Congratulations to the Artists of “Empowered!”


Congratulations  to the twenty-five artists selected for our upcoming “Empowered” issue! It was a timely theme with deep resonance and we were humbled and inspired by the immense response. Poetry and short play led the pack, but we had stellar submissions across the board. There is a  greater variety in this group, in terms of genre and mood, than we have ever seen and we have been able to find a line of synchronicity leading from piece to piece that is quite satisfying. It’s a little longer, weighing in at approximately 130 pages (“Ritual” was 115). The issue will be dedicated to Mary Marie Fries Johnson, the mother of our editor, who died July 25th at the age of 87. The astonishing surrealist cover art is “Shrine” by Joan Burger Siem.

Here are the artists represented:

I. Jay Asher, Short Story, Florida, USA

Terry Barr, Essay, South Carolina, USA

Sara Collie, Poetry, England, United Kingdom

Mary Pacifico Curtis, Poetry, California, USA

Peter Dakutis, Short Play, Georgia, USA

Sergey Dobrynov, Visual Art, Lugansk, Ukraine

Stacie Eirich, Poetry, Louisiana, USA

Shani Eldar, Visual Art, Israel

Scott Ferry, Poetry, Washington, USA*

Jonathan Fletcher, Poetry, New York, USA

Allison Fradkin, Short Play, Illinois, USA

Diane Funston, Poetry, California, USA

Lori Lasseter Hamilton, Poetry, Alabama, USA

D.R. James, Poetry, Michigan, USA

Svetlana Olshanskaya, Visual Art, Lugansk, Ukraine

Misha Penton, Music Video, Texas, USA

Pan Piper, Poetry, Scotland, United Kingdom

Karen Poppy, Poetry, California, USA

D. Larissa Peters, Poetry, California, USA

Judith Pratt, Short Play, New York, USA*

Paula Rudnick, Poetry, California, USA

Joan Burger Siem, Visual Art, Texas, USA*

Bill Vernon, Short Story, Ohio, USA

Jonathan Yungkans, Poetry, California, USA

Jagoda Zwiernik, Digital Art and Sculpture, Scotland, United Kingdom

* winners of our “Empowered” contests


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