302.1 Winter Issue 2017

302.1 Winter Issue 2017

302.1 Winter Issue 2017 Cover

It is with this issue that we bid farewell to Editor Vince Gotera. We began editing NAR in the summer of 2000, and in those sixteen years Vince built an enduring legacy. Due to Editor Robley Wilson’s retirement, we had to figure out QuarkXPress, the publishing program the NAR then operated under, on our own.I was busy chasing tenure, and Vince told me to concentrate on reading and editing fiction, and he’d learn the Quark fundamentals and pass them on to me. Within weeks he had it down, and the magazine was up and running. It was a generous gesture. He had my back.Within two years much of what Vince established at the NAR became part of our operating procedures. A few of the numerous contributions: 1) Vince and our then-Managing Editor Ron Sandvik turned the NAR from a mom-and-pop outfit to an operating lab, professionalizing students in magazine publication; 2) Vince established a system of editing manuscripts; 3) he increased the presence of poetry and multicultural work in our pages; 4) he conceived the James Hearst Poetry Prize as a way to provide a fresh space for emerging voices in a variety of forms; 5) his student-centered poetry meetings gave students a voice in the magazine’s content; 6) he established editorial columns, such as Synecdoche, to give readers access to our aesthetic sensibilities; 7) and he initiatied the poetry design layout that we still use today. Vince’s contributions were monumental. It is our job to take what he’s entrusted to us and keep going.
Thanks, Vince, for helping define the journey.                                            —GT   

While many people played a role in my appointment as Managing Editor of the NAR, I would like to highlight the many ways in which Vince Gotera made this possible. I was introduced to the magazine internship program during my undergrad in one of Vince’s poetry courses. After my first internship, I began to gain responsibilities at the magazine, all with support from Vince. He suggested that I continue with my master’s degree and became one of my thesis advisors. Just a few short years after graduation, Vince reached out to let me know about the open position and my mentor became my colleague at the North American Review. I am so grateful for all of Vince’s support for me, the magazine, and its mission. I wish him the best in all of his endeavors.                                                                                       —SC

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Winter Witch [ink and paper] • Gary Kelley

Untitled [ink and markers] • Eric Piatkowski

Untitled [pencil and digital] • Anne Lambelet

Untitled [digital mixed media] • Matt Manley

Storm [ink and digital] • Catherine Byun

Untitled [ink] • Claire Stigliani

Fiction

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Mudface • Dariel Suarez

Delicate Tables • David Ebenbach

A Wayward Landmass • Jane E. Martin

The Tough Guy Test • Valerie Fioravanti

Petrichor • Keegan Bosch

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The Golden Hour • Lynn Casteel Harper

Cancer Baby • Karen Babine

 

Poetry

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A Long Road Never Takes Us • Felicia Zamora

Signaling • Darren Morris

Attention • Erika Jo Brown

Prayer • Erika Jo Brown

The Arsonist • Christopher Locke

If God Was DJ RUN • Sean Thomas Dougherty

The War Reporter Paul Watson and the Dictator’s Wife • Dan O’Brien

The War Reporter and the Poet Share a Curse • Dan O’Brien

How Am I Driving? • Chad Davidson

Forever Stamp • Jack Martin

Fate and Other Remedies • Karen Harryman

Lakes of the Southern Plains • Bruce Bond

Host • Jason Myers

Plaintive Lives • Jesse Graves

To Listen Is to Hear • Athena Kildegaard

Antique Store • Athena Kildegaard

Reviews

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Crosscuts: Brief DVD Reviews • Grant Tracey

Synecdoche: Brief Book Reviews • Rachel Morgan

A Religion of Freedom: Ingersoll’s Cane and Thomas Paine

[Past Perfect] • Chris Highland

Miscellany

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