LR Issue 7.1 Is Here!

We’re thrilled to announce that, at long last, a brand-new issue of Lantern Review is now live! Issue 7.1, featuring poems by Allison Albino, Jason Bayani, Shamala Gallagher, Preeti Kaur Rajpal, Dujie Tahat, and Annabelle Y. Tseng, and artwork by Sudarsana Mohanty and Leah Oates, is themed around the notion of “transmission” and marks a shift in our publication format: rather than put out one longer issue a year, we’ve instead decided to begin splitting each season’s worth of published work into a series of three slimmer micro-issues, each of which will allow us to explore particular thematic, historical, formal, and/or demographic connections in a more focused manner than before. Issue 7.1, brimming with stunning works that echo with ghostly utterances in their explorations of trauma, prayer, language, family histories, and imagined futures, marks the first of three such themed micro-issues that we’ve planned for our 2019 season.

Additionally, the internet—and the world of online literary publishing—has evolved significantly since we last put out an issue, so for the magazine’s grand return, we’ve also decided to give it a visual facelift. In previous issues, we employed a non-scrolling layout that was intended to visually mimic the traditional two-page spread of a print magazine. In this next generation of the magazine, we’ve taken a step back from that approach. Instead, we’re celebrating the beautifully adaptable space of the browser window or mobile device screen as a visual medium unto itself. This allows us to treat each page of the issue as if it were a digital broadside, overlaying text and image and playing with layers of typography. In issue 7.1, you’ll see, among other innovations, Dujie Tahat’s haunting “when i say wolf” partially overlaid onto the translucent, ghostly imagery of artist Leah Oates, while the increased width of our page size gives Preeti Kaur Rajpal’s “speak sinking liver” room to breathe as it stretches and contracts across the white space of the screen.

Though five years have passed since we last read work and prepared an issue for publication, we are so encouraged to see the continuing strength and complexity of the work that is being put out by APA poets in the present moment. From Jason Bayani, an established poet with a touring show and two collections to his name, to Annabelle Y. Tseng, an undergraduate student at Princeton University, the accomplished contributors represented in Issue 7.1 exemplify the depth and diversity of contemporary APA poetry, and we could not be more proud to get to share their work with you.

To enter the issue, click here or on the cover image at the top of this post. We’d love to hear what you think, so leave us a comment here or reach out to us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to let us know. As ever, we’re grateful to our stellar editorial intern Irene Hsu for her invaluable contributions at every stage of putting this issue together, to our gracious and understanding contributors—both for the gift of their work and for waiting patiently for us to work through a myriad of bugs before we finalized the new layout—and to you, our amazing LR community, for your steadfast support. We can truthfully say that without your urging and encouragement, the magazine’s return may never have happened.

A very happy first week of March to you, and endless thanks once again.

Peace and Light,

Iris and Mia
LR Editors

LUMEN No. 5 Drops on Friday!

LUMEN 5: How to Give a Gift to a Poet. Click here to subscribe. (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.)

It’s late in the season, but if you still have a poet friend for whom you want to find a last-minute present this year, you might be wondering what to give them. 

Well, this Friday, in our last Lumen newsletter of the year, we have you covered. In this quarter’s letter, we will be sharing five ideas for giving a thoughtful, unique gift to a poet. Here’s a sneak peek:

“If you’re anything like me [Iris] when it comes to giving gifts, you like to give objects or experiences that will be truly meaningful—that will support and encourage the recipients in pursuing their passions. So how does one choose a thoughtful gift for a poet that will do more than collect dust after the thank-you note is sent? In keeping with the principle that gift-giving is not about the money spent, here are some ideas of how to give gifts to poets (or any writers, really) that will inspire and support them in their vocation—whether during the holidays or at any time of year.”

Whether you’re shopping for a poet or you are a poet whose loved ones occasionally ask you for gift ideas, we hope this issue of Lumen will help provide some inspiration. And if you’re still not subscribed yet—you still have four more days to do so before the newsletter drops! Just click here to sign up.

We hope you have a happy and healthy end of 2018. Cheers to the end of yet another year of fantastic Asian American poetry, and here’s to a new year full of still more brilliance—ever more light—in 2019! 

Light and peace always,

Iris & Mia

LR News: June 2010 Updates

It’s June, and we at LR are rounding off our seventh month of blogging.  Here are some new things that you can expect to see from us this month:

Issue 1 Is Coming!

We are very pleased to announce that Issue 1 of our magazine will be released — if all goes as planned — on Monday, June 14th.  We have been working very hard on curating and laying out the more than 30 poems and visual art pieces that we’ve selected, and can’t wait to show you the final product.  Check back on the blog for sneak peeks and other updates in the next week or so.

June 2010 Community Calendar is Live

We’ve updated the Community Calendar for the month of June, and as usual, we welcome any corrections and additions that you may have for us.  This month, we’re pleased to be able to feature some cool Asian American literary events happening in Minneapolis, in addition to the cities we regularly cover:  June 7th is the registration deadline for the amazing-sounding Lao American Writers’ Conference that will be held at the LOFT Literary Center this August; the LOFT will also be holding an event featuring graphic novelist Gene Yang on June 18th. We look forward to continuing to cover events at the LOFT in future months.

June LR Blog Features: Barbara Jane Reyes, Indivisible, and More

During the past three months, we’ve mostly focused on themed posts, but this summer we’ll be returning to our regular blog content.  Some things to anticipate: our staff writer Ada Yee recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Barbara Jane Reyes — look out for her remarks about poetry, history, and community on the blog tomorrow; we also had the pleasure of meeting some of the editors of Indivisible (the first-ever anthology of South Asian American poetry) back in April, and are excited to announce that during the next couple of months, our staff writer Supriya Misra will be running a couple of feature posts on their work.  We’ll also be continuing with weekly prompts and with our editorial columns Friends & Neighbors and Editors’ Picks.

Thank you so much, once again, for all you’ve done in responding to our posts and spreading the word about us.  We are so thrilled to finally be rounding the home stretch into Issue 1 — and are ever grateful for your support.


Iris & Mia
LR Editorial Staff

Friends & Neighbors: Weekend Roundup (Dec. 3-7, 2009)

We took a break last week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but now we’re back — and there’s lots more going on this weekend!  As usual, please feel free to suggest updates and additions to this list.

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