The first summer issue of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is ready. It is divided into four category: "Critical Essays," "Short Stories," "Plays," and "Poetry." They are individual pages. You can click on the red links below, the titles for the sections, to view the attached works. Each category will include the artists' statement. Then, you can click on the attachments to the pages, to view their work. At the bottom of their fiction or non-fiction you will find their biographies. Many of these writers have published one or more books, and are established in their fields. This website will be regularly updated and improved.
These works reflects the various interpretations that the writers had of the topic, “Experiments.” Yuko Ashitagawa discusses the relationship between fantasy and reality as a borderland, where unique experiments can be created. Christopher Ryan Schott is concerned with the relationship between radical experimental changes in the mass media and the depravity in American culture. John Greiner and Janna Serniak’s poems experiment with form and style. Some of the experiments submitted were too wild for us to share with you. An “experiment” is a test of a hypothesis. Any critical or creative argument is an experiment. Experiments are not carried out to show the absurdity of the attempt, but rather to prove the feasibility of the original idea.
This section should expand significantly in the Winter Issue, as the Editor plans on attending the SAMLA, SWWC, MLA, EAPSU and other conferences in the fall, which should help to recruit critical writers. In addition, the existance of this sample Issue might attract academics, who might have been hesitant about contributing to a first attempt. For now there are four essays: on French dramatic criticism, on the relationship between the media and depravity in American culture, on Emily Dickinson's theology, and a longer essay on fantasy.
An experimental poem-play is attached. This is a curious example of genre-crossing.
This page offers the most choice, with dark and humorous poems. Scroll through the entire document, as several writers offer more than one piece. The authors come from as far as India, and from across the country, including works from Massachusetts, South Carolina and several other states.