Happy 2023, and thank you for being a part of Club Plum’s fourth year kick-off. We are thrilled to be here and to share some creations with you. 2022 was rough for many of us, but I am not going to list all our trials here. I want to go forward, not in forgetting but in conquering, in overcoming. In creating. In Volume 4, Issue 1, our characters and narrators try to find their way in rooms and spaces–orange rooms and roughed-up houses, bathroom stalls and bath drains, bedroom mirrors and dating sites and freezers. Our places are sometimes ominous or unsure, but they are familiar. And we need that, the familiar, and the familiar in the uncanny, because then we will understand that we are not alone, despite.
Please join us for a little while as we enter the unknown of a new year.
Yours in words and art,
Thea Swanson is a feminist atheist who holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Oregon. She is the Founding Editor of Club Plum Literary Journal, and her poetry, fiction, essays and reviews are published in places such as World Literature Today, Mid-American Review and Northwest Review.