Welcome to the inaugural update for Grand Central Review, a new 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.
We have a lot of selections for this issue, so we’re sure you’ll find something that suits your taste. In our Words department, for example, we have several works of fiction, creative nonfiction and verse including a new story, “Witch Jazz,” by one of our founding editors, Scott Thompson, which explores the lengths a musician will go to to express art. In “The Great Escape,” Christopher B. Bell delivers a touching memoir of a childhood spent collecting football cards as an escape from an otherwise dreary life. Jodi Armstrong delivers a sort of coming of age tale with a twist in “Mother Blues” while Denny Goetz tells the amusing story of a young priest in love in “The Amorous Cleric.” We round out this section with “For the Fragile Muses” by D. Jason Fleming, which works as a sort of companion piece to the first story as it examines the lengths a man will go to protect art. Interspersing the prose, are poems by Richard Monaco that look at the different manners in which we experience love as well as excerpts from Joseph Milford’s Exile poems that examine the character of outcasts, both saints and tyrants.
In our Images department, we have a pictorial essay exploring the artwork of Appalachian artist, Meg Franklin.
Our Columns department this issue includes two essays: Elizabeth Ann South’s “Parting the Red Ropes” explains the best way to get into a New York club, and Richard Monaco includes a close look at Shakespeare’s use of astrology in “The Fault Is Not in Our Stars: Shakespeare and Astrology.”
Finally, in Reviews, I do my best to convince you to throw some money at an awesome Philadelphia-based band, A Private Press, by purchasing their first album, Risky, while poet and scholar, Matthew Buckley Smith explains why Robert Penn Warren’s poetry is worth your taking a look at.
If you’re interesting in submitting work for publication, or if you have an idea for a column, a review, a visual story, or a short story please tell us about it on our contact form at the bottom of the About page.
I hope you enjoy this first issue. If you do, please send your friends our way, and if you don’t, at least send your enemies.