Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,

Happy holidays, and welcome to Issue Seventeen!

With this issue, we've reached the end of our first full year, and wanted to say thanks again to all of our contributors, to our readers, to the many folks that make this possible. I'm thankful to have such an excellent staff, which currently includes Matthew Olzmann, Gabriel Blackwell, and Tyler Gobble. 2011 issues were also worked on by Liana Imam and Marie Schutt, whose efforts helped make the magazine what it was, from its earliest issues. Without these people, The Collagist wouldn't be possible,

We've also have been incredibly lucky this past year to have the privilege of publishing so much exciting work at The Collagist, an honor that made picking just six pieces to nominate for the Pushcart Prize very difficult. After much deliberation, we decided on the following six pieces:




Congratulations again to these six writers, and thanks so much to all of our other contributors who were part of our 2010 issues.

Looking back at the year again, there are so many stories and poems and essays that I'm so glad we got the chance to publish, and I hope you'll continue to go back through the archives and read whatever you missed. Thanks so much for being a part of 2010, and don't forget to join us again in the new year. With our first 2011 issue just a month away, I can already tell you that we've got lots of exciting writers to share with you, and I hope you'll love what's to come as much as I already have.


In Issue Seventeen, we have fiction from Brian Kubarycz, Susan McCarty, Mike Young, and Jarrett Haley, as well as novel excerpts from Zone by Mathias Énard (Open Letter Books), The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman (Livingston Press), and Haywire by Thaddeus Rutkowski (Starcherone).

In poetry, we have work from Keith Montesano, Justin Bigos, Bruce Cohen, and Jenny George. Our non-fiction includes an essay by Rachel Yoder, as well as book reviews of Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray, Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew Ervin, Best European Fiction 2011 edited by Aleksandar Hemon, Big Bright Sun by Nate Pritts and Wolf Face by Matt Hart, and Bring Down the Little Birds by Carmen Giménez Smith.

As always, thanks to all of our contributors for letting us publish their fine work. Thanks also to everyone who reads the magazine, everyone who sends us submissions, and of course everyone who takes the time to post about the issue to their blogs, Facebook, or anywhere else. We appreciate your time and talents, and can't thank you enough for sharing them with us.


Matt Bell
The Collagist