I am thrilled to release Issue IV. I would like to thank all my contributors for their gifts of song, of poetry, of art and fiction; gifts that take us on a journey from which one can never return--the same. «» I would like to invite Tryst's past contributors to submit for Issue V, which is the Anniversary, Encore/Debut, Issue due to release June 1, 2003. The invitation is not a guarantee of acceptance unless your work has already been accepted. The submission guidelines page has been updated. «» The image to the left is by Tina Coggins, Tryst's Featured Artist in this issue.
© 2003 Tina Coggins
Maria "Carly" Santos
writes: The word was a stairwell whisper, a silent slap of lips spied on from green shutters. It
looked the same in English or Spanish. These are the opening words to "Yonqui," a short story by Maria
"Carly" Santos. Seldom does a story, poem, or a movie send shivers up my spine. But when I first read Carly's submissions, a
tingly sensation went through my body. I sat stunned for several hours not reacting, not able to process what I was actually
feeling. Perhaps, I was in shock. Weeks later I reread her submissions several times to make sure I wasn't overreacting.
After the initial shock had worn off, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was elated as if I had just been
sent a gift of portent value.
Here were stories that were gutsy, honest and electrifying; dynamic
words by a writer who'd never been published before, but who wrote like a pro. Carly was every editor's,
publisher's dream of what a writer should write like as far as I was concerned. I wrote Carly and told her that I would publish all five of her
short stories, unedited, fresh out of their brown wrapping. It
gives me great pleasure to present Tryst's Feature Writer, Maria Santos.
Donald Rawley: poet, novelist and successful screenwriter died May, 1998. His short stories, poems and articles have appeared in numerous prestigious magazines, including Yellow Silk Journal of Erotic Arts. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the Faulkner Award. In 1996, he won a Pushcart Prize for fiction. This tribute is a dedication to Donald, his family and friends.
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