TSLR Issue 1 - Coming Soon

Dear Readers,

This is Ryan, the poetry editor, writing to you tonight to give you a quick update to what has been going on lately at the Shanghai Literary Review.

Our first publication is going to be coming out on July 1st, and I think all of us at the Review are super excited about its release. When I look through the work selected, I know that our inaugural issue will always be something special.

We have writers from around the world bringing up issues both large and small, and when I read over these pieces I learn things about Shanghai, but there are lessons from around the world as well. What a bookstore means to someone without access to books. What life in a small Indian village feels like. What tragedy looks like from the other side of the world. These perspectives display the power of writing at its best, and I think their voices have stories that reach out to everyone.

As always, though, we are accepting new work, so I would encourage you to submit if you are considering doing so. There's no fee to submit, and we are always happy to see new voices in the stack.

For now, we are just coming off of The Dragon Boat Festival, a holiday dedicated to the poet Qu Yuan. He drowned himself in a local river, but the local people rushed out in their boats to recover the body. When they couldn't find him, the threw rice balls into the river to keep the fish from eating the body. The boat races continue today, a moment each year that celebrates the close connection a people can have with their poetry.

"Money Makes Sex Great Again"

Dear Awesome Writers,

This is Ryan here. The fiction and poetry editor. We have all decided to start taking turns in posting here, so our readers will get to hear from all of us once or twice over the course of the year, which I think is a rather good plan.

With my turn to write, I wanted to give you all a quick update on the state of the journal and give a few highlights that have happened recently.

This last Friday, March 24th, we held our second open mic reading, and we decided to spice things up by having a few games as well. From the staff, Juli and I read, and seven others read pieces as well. I felt like it was a good range of pieces. We were at a new location this time, the Eight Art Hotel, which was a nice place right there on the Bund. It was beautiful with lots of space, and I want to make sure to thank them for hosting us with such generosity.

We finished off the night with a speed group poetry writing, based on two topics suggested by the crowd: "Donald Trump" and "Money & Sex." We heard some great lines about those topics, including the clever crowd favorite: "Money makes sex great again." 

In regards to submissions, the editorial staff continues to read all the pieces that you have sent our way, and we will be sending out our thoughts in the next few weeks. I've been amazed at the quality of some of the pieces that I have read, and I feel that our first issue will be impressive.

Our reading period for the first issue of the journal is over, but I encourage you to still send us your work. We accept new submissions on a rolling basis, though, so new submissions will be reviewed and considered for our second issue this fall.

For now, though, spring has entered Shanghai again, and the cherry blossoms have started showing themselves. In China, they're called sakura, and people can't stop taking pictures of them. I'm sure there's a poem in there somewhere, but that task I leave to you.