Summer 2015

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Letter from the Editor

If you are always trying to be normalyou will never know how amazing you can be.
Maya Angelou

 

The words in the summer issue of The Citron Review will get inside that space around your skin. These words sway and buzz. They watch movies. The words here come from all over, from writers who have published award-winning books to an author for whom this is a first publication. This issue contains the winners of our first-ever poetry contest. That is just a little bit about why I love this issue, and that’s why I think The Citron Review is amazing.

Friends, I came to The Citron Review by way of Heather Luby, managing editor extraordinaire emeritus. She recruited me and taught me how to create and connect the pages that comprise an issue. It’s not rocket science, true, but she helped me with all of the strange internet things and answered my emails about how to fix spacing in WordPress late at night. And after some time of our doing that, while she did everything else, she gave me the passwords and made sure we were ready, and I took over as managing editor, with her guidance. Thanks, Heather, for teaching me so well.

I’m excited to work further with our great editorial team – and to welcome Angela Brommel as assistant editor, and Elizabeth De Arcos as fiction editor. It’s an honor to be here, and I am also eager to pass the wisdom on.

For now, I pass these words on to you. Get close to them, let them crawl in.

And thank you, for reading.

Jacqui Morton
Managing Editor

 

Table of Contents

A note from our Senior Poetry Editor: The Sandburg Poetry Contest

Roy Bentley Lee in the Orchard, 1865 Poetry
Kim Winter Mako Lotus Flowers Poetry
Jed Myers Forgetting the Game Poetry
Michael Boyko The Town That Becomes This Poetry
JC Reilly  Asbury Park, 2008 Creative Nonfiction
John Messick Family Farm Creative Nonfiction
Demeter Vaisus  Tilt-A-Whirl Creative Nonfiction
Daniel Lassell  Fish Shopping Creative Nonfiction
Debra S. Levy  Then Creative Nonfiction
Marcy Darin Risk of Elopement Flash Fiction
Joel Morris Waiting on a Road at Night Flash Fiction
Tammy Delatorre Studying for the S.A.T. Flash Fiction
Karissa Womack Bang Micro Fiction
José Angel Araguz Twitch Micro Fiction
Cristine A. Gruber After the Funeral Micro Fiction
Rebecca Ciota Rhino Horn is Not Medicine Micro Fiction
Kara Kahnke Fast Asleep Micro Fiction

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