It is truly an honor to introduce the twenty-seventh issue of Tupelo Quarterly. In addition to featuring new work by such literary luminaries as Martha Collins, Darien Hsu Gee, Elizabeth A.I. Powell, Bruce Bond, Amanda Auchter, and Rodrigo Toscano, we are excited to highlight several exciting new voices in the literary arts. Anjanette Delgado, for instance, shows us the myriad ways that poetry can bridge boundaries and artistic traditions in a hybrid work that is impressive in its scope and ambition. M. Cynthia Cheung, whose star is also rising, shows us the beauty inherent in and the unknowable in poems that are both mysterious and unsettling.
This issue is one of our best ones yet, representing a full range of aesthetic approaches, formal predilections, and writerly influences. In many ways, this diversity arises from our Senior and Associate Editors’ impressive array of critical and creative projects, and the infinitely varied questions they ask of language. As always, it is a pleasure to showcase their interests in our Editorial Features section, highlighting the myriad influences that shape our magazine and its offerings. Similarly, our Editors’ Selections in Poetry, Prose, and Visual Art showcase work that has been important to our editors’ development as creative practitioners and critical thinkers.
Beginning on August 15th, we will be open to submissions for a special international issue, TQ28. As always, we look forward to reading your work. In the meantime, I hope you will peruse TQ’s vast and luminous offerings. Happy summer, and enjoy!