When both her parents went blind suddenly, and in quick succession, artist Virginia Mallon began to think a lot about vision. Today Mallon’s work explores the seen, the unseen and all the knowing in between. Art Editor Suzannah Showler checks in with Virginia to uncover a world shimmering in the periphery of certainty.
Mason Morgan shut off the car and looked over at his wife, Sara. Seven-thirty on a Saturday night in April. It was her fifty-second birthday.
She had been laughing and joking with Terry, their son, just moments before. Now she raised her eyebrows at Morgan as he hesitated. Not a discouraging look exactly, but not encouraging, either—good-humored impatience, maybe. She said, “You’re not going to call me a ‘lady of a certain age’ again, are you?”
Midnight is a wire across a sky, impossible to tell one side of dark from the other. One crow says I’m that much closer to morning. The last line in my diary says otherwise, but for now it’s gone missing, and I am cranking through Bloomington on a rattletrap 1970s road bike I borrowed and never bothered to return…
This issue features art by Virginia Mallon, a review of Mat Johnson’s new novel, fiction by Rick Canning, CNF by Katie Moulton and poetry by Gabrielle Bates, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Kristina Marie Darling, Cara Dees, John Dudek, John Gallaher, Chelsea Harris, Michael Marberry, Victoria McArtor, Tara Mae Mulroy, Jennifer Perrine, Jim Whiteside and Emily Jungmin Yoon.
The 2016 Non/Fiction Collection Prize judge is Michelle Herman. Herman is the director of The Ohio State University Creative Writing MFA and author of the novels Missing, Dog, the forthcoming Devotion, and the collection of novellas A New and Glorious Life; and three essay collections—The Middle of Everything, Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Like a Song.