Fall 2015

Letter from the Editor

 

Dear Readers, 

In 2009, fresh out of grad school, I contemplated what my future in literature would look like. I didn’t expect any book contracts to come in right away, and I was afraid that, without a compelling reason to continue reading the best literature available, I’d fall into the bad habit of letting good literature slip past me. To remedy this, I decided to start The Citron Review. I called up some friends from Antioch University and recruited help to establish a tiny little journal that was dedicated to publishing new voices and the best short fiction on the web. In the following years, thanks to the hard work of our editors, especially managing editor Heather Luby, we’ve grown quite a bit, and developed a solid reputation as one of the leading journals of our kind. Now, under the guidance of Jacqui Morton, I anticipate this trend will continue in the coming years.

But it will do so without me.

It’s a bittersweet moment to step down from the journal I helped start. But I’m confident in the direction they’re headed. Truth be told, because of my other writing, I’ve had to slowly release responsibilities to our other editors. Most recently, I’ve been reading exclusively for micro fiction, which was where my true love originally lay. And now, I’m blessed enough to share with you a special issue with several micro fiction selections. Normally, we don’t publish this many. Jacqui even asked me if we had an unusually high submission rate this quarter. “No,” I told her. “Just a lot of really good submissions.”

So here they are, along with some outstanding poems and flash fiction pieces, and, as always, the best flash non-fiction as well.

I appreciate each of you for your dedicated readership and submissions. The Citron Review is nothing without it’s readers and writers. Like you, I will continue to eagerly anticipate each new issue.

 

Aaron D. Gansky

 

Table of Contents

Dawn Corrigan Four Pieces of Micro Fiction Micro Fiction
Robin Gaines Epitaph Micro Fiction
Lane Osborne Still Life Micro Fiction
Curt Saltzman She Told Me Once Micro Fiction
Anton Rose Moving In Micro Fiction
Cathy Ulrich Two Pieces of Micro Fiction Micro Fiction
Andy Tu The Light Micro Fiction
Kelly Chastain The Tailors Micro Fiction
N. West Moss Abroad Creative Nonfiction
Adam Gianforcaro Well Done Creative Nonfiction
Joanna Kadish Betrayal Creative Nonfiction
Natasha Akery Syncing Creative Nonfiction
Hege Anita Jakobsen Lepri Auto Parts Flash Fiction
Farah Ali  Coming Back Flash Fiction
Carolyn White Proxy Flash Fiction
Laura Madeline Wiseman Flesh Charm for Waifs and Strays   gleditsia triacanthos Poetry
Jacqueline Balderrama Lion Lights Poetry
Jonathan Travelstead Nocturne with Light Cyclist Poetry
Sarah J. Sloat Nightlight Ghazal Poetry
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Fall 2019 IssueSeptember 23rd, 2019
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Robert Carr’s “Anchor” is what happens when the tangible aspects of heritage are missing. The speaker is left holding a telephone cord and the remnants of his mother’s voice getting further away. A concise stack of images begin the poem, taking us back to a time when the simplicity of toys meant family. In Carr’s hands, the poem is rooted and rootless at the same time, and now I reflect on the rotary phone, heirlooms from old houses, and my people. -Eric Steineger Managing Editor/Senior #amreading #TheCitronReview #Spring2019Issue #10thanniversary #cheersto10years https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/anchor/
The Center, if it holds, requires the Hole, as if the Spiral were pressed in a vinyl disk. Set the heart of Nothing on the spindle and start the record round; "Record" by James B. Nicola #TheCitronReview #Spring2019 #amreading https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/record/
Marriage! That blessed arrangement! https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/white-wedding/ #amreading #microfiction #weddingstories
Now in our Spring Issue, Helen Chambers invites us to read now of forever hold our peace. https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/spring-wedding/ #amreading #microfiction #weddingstories
Knitters of the world, unite! "Turtles" is a needle-gripping flash from @kaelyhorton . March with us toward passionate prose. (Stitching now our handmade Spring 2019 Issue.) https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/turtles/ #amreading #flashfiction
Tornado of Flash Fiction Warning! https://citronreview.com/2019/03/20/outside-of-oklahoma/ #amreading #Spring2019 #TheCitronReview #cheerstotenyears

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