Hello and welcome to the Summer 2020 Issue of Willow.
Sorry for the long hiatus. The last year has been a major transition for me as I moved back from Japan to America and enrolled in graduate school. From here on, my co-editor Bridgette and I are making more plausible and regular schedules for publication.
Given the state of the world currently, with the sweeping pandemic, the wealth of paranoia and misinformation that goes along with it, and the continued brutality of the police against people of color’s bodies, it becomes even more important to share our voices, share our stories, and keep creating. The poems and short stories featured in this issue came to us before coronavirus did, and in a time before the death of George Floyd reawoke the civil unrest always simmering in a nation where all too often police abuse their power against the most vulnerable and oppressed of our society.
But I think, because of that, they have special value right now, when so much is terrifying, and so much is emotionally tiring. Hopefully, they can give you a respite for just a moment before you have to face the hard realities our world currently faces. For a different kind of scare, you could read “The Panoptican” by Sara Torres-Albert. Or you could take a moment with the moon to mock leading men in Lola R. R. Cherries “The Moon Responds to Shakespeare”.
I hope you enjoy, dear readers, and above all I hope you stay safe and well.
With sincerest gratitude,
Willow Founder and Co-Editor