Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,

Hello, and welcome to Issue Twenty-Six!

In Issue Twenty-Six, we have one of our most varied fiction sections yet: We have two new fairy tales by Caren Beilin, a fiction debut by Michael Rudin, and Manuela Draeger's "In the Time of the Blue Ball," translated by Brian Evenson (and also published this month in the collection of the same name by Dorothy, a publishing project). Jonathan Callahan’s three-part novella "ボブ (Bob)," serialized across issues 24-26, finishes this month with Part Three, and we also have novel excerpts from The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate, Touch and Go by Thad Nodine, Glass by Sam Savage, and Hooked by John Franc.

This month's poetry includes new work by Neil Aitken, Sara Henning, Sara Tracey, and Chloe Martinez.

Our non-fiction this month includes an essay by Éireann Lorsung, as well as book reviews of This is Not Your City by Caitlin Horrocks (reviewed by Deirdra McAfee), The Microscripts by Robert Walser (reviewed by Josh Billings), The American Girl and The Glitter Scene by Monika Fagerholm (reviewed by Darby M. Dixon III), The Mimic's Own Voice by Tom Williams (reviewed by Brian Allen Carr), and Look! Look! Feathers by Mike Young (reviewed by Barry Graham).

Sadly this essay always marks the end of Blog Editor Tyler Gobble's tenure at The Collagist, as Tyler is leaving to focus on other opportunities. I'm very thankful to have had him onboard for the last year, and I know he's going to do great things with all his other efforts elsewhere.

As always, thanks to all of our contributors for letting us publish their fine work. We appreciate your time and talents, and can't thank you enough for sharing them with us.


Matt Bell
The Collagist