The last six months have been busy- at least in our lives. Injuries (me, of course), moving, new jobs, little bit of travelling, work, work, work but thankfully some gorgeous bits of weather in between! And now we have it- almost- Issue 3. While we’re not quite there yet, Joseph has a little bit to do and he’s quite busy at the moment but we promise it’ll be September at some point and will, of course, keep everyone in the know through Twitter and Facebook.
We hope you all enjoy Issue 3 because we really had a good time putting this one together. There is so much poetry we had to split it into two parts, to break up the fiction sections with plenty of incredible artwork by Alyam Moser- and if you don’t know who he is, you won’t forget him once you see his artwork. I’ve been a fan of Moser’s work since I stumbled upon it as a teenager and he was more than generous to send us some pieces to exhibit in Anomaly Literary Journal Issue 3.
There is so much work to talk about that it was a startling prospect writing the editorial- and we were unable to mention everyone, there was just too much to say. This issue is very special for us because not only do we have work from emerging and up and coming poets and writers, we are also joined by the work of three established poets, two Irish and one American.
Kevin Higgins, according to The Stinging Fly, is possibly one of the most widely read poets in Ireland. Higgins won the 2003 Cúirt Festival Poetry Grand Slam and was awarded a literature bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2005 and along with his wife, poet Susan Miller DuMars, organises the Over the Edge literary events in Galway.
In speaking of widely read poets, the same could be said of Vona Groarke, whose work includes seven collections, most recently her collection X, and has won such accolades as the Brendan Behan Memorial Award, the Hennessy Award, the Michael Hartnett Award, the Forward Prize and the Strokestown International Poetry Award. She’s also a member of Aosdána and we are humbled and delighted to present her work in this forthcoming issue.
Blas Falconer brings us three poems from his up-coming third collection from Four Way Books in 2018, Forgive the Body this Failure. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange, and a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, his poems have appeared in various literary journals, including Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Puerto del Sol. He is currently the Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the low-residency MFA at Murray State University. His work is heartfelt, eloquent and deftly delivered and it is a pleasure for us to present them in Anomaly Literary Journal.
That is to say nothing of the immense list of other beautifully crafted and wonderfully executed work in this issue. We eventually had to stop accepting fiction submissions as there were too many to choose from and so much poetry we almost stopped accepting that too.
Though Issue 3 is still forthcoming, we felt it only fair to inform you it is all on its way and this issue’s contributors are listed on the Contributors page in the order in which they appear in the journal. There will be a podcast to follow as soon as the issue is released, as per usual- so my thanks to Jack Warren and Christos Kalli for their enthusiasm and involvement in talking to us about their work.
Thank you, again, to everyone for their incredible submissions (whether accepted or not). We couldn’t do this without everyone’s support. You have our collective appreciation and affection.
On that note, we are now open to submissions in all categories for Anomaly Literary Journal Issue 4, in Spring ’17, so get writing, snapping, painting and submitting! Listen out for us shouting all over social media and its many forms as soon as Issue 3 hits- we’ll let you know!