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Welcome to our Fall 2015 issue. With this update, we mark our first full year as a web journal, and we all couldn’t be happier. We hope you have enjoyed the journey as much as we have. If you are new to the site, We generally keep the current and previous issue on the main pages and store our past updates can in the archive section, so that all our material is still available to be enjoyed.
In addition to last issue’s material, our Fall issue offers quite a few new selections for you. Fall is a time for reflection as the year draws to an end, something I think is demonstrated very well in this issue’s selections. In our Words department, for example, we have several works of previously unpublished fiction. In “Learning,” Ralph Pullins tells the story of a young man trying to cope with the death of his childhood friend. B. E. Brockway’s “The Clouds over Molokai,” a surfing instructor in Hawaii fears his wife may leave him for an old flame from college. Gloria Bennett also gives us a childhood reminiscence of her grandparents in “An Evening in Paris.”
Our featured poet this issue is Robert W. Hill, whose poems, such as “Fake It Til You Make It” and “Plaque Alive, on Concrete,” but especially “When I was a Kid,” also embody this period of reflection brought on by the closing of the year.
In our Images department, we have “Relics of Loss,” a collection of mixed media works by Georgia artist Jeff Abney, that are meditations on loss and grief.
In our Columns department, I search for the source of a literary reference in Eudora “Ladies in Spring” in “The Search for Excalibur in Welty’s ‘Ladies in Spring.’“
Finally, in Reviews, we are proud to publish Amber Geislinger’s review of the Leah Mayerhoff film I Believe in Unicorns. Additionally, I take a look at the PagePal, a wooden reading ais you never knew you needed.
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.