Review: Blackwater Review Spring 2016

20170119_165440If you enjoy being the first to discover the latest-greatest in new authors and artists, then you should be an avid follower of the Blackwater Review, published annually by Northwest Florida State College. A well put together journal of literature and art, the book is a delightful celebration of new, undiscovered talents.

The Spring 2016 edition features 30 works of poetry and prose and 32 color plates of visual art by students at the college.  Among my favorite poems are “They Called Him Mister Foster” by Jocelyn Donahoo, “Seniority” by Andrea Hefner, and “Untitled” by Drew Swaggerman.

Among the prose offerings, “Hidden in Valor” by Zachary Thomas, “Guilt-ridden Rememberance” by D.L. Thornton and “Harmonious Day” by Jocelyn Donahoo are well written and entertaining samples of local talent.

The full color plates at the center of the Blackwater Review are brilliant examples of the visual artists that live in the area. My favorite is “Camera” by Candace Harbin. I think it appeals to me because it marries two of my personal passions–words and photography–and merges them into a visual representation. “What’s in Your Wallet,” also by Candace Harbin, is another image I particularly enjoy.

Equally loved is a mixed media sculpture called “Sunken Treasures” by Alyssa McClellan. An octopus rises from nothing, a collection of found bits cleverly brought together, in McClellan’s industrial creation. Finally, I appreciate the subtle violence of “Tactile Self-Portrait” by Chloe Young.

If you live in the local area you can find a copy of Blackwater Review tomorrow as a Bookcrossing book at Cafe Bienville in Niceville.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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