Current Issue
Vol. 7 No. 2 —   2017

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Essays
In Memoriam: Ama Patterson (1960-2017)

The “Space is the Place” Conference: A Report
  by  Arrate Hidalgo

A Lovely Stroll Through the Violence Museum: Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty
  by  Victoria Elisabeth Garcia

Poems
50 Foot
   by Gwynne Garfinkle

Nike Apteros
Where are the Angels of Exiles
   by Bruce Lader

Grandmother Magma
Lavinia, by by Ursula K. Le Guin
   by John Kessel
Book Reviews
Sleeping with Monsters, by Liz Bourke
   reviewed by Erin Roberts

Feral, by by James DeMonaco and B.K. Evenson
  reviewed by Arley Sorg

Wicked Wonders, by Ellen Klages
  reviewed by Joanne Rixon

When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore
   reviewed by Lynette James

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First Century America, by Carol Sanger
   reviewed by Nancy Jane Moore

Featured Artist
Milan Djurasovic

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.

Despite the many and continual changes reshaping the world of books and the arts, one factor remains constant: work by women writers is always assigned a marginal status in critical venues (except, of course, in venues that focus exclusively on work by women writers).

The CSZ aims to treat work by women as vital and central rather than marginal. What we see, what we talk about, and how we talk about it matters. Seeing, recognizing, and understanding is what makes the world we live in. And the world we live in is, itself, a sort of subduction zone writ large.

“If your takeaway…is that The Cascadia Subduction Zone sounds really interesting, you’re not wrong—it’s a wonderful journal filled with thoughtful and insightful criticism.”
    — Niall Harrison, The Guardian, May 12, 2016

Sticking Together