world from secret places…
This winter continued a long Covid year that wasn’t easy but always thought-provoking. Our contributors went within and deep. Their poetry, prose and images express something of what they found, unexpected blooms of insight and feeling.
The issue features work by Rae Bastoni, Molly Berard, Alice Christian, April Claggett, Ann B. Day, Diane B. Forman, Jack M. Freedman, Carlene M. Gadapee, Dev Hardikar, Maxwell Irwin, Jennifer MacBain-Stephens, Carl-Peter Mayer, Nattie O’Sheggzy, Meg J. Petersen, Tracy L. Thompson, Susan Levin Wessels, and Allison Whittenberg. We are grateful to them all!
Our thanks to the many writers and poets and artists who submitted work. We are now accepting submissions for the Fall 2021 issue. Please click here for submission guidelines. Submission deadline is September 26. We look forward to reading your best work.