Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Issue Twenty-Nine of The Collagist!

In this issue, we have exciting new fiction from Matt Runkle, Robert Lopez, Sean Kilpatrick, and Molly Tolsky, as well as an excerpt of Adania Shibli's We Are All Equally Far From Love, out this month from Clockroot Books.

Our poetry section includes work by Danniel Schoonebeek, Karin Gottshall, Michael Mlekoday, and Angelo Nikolopoulos, while in non-fiction we have an essay from Rachael Button about Detroit's Birwood Wall.

In our creative audio section, we have an inventive piece titled "Vertical Interrogation (of an Ex)" by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.

Our book reviews include coverage of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer (reviewed by Johannes Lichtman), Everyone Remain Calm by Megan Stielstra (reviewed by Shawn Syms), Oblations by Nick Ripatrazone (reviewed by Andrew David King), The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (reviewed by Mike Meginnis), and Hunters & Gamblers by Ryan Ridge (reviewed by John Shortino).


Over this past year, we've had 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. But after much deliberation, we decided on the following works, all of which have continued to thrill us throughout the year:




Thanks to all of these great writers for being a part of our 2011 issues, and thanks to all of our readers for coming back month after month: It's been a great year here at The Collagist, and I couldn't be more appreciative of everyone who contributed to it. See you in 2012!


Matt Bell
The Collagist