It is truly an honor to introduce the twenty-second issue of Tupelo Quarterly. In addition to featuring new work by such literary luminaries as Mary-Kim Arnold, Denise Duhamel, Julie Marie Wade, Carol Guess, & Rachel Eliza Griffiths, we are excited to highlight several exciting new voices in the literary arts. JinJin Xu, for instance, shows us the myriad ways that poetry can bridge philosophical and artistic traditions in a folio that is impressive in its scope and ambition. Nandini Bhattacharya, whose star is also rising, shows us the beauty inherent in social upheaval, uncertainty, & activism in an interview that is both lucid and thought-provoking.
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.
From all of us at TQ, we hope you will peruse the magazine’s vast and luminous offerings. Happy holidays, and enjoy!