What is memory? It is found through our intimacy with the everyday objects we come to know and hold dear. Memories are found through the actions we take to re-create and forbid them. We find memories within the people, places, and things that are no longer there. Our submissions remind us of finding the meaning in the minutiae.
Our poetry selections hold memory through, perhaps more aptly, herstory: a poem about the writing and rewriting of sapphic literature and lesbian love; a poem about the marginalization of motherhood in the financial world; and a granddaughter reconciling her colonialist heritage through everyday objects.
Our fiction submissions see memory take the form of action. In one story, a group of fruit grapple with their dreams and a predetermined fate. Another presents danger and solidarity amongst sex workers, built from experience and bestowed for safety’s sake. Yet another story asks us what we really remember after we die.
Our non-fiction works are, in ways, anguished: a piece about a beautiful world but whose narrator cannot see the beauty in herself, a piece about a house plant in mourning, and a remembrance piece about a childhood car and the memories that left with it.
We would like to thank our wonderful contributors—Kaitlyn Langendoen, Lily Yu, Jaymi-Lynn Butler, Abigail Banda, Yoshita Sahdev, Lauren Russell, and Amely Su—for sharing their works with us. We hope you enjoy this issue.
—Written by Jonell Ebreo
Edited by Lisa Grieve, EiC