In this episode of the Lit Mag Love Podcast, host Rachel Thompson talks with Sakina Fakhri and Diana McClure, founders of Azure Journal. They talk about the connection of interiority to empathy—how writers give readers that inner experience of something they don’t understand.
"It's important to maintain that rawness in the writing. It's pretty clear that this is an avante garde publishing experience and for writers who can craft sentences that don't make readers want to skim to the end, because we have no idea where it will go. So they're looking for a lot of innovation and most of the work that they publish taps into some philosophical element. They publish unique, cerebral empathetic work. They are looking for submissions of things they have not imagined before. They are looking for finished work." - Rachel Thompson
M.K. Rainey - published in AZURE Vol. 2, Issue 2 (short fiction) and AZURE Vol. 2, Issue 3 (contest winner) - read from her experimental short story "Crosshatching" at April's "Pen and Brush Presents," a reading series founded by Kate Angus and hosted by Pen and Brush.
The series supports the work small press editors do in identifying excellent writing (as well as supporting the writing itself) by featuring exciting new work by established and emerging authors.
For over 120 years, Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in both the literary and visual arts. Pen and Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace.
AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought, Volume One is now available in print at McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan and Williamsburg, Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, and Bookculture (112th St, Manhattan)! Support your local bookstore by ordering a copy with ISBN # 978-0-99-942430-8.
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