SMFS list member Sylvia Warsh reports that her short story, “The Comeback” appears in the premier issue of Vautrin. Edited and published by Todd Robins, the issue is only available in print at Watermark Books.
Vautrin - Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2019
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Todd Robins
It’s widely believed that Balzac’s literary activities wound down when he died in the 19century, but his ghost visited Todd Robins’s College Hill lair one morning in the fall of 2018. Balzac's message was clear: (A) found a literary magazine, and (B) name it after his criminal mastermind character, Vautrin. The great Frenchman then prevailed upon an intriguing mix of writers to contribute to the inaugural issue. Robins typed the submissions on his Smith Corona Silent from the 50s, resulting in Volume 1, Issue 1 of Wichita’s new print-only literary magazine. Le voila !
Among the highlights:
· Fiction from native Wichitan Scott Phillips, titled and featuring the return of the wily rogue Bill Ogden of and fame.
· Poetry from the great Albert Goldbarth, sublimely cast in the -esque trickster sweet spot.
· Mystery fiction from award-winning Canadian writer Sylvia Maultash Warsh.
· Raucous mafioso crime fiction from New Jersey writer Thomas Pluck, author of the forthcoming novel .
· An essay about Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s novel , by former Watermarker, Susan Gusho.
· An essay about literary movements by former Watermarker Jason Quinn Malott, author of .
· Fictional intrigue from the pseudonymous Kerry Page.
· Debut poetry from the extraordinary Suzannah Guthrie.
· An astrology-infused crime story from a 1920 issue of (released to the public domain).
· Essayist Paul Dee Fecteau ponders the Tarot as applicable to the Coen brother’s film
· An essay about Karl Ove Knausgaard's , by Chicagoan Andrew Larson.
· Poetry from Marysville's Scott Richard that sneaks up on us, a la Ezra Pound.
· , by Carlos Herrera, in which the political consultant Nigel Strode ponders the reelection run of the GOP's finest.
· Cover art by former Watermarker, Beth Golay