Folio: Volume 33 Launching on May 7

Folio: Volume 33 Launching on May 7

By Yohanca Delgado 


This year’s issue of Folio focused on the theme of crossroads and intersections, places where “two paths, two ideas, meet, converge, collide, or divide.”

In keeping with Folio tradition, 33 features award-winning pieces selected by members of our own American University faculty. As a nonfiction reader for Folio, I can attest to the longing and loveliness of “Istanbul Gone,” by Jesse O’Reilly-Conlin, the winning essay selected by Richard McCann. The issue also features Kyle Dargan’s poetry selection, JoHannah Ash’s fiercely beautiful “Refrigerator Theory,” and Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction selection, the heartwrenching “Tespih ve Doğan” by Gwen Goodkin.

The issue also features stellar contributions from: JoHannah Ash, Roger Camp, Genevieve DeGuzman, Jaydn DeWald, Jonathan Duckworth, Robert Evory, Gwen Goodkin, Emily Greenberg, Ryan J. House, Cindy King, Arielle Korman, Dana Kroos, Rosa Lane, Dana Mich, Norman “Buzz” Minnick, Mark Neely, Toti O’Brien, Jesse O’Reilly-Conlin, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, G.B. Ryan, David Starkey, Daryl Sznyter, Ursula Villarreal-Moura, Adam Webster, Anni Wilson, and Charles Wuest.

There are also two delightful craft interviews in this issue. Folio Editor-in-Chief AR Castellano talked with Elena Passarello about her gorgeous essay collection on famous animals, Animals Strike Curious Poses. They talk about the concept of a native art language, the glories of over-researching, and how writing an essay is like building a ship in a bottle. Creative Nonfiction Editor Lilah Katcher spoke with Carmen Maria Machado, author of the genre-breaking Her Body and Other Partiesabout the secret perks of online publication, books that evolve with their readers, the crafting of narrative voice, and how organizing a short story collection is like making a mixtape.

Get your copy of Folio Vol. 33 fresh from the printer at Monday, May 7’s joint launch party with Grace in Darkness. The event starts at 6:00 o’clock and will take place in Mary Graydon 2-4.

Can’t make the launch party? Order a copy through Submittable or from 0s and 1s. DMV locals can pick up a copy at Politics and Prose or Potter’s House.


Yohanca Delgado is editor-in-chief at Café MFA and a second-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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