Editor’s Note by Kristina Marie Darling

It is truly an honor to introduce the thirty-first issue of Tupelo Quarterly. In addition to featuring new work by such literary luminaries as Bruce Bond, Dan Beachy-Quick, Cate Peebles, and John Reed, we are excited to highlight many exciting new voices. Writing by Celeste Lipkes, Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, and Manthipe Moila, for instance, shows us the infinite number of forms that innovation and artistic risk can take. 

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 TQ32 Prose Open Prize and our TQ32 Poetry Open Prize . 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!