Reed Magazine, Issue 155
This is the preorder for Issue 155 of Reed Magazine, slated for release in May, 2022. Reed Magazine, Issue 155 reflects the many faces of our world in its pages. This issue gives space to struggles too often unseen, such as “An Incomplete Dictionary of Words That Make Me Think About My Body as I Try Not to Relapse,” by Kristin Reneau, winner of the Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction. Reneau’s piece explores themes of body image, mental health, and familial relationships, the latter of which echoes throughout this edition’s nonfiction pieces.
Issue 155 also features our first-ever short story published in Trinidadian English Creole, “Saga,” which earned Rashad Hosein this year’s John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. Other fiction included in Issue 155 gives readers multiple perspectives on immigrant experiences , such as the hardships of living and loving freely in Yiru Zhang’s “If You Want Another Universe, Lover.”
This issue’s poetry section, too, features an eclectic mix of styles and formats that consider diverse topics from the corporeal and personal to the communal and political. Renowned poet and author Kazim Ali, known for his extensive writing on spirituality and identity, served as judge for this edition’s Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry. In his winning poem, “Aphorism 33: Life is a Flame that Burns Itself Out,” John Blair appeals to Buddhist philosophies, pondering the eternal fires of suffering and the slow burn of human existence. From the poignant commentary on loss in Lynn Hoggard’s “Twin Aspens,” to the pointed wit and wordplay in Dante Di Stefano’s “Etymology of Gun,” the poems appearing within this issue are sure to captivate readers.
Finally, an international cadre of artists—from South Korea to Switzerland, Taiwan to India, Salinas to San José—add to Reed Magazine, Issue 155 vibrant imagery, provocative subjects, and a discrete streak of surrealism. These artists— including Irina Greciuhina, Jerome Chia-Horng, and Caroline Dejeneffe, winner of this year’s Mary Blair Award for Art—add depth and texture to the latest chapter in a 155-year legacy of literary excellence.