Welcome to Grand Central Review, a literary website that seeks to bring you the best writing and visual arts. We believe that good writing is good writing regardless of genre, so that is what we publish: interesting writing done well.
This is our Fall 2016 issue. We hope you are enjoying our new layout and that this site is easier to navigate than before. The updates are still ongoing though, so you will notice many of the illustrations are missing from the previous issues. This is especially noticeable in the “Images” sections of the archives. Rest assured that these pictures are by no means gone forever. We will continue to update them as time permits.
In this issue, celebrating our second full year of publishing, we bring back some old friends and welcome new ones. In our Words department this issue, we have several works of new, previously unpublished fiction. In “Yellow,” Dori Ann Dupre tells a story of growth and maturity throw the lens of a color. Scott Thompson gives us a gimpse into his new novel Eight Days. Finally, I present an excerpt from the new paperback edition of the first volume of Guns of the Waste Land: Departure.
This issue we depart from our habit of a single featured poet and bring you instead three poets. Ezekiel Black returns with some erasure poems. For each one, he took a New York Times article and redacted words and letters until he carved out a poem. Ralph Pullins, who has previously brought us a story, returns this time with a couple of new poems we think you’ll like very much. And finally, Dori Ann Dupre shows that her word-smithing talents extend beyond compelling prose with her poem “Unburdened.”
In our Images department, Brian Colin, a “Creature Curator,” shares some of his three fantasy-inspired sculptures.
In our Columns and Reviews department, Duncan Newcomer presents a chapter from his upcoming book on Lincoln discussing the U.S. president’s connection to the mythical person of the Grail King.
I hope you enjoy this new issue. If you do, please send your friends our way, and if you don’t, at least send your enemies.