September 22, 2017
Dear Beloved Readers,
With so much strife and anxiety in the world today, some of us may be asking ourselves — is it really the right time to bring another literary journal into the fray? It’s hard enough to get out of bed everyday, to keep putting one foot in front of the other, soldiering on in such harsh times. Do we really have the energy to nurture a steady stream of newborn literature into the world, marry it with original artwork, and try to cultivate an aesthetic uniquely our own? Here at MoonPark Review we boldly say: Yes. Yes, we do.
We had the idea to start this venture together when one of us somewhat randomly said to the other: “Hey, you know what we should do?” And the other huffed and scoffed and initially responded, “Are you nuts??” And the rest, as they say, is history.
To be serious for a moment — just a moment, we promise — we are really proud of our new literary baby. As writers ourselves, we know how hard it is to bring characters to life, to reflect their struggles in an original voice, to paint an image that illuminates and haunts. As readers, we love prose that pulls us in, and takes us away. And now as editors, we’re experiencing a new kind of literary joy. We never expected to be so elated by a submission that speaks to us so clearly in our own peculiar language of love and loss, of complication and pain and irrepressible hope. But oh, it is a thrill when those pieces arrive in the inbox!!
A few words about the shape and form of MoonPark Review. We’ve chosen to begin as an online Quarterly, so we can give the proper attention to every piece we publish, including an accompanying piece of original art, and also, so we can shape the Issues into distinctive volumes. We expect, and hope, our MoonPark aesthetic will be influenced by the seasons but we can’t yet predict exactly how that influence will manifest. Time will tell.
We do know that the size of each issue is likely to be heavily influenced by the number 13. Because we like that number, and we’re quirky enough for that to matter. And for now at least, it feels like the “right” size for our fledgling Quarterly.
Short prose that captivates and haunts: that’s what we love and what we are so very proud to bring to you in MoonPark Review. Many thanks to all the beautiful writers pouring slivers of their souls into short prose pieces that uplift and delight us as this crazy world spins on. We so deeply admire the 13 we’ve assembled here in Issue One, and we eagerly await the many more we will read and publish in the future.
Mary Lynn Reed & Lesley C. Weston
Editors, MoonPark Review