It is truly an honor to introduce the twenty-eight issue of Tupelo Quarterly, which celebrates and honors international writing. In addition to featuring new work by such literary luminaries as Jenny Drai, Mark Tardi, Ariel So, Jean Follain, and Beau Hopkins, we are excited to highlight many exciting new voices, or at least, new to English speaking readers. Curated folios by Wendy Chen, Ariel Francisco, Eva Heisler, Henk Rossouw and Ming Di, for instance, shows us the myriad ways that poetry can bridge boundaries and artistic traditions.
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 December 15th, we will be open to submissions for our next issue, TQ29. As always, we look forward to reading your work. In the meantime, I hope you will peruse TQ’s vast and luminous offerings. Happy holidays, and enjoy!