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ISSUE ONE: JUNE 2020

Letter from the Editors

Thank you for supporting Flare Journal.

Our missions is to encourage creativity from people of all backgrounds. Issue One received submissions from 27 states and countries, and we wished that we could share it all. Although prevented by circumstances to publish in-print, we hope to in the future!

We are excited to see what Issue Two holds in store! As always, submissions are free and rolling. Please continue to create and share your work.

We’d like to bring your attention to our ongoing Ocean Conservation Awareness Giveaway. Flare is holding an open call for all writing, art, and photography related to the ocean, and we're happy to be able to give two winners a care package! For details, head to the Competitions page on our website. 

Again, we thank you for supporting our mission. 

    Happy reading!

Enjoy the Issue,

~ Michelle, Editor-in-Chief

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

COVER: Morning Glories-Melinda Giordano
COVER: Morning Glories-Melinda Giordano

Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her artwork has appeared in magazines such as Pearl, Amelia, new renaissance, The Altadena Review, Stone Country, The Bellowing Ark, Cactus Heart Press, Written River, Typehouse Magazine and The Sonder Review. She was the 2019 cover artist for The Sea Letter, providing designs for all four of its seasonal issues. She values the architectural properties of the small things - plants and shells: subjects as vast and complex as any cityscape or countryside.

Cradle-Melinda Giordano
Cradle-Melinda Giordano

Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her artwork has appeared in magazines such as Pearl, Amelia, new renaissance, The Altadena Review, Stone Country, The Bellowing Ark, Cactus Heart Press, Written River, Typehouse Magazine and The Sonder Review. She was the 2019 cover artist for The Sea Letter, providing designs for all four of its seasonal issues. She values the architectural properties of the small things - plants and shells: subjects as vast and complex as any cityscape or countryside.

Sunset-Melinda Giordano
Sunset-Melinda Giordano

Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her artwork has appeared in magazines such as Pearl, Amelia, new renaissance, The Altadena Review, Stone Country, The Bellowing Ark, Cactus Heart Press, Written River, Typehouse Magazine and The Sonder Review. She was the 2019 cover artist for The Sea Letter, providing designs for all four of its seasonal issues. She values the architectural properties of the small things - plants and shells: subjects as vast and complex as any cityscape or countryside.

Shell Twist-Melinda Giordano
Shell Twist-Melinda Giordano

Melinda Giordano is from Los Angeles, California. Her artwork has appeared in magazines such as Pearl, Amelia, new renaissance, The Altadena Review, Stone Country, The Bellowing Ark, Cactus Heart Press, Written River, Typehouse Magazine and The Sonder Review. She was the 2019 cover artist for The Sea Letter, providing designs for all four of its seasonal issues. She values the architectural properties of the small things - plants and shells: subjects as vast and complex as any cityscape or countryside.

Overgrown - Carly Chan
Overgrown - Carly Chan

Carly Chan is an artist and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work often revolves around her experiences and the cultures around her, culminating in art that seeks to express perspectives and aid local communities. She is also interested in exploring how design can be used to expand inclusion and awareness of people who are often sidelined in society. Carly has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Anthropologie, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Eruption - Carly Chan
Eruption - Carly Chan

Carly Chan is an artist and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work often revolves around her experiences and the cultures around her, culminating in art that seeks to express perspectives and aid local communities. She is also interested in exploring how design can be used to expand inclusion and awareness of people who are often sidelined in society. Carly has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Anthropologie, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Fruits of Labor - Carly Chan
Fruits of Labor - Carly Chan

Carly Chan is an artist and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work often revolves around her experiences and the cultures around her, culminating in art that seeks to express perspectives and aid local communities. She is also interested in exploring how design can be used to expand inclusion and awareness of people who are often sidelined in society. Carly has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, Anthropologie, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

St George's Greek Orthodox Church- Michael Smith
St George's Greek Orthodox Church- Michael Smith

Michael T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English who teaches both writing and film courses. He has published over 150 pieces (poetry and prose) in over 80 different journals. He loves to travel.

Lotus Temple- Michael Smith
Lotus Temple- Michael Smith

Michael T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English who teaches both writing and film courses. He has published over 150 pieces (poetry and prose) in over 80 different journals. He loves to travel.

Colorful Desert- Ananya Bhusari
Colorful Desert- Ananya Bhusari

Ananya Bhusari is thirteen years old and lives in Pune, a city in the state of Maharashtra in India. This work represents how in the most barren of lands (deserts) beauty and colors can still be found.

Poppy- Isha Dandha
Poppy- Isha Dandha

Isha Dandha is 15 years old and loves taking photos.

Waves- Isha Dhandha
Waves- Isha Dhandha

Isha Dhandha is 15 years old and loves taking photos.

PROSE

GRAY MATTER-
MAGGIE DIBARDINO

DEAR GRANDPA- 
CINDY ZHAO

POETRY

LAND OF ABBA'S WORDS-
GERARD SARNAT

DEEP ROOTED

&

TRAIL’S END-

JENNIFER LAGIER

CELESTIAL-
DORIAN J. SINNOTT

HER SELF PORTRAIT AT SAKS
&
SPRING FASHION MODELED BY RISING YOUNG POETS-
RIKKI SANTER

THE MONSTER OF MYSELF
&
POOR ECHO- 
WILLIAM DORESKI

6:54 PM
&
CROW MUSIC-
DS MAOLALAI

THE QUIET DAYS-
L. WARD ABEL

WRITER’S BLOCK-
GALE ACUFF