Letter from the Incoming Editor

Dear Friends of eMerge,

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Joy Clark and I am the incoming editor for eMerge, as well as the new Marketing Specialist for The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. The literary community in Northwest Arkansas transformed me when I moved here back in 2016. Through attending literary readings, workshops, and panels in this area, I experienced a rich diversity of creative voices that created a new depth to the world when shared alongside one another. Immediately I knew that I wanted to be a part of this community. For three years I served as Fiction Editor for The Arkansas International, as well as reading submissions for Gingerbread House Literary Magazine.  In learning to read closely and edit with care, my world opened up, and my understanding of the similarities and differences among communities, environments, and experiences deepened in resonant, meaningful ways.

So it is my great honor to now get to work among this community, which Charles has nurtured so incredibly in the past five years. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue supporting the creation of eMerge, and to boost your voices, narratives, and perspectives. I hope I have many opportunities in the months ahead to talk with you all and to read your unique, compelling work.

Charles and Sandra have continued to offer their guidance and support as we make this transition. I am grateful for their presence and patience in helping me find my bearings, and I am grateful for the warm welcome I’ve already received from the Writers’ Colony team, and the contributors I’ve been in contact with. I hope together we continue to witness eMerge grow and blossom into something that holds meaning for us all.

All the best,
Joy Clark

Table of Contents

  1. Bare Back Riding
    by Al Larson
  2. Jake
    by Morris McCorvey
  3. 2020 Sunsets -October - “Color My World with Hope”
    by Peggy Kjelgaard
  4. Good Bones
    by Judy Nickles
  5. Birthday of the Unknown
    by Bill McCloud
  6. Late Night Walk–1967
    by Natalie Reid
  7. Piano Lessons
    by Zhenya Yevtushenko
  8. Sorting
    by Belinda Bruner
  9. The Rain Returns
    by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
  10. Dragon Ride
    by Melissa Milton
  11. The Noble Animal*
    by Charles Templeton
  12. Death Sonnets
    by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
  13. 2020 Sunsets -November - “Changing Seasons and Life Goes On”
    by Peggy Kjelgaard
  14. LOVE (Unexpectedly)
    by Bill McCloud
  15. How To Deal After A Disturbingly Idyllic Breakup
    by Brianne Grothe
  16. German-Style Beef, Beets, and Noodle Bowl
    by Anna Gall
  17. The Blossoms
    by Ann Privateer
  18. A New Season
    by Joan Roberts
  19. A Letter from Gibs to Gabby
    by Matilda Pinto
  20. God in All of This
    by Sheryl Loeffler
  21. The Last Night
    by Zhenya Yevtushenko
  22. Caesural Leaps – Elegy for ‘Mad Mac’ MacDonald
    by Laurence Foshee
  23. 2020 Sunsets - December - “Ray of Morning Hope”
    by Peggy Kjelgaard
  24. Where Monsters Wait
    by Kenneth Weene
  25. The Lover
    by Fred Yu
  26. I Have
    by Ray Shermer
  27. Before You Are Gone
    by Alison Schuh Hawsey
  28. The Crowd
    by Pedro Henrique da Silva Lino
  29. Every dark day brings the promise of a bright day with it.
    by Anchal Singh
  30. The World of Incident
    by Patsy Creedy
  31. An American Christmas Story, 1991
    by Deirdre Fagan
  32. Once Upon a Time …
    by Pedro Henrique da Silva Lino
  33. Wien, the Imperial City of Music
    by Ray Shermer
  34. Of Hilltops and Valleys
    by Deepa Davy
  35. Echoed Church Bells
    by Anna Gall
  36. Morals About Marilyn
    by Ellaraine Lockie
  37. Cold and Wet
    by Fred Yu
  38. Three Star Poems
    by Darren Chase
  39. Godless Anger
    by Patsy Creedy
  40. Who Will Cry?
    by Anchal Singh
  41. Letter from the Previous Editor
    by Charles Templeton
  42. Letter from the Incoming Editor
    by Joy Clark

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Joy Clark received her MFA from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 2020. She works for the local nonprofits Art Ventures and The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, and is the new 2022 editor for eMerge. Her work can be read in places such as The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades Magazine, and Bayou Magazine.

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