Thank you for opening up the 14th issue of Jet Fuel Review. The editors are thrilled to be able to share with you another collection of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork. After reviewing hundreds of submissions over the course of two months, the editors selected creative pieces from across genres and mediums that we feel are the best demonstrations of our commitment to publishing quality writing and artwork.
Seven years old now, Jet Fuel Review was founded by Mary Egan, Lewis University alumna, who launched the idea of creating a literary journal produced by the students of our university. Over the years, JFR has grown beyond the Lewis community and into a nationally-recognized publication that showcases work from writers and artists from across the globe. The journal also has developed an ancillary blog where we continue to embrace the artistic community as we have developed a variety of blogs about literature, comic books, music, mindfulness, and film. Even though JFR has evolved much from its early days, we are still dedicated to upholding our mission of endorsing the arts’ community by highlighting quality writing and artwork.
In this, our 14th issue, we are excited to feature Jamea Richmond-Edwards as our cover artist. Her works are in the permanent collection of private collectors across the country and in the Embassy of the United States in Dakar, Senegal and, now, they have a spot in Jet Fuel Review. The editors are, obviously, thrilled to have pieces from her “Clouds Over Wings” collection, a series of innovative, regal portraits marked by strikingly vibrant colors and complex compositions.
In poetry, we are honored to publish Rebecca Morgan Frank, Henry Israeli, and Naoko Fujimoto who has also given us some of her “graphic poetry” which can be viewed in the art section. Also in this issue, we are publishing an assortment of collaborative work, including Brenda Miller and Lee Gulyas’s lyrical, braided nonfiction essays that navigate the complicated terrain of coming-of-age. We also are proud to present Image Collective, Angela Eve and Anastasios Ketsios’ fifteen-year partnership in photography where their projects that present the effects of Hurricane Katrina, suicide, flooding in Texas, cancer, disease, performance, and music.
There are many more voices within the pages of this journal that challenge, inspire, and demand to be heard. One of our main goals at JFR is representing diversity in its myriad forms: we strive to publish a variety of genres and styles by people of differing ages, genders, ethnicities, orientations, and backgrounds, because we want to publish work that represents the intricate and manifold experiences in the world. Given all of this linguistic and visual richness, we invite you to enjoy our 14th issue, and we hope you will appreciate the stunning assortment of work that we have gathered.
Sam Gennett & the Jet Fuel Review Editors