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Literary Values in a Political Age

Cover Art by Lea C. Deschenes
Cover artwork by Lea C. Deschenes

Editorial

Our Lit Journal Could Be Your Life

Victor D. Infante
Editor In Chief

For me, it started as a scream. It was November 3rd, 2004 – the morning after America returned to office a president I saw as monstrous. I was overwhelmed with emotion, and had no place to put it. I tried to write, and it was all coming out dross. I stared into the face of the wars, into the ratcheting fear-mongering and escalating corporate looting, and I felt ridiculously alone.

And then, I realized, I wasn’t. So in a fit of either inspiration or desperation, I threw together a Yahoo e-mail list and invited writers of my acquaintance to have a safe space to talk about politics, literature and where they intersect. From that list came conversations, and from those conversations came an online literary journal. And eventually six years flew by, and here we are, with a different president, a different set of challenges, and a world that’s better in some ways, worse in other, and always, always changing.

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