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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue One, Jan. 2013

Issue One, Published January 2013

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EDITOR'S NOTE Dear Reader, It is with great pleasure that I present the inaugural issue of ARDOR Literary Magazine -- one that I hope will be the first of many. In this issue I'm pleased to present you with fiction, poetry, nonfiction and artwork: a range of voices selected from an impressive pool of submissions. I want to thank each and every writer and artist who submitted during our first reading period -- whether your work is included in this issue or not, this issue couldn't exist without you. In these pages you'll have the chance to read "End Days," the first publication and impressive literary debut of Heather Price-Wright. Ms. Price-Wright's work is presented alongside polished poems by Academy of American Poets Prize winner Nancy Dobson, and Laurelyn Whitt, a Manitoba-based writer whose new book, "Tether," will be published by Seraphim Editions later this year. This, of course, is to name just a few of the pieces included in Issue One. I feel that every page, every writer, every artist included in this eclectic issue has something unique and necessary to offer. I hope that you agree. I want to thank British watercolor artist M.J. Forster for offering ARDOR his beautiful painting, Pine Wood, which appears on the cover of this issue. We're thrilled to also feature Matt's work on the covers of our May and September issues later this year. His paintings mirror the bold, colorful, beautiful writing featured in this issue and these qualities made his work a natural choice for ARDOR's cover. Nowhere are these qualities more evident than in Andrew Dutton's Mesa, the short story I selected as ARDOR's Featured Prose in Issue One. Our short interview with Mr. Dutton offers readers insight into his writing process and the challenges he faced while writing this beautifully crafted story. You will find this interview following his story. Peter McNamara's poetry has appeared in numerous journals and is gathered in four collections and we're thrilled to present four new poems by Mr. McNamara in our inaugural issue as our Featured Poetry. We feel that his work offers readers a unique melody, voice and texture making each line indispensable. You'll find our short interview with Peter McNamara in the pages immediately following his poems. I'm pleased that even on our shoestring budget we were able to offer contributors to our first issue nearly $400 in payment. I hope, with your continued support, to steadily increase the amount were able to pay our writers and artists and to do so while continuing to offer ARDOR Literary Magazine to readers for free. I'm extremely grateful to those who offered donations to us this fall. It took a unique blend of hope and courage to place your faith in me -- a stranger -- to follow through on my promise with ARDOR. You decided that the idea of this magazine was something worth supporting. I hope, as you read this, that you feel satisfied. If you find yourself moved by work included in this issue and would like to make a small donation to ARDOR you can do so directly from this publication on pg. 64. I'm excited about what the future holds for ARDOR. Veteran story writer Chris Offutt has signed on to judge our inaugural short story contest which will award publication and $500 to the winner. Details about the contest can be found on pg. 65 of this issue. I also need to thank each of you for reading. I hope that you enjoy this new literary magazine and if you do, that you take advantage of the social-sharing feature of our great publishing platform to share ARDOR with your friends and family. Sincerely, Joseph Hessert Founding Editor ARDOR Literary Magazine

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