Back Cover Quote

Each year we place a quote from the guest editor on the back cover. To give an idea of the different tone and focus these quotes have taken, below are the quotes from the previous years:

emerge 17

“Writing is simultaneously an act of rebellion and an act of self-actualization … through story we are all revealed.”
—Gurjinder Basran, from the foreword

emerge 16

“The writers in this anthology show such bravery and risk-taking. Sometimes it’s the courage to have a character commit a tragic irreversible act with a gun in a forest, or.. asking a simple question in a prose poem–is my blue your blue?— can be a startling move.”
Raoul Fernandes

emerge 15

“…a kind of music could be heard composed of the troubled and emergent properties of language.”
–Matt Rader

emerge 14

“How simple, and yet how boundless and elusive a task to discover the sacred at the tip of your pen…”
Daniela Elza

emerge 2013

“When writers write, bringing everything they have to offer, ignoring all that may keep them on the ground… when writers risk it all and rise up… they will find they are not alone.”
JJ Lee

emerge 2012

“…read this collection of outstanding writing from a set of fictionists, essayists and poets who’ve turned out some really incredible work, sharpened through interaction with their mentors and each other under the auspices of The Writer’s Studio”
Charles Demers

emerge 2011

“…the creative impulse cannot be quashed and the writer accepts the challenges, quietly or loudly, gently or fiercely…”
Hiromi Goto


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