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This issue takes readers through a variety of literary contributions asking the questions: where have you traveled and where will you journey next?
As our literary journal publishes “voices,” set up like a museum—a museum of words--you’ll encounter orators from the past, right alongside contemporary ones, including: a blind photographer; a Goth girl; a father coping with Asperger’s; a Voodoo queen bent on redemption; a naturopathic doctor; a Pagan editor; a Vermont gardener; the voices of Chernobyl; an American learning Shodô in Japan; an Israeli Jew, whose face is being used by anti-Semitic protesters; an American ex-pat living in France; and many more.

Special thanks to the extraordinary artist Dana Montlack and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego for granting permission to feature a piece from her “Sea of Cortez” exhibit on our cover; the collection is currently on exhibit through January. (Further details in the book). And to Noble Smith, author of Wisdom of the Shire, Sons of Zeus, among others, who took the time for an in-depth interview on writing, process, and his work. 

What do you carry? Our authors and artists answered with a myriad of expressions that will take you from the gardens of a Vietnamese farmer, to a WWII concentration camp, to Wounded Knee in the Black Hills, to the handcrafted dolls made by a grandmother's hand, to a department store to buy a daughter her first bra, to the homeless in San Francisco, to a once-in-a-lifetime dance of the moon swallows, to India where a blind woman guides the roots of a tree over water to construct a bridge, and then on to Oxfordshire to visit the Rollright Witch and the latest installation designed by UK artist, David Goslin. These are just a few places on this museum-like journey through American Athenaeum. By seeing what others carry, we inevitably learn what we are also capable of carrying.  

This is also our issue dedicated to art and artists. Some of those contributing work include: Brett BusangIra Joel Haber, Ivan de Monbrison, and Loren Kantor, among others. In poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, we have quite a lineup including: Jeff Rasley,Catherine JagoeLee Passarella,Gail JeidyJennifer Falkner, erica l. kaufman, Lynn Hoffman, Major Chris Heatherly, and many many more. 

It wasn't so long ago when the front porch was the main feature of a home. Connected to the sidewalk, to the neighborhood, to the world-at-large, the front porch was a destination. Families gathered to discuss big ideas, to share heartache and joy, to greet neighbors with news. But then something changed and the community-centered feature become replaced. (Any guess with what? You'll have to read the issue to find out for sure.) This issue is a tribute to the long-lost artifact, the once-centerpiece of the family and community. We've recreated a front porch especially for you, complete with a museum-like experience for the everyday reader. 

Some writers you'll encounter
J. Patrick Lewis (US Children's Poet Laureate 2011-13), Paula Brackston author of The Witch's DaughterRichie Swanson,Claude Clayton SmithCarmen WelshRed HaircrowRobert, KingettNandini Pandya,Desmond Kon Zhicheng-MingdeMary Buchinger, Steven Ray Smith, and many more. Cover photo byChristopher Woods.  

**The Bonus Issue contains an exclusive copy of Swords & Sagas, Vol. 1, our speculative fiction collection, featuring stories with fierce dragons, talking fish, and a love-lost troubadour. Plus two author book reviews, and more. 

Are you an Understander? When T. S. Eliot hit the scene with his rare and unique poetry, he faced mounds of criticism. His response was that he wasn't writing for the average person, but rather for the Understanders, readers that were intelligent and exceptional, the rare crowd that would take the time to savor his work.

So are you an Understander? If so, pick up your copy today. If you’re new to American Athenaeum, then get ready for a museum-like adventure. Our issues are designed to feel like you’ve stepped into an athenaeum, connecting you to writers from the past, as well as the present. Along the way, you’ll make stops through our unique departments: America Talks, Compassion City, Voices of Endangered Species, Author Book Reviews, and more. There is something for everyone here.

Some writers you'll encounter: Carol Alexander, Brett Busang, Steven CramerPat Lowery CollinsDonald DeweyMeredith DoenchNora L. JamiesonWilliam LychackEd TascaJacqueline West, and many more. Cover photo by Harun Mehmedinovic

Our humble beginnings. In this issue you'll visit exhibits of poetry, fiction, and essays from contemporary writers around the world. You'll also get a ticket to the past as we drive through the minds of a few choice orators who still have something to share with us. Our special departments are sure to delight, like America Talks, 1 Bookshelf, Writers Adopt Endangered Species, Author Book Reviews, and a novel serialization. There is something for everyone here.

Some writers you'll encounter: Ekiwah Adler BelendezWilliam DoreskiJéanpaul FerroHolly LorinczGeorge Eyre MastersGeorge MooreSimon PerchikCat SparksJudith SkillmanJoseph Thompson, and many more.

This anthology takes inspiration from Mary Shelley’s novel, The Last Man, and showcases short stories and poems that build on the theme of finality—of being last. From experiencing the last snowmelt to taking part of the last day on Earth, The Last Man Anthology propels catastrophic literature into the twenty-first century while staying true to Shelley’s timeless themes of chaos and isolation. How would it feel to know you were experiencing your last day on Earth? What would the end of the world look like to the Greek gods, the last bookstore owner, or the last philosopher? The story settings range from the fringes of Outer Space, to the last museum, to New York City the day before September 11, 2001, to Brighton Street with the last teddy-bear, and many more. Includes veteran writers Ray Bradbury, C. J. Cherryh, Barry N. Malzberg, along with such classic sci-fi authors as H. G. Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, and Jack London, and an assortment of contemporary writers from four continents. We’re also honored to have a third grader make the cut! Catastrophic short stories and poems that deal with end of the world scenarios, cataclysms, disasters and other apocalyptic events. "A hauntingly beautiful collection of tales by new and established authors."