Sunday, February 05, 2012

Journal of the Day: Lantern Review

Today we're taking a look at one of the newer journals examining the writing of Asian Americans today.

The Lantern Review at aims to serve the literary community by providing a virtual space in which to promote and discuss the work of contemporary Asian American poets and artists. My experimental poem "Pen/Sword" will be appearing in an upcoming issue.

They seek to publish expertly crafted work in a variety of forms and aesthetics. They "welcome pieces from anglophone writers of all ethnic backgrounds whose work has a vested interest in issues relevant to the Asian diaspora in North America, as well as work created collaboratively in a community context."

They chose their name because to them, lanterns are "cross-cultural symbols of aesthetic beauty, hope, festivity, and enlightenment. They have historically been a feature ofcommunity celebrations, and are also linked with exploration, discovery, and the forging of new paths. By choosing a lantern as our emblem, we hope to reflect our desire that Lantern Review would help to shed light on the multifaceted, ever-evolving creature that is “Asian American poetry,” as well as to be a stage on which the question, “What is contemporary Asian American poetry and where is it headed?” can be played out."

Be sure to check them out.

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