Torrid Literature Journal is a new publication of poetry and fiction available quarterly (January/April/July/October) online and in print.
Editors Alice Saunders, Aisha McFadden, Tiffani Barner started the publication because, as Alice tells me, “We're lovers of words. In addition, we want to help bridge the gap between writers and readers. As we mention in our inaugural issue, voices want to be heard, dreams need explaining, and inspiration is looking for a conduit. This is what our publication does. It provides an unbiased outlet. It also provides readers with shared experiences. The knowledge that someone else in this world seems to be writing a story or poem based exclusively on their life. We created this publication because successful literature should seep into the heart and mindset of the reader, pushing for answers, questioning the state of all things real and fiction, and most importantly, inflicting positive change."
Alice expanded on this benefit Torrid Literature Journal will offer its readership: "It all comes down to a seed and root concept. Our publication is the seed and the writers who appear in it are the roots. So our readers will be able to walk away with roots of inspiration, entertainment, education, and information. The diversity of the writers and the literature itself will draw the readers in and hold their imagination and senses captive in way that will make them come back for more."
The inaugural issue includes Poetry by Peycho Kanev, Ernest Williamson III, Peter LaBerge, Changming Yuan, John Grey, Hal O'Leary, Valentina Cano, Gary Beck, Gale Acuff, Leila Fortier, William D. Hicks, William Doreski, Ben Nardolilli, Shane McConnell, Cara Frame, Tracy Darling, Susan V. Meyers; and Fiction by Ron Koppelberger, Catherine Kizer, Chris Castle, and Chris Heinrich.
As for the future of this emerging publication, the editors plan to continue to providing readers with fine literature submitted by writers all over the world, growing in terms of literary content. For example, their second volume, subtitled "The Bare Naked Truth," will include two guest columnists, a feature the editors hope to continue in future editions.
Torrid Literature Journal accepts poetry and fiction submissions in various genres year round via email or through their online submission website. Visit their website for more information.
Alice adds that the editors are "a team that enjoys literature and other forms of art." Follow them on their Facebook page for information about various types of open mic events and poetry readings they host in their local community.