Welcome to Issue 22 of Jet Fuel Review! This fall, our editorial team combed their way through nearly 800 submissions in an effort to give you a collection of writing and artwork that is outstanding and thought-provoking. These works were carefully selected over the last few months, and represent our mission statement of publishing remarkable and diverse work that represents the human condition and the world around us.
Housed at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, Jet Fuel Review is a student-run, faculty-advised, nationally recognized literary journal that publishes writers and artists from across the globe. Founded in 2011, Jet Fuel Review continues to grow with writers and artists who unapologetically challenge the artistic canon. This semester, our journal received a CMA (College Media Association) Pinnacle Award for 2nd Place in the category of "Literary Magazine of the Year” for Issue 21, from Spring 2021. As a journal, we are incredibly honored to have received this designation and are motivated to continue to do work that enlightens and enriches our community. For this issue, our cover art, titled Flower Garden comes from contemporary artist Bonnie Severien. This piece shows the differences in nature and architecture which relies on the area of geometry. It inspires the idea of natural and human made beauty working together even in their opposition. Each leaf and petal represents growth and prosperity in an ever changing modern world.
For our poetry section, we feature the excellent work of 2020 RHINO 2020's Editors' Prize winner Maureen Seaton and winner of the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry Amanda Auchter. In addition to the pieces from our cover artist Bonnie Severien, we feature the wonderful work of Camilla Taylor, whose art uses a variety of materials and techniques. Our fiction section for this issue includes a notable piece from David Obuchowski, “Volcano,” which comments on the concepts of relationships and obsession. Obuchowski keeps the reader engaged through his use of symbolism as the volcanoes become the norm in this story. Amy Nicholson is the author of “Request”, a nonfiction piece which brings complexity to the emotions of a mother and daughter dynamic. Exhibiting the ups and downs of life through a realistic lens that helps readers to relate and also be impacted by the depth of Nicholson’s story.
So many more powerful pieces and creators that can be found within Issue 22 of Jet Fuel Review. The works express many complex ideas not only intellectually but also emotionally, and are a testament to the hard work of the creative minds included. They will resonate with readers from all backgrounds, and capture the attention of those looking to explore the complexity of the human experience, as told from the perspective of writers and artists from around the world. We hope you enjoy the sophisticated and brilliant work that makes up this issue.
Jordyn Spangler and the Jet Fuel Review Editors