Salt Hill 38
While assembling this issue of Salt Hill, a date got in the way: November 8th. For a while, we didn’t work. We checked Facebook, attended rallies, cried, got drunk, and wondered what we, as editors and writers, could do. But with a deadline looming, we did all we knew to do: we immersed ourselves in the work of our contributors, and in doing so, the world began to slowly come back into focus.
When introducing an issue, there's always the temptation to find a unifying thread, to tie everything together somehow, but what excites us about Salt Hill 38 is the kaleidoscopic array of voice and theme: from the stark elliptical grief of Amy Marengo's "Erasure of My Father’s Texts" to the comedic high-wire intensity of Kam Hilliard's "YA SPEAKER COLLECTS A NU PROBLEMATIC FAVE" to the lust and anger of Cassie Pruyn's "Want."
The characters and speakers face challenges that reflect the world we live in as well as show us lives we'll never know. The narrator in "In the Shining Dark" must witness his brother descend into insanity after fighting in the Vietnam War. In "A Strong Hand and an Outstretched Arm," the protagonist struggles with the question of just how much discipline is necessary in raising a child. A Mumbai physician grapples with the emotional and physical illnesses of his lonely, aging patients in "The Guptas."
In her essay "No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear," Toni Morrison tells us that times like these are "precisely when artists go to work... We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal." When the world feels like a gaping wound, a single issue of a literary journal seems like a pittance for healing. But these voices helped us, and we hope they do the same for you.
Jonathan Aprea, Patrick Dundon, Abbey Numedahl, and Rachel Wakefield
Erin Adair-Hodges, Samuel Amadon, Margaret Bashaar, Ashley E. Booth, A.M. Brant, Mary Buchinger, Darcy Chanin, Brian Clifton, Alisha Dietzman, Jules Gibbs, Amy Elisabeth Hansen, Matt Hart, Kam Hilliard, Jackson Holbert, Denise Jarrott, Dan Kaplan, Jon Lampe, Amy Marengo, Peter Mishler, Cassie Pruyn, Inès Pujos, Supritha Rajan, Megan Denton Ray, Justin Runge, M.P. Stout, Caroline O'Connor Thomas, Alison Thumel
Fred Cardin, Anu Kandikuppa, Julie Zuckerman
Chen Chen, Charles Green, Toti O'Brien, Madeline Reding
Nathaniel Dorsky, Meshakai Wolf
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Editors: Jonathan Aprea, Patrick Dundon, Abbey Numedahl, and Rachel Wakefield