Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of Lewis University’s Jet Fuel Review literary journal. We continue to be a high-octane literary journal that strives to discover and publish writers and artists who demonstrate commendable skill and artistry.
As an editorial staff, in order to complete this issue, we have been nose deep this semester in submissions by many talented voices from multiple geographical regions, who are working in different mediums, which we are proud to present to everyone. Our featured cover art, titled “The Taste of Time and Paranoia” is by the dazzling Swedish artist Mia Makila. This image is striking in many different ways, and the editors were particularly drawn to the way that the chairs mirrored one another, one representing the imagery of death, and the other representing life, placed side by side. Time always seems to be looming over us throughout our lives, and we strive not to waste it.
Every issue the editorial staff produces comes with production impediments that must be overcome. The editorial staff is composed of individuals who have differing aesthetics, and therefore, there are times of disagreements. While there are debates
that the editorial staff face each issue, these charged discussions help build an eclectic selection of work. For our 2016 Spring Issue, we are also featuring a special section on the collaborative sonnet form—the bouts-rimés. A form established in the mid 17th century, in which poets are asked to use the same end-rhymes. (And ours were challenging!)
But, in true collaborative fashion, the JFR editors as well as many students of the Lewis community, crafted bouts-rimes as well, and these will appear on our more localized blog.
Within the pages of our eleventh issue, readers will discover a variety of works that will engage, challenge, and delight you . Along with our cover art by Mia Makila, we also feature Peggy Shinner— who recently published a series of essays on
the body— and Adam Clay — whose third collection of poetry, Stranger, was recently released. Other featured artists and writers include Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, Angela Willetts, Jeff Fleischer, Damyanti Biswas, and Alex Lemon. We are also proud to feature Lewis students, both current and former, Jackyln Porter, Catherine Kelly, Elizabeth Lopez, and Brittany Bishop.
Jet Fuel Review is a student-run, faculty-advised journal, and with the
assistance of faculty advisers, Drs. Simone Muench and Jackie White, active Lewis students and alumni worked diligently and meticulously this semester to produce Issue 11. Because of the hard work and dedication of these student editors, our literary journal continues to expand, reaching new readers and pushing creative boundaries. As you read this issue, we hope that you will enjoy the selections our editorial team has carefully curated for you.
And the Jet Fuel Review Editors