2018 Emrys Journal, Volume Thirty-Five

Thirty-five years old! That young literary whippersnapper, the Emrys Journal, gets its own birthday party 6 p.m. May 10 at Larkin’s Sawmill, 22 Graves Drive, where Emrys Chapbook Prize winner Mary Barbara Moore reads from her crazy-good poetry collection, Amanda and the Man Soul.

Nothing’s so funny as getting another year older. That’s why this year’s Journal called for submissions packed with laughs; lord knows, we all need tons more of that, amiright? So, yes, the theme of the ol’ sport’s 35th publication is … wait for it … Humor.

What kind of “humor?” (Remember that scene in Goodfellas, where Joe Pesci’s character says, “But I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? … What do you mean funny?”)  The funny thing, see, about the selections of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction is that they are all kinds of funny: surreal, dark, biting, satire, gentle, farce, like-a-clown funny. 

As our esteemed Journal editor puts it: “Jokes that help you forget your problems, and jokes that help you face them. Comedy that is married to tragedy."


Help us to celebrate the 35th Emrys Journal Launch, May 10th, 6 PM at Larkins Sawmill. No kidding.