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Issue 6 – Winter 2021

After Vermeer, by Dina Brodsky

The Literary Issue

The Brits used to be proud of the saying, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” Those days are long gone, thankfully, but the phrase came to mind when considering the writers featured in this new issue. Our writers this time hail from Canada, Ireland, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Australia, in addition to the continental United States. Instead of being united by subjugation, these talented people are connected by a passion for writing. So you might say the sun never sets on great storytelling.

There is movement, however glacial, toward this form of unification. It’s mostly visual and digital, but the core of it is the human need to tell and to hear stories. It is what connects us and what helps break down barriers between us. Perhaps the truth of that lies within the fact that despite our many technological advancements, so many people still take joy in writing and reading the old-fashioned way, in a simple book with words on pages.

We hope you enjoy this one.

– Joe, Zac, Renee, Marci, David, Zoë, Ronak, Lauren, Ai, and Tommy

Table of Contents (click the links for stories and excerpts)

Hunting Crows Year-Round, Phillip Scott Mandel
Love Drips and Gathers, Fiachra Kelleher
A Room for Your Name, Rolando André López Torres
Patrimony, Dave Karrel
The Leaf Queen, Carolyn Fay
Barbed Wire Fence, Carl Meuser
The Edge of Elsewhere, Margaret Irish
No One Looks Up, Julia L. Offen
Kisses, Lilian Cohen
Molyneaux’s Problem, Kate Krautkramer
The Hey, Emilee Prado
Make Up the Difference, Henry Presente
About the Cover
Issue 6 Contributors

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The Literary Issue

With a staff of ten readers and editors it can be difficult to come to consensus about which stories and essays are selected for publication in each issue. Add to that the task of ensuring we have a good representation of cultures and perspectives, and making sure that each staff member’s tastes are represented, and that we keep to Orca’s stated aesthetic, and you have a recipe for chaos. Were this a “real world” situation, the process might devolve into the kind of animosity we see every day in the media. And yet, looking at the table of contents for this issue, connections and commonalities appear as if by magic between and among the pieces, and somehow we wind up with what we intended from the start—a literary journal that intrigues without insulting, challenges without provoking, and maintains fealty to the best attributes of the old and the new forms of literature. We believe that’s the beauty of art at its core—that it is essentially a forum for thoughtful discourse.

– Joe, Zac, Renee, Marci, David, Ronak, K.A., Jacob, Liz, and Tommy

Table of Contents (Click the links for stories and excerpts. Available starting April 1.)

About the Cover
The Risk of Death With This Procedure is Minimal, Eliot Li
Divorce is Like Anything Else, Siamak Vossoughi                                                                          
Birds, Andrew Cusick
The Magus, Catherine Parnell           
The Mermaid Pool, Cate West          
Two and a Half, sid sibo        
The Peculiar Perils (and Excitements) of Living in One Language and Writing in Another, Aditya Gautam         
Seen or Not Seen or a Combination of Both, Mark Gozonsky         
Everyone is Dead, Steve Fox
The Weight of Light Redux, David Luntz    
Last Dance with Fancy Pants, Dennis McFadden     
Fledgling, Andrea Bishop      
Spot the Differences, Kimberly Turner
Autorittrata, Miles White      
There I Will Take Your Hand, Nancy Ludmerer                                                                              
Yahrzeit, Nancy Ludmerer
The Most Righteous Adulterer in Vilna, Jacob M. Appel

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Editor’s Note: We have not Americanized spellings and grammar native to other English-speaking countries, but have left them in their original form in order to fully convey the voices of our authors.