Orchid A Literary Review

Orchid: A Literary Review was published from 2002 through 2006. I served as Orchid’s executive editor. The journal was founded to champion work by new and emerging fiction writers. The journal also included interviews on the craft of fiction and articles examining the role of short stories as literature. Issue 1 included early fiction by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen. Later issues included work by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Nova Ren Suma, Maura Stanton, and many others. also published interviews with Janet Burroway, Anthony Doerr, Beth Lordan, and Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum Limited copies of issues 3, 4, 5, & 6 are available for purchase at $7 per copy (shipping included). Cover sheets for issues 1, 3, 4, & 5 are also available (cover art by Theresa Hood, Jesse Allen, Keith Hood [yeah, me] and Joe Sorren)

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What people have said about Orchid


“It’s impossible to do justice to this fine fiction journal in two hundred words. . . . On second thought, who needs two hundred words? Beautiful—there’s nothing else to say.” —NewPages Literary Magazine Stand commenting on Orchid issue #3


“. . . the mission of Orchid is clearly communicated on its cover: ‘Celebrating stories and the art of storytelling.’ And readers are among those celebrating.”

—third coast, Spring 2004


“Orchid  ‘celebrates stories and the art of storytelling’ and it is, indeed, cause for celebration. Here are a dozen rich, pleasing, readable pieces of short fiction; stories to sink your teeth into; stories to lose yourself in. They are wildly different from each other, which makes the volume all the more exciting. What they have in common, however, is strong, authentic writing and a deep sense of story as urgent, necessary, and vital. There isn’t a sleeper in the issue. I was especially taken with “Jauncy’s Feathers,” by Rebecca Cook, which captures the fascinating ways in which an adolescent’s experience of mental illness manifests itself in the way she uses language; with Laura Krughoff’s “Audra,” a heartwarming story of a mother’s strategies to help her young insomniac daughter get some rest; and with “Accomplice,” a story by Patricia Stiles about a daughter’s experience of her mother’s shoplifting. Orchid also includes several pages of “Afterthoughts” in which the writers share some background on their stories, describe the writing life, advice from a mentor, or name something they wish they had written.”

—NewPages Literary Magazine Stand commenting on Orchid issue #5


“Very fine.” —Peter Ho Davies


“Suffice it to say that Orchid is worth far more than the small price you will pay for it. Buy a copy, opens its pages, and get ready for an amazing journey across the ever changing and always exciting sea of literature”

Driftwood Review, vol. 6


Orchid is a wonderful collection of emerging and established voices in fiction, complemented by unusually honest and enlightening interviews and engaging ‘afterthoughts’ of advice, admission, and inspiration.”
—Fred Leebron

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