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At EXPOUND, it’s delightful taking our 3rd step in this journey dedicated to the best of arts and aesthetics. If the quality and quantity of works we have been receiving is anything to go by, EXPOUND’s journey will not be a short one. We thank our contributors for taking these early steps with us. In this issue, we had to increase our publication from 55 pages on our last issue to 100 pages in this issue. Despite opening the floodgate of fresh, exciting, and imaginative creative works, readers would be surprised to know that we declined a great deal of works that interest us. We had to raise the bar higher, helping us achieve the aesthetic level we envisioned at the beginning of the magazine.
For nonfiction in Issue #3, Marisa Mangani’s Conquering Scallops’ and Carl Terver’s ‘The Great Interaction’ got Oyin Oludipe’s nod.
Jason M Snyman chose, from several fine works of fiction to choose from, Ugoo Anyaeche’s ‘The 4th Commandment’, Brandi Megan Granett’s ‘Intersection’, and Paul Kavanagh’s ‘Ten Grand’. Others are ‘Even Steven’ by Tom Barlow and ‘Lion Gentle’ by Crytal Galyean.
Saddiq Dzukogi received so much but settled with poems from Chibuihe-Light Obi, JK Anowe, Morgan Downie, Chinedu Ugoona, Juleus Ghunta, Jessie Janeshek, Steve Klepetar, Nana Arhin Tsiwah, Richard King Perkins II, Sarah Frances Moran, Chumki Sharma, j.lewis, Dalton Souvato Heera , Divya Rajan, M.A. Istvan Jr, Uche Oguji and Jay Sizemore.
Gina Cicinelli Alequin solicitated and selected photograps from Douglas Nilles and Julio Guerrero, including art works from Jason Edward LaPrise, ChisanaRobotto Baburuikakiti, Jason West, and Alex Diamond.
For our growing community of Spoken Word Poetry, Enigmatic Olumide’s spoken-word video ‘I Count’ features in this issue and followed by a review of it by Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji.
It is important to remind our readers that EXPOUND was born to bridge the gap between writings from Africa and other parts of the world. By publishing fine works from around the world without considering race and themes, EXPOUND is gradually building that bridge. After all, works of art should be celebrated for their aesthetics, not geography and themes. That’s why at EXPOUND, it’s not all about what the writer has to say, but how beautifully he says it. Art speaks a universal language. African writers and writers from every other part of the world should embrace it.
We thank our Board of Advisors for their ‘oversight’ and for helping us balance. We have two more issues to go before the end of the year, Issue #4 and a special issue. We will further establish EXPOUND’s place in contemporary art and aesthetics that speak a universal language. Till December, keep expounding ideas that excite. Welcome to Issue #3!
Publisher/Managing Editor, EXPOUND
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