We’ve been looking forward to sharing our youth folio issue with you all year, and this morning, we’re thrilled to finally announce its release. The second installment in our 2021 season celebrating “Asian American Futures,” Issue 9.2 (titled “Arrivals”), features work by fourteen young poets and visual artists, all of whom were between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four at the time of submission.
Fair warning: this issue is truly a stunner. Poets Sloan Asakura, Jireh Deng, Diana, Alicia Kwok, Julian Parayno-Stoll, Lourdes Ramos, Shebati Sengupta, Esther Sun, Syd Westley, and Rachael Lin Wheeler—along with visual artists Elwing Gao, Michael Khuth, Mendy Kong (our cover artist), and cairo mo—astonish and delight with work that is as deeply resonant as it is beautifully crafted. As we observe in our editorial note, these talented emerging voices aren’t just writing about Asian American futures—their work represents the generation that is boldly shaping the future of Asian American letters now.
We hope you’ll enjoy making your way through this powerful issue—and that you’ll help us celebrate by passing on the word! Leave us a comment below to tell us what you think, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (@LanternReview).
Peace and light always,
The LR editorial team
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As an Asian American–focused publication, Lantern Review stands for diversity within the literary world. In solidarity with other communities of color and in an effort to connect our readers with a wider range of voices, we recommend a different collection by a non-Asian-American-identified BIPOC poet in each blog post.