Backchannels No. 6 / Fall 2020
We offer you our sixth formal edition, which is practically our seventh when you count the Pandemic Edition in April. We are so pleased that this collection is ready just in time to enjoy before the holidays. In Iowa it’s the season for crackling fireplaces and mugs of tea, and we hope you can include some cozy reading time into your schedule as well.
Edition six has been crafted with love and care against the backdrop of not only the pandemic, but also a time of general uncertainty and unrest, as well as the land hurricane in August that devastated so much of Iowa where we live (if you have a moment, google “derecho” and be prepared for some jaw dropping photos). The three of us searched for internet connections to continue reading and responding to submissions while power outages stretched past two weeks in many areas. In the midst of this natural disaster, your words and art were like balm to our spirits in such chaos. Creative work has the ability to have such an effect, and for that we are most grateful.
Laura, Leslie & Mary
About the cover art and artist:
“I love street photography and I use a small LUMIX camera that I purchased in Chinatown, NYC, about 6 years ago. I like walking all over the city and taking pics from all kinds of angles. I also like asemic writing which is an art that simulates cryptic alphabet and code.”
Kyle Hemmings has an MFA from National University, CA. He has been published in is/let, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Spelk Fiction, and elsewhere. He loves street photography.
Mary Bardsley, Editor
Leslie Caton Frey, Editor
Laura Johnson, Editor
Cover art by Kyle Hemmings
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