Whirling Winter Words.

The Winter issue of EAP: The Magazine is up, and we had an avalanche of contributions this time. (Special thanks to Marissa Bell Toffoli, our ace poetry editor, for so graciously and competently working with all the poets who contacted us–and see her contribution, “Would, Will.”) What we particularly like is hearing from all the generations, from a grandfather (“It’s Da Shooz”) to a teenager (“On Epigrams: A Postive Note”) to nine year old Asia, whose tribute to BOOKS is one with which we heartily agree.

Deb Baker muses on the responsibility of a mother to explain to her children the value of words in WORK…we heartily agree with that, too…

Kelsey Liu continues to make us happy with her beautifully crafted stories from high school, in this case, a tale of aspirant parents treating their child like an entrant in a dog show: “The Koi Pond,” I bet there are a lot of young people out there who can relate.

There are so many great pieces in this issue, but there are two brand new contributors I have to call attention to here. Alexandra Kitty has conjured up the most enchanting, and effective, new detective we’ve seen since Victoria’s reign: Miss Magnus Lyme. She’s the Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century, or, rather, Sherlock’s older, smarter brother, Mycroft. Follow her special brand of clear sighted aid to those in distress in “Let Them Howl.”

And we’re tinkering over here with the idea of a new branch on the EAP tree: one made up of “How To” books that tend toward supporting “How To Take Control of Your Own Life.” (There’s a gardening book in the works, written by a poet…more on that soon….) This issue, EAP welcomes Matt Stone, who writes about nutrition, about eating, about the way you already know what to do without leaning on ‘expert’ knowledge that may be more about separating you from your money than your calories. Have a look at “Nutrition in Three Words,” and see what you think. Let us know, too.

Finally, two EAP authors are already busy working on new projects–we’re eagerly watching their progress–and we’re delighted to have a peek here. Anarchist fairy tale author and punk rocker Danbert Nobacon on “First Words.” And our favorite independent historian, Brian Griffith, from his new book on how animal stories interact with culture: “Using the Evil Word on Animals.”

Welcome back, All.

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