Issue No. 7

Through, art by by Kyle Hemmings Backchannels literary journal
“Through” by Edward Lee

Dear Readers,

This issue has been a bit longer in the making than we intended, but that’s ok. We’ve made it into 2021, a new year, a fresh start. In the US, we have the potential to shift our political and social landscape to better acknowledge our humanity; make our world a kinder, more equitable, more hospitable, and healthy place to be. We can refocus our energy to care about and for each other in ways we’ve almost forgotten.

Your art, your words, your attention as you read do some of this crucial work. When we create and share we get a little brighter. 2020 was an incredibly challenging year and we undoubtedly have more to come. But last year gave us a chance to recognize what’s going wrong, see what needs to be fixed, and focus our energy on making things better for all of us. You may be grieving or recovering or healing, but if you’re reading this, you made it. As our cover art from Edward Lee reminds us, we made it through.

Sending light,
Laura, Mary, and Leslie

Featuring work from:

Shirley Hilton, Yuan Changming, Dave Gregory, Milly Brown White, Edward Lee, Renato Barucco, Miriam Sagan, D. M. Kerr, Paul David Adkins, Kyle Brandon Lee, Terry Sanville, Stanley Toledo, Kyle Hemmings, Wake Lloire, Chila Woychik, John Tustin, Kevin Finnerty, Mark Jackley, Mark Tulin, Gordon Lewis, C.W. Bigelow, Brant Short, William Thompson, Lorraine Caputo, Carson Pytell, Mike Nolan, and Greg Schwartz


We recently chatted with Jim Harrington of Six Questions for For… and discussed submissions! Check it out for a little more info about what we’re looking for.


Submissions Currently Closed, but Keep Creating

We are not currently accepting submissions, but our submissions windows open regularly so keep writing, editing, and reimagining and check back soon! We’re especially looking for more visual art and essays.

Check out our submissions page for details.