a note from the editor
We have now completed seven full years of publishing Superstition Review. In those seven years we have featured over 550 artists and authors, and I have mentored over 200 students through all the steps of creating a literary magazine.
We broke all of our submissions records for this issue, which means we examined more wonderful art and writing than ever before. It’s such a privilege to look at all of the work that comes to us. Here are a few highlights from our final selections.
Our Art Editor this semester did a wonderful job curating a collection from ASU Alumni. We’re featuring work by 13 artists, all of whom earned a BFA or MFA at ASU. I find this collection to be incredibly diverse and exciting. And I’m so thankful to Melanie Yazzie for allowing us to use her painting for the cover of Issue 14.
This semester our students attended many literary events across the Phoenix area, including readings by Matt Bell, Matthew Gavin Frank, Cynthia Hogue, Peggy Shumaker, Kate Gale, Margaret Atwood, and Nikki Giovanni. We also volunteered at two events with UMOM New Day Centers.
This is still by far our largest submissions area. For Issue 14 we chose stories from 10 authors with wide-ranging backgrounds, including a former U.S. Foreign Service officer, an MFA candidate in the fiction program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a member of the Committee on Asia and the Middle East at Columbia University.
We interviewed 10 authors ranging from Aimee Nezhukumatathil to Molly Antopol. Our interview process is perhaps the most intense of all the sections. Our two Interview Editors carefully read and research each author, composing a list of mostly craft-based questions. Then we spend several weeks doing more research and revisions to the questions. I’m so grateful for all the work that these students do, and to the authors and poets who respond so thoughtfully.
Here we have selected essays from seven talented authors. Settings for these essays range from Arles, to Russia, to Topeka.
We read thousands of poems during a 10 week period. For this issue we published work by 20 poets, and as you’ll see there’s a wide variety of topic, theme, and form. During our editorial meetings, the poetry editors and I had several moments when we delighted over lines and read poems out loud to each other.
So here are the well-deserved thanks:
I can’t thank my Student Editors enough for their dedication. They spend many hours reading submissions, corresponding with authors, organizing content, and designing pages and advertisements. Oh, and Tweeting, Blogging, and Facebooking too!
Thanks also to my wonderful Faculty Advisors Betsy Schneider, Claire Lauer, Kristin Lacroix, Mark Haunschild, Rebecca Byrkit, and Valerie Bandura, who contribute lots of time and energy to mentoring students.
And as always, deep thanks go to my Department Head Ian Moulton and Dean Duane Roen for their support.
Thanks also to our 60 contributors for this issue.
Patricia Colleen Murphy