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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue Two, May 2013

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR As spring finally hits its stride up here in Maine I'm pleased to offer our second effort – a volume which solidifies ARDOR's footing and helps to carve our niche within the literary world. As I did in our first issue I want to thank everyone who submitted. The pool of submissions in all categories left us with difficult editorial decisions. It's my pleasure to share some of the best work we received in the pages that follow. Whether or not your work was included in this issue I feel indebted to everyone who submitted and I appreciate that I had the opportunity to consider your work. I'm pleased to present the work of writers and artists from several nations in Issue Two – a range of unique and necessary voices which offer important insight into moments and characters which manage to feel at once new and familiar. In our featured prose piece Michael Landweber offers a glimpse of Kathy, a lonely masseuse at the Serenity Day Spa whose skilled touch has never been reciprocated. In Robert Malloy's poem, Spark, a man bristles at sudden and acutely perceived danger to his child during a walk down an old logging road. In a sudden rush that he mistakes for "another bloody rough and tumble scrum" a rising rugby star dies in a slurry pit on page 22 – the moment captured in high relief by Liz Dolan. Once again I want to thank British watercolor artist M.J. Forster for supplying ARDOR with cover art during our first year. Mountain Stream – the painting featured on the cover of our second issue – is a beautiful example of Matt's work and I encourage you to take advantage of our links to Matt's website and social media channels. I especially enjoy his YouTube channel where he offers insight into his process and regularly showcases new work. Of special note in this issue are our interviews with Luisa A. Igloria, our ISSUE TWO EDITOR'S NOTE featured poet, and Michael Landweber, our featured prose writer. I hope that these interviews enhance your reading experience – offering insight into the challenges these writers faced in composing their featured work. The interviews also include craft advice that will be useful to writers at any stage of their career. I also want to thank Hall Jameson, Christopher Woods and Ines Fatzinger – photographers who supplied the artwork featured between the covers of this volume. Each of your photos enhances the work it accompanies and the entire issue. Beyond the fiction, poetry and artwork featured within Issue Two, I'm happy that our May edition brings with it the exciting news that we'll be raising the rate of pay we offer contributors. Beginning in Issue Three (September) prose over 1000 words will receive a minimum of $50, prose under 1000 words will receive a minimum of $20 and we'll offer poets $15 per poem (paying a minimum of $20 per poet). While this is a modest increase in our rates we feel it's an important step in the right direction. We're proud that we're making good on the pledge we made last September and with your continued support we hope to offer ongoing growth in contributor pay. On that note I want to thank those who made donations to ARDOR or chose to place an advertisement in our publication. This support has helped us to pay our Issue Two contributors for their fine work. Thank you for reading. I hope that you enjoy our second effort and if you do, please take advantage of the social sharing feature of our online publishing platform and share ARDOR with your friends and family. Joseph Hessert, Founding Editor ARDOR Literary Magazine 5 | ARDOR

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