Archive for January, 2014

Write to Be Tough: A Conversation with Leesa Cross-Smith

Did you ever ask yourself why you write? Why it is we keep doing this? In my interview with Leesa Cross-Smith, I learned that sometimes we do it to be tough, to be a hard-ass. I learned that sometimes, talking about sex makes our faces get hot and so instead we type it out, in the […]

Best of Literary Orphans, Year One Anthology [SELECTIONS]

Dear reader, This has been one of the hardest things. And here I thought editing and choosing between the great pieces submitted to us was hard enough. The Managing Editor, Scott Waldyn and myself, have selected 85 stories and poems from the first year of our publication to the present in the Best of LO, […]

2013 Top Ten Literary Journals: Matt Potter and THE COMPILED LIST

Dear reader, below you will find the seventh installment of our year-end series, 2013 Top Ten. You can find the first post here: Leesa Cross-Smith & Howie Good And the second post is right here: Meg Tuite & Nancy Stohlman The third installment is with: Joe Clifford & Michael Dwayne Smith The fourth can be located […]

2013 Top Ten Literary Journals: James Claffey and Stephen V. Ramey

Dear reader, below you will find the sixth installment of our year-end series, 2013 Top Ten. You can find the first post here: Leesa Cross-Smith & Howie Good And the second post is right here: Meg Tuite & Nancy Stohlman The third installment is with: Joe Clifford & Michael Dwayne Smith The fourth can be located […]

Letter from the Editor Editor-in-Chief, Mike Joyce

Dear January 2014, Yes, you, with the 365 pimples and the 12 smirks. This message is for you. I want you to know what Literary Orphans is. You have no idea. You never knew. It’s not a blog. It’s not a zine. It’s not a literary journal funded by Acme University with weekends off and […]

YEAR IN REVIEW (OR SUMTHIN’)
by Managing Editor Scott Waldyn

2013 has petered out, and the Internet is experiencing a maelstrom of “Year In Review” articles. It’s like the East Coast right now, taking a seasonal pounding of near god-like proportions. Everyone from Susie the big time celebrity to John the part-time burger flipper is taking to the digital sanitarium, scrubbing the padded walls with […]

In Patagonia
by Jesse Myner

IN PATAGONIA — Argentina — It was tree-less, grey-green thornscrub for as far as you could see. There was no shade and the wind was relentless. The wind gusts blew the bike out into the road. I had ridden all day into it in my lowest gear. In twelve hours I had ridden eighty kilometers. […]

The Hardest Part (of this editing gig),

The Hardest Part (of this editing gig), is reading amazing work and having to turn it down. This upcoming issue, ISSUE10: Bettie, has been hands down the worst for this. Given that we gave ourselves an extra month off between issues for the holidays, and given that our submission count was higher than it normally was […]