Introduction to Our Contributors’ Prose
What drives us to write? What’s at the heart? What’s the guiding question? Why this piece? Why now? These questions help us think about and shape our writing. Writers have something to say and a drive to say it. We want to work it out on the page and share it in a big way, bigger than conversation over coffee.
The five beautiful writers in our winter journal all have something core to speak. Each piece touches on fear and the yummy way we break through fear: love. In “Like Water and Stones” a young girl learns to trust herself, to love herself. “Messages” is all heart, showing us how one family loved their sister/daughter/aunt, how they found comfort and connection in their grief. In “Pie” we see the deep root between a sister and brother, a life long knowing that this family chord doesn’t waver. “Confinement” reflects on what can go so sideways when a family disconnects and how a young woman’s life was moved by what she observed, how she was determined to make her own choices, set her own course. In “Fear Jars” one woman captures her fears, her fear spectrum also revealing her loves.
It’s been an honor to be part of working with our five writers. I bow deeply to each of them for the courage to write their truths, to let us hear their voices.
Guest Prose Co-Editor