A Quick Note of Introduction

Erika RaskinI wanted to introduce myself as the new fiction editor of this beautiful magazine. It’s a great honor — and I will work hard to follow Suzanne Freeman’s lead in discovering well-crafted and thought-provoking short stories.

The summer issue of Streetlight includes three pieces of fiction each with characters hovering over the threshold of change. “Out of the Country” by Sam Zafris presents brothers embarking upon a sad journey, a trip that quickly reveals old patterns. In “The Arithmetic of Love” Deborah Prum calculates the emotional toll of a bad marriage. And Jody Hobbs Hesler’s “No Good” captures the moment when self-doubt enters the emotional terrain of a young girl’s explorations.

If you are a writer, consider submitting! If you’re a visual artist I’m going to try and feature photos of original oils and watercolors as ‘illustrations’ (in addition to the evocative photography that our site already uses) … so check upcoming themes and maybe a love match can be made. Two of Donald Silverman’s works are included in “Out of the Country.” You can find out more about this artist’s oil paintings at http://theothersilverman.com/ And the still life inside the diner is by Greig Leach, who has a new art book out chronicling the Tour de France. http://www.greigleach.com

(That said, this endeavor is not to be confused with Elizabeth Meade Howard’s incredible, in-depth art section. It’s just another way to showcase more.)

Our fall issue is going to be loosely tethered to a theme of winning. Or losing. At anything.

–Erika Raskin


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