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.
Welcome to our Winter/Spring 2016 issue. Many of you may have noticed that we did not have a Winter 2016 issue. Some of you may also notice a new look to our site with this update. These two things are, in fact related. We have spent the last few months tinkering with the site behind the scenes in order to bring you a more user friendly experience. You may note that we now have a new “Before” tab in our menu. This is where the archives of our previous issues can now be found. We have also combined our “Columns” and “Reviews” sections into one tab. Additionally the new nesting dropdown menus should make navigating everything (especially our back issues) much easier. Hopefully these changes will make your GrandCentral Review experience much more enjoyable. The updates are still ongoing though, so you will notice many of the illustrations are missing from the previous issues. This is especially noticable in the “Images” sections of the archives. Rest assured that these pictures are by no means gone forever. We will update them over the next few weeks once the new issue is out.
In our Words department, for example, we have several works of new, previously unpublished fiction and nonfiction. In “I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself,” Phillip Mitchell tells us one way to handle rejection. In Tony Daniel’s “Black 22,” a minor demon tries to ruin an old man’s soul at the gambling tables. Dan Gordon relives the worst day of the twenty-first century in “Snowflake,” and finally, Richard Monaco gives us a sneak peak into his upcoming memoirs, No Time Like the Past, and relates his road trip down South as a teenager.
Our featured poet this issue is Cody Lumpkin, whose poems, “Crown Royal Bag” and “Lucy Draws the World,” and “College Epic,” masterfully combine serious themes with a nostalgic and often whimsical tone.
In our Images department, Melanie Drew, a potter and visual artist from Carrollton, Georgia, shares some of her ceramic creations.
In our Columns and Reviews department, Amber Geislinger returns with a review of MTV’s new show, The Shannara Chronicles, based on the series of novels by Terry Brooks. Also Winston Skinner reviews the new novel by Blue Cole, Immediate Dead.
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.