Current Issue
Vol. 5 No. 1 — January 2015

Essay
Unqualified
   by Nisi Shawl
Poems
Song of Steel
&
Midnight Snack
   by Mary Alexandra Agner

Scatter and Return
   by Rose Lemberg

Gorgoneion
   by Sonya Taaffe

Grandmother Magma
Peerless Steerswoman: Rosemary Kirstein
   by Kate Elliott

Reviews
Elysium, by Jennifer Marie Brissett
   reviewed by La Shawn M. Wanak

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, by Danielle Keats Citron
   reviewed by Nancy Jane Moore

The Wilds, by Julia Elliott
  reviewed by Victoria Elisabeth Garcia

Made for You, by Melissa Marr
  reviewed by Aaliyah Hudson and Nisi Shawl

Maplecroft, by Cherie Priest
  reviewed by Kristin King
Featured Artist
Tahlia Day

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

Marvels and Mysteries

Colonization: Marvels and Mysteries