Best of Literary Orphans, Year One Anthology [SELECTIONS]
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, Year 1 Anthology. With the help of a community poll, we chose from pieces ranging from ISSUE01: Babe Ruth, to ISSUE09: Bo Diddley. Over this amount of time, we’ve published a dizzying array of wonderful writers. I am the personification of humility. If I could print every story that we ever published in this issue, I would. However, the cost of the final product, and the cost of production, makes this an unfortunate impossibility.
Before you look at the list below, please know I’d like to announce some disclaimers. I am just beginning to contact these selections and make sure they are one board with the project. So please know that these selections may change should someone not wish to be part of the anthology. Also, I would like you all to know that every piece we’ve ever published, and every artist we’ve ever published (in the first year), will be listed in the back of this book.
Regarding Artistic Design. Artist-in-Residence, Doriana Maria, has selected a modern, urban tarot design. For those of you who may not know much about tarot cards, they are divided into the major arcana and the minor arcana. Card 0, known as “the fool” or the “madman,” is said to traverse through each of the cards in an attempt to gain enlightenment. For the Year 1 Anthology, we will be featuring a 5 card spread, and each piece will be thematically linked to one of the cards in a type of sub-chapter. In addition, it is our ambition (though we may fail) to provide visual interest on every page. We want the reader to feel a sense that they are in an urban LO world of lost nostalgia; the world we tried to invoke when we were nothing, a nobody surrounded by giants, and we wrote our To Live How We Believe manifesto. Please stay tuned, as we will be posting updates as the project progresses!
The reason for this anthology, besides to honor some of our stories, is also to raise money. We are setting our cross-hairs on starting a press of our own. Not a press in the sense of self-publishing via Lulu or CreateSpace (though the first edition of this book will be created with a self-publishing platform), but to buy our own printing press. We want the means of production, and we want to be more than our day jobs. We want you to share this challenge with us, and we want to be your voice as a reader.
Thank you all, for your contributions over the past nearly two years.