What we’re reading, January 2021

Here’s what some of SHARK REEF’s editors have been enjoying in recent weeks. Stephanie Barbé Hammer Managing Editor Stephanie just finished Natashia Deón’s ambitious multigenerational novel Grace (Counterpoint, 2017). Grace is at once a bildungsroman, a fabulist tale of hauntings, and a powerful feminist exploration of Black women’s struggles in the South before, during and […]

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Welcome to the Summer 2011 edition of SHARK REEF, where you’ll visit a wedding party in the Andes; join a group of elderly women in a communal bath in Japan; or watch as a nurse midwife deftly knits Mexico to Seattle and drops more than a few stitches in the process. Consider Hiking Naked. What happens will surprise you.

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Still Evolving

SHARK REEF was launched in June of 2001 to give voice to emerging as well as established writers of the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Now, on the eve of its tenth anniversary and in collaboration with Heron Moon Press, SHARK REEF offers the same opportunity to all serious writers committed to producing original writing of high quality — regardless of where they live.

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Writing as Exploration

As writers, we are inspired by just about anything under the sun – and moon – because we know our writing will take us places. Often, we don’t know where we’re going when we start but we stay along for the ride, moved to explore new terrain or dig deeply into old places. If we do think we know where we’re going when we begin, it’s not at all unusual to be surprised at where we actually end up.

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