Letter from the Editor

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Issue Thirty of The Collagist!

In this issue, we have exciting new fiction from Kristen Kaschock, Sarah Tourjee, Christoper Merkner, and Victor Infante, as well as an excerpt of Laird Hunt's The Impossibly. Laird Hunt was in our first issue with an excerpt from his novel Ray of the Star, and so its a pleasure to have him here again in our thirtieth, sharing some of the previously-unreleased material that's been added to the new release of The Impossibly.

Our poetry section this month includes work by Scott Beal, Luke Johnson, and Rose McLarney, as well as Charles Jensen, who was also in our first issue. His recent chapbook, The Nanopedia Quick-Reference Pocket Lexicon of Contemporary American Culture, contains some of those Issue One poems, and we hope you'll check out the full book.

In our creative audio section, we have work written by Margaret Eaton and read by Eugene J. Bueschler, and our non-fiction this month includes two inventive essays, by Matthew Vollmer and Shena McAuliffe.  

Our book reviews include coverage of Your Wildest Dreams Within Reason by Mike Sacks (reviewed by Phedra Deonarine), Short Bus by Brian Allen Carr (reviewed by Laura Ender), The Ravickians by Renee Gladman (reviewed by Tom DeBeauchamp), Other Heartbreaks by Patricia Henley (reviewed by Jason Cook), and Best European Fiction 2012, edited by Aleksander Hemon (reviewed by Anna Clark). 

As always, thanks to all of the above contributors for being a part of this issue, and thanks to you and all the rest of our readers for visiting us this month. I hope you enjoy the issue!


Matt Bell
The Collagist