#39: Summer, 2022


Guest fiction editor Julia Watts curates LGBTQ+ fiction in honor of Pride month. Read her introduction and these fabulous stories from:

Jonathan Corcoran
Haley Fedor
Jeff Mann
Savannah Sipple


Andy Fogle
Diane Gilliam
Connie Jordan Green
Rebecca Griswold
Kelli Hansel Haywood
Sean Kelbley
Bill King
Michael McFee
Jeremy Michael Reed   

LGBTQ+ Pride Poems! (via the Poetry Foundation)

Creative Nonfiction

Kevin Brown
Halsey Hyer
Joanna Manning
Angie Mimms
Maura Way 

Interview with novelist Silas House on his new novel, Lark Ascending

That's what the book is about to me: refusing to give up. It's about feeling so weary that you think you cannot go on, but knowing that you must, that you have to keep fighting back. I think a lot of people feel that way right now, as if there are so many battles to fight, and one of them is holding onto hope.


Katerina Stoykova on Two Brown Dots
poems by Danni Quintos
(BOA Editions, 2022)


Micah Daniel McCrotty on A Year Without Months
essays by Charles Dodd White
(West Virginia University Press, 2022)


Beauford Delaney

A gay Black artist from East Knoxville, Beauford Delaney is considered to be among the greatest abstract painters of the 20th century. Delaney's friend James Baldwin described his work as having "the power to illuminate, even to redeem and reconcile and heal.”

Still Life ~ craft & creativity

"Writing the Snapshot"
Writing Prompts by Sonja Livingston

By snapshot, I don’t mean actual photos, but a picture, scene, image (a certain sound or smell or sight) that conveys the basic essence and imagery of a memory as it arises.

In Memoriam

Ron Houchin (January 23, 1947 - May 14, 2022)

We miss our dear friend Ron Houchin, whose work graced our pages from the very beginning, and who was an important and prolific poet and writer who spent his time between his home place near Huntington, West Virginia, and his beloved Ireland. We send our love and condolences to his daughters and to his many friends everywhere. Here is our interview with Ron, and you can find his work in Still by visiting our Archives. Ron's last poetry collection was Talking to Shadows (LSU Press, 2020).

Literary Nominations

Congratulations to Still contributor Charlotte Hamrick, whose flash fiction Hot Cold & Blue was selected by the editors for inclusion in the forthcoming 2022 edition of The Best Small Fictions

And congratulations to all of our 2021 Still contributors whose work we nominated for the annual Best of the NetBest Small FictionsBest Microfiction, and Pushcart Prize.  

photo by Dereck Hammers (photos for  "Poetry," and "Creative Nonfiction," also by Dereck Hammers)

Still: The Journal is an online literary magazine publishing Appalachian literary, visual, and musical artists since 2009. Still: The Journal was awarded the e-Appalachia Award for Outstanding Website from the Appalachian Studies Association in March, 2014. The award is presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding website that provides insight on Appalachia and its people, or provides a vital community service to Appalachia." 

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