Current Issue
Vol. 6 No. 1 — January 2016

The Tiptree Symposium
   by L. Timmel Duchamp

Sighting of an Aqueductista
    by Josh Lukin

Flash Fiction
A Troubling Reflection
   by Wilma Bernard

Poems by
Mary Agner
Anne Sheldon
& Sonya Taaffe

Grandmother Magma
Thirteen Ways of
Looking at a Monster
   by Eleanor Arnason

Ghost Summer and Other Stories,
by Tananarive Due
   reviewed by Tanya DePass

Dark Orbit, by Carolyn Ives Gilman
   reviewed by Nisi Shawl

The SEA Is Ours, edited by Jaymee Goh & Joyce Chng
   reviewed by S. Qiouyi Lu

Flesh & Wires, by Jackie Hatton
   reviewed by Stevie Watson

A Small Key Can Open a Large Door,
edited by Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness
   reviewed by Maria Velazquez

Featured Artist
Erin Harrop

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


Wasteland, Erin Harrop