SIX & SEVEN
Letter from the Editor
It has been a while since we talked last––and we have a double issue in store! In an update from Issue Five, we are proud to announce that Flare is now read in all fifty US states and over seventy countries on every continent. We continue to be amazed by the craft and talent of your submissions. As always, we encourage all artists and writers to submit: we would love to see your work! Some news:
Flare has opened positions on our editorial board. Those interested can learn more on our "Editors" page. We encourage all with a passion for the arts to apply.
Later in the year, Flare will be featured in a Round Robin project by the poet laureate of New Hampshire at Under the Madness Magazine.
During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month this May, stay tuned for our release of "Hello from Here," a picture book by AAPI kids around the country celebrating what it means to be Asian American. As advocates for storytelling, we would love to send you a copy and seek space for collaboration!
In addition to our rolling general submissions, Flare will be featuring work from themed dossiers for each issue starting with Issue Eight. These dossiers (collections of work exploring a particular subject) are designed to spark conversations on particular issues, help artists generate new work, and increase our journal's submission opportunities. Head to the "Submit" page on our website to learn about Issue Eight's theme. In honor of the coming of Spring, our first dossier encourages readers to observe the beauty and voices of birds. Consider this theme through the lens of migration, flight, evolution, and beyond.
Lastly, we are continuing our reader-to-artist interactive feature from Issue Five. Through the contact form below, you can send a kind message or inquiry to any artist whose work you enjoyed, and we will pass it on.
Send a message, share the issue, and happy reading!
~ Michelle, Editor-in-Chief @flarejournal
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
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High School Reunion - Graphic Flash Memoir by Leanne Grabel
Leanne Grabel, M.Ed., is a writer, illustrator, performer & retired special education teacher. In love with mixing genres, Grabel has written & produced numerous spoken-word multi-media shows, including “The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression”; and “Anger: The Musical.” Her poetry books include Lonesome & Very Quarrelsome Heroes; Short Poems by a Short Person; Badgirls (a collection of flash non-fiction & a theater piece); & Gold Shoes, a collection of graphic prose poems. Grabel's memoir TAINTED ILLUSTRATED, a graphic stretched memoir, was serialized in THE OPIATE from 2018-2020. She wrote a monthly column for Another Chicago Magazine in 2020, responding to the political and social scene in America. Grabel just completed illustrating a novel for filmmaker/writer Penny Allen. She and her husband Steve Sander are the founders of Café Lena, a Portland poetry hub of the 90s. Grabel is the 2020 recipient of the Bread and Roses Award for longtime contributions to women's literature in the Pacific Northwest.