The Sunday Spotlight has returned! I’m moving back into the column slowly, so rather than featuring one particular writer’s work with an interview, this week’s installment features the publication of Hunger Mountain: The VCFA Journal of the Arts’ newest annual print issue No. 20 “Edges,” which is fresh off the press and made its debut at the AWP conference two weeks ago.
I’ve worked for Hunger Mountain going on six years now in a variety of roles, beginning my first semester at VCFA in January of 2011 as a creative nonfiction reader. I did a stint as an assistant editor of The Writing Life section and took over as assistant creative nonfiction editor in November of 2014.
This year’s journal is simply gorgeous. The cover art is provided by Cynthia Atwood, and it’s full of interesting, unique artwork within the pages by Nils Karsten. It has an appealing layout and design, and, of course, it is full of superb writing in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction! Even writing for children and young adults is represented with a fiction piece for both middle grade and young adults.
I’m so pleased with this issue! I have not yet had the chance to read pieces from genres other than creative nonfiction, but the issue includes fiction by Robin MacArthur and Xu Xi, two exceptional writers I admire, and I look forward to checking out their new work and experiencing some writers I am not familiar with.
Of the creative nonfiction, we have published five brilliant essays: “Star Struck (1982)” by Sheila Grace Stuewe, “Take Heart” by Eileen M. K. Bobek, “White Oak” by Brad Felver, “Spell Heaven” by Toni Mirosevich, and “The Secret of Water” by Jody Keisner. I love all these essays! Publishing such fine writing is the reward for all the hard work that goes into a literary journal throughout the year. I know it sounds corny and cliché, but the creation of a literary journal such as Hunger Mountain really is a labor of love; nearly the entire staff volunteer their time and efforts.
And here’s the bonus: I have one copy of Hunger Mountain No. 20 Edges to give away! To qualify for this giveaway, leave a comment below. (Sorry, I cannot ship outside of the U.S.) The winner will be randomly chosen from those entered in the giveaway, and I will announce the winner here on the blog on Saturday, April 23. You have one week to enter!