I’ve known Heather Luby, our departing Managing Editor/Fiction Editor, since we were in graduate school at Antioch University Los Angeles. Even though we saw each other only in passing and worked in different genres, we respected each other’s writing; we had a familiarity. Heather was a person I would run into post-lecture or at a social gathering and catch up on workshop, places to eat/drink during the residency, and randomness. After graduating, I was happy to see her at AWP and thrilled when later, she asked me to help edit poetry at The Citron Review. As we prepare the spring issue and Heather prepares to step aside from her role, I reflect on the stability and vitality that she brought to Citron during her tenure.
Change is inevitable; true stasis is rare.
Last night, snow fell in the mountains of North Carolina, blanketing Asheville and the surrounding counties with six to eight inches. This is the third storm in the last few weeks, which has created havoc for schools with cancellations and made-up assignments. It’s funny how the South reacts to “inclement weather.” People prepare for the worst and stock up on groceries and provisions. Schools chain their doors tight. To be fair, we don’t have the equipment or the familiarity with snow to adapt like the Northeast. (Boston, my heart goes out to you) We all wait for spring, no matter our geography, as it signals a revival.
After school was cancelled this morning, the sun came out. Soon, the raccoon tracks leading to our shed will vanish, as will any excuse for staying indoors and subsisting on grilled cheese and tomato soup. At The Citron Review, this spring’s “revival” is tinged with sadness, but appreciation for Heather, and we are excited to see what she does next as she resurfaces herself. And we welcome Co-Assistant Editors Sarah Miller and Angela Brommel, who bring wonderful expertise to their roles. Jacqui Morton will transition into the position of Managing Editor as we bring Sarah and Angela aboard.
It’s an exciting time for us, and hopefully for you too.
Heather, the next time we see you — and I know I speak for everyone at Citron — drinks are on us. Thank you!
Senior Poetry Editor, The Citron Review
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|E S Arkin||Two Pieces of Micro-Fiction||Micro-Fiction|
|Rebecca Bell-Gurwitz||Stooped and Sideways||Micro-Fiction|
|Marley Andino||Blood Bath||CNF|
|Katie Holiday||Empty Enough||CNF|
|Leah Givens||Collateral Damage||CNF|
|Ann Stewart McBee||Et Tu Brutal||Fiction|
|David Cooke||Red Kites||Poetry|
|John McCarthy||Garnett, Kansas||Poetry|
|Ana Prundaru||Bird-Melt On Rails||Poetry|
|Z.G. Tomaszewski||Kingfisher of Mooselung Pond||Poetry|
|James Claffey||Professions of Faith||Fiction|
|Heather Bourbeau||Five Pieces of Micro-Fiction||Micro-Fiction|
|Barbara O’Byrne||Screen Shots||Fiction|