This issue marks our one year anniversary, bringing us the highest volume of submissions we’ve received since our launch. It’s been a year of evolving, learning, milestones, with plenty of reasons to celebrate our growing and thriving community and platform. So, I want to take a second to thank you all for coming along on this magic carpet ride.
I posed many questions for the Secrets & Lies theme, named after the 1996 movie, when I put out the open call, and was privileged to receive and review submissions with answers from female voices from all over the world, including Egypt, Taiwan, England, Germany, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Lithuania, Canada, Poland, and even from beyond the grave (literally), through visual and performance art, poetry, and fiction. It was an honor to curate this ethereal beauty of a volume as well as pair the words with art. I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me select the works for this volume- Volume 4’s jury- with each juror focusing primarily on one category, although it’s important to mention that we looked at all the categories collectively and had conversations about each individual piece, as well as how everything worked as whole. Our jury for Volume 4 includes Alex Graffeo (fiction), Hilary Davies (poetry), KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ (poetry), Kim Gittens (fiction), and Neda Zahraie (fiction/media). I’d also like to credit Arizona Smith for once again creating an awesome illustration used as the banner, conveying the mood of this volume’s theme.
Amarantha da Cruz
Video performance art “Siege” by Yu-Hsuan Wu.
“Lion in the Living Room” fiction by Monica Raymond with Art by Milojka Beutz Courtesy of Förderkreis Milojka Beutz, Malerin e.V.
Art series “Dirty Little Secrets of a Workaholic” by Anna Sorokina.
“Skinny Girl” poem by Angela Gaito-Lagnese with “Feminine Transcriptions” art series by Olga Alexander.
“Great Expectations” poem by Kayla Schwab with mixed media digital collage art by Ilaria Cortesi.
“Bodies are Secrets” poem by Trish Hopkinson / “Self and All Colors” art series by Lisa Marie Vlietstra
“Bodies are Secrets” poem by Trish Hopkinson with “Self and All Colors” art series by Lisa Marie Vlietstra.
“DEFECT” art series by Anita Owsianna.
“Some Women” fiction by Linda Ferguson paired “Nested” art series by Sharon Draghi.
Visual poem by Yu Müller.
“Away Out” film by Sarah Hanssen.
Video performance art piece “White Words, White World” by Hsiao-Chu (Julia) Hsia.
“The First Fib” fiction by Piper Courtenay with Art by Cheryl Gross.
Two poems by Teya Hollier with Art by Gilda Tenopala Gutierrez.
“et tu” poem by Liz Ramirez with art by Katerina Bukolska.
The illustration series “le petite theater” by Adèle Poirier is about the discovery of several mysterious events in a land of fairytales and legends.
“Friday After Work” poem by Mo Lynn Stoycoff with Art by Vaiva Kovieraite-Trumpe.
“When Lockwood Pushes” fiction by Skye Weldele & Art by Leigh Cunningham. When young Lockwood starts asking questions about who his father really is, his mother must find a way to fulfill this burning need for answers, no matter the cost to her.
Art series “Artificial Garden” by Castell Lanko.
The Mother Of All Gaslighting by Ricki Nerreter – art solo