The Dancer I am Becoming – SONIA LYRIS
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists – RENDA DODGE
Cream Rises – MICHAEL DYLAN WELCH
Writing for Love and Money – TERRY PERSUN
Coming Back to Craft – ERIN REEL
Catching the Coin – JOHN J. WALSH IV
An Open Letter to my Father – KEN DAVIS
Writing was the Easy Part – NATHAN EVERETT
Contrary to the Name, Their Songs are not About Zombie Romany – ELDON KR
Full-Blown Amateur – KAT BOELSKOV
Writing That’s Fun, Not Fraught – LINDSEY GRANT
Hate Your Work – JASON BLACK
This is How a Heart Breaks – SARAH MARTINEZ
The Ray Bradbury School of Creative Arts – JACQUELYN FEDYK
The Work of a Patient Heart – B.D. WELTON
Photography Essay: Edible Book Festival – RENDA DODGE
Literary and Poetry Contributors
Britt Eira Long, Jennifer Brennock, William Reid, Jade Leone Blackwater, Samara Ferris, S.C. Barrus, Ashley-Renée Cribbins, Kelly I. Hitchcock, Katie Flanagan, Alex Tamaki, Emily Mullin, Caroline Womer
Photography and Art Contributors
Skott Young, Roy Vetter, Andrew Dudich, Joseph Mantecon, Melissa A. Kotacka, William Conroy Lindsay, Richard Roffman, Tony Le, Christian Taylor, Kenneth L. Vinyard, Andrew Arslan, Kevin Laing
“April showers bring May flowers!”
I’ve heard this saying too many times recently. We’ve been experiencing an extremely wet spring in my hometown of Seattle (and while it might come as a surprise to everyone, it doesn’t rain here as much as the rest of the country would seem to think), and I’m sick of hearing about the flowers that will pop up eventually. It’s cold and miserable now, who cares about later?
Obviously, I do, but when you’re in the thick of it – it can be hard to care.
Artistic growth is the same way, we’re constantly growing while we work through drafts and projects. Looking down at a half-finished short story, chapter, or article can often induce a two-year-old tantrum in my inner artist, but I know that I’m going to finish it eventually. The thought of abandoning a project can be a lot like fantasizing about a last minute holiday to Hawaii in February. Putting the cold behind could be a great temporary relief, but work, kids, cold weather and real life will be waiting for you when return. I don’t really offer solutions, because part of being an artist is the constant process of growing, but I do offer solidarity. We’re all in this together, and I can promise that there are flowers at the end of your tiring struggle. The art, poetry, articles and fiction we include in every issue of Line Zero are a testament to the fruits of the artistic struggle.
Line Zero is growing as well and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This issue brings our new journalistic content editor, Laura Pieroni. After jumping in mid-deadline, she’s already proving to be a great asset to the editorial staff. We’ve also added four regular contributors to our line up and each issue you can look forward to columns from some of our favorite writers: Storycrafting with Jason Black; The Way of the Emerging Writer with Sarah Martinez; Publish or Perish with Nathan Everett; and Before the Page with John J. Walsh IV.
As you read through the pages think about your own artistic pursuits and keep an eye out for the “May Flowers” as they start to peek through in your work.
Renda Dodge, Managing Editor