Emerge Literary Journal: 2021
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
afterparty, Thomas Jackson
When my mother told her husband she was pregnant, Annalisa Hansford
Walking the Greenway in Autumn, Stephen Barry
Sucker for a Pretty Flash
Winner, In All Honesty, Claire Taylor
Runner-up, good immigrant, Sofía Aguilar
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.
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
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