Current Issue
Vol. 5 No. 2 — April 2015

A Few Thoughts about Critics, Legitimacy, and Comfort
   by L. Timmel Duchamp
This is How You Teach a Bird to Walk
The Weight of Forgiveness
   by Anne Carly Abad

It’s Been Some Time, Now
Women as Hunters and Gatherers
   by Terry A. Garey

Grandmother Magma
The Logic of the Elements
   by Delia Sherman

Three Songs for Roxy, Caren Gussoff
   reviewed by Victoria Elisabeth Garcia

Cortez on Jupiter, by Ernest Hogan
   reviewed by Cynthia Ward

The Grasshopper’s Child, by Gwyneth Jones
  reviewed by Joel A. Nichols

Half-Resurrection Blues, by Daniel José Older
  reviewed by Uzuri Amini
Featured Artist
Richard O. Baker

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.

“Since its launch in 2011 The Cascadia Subduction Zone has emerged as one of the best critical journals the field has to offer.”
  Jonathan McCalmont, February 18, 2013, Hugo Ballot Nomination

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