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Emerge Literary Journal: 2021

Issue 20


Editor’s Note

I think it’s safe to say words have power―the power to inspires others to take action, the power to allow us to share common or foreign experiences across many miles, and the power to change lives. We each have a story to tell―our unique journey begging for its own words. Our day to day lives include massive barriers we’ve sometimes overcome; shattered dreams, life altering situations, and amazing transformations, all of which are either waiting to be or have been written.


When I sat down to examine what the overarching theme of Issue 20 of Emerge Literary Journal encompassed, I knew there were three words that found their way into every piece: voice, spirit and journey. Indeed, each piece embodies the courage these contributors have employed to find their voice in this noisy world, and let’s face it, we live in a noisy world. We live uneasy in a world bombarding us with who we should be, what we should look like, and what we should eat, drink, wear, and feel. The contributors in this issue speak with eloquent voices through words, words that have the remarkable way of silencing the noise, healing the spirit, freeing the mind, and connecting us to people we’ve never even met.

I hope this issue will encourage you to find your voice, fuel your spirit, and write your journey.

Be Well. Write Well. Read Well.



In the Weeds, Claire Taylor

What To Include In My Obituary, Shannon J. Curtain

Living Happily at the End of the World, Jared Beloff

Tumbleweed, given and received, Lorelei Bacht

Honesty, Mia Herman

Pantomime Horse, Sally Jenkinson

Chocolate Chip Pancakes | Author Writes About Herself in the Third Person or: The Poem of Tiny Clouds, Leigh Chadwick

In Spain | A Raft of Words, Andrew Bertaina

afterparty, Thomas Jackson

When my mother told her husband she was pregnant, Annalisa Hansford

Icarus, HLR

Walking the Greenway in Autumn, Stephen Barry

Sucker for a Pretty Flash

Winner, In All Honesty, Claire Taylor

Runner-up, good immigrant, Sofía Aguilar

Esperanza Corner

Chains, c. cimmone (CW: Trauma/Abuse)

MANIC/depressive, Lynn-Cee Faulk

ELJ believes that #mentalillnessawareness and #endingthestigma are of paramount importance. We believe in the necessity of sharing our mental illness and trauma stories to facilitate writing through illness and create broader awareness. We’ve created this corner to allow writers to not only share their stories but to be home to those who share in their experiences.

Creative Non-Fiction

Lazy E over O, Ian Clay Sewall

How to Fall in Love, Sarita Sidhu


Reasons for Building a Nest, Sara Dobbie

Lions, Jen Knox

Fires, Meg Pokrass

Butterfly Effect, Kristina T. Saccone

For the Love of Deer, Diane Gottlieb

Matching Socks, Kathy Seifert

Facts and Figures | Prismacolor, Lindy Biller

Sinking, Lindsey Lucas

Clusters of Stars, Kelle Schillaci Clarke

The Girl with the Farrah Fawcett Hair, Rosaleen Lynch

Radio Gospel Hour, Travis Cravey

The Space Between Where We’ve Been and Where We Are is Saltwater, Keely O’Shaughnessy

Dependable, Bridget, Laurie Marshall

On the Sunday Before He Leaves, I’m the Lighthouse, Mandira Pattnaik

Featured Writer

Interview with Claire Taylor

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