We’re super proud to have Amy Leach judge this year’s contest. There is something seriously whimsical about Leach, and by that I mean both very much whimsical and, perhaps not so surprisingly, heartily potent—like Lewis Carroll, as she has often been compared. I was drawn to her first book of essays, Things that Are, due to the apparent brevity of each piece in the collection—Leach’s meditations on wayward moths, nervous caterpillars, chocolate mint-filled comforters, talking stars and trees that dream of being trees come at the reader in short bursts of both childlike wonder. But they also hum with tongue in cheek wisdom: kind of spiky, kind of sweet, and more evocative then a first glance allows.
So. You’ve only got a week left before submissions close on May 15th. Beat us up with your tiny moments. We love it.
Nina is a nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Arizona, where she is a writing instructor and the nonfiction editor of Sonora Review. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Puerto del Sol, Hobart, Mid-American Review, Brevity, Booth, and elsewhere.