It’s my great pleasure to introduce to you the 20th anniversary issue of Ducts magazine!
Founded by Jonathan Kravetz in 1999, just before the second millenium, Ducts arrived on the scene in the early, heady days of webzines. Over the years, it has published 42 issues and hundreds of writers–many for the first time, and many who went on to write and publish books of their own. We are so glad and proud to have been the home of these pieces, and to welcome personal narratives of all shapes and sizes into the world. And we hope you’ve enjoyed reading them.
In addition to thanking our dedicated editors Ileana Nachescu and Julie Wilkerson, I would also like to thank Lauren Lehrer, who volunteered her time to help sort through submissions, and Jonathan Kravetz, who of course, made all of this possible from the start.
Mary Cool, Editor in Chief
Editor in Chief,
Interim Memoirs & Poetry Editor
Guest Arts Editor
Table of Contents
Sat, Apr 13, 7-9 pm. Featuring work by Scott Dominic Carpenter, Dorri Olds, Marlene Molinoff, Vijay R. Nathan, Barbara Trommer
Featuring Scott Dominic Carpenter, Joanna Clymer, Vivian Lawry, Marlene Molinoff, Vijay R. Nathan, Dorri Olds, and Barbara L. Trommer.
About the art selections for this issue's 5 feature pieces.
I wish the magic of those first heady days on the hospice ward would not slip away
Why, I have so often wondered, am I unable to let my bed be just a bed?
My big sister’s always had a certain power over me.
There was no hope of a call from her husband now—not in the middle of the night—and she sure as hell wouldn’t call him on her birthday. She continued trolling Facebook.
You repeat expressions again and again until they’re as comfortable as an old pair of shoes.
Every day, when he walked in, my mood lifted.
Sometime between my birth and the present
Featuring Blair Hurley, Claire Van Winkle & Kris Waldherr. Sat, May 11, 7-9 pm.
Sat, Jun 15, 7-9 pm. Featuring Mary Cool, Chelsea Fonden, Janelle Greco, Julie Wilkerson.