Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December elimae

I already feel nostalgic for Cooper Renner as elimae's fiction editor, but am happy and excited for Kim Chinquee. Congratulations, Kim. Coop, I hope the change of guard opens up more doors for you into great spaces.

elimae is elimae and it's unique. I don't always enjoy everything elimae-esque, and even when I do much of the time I can't articulate just why I like what I like from this journal. That being said, there were some standouts for me in the December elimae:

David Peak's "At Home on the Riverbed, a Stream of Silt": This work is far removed from my own writing style, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nora Nadjarian's "Gardening": This had me at the first line.

Ben Segal's "I Would Kiss Him Back All Over Again Too": Again, a kind of work I don't think I have it in me to write, and that I admired.

Meakin Armstrong's "Watching Our Reflections on TV While We Wait": The suspense and tension here are palpable, and the piece is so open to interpretation that I felt an active participant in the work. Hell, I felt I was right there on that couch. I loved this.

Kimberly Ruth's "Dare": Ditto.

Congratulations to everyone who made it into this outstanding issue, the last (in fiction at least) under Coop Renner's loving and gifted charge.


  1. hi ethel! thanks for the mention, glad you liked my story. i've read some of yours too, and enjoyed them. i also like your blog :)

  2. Hey, Nora, thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hey, thanks for your comment about my story! Like your blog! --Meakin Armstrong

  4. Meakin, no thank you for the work, and for visiting. I'm glad you like my blog :-)

  5. Thank you for your comments. That story was removed from my own writing style as well. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  6. David, thanks so much for visiting and commenting.