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KUAF Arts Beat: Exploring Secret Interiors in Lit Mag's Second Issue


The Arkansas International, a newly formed literary journal of the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing & Translation, launches its second issue this month.

Featuring works in prose, poetry, and comics, the issue continues the magazine's tradition of bringing unseen authors to the public eye.

"I think it's a really good service to have voices--they say 'emerging'--who haven't had many publications, alongside people who are very experienced," explains poetry editor Molly Rector.

Steeped in wry humor, quietly striking childhood vignettes and a sense of profound mystery that, in Rector's words, speak "to the general desire for magic in the world," issue two combines pieces from heavy-hitting literary stars like six-time novelist and essayist Sigrid Nunez alongside those with little to no publications to their name, such as non-traditional UA student Pamela Sue Hitchcock.  

A Tahlequah, Okla., native, Hitchcock says she was drawn to poetry because she saw the form as a somehow more concise and universal language with which to communicate.

"With poetry I have a better chance of trying to get to exactly the heart of what I'm trying to say," she explains.

Her poems, as well as others in issue two, open up the secret world of the internal, stories living within and what Rector describes as "parts of our thoughts that we wouldn't otherwise have access to."

Issue two of  the Arkansas International launches Thursday, May 4th, at the Fayetteville Public Library with a free reading of authors' works.

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