Welcome to Issue 6.2

Luis David Morán, “Extroverted Chac-mool,” 2017, Acrylic on wood


A Note From the Editor

As a writer and reader and observer in general, I’ve always been interested in lines—in bridges that stretch over water, shorelines that shift as the day passes, arbitrary boundaries that, despite their permanence, appear to be constantly shifting. While reading the large range of submissions to The Rappahannock Review this spring, I found myself searching for these kinds of lines in literature and the pieces that stepped outside them.

As our editors pieced this issue together, we noticed how the poems, essays, and short stories both challenged and excited us because of their original forms and voices. This is seen in Thomas Cook’s flash essays and Carson Faust’s “Serves Him Right” through their experimental forms that straddle the lines between fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; in Lauren McDaniel’s “Metamorphosis” through the use of parentheses to create two powerful, conflicting narratives; and in Rachel Gilman’s “After the Beep” through its multimedia blend of voicemails, songs, and narration that construct an interactive experience for listeners. By making their own creative borders, the pieces in Issue 6.2 bring depth and empathy through dynamic characters who we can understand and connect with without ever having lived their stories.

For this issue of the RR, our editorial team was committed to uplift new and established writers who create their own spaces that are equally unique and inviting. Not only did this lead to establishing the RR’s new audio section, but also to showcasing diverse authors skilled in blurring borders. These pieces’ refusal to sit inside a single frame makes this issue one patchwork community of ebbing lines, lapping over one another. We hope you will find a space of your own within these stories.

Sarah Stephen, Editor in Chief