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Alexandra Panic lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, where she writes and teaches creative writing. She is originally from Belgrade, Serbia, although her soul is Italian. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and a BA degree in Italian Language and Literature. She had three collections of poetry published in the Serbian language, and she wrote her first novel in English. Her words have appeared in The Pitkin, The Writer in the World, and Pif Magazine.

From the Editor

On Color

Issue No. 259 ~ December, 2018

“Our lives are saturated by color. The sky above us is blue (or gray or pink or purple or nearly black). The grass we walk on is green, though sometimes it is brown. Our skin has color, though not exactly the color we normally ascribe …

In Constellation of Sagittarius

Issue No. 258 ~ November, 2018

In just a few days, on November 8, 2018, the planet Jupiter will enter the constellation of Sagittarius, meaning that, after twelve long years or roaming through other constellations, Jupiter will return home. Born with the Sun in Sagittarius, I have been waiting for this …

Happy New Beginnings

Issue No. 248 ~ January, 2018

  “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft   Happy New Year, dear writers! What are you up to this year? Any new beginnings? Any big expectations? Any solid plans? Any mapped journeys? Any …

Film & Screenwriting

Culture

Essay

The Magic of Revision

Issue No. 247 ~ December, 2017

  A few nights ago, a young woman who has been taking my creative writing classes asked me, Can I write a wrong story? Her question caught me by surprise and even though I promptly answered it in class, it resonated loudly in my mind …

Artist Interviews

Craft

Trust the Path

Issue No. 257 ~ October, 2018

In my artistic calendar, the new year starts on the first day of October. And every time, even though the past experiences taught me to anticipate what would follow, the second half of September, which embodies the fear of the transformation before the change of …

Write with the Heat

Issue No. 256 ~ September, 2018

A few days ago, the writer I admire shared on social media that the summer had tricked her into a loss of creative energy and a loss of confidence. Many other writers joined the conversation reporting similar and hostile effects of summer. The knowing that I …

Art Work

Book Lovers

Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Issue No. 252 ~ May, 2018

Shadow Child, a suspenseful and beautifully written literary novel by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, the author of the acclaimed memoir Hiroshima in the Morning, interweaves narratives and voices to reveal harrowing secrets of two generations of strong-willed women. There are three time threads in the novel, …

The Brick House

Issue No. 246 ~ November, 2017

  The brick house is not like any other house on the moor. Here the land stretches out greenly with its allochthonous grasses and the house stands matronly and alone on a rise on the wild sedge like an ancient dynamo and one Sitka spruce …

Women Against the Apocalypse in The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Issue No. 241 ~ June, 2017

Thematically a dystopian novel, Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan is the author’s genuine way to fight against the apocalypse, against the fear of geological catastrophe and of Earth’s dying and turning into ashes and dirt. The story unfolds in our near future after Wars …

MARLENA by Julie Buntin

Issue No. 239 ~ April, 2017

          “Tell me what you can’t forget, and I’ll tell you who you are” is the that opens Marlena, the astonishing first novel by New York-based writer Julie Buntin. In the form of a confessional narrative, Buntin writes about the kind …