January Update

Fans of The Windhover & The Windhover Writers’ Festival:

The Windhover:

* We’re excited that issue 21.1 (featuring the new title and layout) has been sent off to print. We’ll be releasing the issue at the 50th Annual AWP Conference in Washington, D.C., February 7-10. We’ll be at #342-T, so stop by and visit us!

* This upcoming issue begins our new twice-a-year publishing schedule, with one issue released in February and one released in August. To coincide with our new publishing schedule, we now have two distinct reading periods: 1) February 1-April 15 for the August issue & 2) August 1-October 15 for the February issue.

Review: “Pilgrim’s Gait” by David Craig

Eugene, OR: Resource Publications (imprint of Wipf & Stock), 2015. Paperback. 124 pp. ISBN: 9781498225564

reviewed by Marjorie Maddox

Both affirming and unsettling, David Craig’s Pilgrim’s Gait walks us sometimes stub-toed, sometimes limping, sometimes leaping for joy across continents and centuries in this pilgrimage of poetry and prose.

In the first section, “Pilgrim’s Places,” we find ourselves with the poet and his family journeying through Europe and the United States. At Garabandal, Craig exclaims, “It was labor intensive, / this waiting for God!” (2) and even more so as the family— including a three-year-old with Downs’ chiming in with comedic alleluia’s—find they are waiting during the “wrong year” for healing. Throughout, such amusing and somber missteps eventually make for sure footing as the narrator approaches sites of “fake apparitions” (9), churches “decrepit enough to convince anyone / that what mattered most wasn’t there” (5), “God dancing, as He always does, / in feathers, in the past” (8), and—most importantly—the realization “what could any of us, finally, have traded / for what we’d been given” (4)?

November Update

Fall has finally arrived here in Central Texas, and we are busy working on preparations for the upcoming issue and festival.

Windhover 

In the middle of last month, we finalized our selections for Volume 21, which will be released in February. The issue features work by 46 writers and 2 artists. You can find the full list of names here on our blog as well as on our Facebook page.

Here are the “numbers”:

1. 1,127 total pieces (poems, stories, essays) submitted
2. 65 Essays: 4 accepted
3. 81 Short Stories: 5 accepted
4. 981 Poems: 40 accepted