Litro #145: Missed Connections – Letter from the Editor

litro145_coverDear Reader,

We welcome you back, after the summer break, with Litro #145- Missed Connections.

Before I get to this months theme, I am very pleased to announce Litro’s new Fiction Editor, Precious Williams. Her first book, a memoir called Precious, is published by Bloomsbury and was serialised in the Times. Precious’s story has also been featured on Sky News and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and in the Guardian and Grazia. Educated at Oxford University and the London College of Printing (Postgrad Journalism), Precious began her writing career as a feature writer at the Independent on Sunday, before moving to New York as Contributing Editor for the Mail on Sunday’s Night & Day magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, Glamour, Elle, the Financial Times Weekend and the Sunday Times.

Precious says of her role: As Litro’s Fiction Editor, I’m especially interested in hearing from emerging writers with fresh, unique voices. Stories (whether prose, spoken word, songs or films) should inspire, inquire, entertain, inform, provoke, seduce and connect.

And in this her inaugural issue, she has compiled a collection of stories, which I’m sure you will agree—inspire, entertain, inform, provoke, seduce and bring the ‘connect’ in the Missed Connection.

We open the issue with Annabel Banks’s Limitations, a story about a man who aspires to amend his disturbed, and disturbing, life trajectory via a date with a new love interest.

Alex Poppe takes us to East Jerusalem with Ras Al-Amud, a pregnant teenage girl in East Jerusalem gives birth to a new sense of strength and self-containment.

A Smile in the Dark, by Irehobhude O. Lyioha, takes us to Nigeria—where a young woman tries to catch the eye of a stranger in her favourite café as she longs for a lover who will truly see her.

In Divine Correspondance Jude Cook forces Stephen to consider what it means to be alive, following a series of near-death experiences. Nina Sabolik takes us to the Balkans The Chess Game a story that explores the relationship between the individual and society during an erotically charged chess game.

In Vicky Grut’s Basket, Andy is mesmerised but then—gradually—appalled, by Clarissa, a pretentious university friend who stumbles in and out of his life. We get transported back in time to 19th Century Benin with an extract from the novel Butterfly Fish, by a new rising literary star Irenosen Okojiewhere. A king’s wife is thrust into potentially dangerous territory after bumping into a handsome stranger late one night.

We end with a segment from a conversation by Litro Magazine’s Interviews Editor Mia Funk and the acclaimed writer and poet Claudia Rankine on her latest collection of Poems Citizen: An American Lyric inspired by a conversation she had with a poet who asked her: Can you remember a moment when you thought you were going about your day and you thought you were just interacting with somebody and suddenly racism […] created a breach that you had to step over or move away from the racist?

According to Martin Amis, “fiction is the only way to redeem the formlessness of life.”

I hope this issues collection of short stories brings some meaning to your thoughts, when you think about that Missed Connection!

Eric Akoto

Editor in Chief

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