Last winter I was homeless. Temporarily, still full of uncertainty and ill at ease. It’s not fun, at no age, under no condition. I remember sitting in the cold early morning, by various libraries, since I had nowhere else to go.
“Si, no Ingles,” she says, fragmenting a smile together, “I no speak English.” We sat soundless around the kitchen table like lifeless decoration, we all burst into one communal flare of ironic laughter.
I used to try to recreate the particulars of that day in my mind. Here’s what I’ve been told: my mother in the hospital, alone. My grandparents waiting in the hall beyond the delivery room doors. My father hundreds of miles away finishing up the last few classes of his junior year in high school.
I dangle like a rag doll and thrash to reach my trapped foot. I suck water down my throat and try not to lose consciousness, but I’m not quite strong enough to grab my boot long enough to release the hold.
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This month in Litro #148 we explore the notion of what Going Home – means to us. Is it a familiar physical space? A refuge? A feeling? A state of mind? Or is home actually to be found in another human being – maybe your partner, your parents? How do you know when you have found it?
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Welcome to Litro #147 - the Space issue. In this issue we explore the world’s ever-evolving urban social landscape. We’ve got art, stories, essays, cartoons, interviews - all examining the ways in which individuals and groups carve out their own spaces, dare to take up space and make their built environment(s) distinctly their own.
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Litro NY is the organic growth of Litro Magazine into the US market, and the continuation of Litro’s aim of finding and launching new international writers. While enriching the careers of existing authors, we have published debut writers for close to 10 years, including the likes of Stuart Evers, Anthony Doerr, Sabrina Mahfouz, Clare Wigfall, Richard House (ManBooker longlisted 2013), Janice Shapiro and many more. We want to engage with the American experience that will reflect the geographic cross-section of America, and continue with the Litro ethos of finding new ways of looking at the world through stories, seeking out the compelling and the controversial, the funny and the fantastic, the sad and the strange.
We have traditionally focused on short fiction, armed with a mission to discover new and emerging writers, giving them a platform to be read alongside stalwarts of the literary scene. Now we have also added more strings to our bow: including interviews, columns, podcasts, reviews, and features on literature, arts and culture. We've even ventured into LitroTV, so you can see and hear directly from your favourite writers. Of course, any good conversation runs, by its nature, two ways (or many ways) and we hope that you will engage with our stories and tell some of your own. As long as you have a story to tell, we want to hear it. We are now a fully-fledged online platform for non-themed fiction and literary nonfiction, as well as a place for readers, writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature, arts and culture through features, reviews, columns and interviews.