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Vol. 8 No. 4 — 2018

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Flash Fiction
by Susana Vallejo
Haunted ~ Ceres ~ Reborn in Blood ~ Contemplation ~ The Barn-Raising
   by Deborah L. Davitt

Racketing Spirits ~ Hairy On the Inside ~ 
Bad Dragon ~ Where Dragons Come From ~ 
White Noise Machine Now With Twelve Settings!
    by Lesley Wheeler

Ariadne in Queens ~  A Vixen When She Went to School
    by Sonya Taaffe
Grandmother Magma
The Hearth in the Spaceship
“The Shobies’ Story” by Ursula K. Le Guin

   reviewed by Julie Phillips
Dust Lanes
Short fiction reviews
   by Karen Burnham
Book Reviews
The Breath of the Sun, by Rachel Fellman
   reviewed by Arley Sorg

Heroine’s Journey, by Sarah Kuhn
   reviewed by Erin Roberts

Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, by Kate Manne
   reviewed by Nancy Jane Moore

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse
  reviewed by Kathleen Alcalá

Featured Artist
Heather Tatarek

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.

Despite the many and continual changes reshaping the world of books and the arts, one factor remains constant: work by women writers is always assigned a marginal status in critical venues (except, of course, in venues that focus exclusively on work by women writers).

The CSZ aims to treat work by women as vital and central rather than marginal. What we see, what we talk about, and how we talk about it matters. Seeing, recognizing, and understanding is what makes the world we live in. And the world we live in is, itself, a sort of subduction zone writ large.

“If your takeaway…is that The Cascadia Subduction Zone sounds really interesting, you’re not wrong—it’s a wonderful journal filled with thoughtful and insightful criticism.”
    — Niall Harrison, The Guardian, May 12, 2016

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