Emerge Literary Journal: 2021
I’m always amazed at how quickly the time passes between issues, particularly when they’re delayed (I know. I’m sorry). It’s a marvel to me we are publishing yet another one. When I founded Emerge Literary Journal in 2011, I didn’t have a Magic 8 Ball to ask whether or not this venture might be successful, how successful, or even whether or not it would still be here a decade later. What I do know is this: turns out running a small literary magazine is harder than it looks. Submissions pour in, submissions that need to be reviewed, responded to and agonized over. Yet, we’ve managed to put out yet another issue, one we’re very proud of.
When I founded this journal, I never imagined it would ever go on hiatus, but after my battle with cancer and overcoming personal struggles, I was able to revive it, and later the press, with the help of just one man, Damon McKinney. Damon worked hard, grew a tremendous following, and curated the best eight issues I ever imagined. He didn’t just volunteer his time and effort, he volunteered his heart, and over the course of time he became a confidant and a friend. Without his constant encouragement I couldn’t have kept going at times, but he came up with new ideas for me to focus on and always pointed out the simplest of successes.
Today, I forget the history of the journal, what it was, what it’s become, and will always focus on its evolution, on the amplification of its contributors and living out its mission. Today I can think of no other way to end this editor’s note than to dedicate this issue, Issue 19, to the one and only Damon McKinney. Much love to you, my friend. Best wishes. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Be Well. Write Well. Read Well.
Dogs on the Roof, Samantha DeFiltch
Mint, Charlotte Hamrick
Things I already know, Megan Cannella
tearing down my body to find god, Kevin Hüttenmüller
Why We’re Here, Rebecca Macijeski
We are eating autumn, Erin Mizrahi
Heartwood, Terri Linn Davis
My Ideal Self as a Thick, Square Wooden Cutting Board, Ashley A. Mabbitt
Learning German, Lynne Schmidt
bathing, Robert Rinehart
The changing room, DS Maolalai
Paranoia/Pronia, Sean Cho A
Middlemost, Kalyn Livernois
Inherited Beliefs, Erin Schallmoser
2:00 a.m. and I am Thinking About the Black Hole from Interstellar | Growing Pains, Matthew J. Andrews
When I Hear a Train, Amy-Jean Muller
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.
The Magician’s Garden, Jared Povanda
Changes, Victoria Buitron
SorryLoveYou, Kristen Zory King
an ear, a heart, a life a life a life, Rachel Abbey McCafferty
When The World Announced It Was Ending, L Mari Harris
The Caregiver, Carolyn Oliver
Fire & Other Raging Things, Todd Clay Stuart
House of Dust, Arielle McManus
Stella, Jamie Etheridge
The Heart Surrenders, Elizabeth Grierson
God, Sean Cunningham
Turning Into Ratigan, Evan James Sheldon
A Guide for Day Trips to the Sea, Stella Lei
Mango Madness, Kim Steutermann Rogers
Odd Bird, Chelsea Stickle
Boy in the Attic, Gabrielle McAree