Dear Readers,

On 27th of March, 2015, I released the first issue of EXPOUND. I had saved some money and borrowed a friend’s laptop to create the website and released the issue. Today, EXPOUND is a year older, and I am delighted to tell you that in just one year, we have been able to achieve almost everything I envisioned at the beginning of this journey.

Issue #5 is our first issue in this year, and we want to use this opportunity to thank our contributors and readers for their literary and moral support in the past year. We wouldn’t be reminiscing a year of EXPOUND’s existence if not for your trust.

To fulfill the promise we made in our last issue, we have increased the number of nonfiction pieces in this Issue. Oyin Oludipe has selected ‘Masks’ by Ehindola Peter, ‘Judgement and Gratitude’ by Olatunde Obafemi and ‘Of War, Photographs and Memory’ by Chibuihe-Light Obi. We also have an interview with Donovan Smith, a fantasy artist among our nonfiction pieces.

In fiction, Jason Snyman chose ‘The Incident’ by Samantha Gibb, ‘Eddy to the Rescue’ by Ian Woollen, ‘For the Innocence and Obese’ by Mark Antony Rossi and ‘Neckcracker Suite’ also by Mark Antony Rossi.

Saddiq Dzukogi selected poetry from Ricky Garni, Felino A. Soriano, R.M. Cymber, Laura M Kaminski, Steve Klepetar, Madu Chisom Kingdavid, Ehi’zogie Iyeomoan, Mary McCarthy and Naushena.

Our Photography Editor, TJ Benson, has accompanied this issue with a strange but communicating collection of photographs by Chibuihe-Light Obi.

As we begin this year it is important to remind our readers again 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/she says it. Art speaks a universal language. African writers and writers from every other part of the world should embrace it.

Thanks to Bard Studio, we now have a beautiful interior design. We will further establish EXPOUND’s place in contemporary art and aesthetics that speak a universal language.

Welcome to Issue #5!

Wale Owoade
Publisher/Managing Editor, EXPOUND



Masks | Nonfiction | Ehindola Peter
Summertime and Seven Revisions | Poetry | Ricky Garni
The Incident | Fiction | Samantha Gibb
An Entity of End | Poetry | Felino A. Soriano
Eddy to the Rescue | Fiction | Ian Woollen
Air and Smoke | Poetry | R.M. Cymber
Coral Cacti | Poetry | Laura M Kaminski
For the Innocence and Obese | Fiction | Mark Antony Rossi
Once | Poetry | Steve Klepetar
Neckcracker Suite | Fiction | Mark Antony Rossi
Agbalinmuo | Poetry | Madu Chisom Kingdavid
Judgement and Gratitude | Nonfiction | Olatunde Obafemi
An epistle of the poor little chap who knew more than 2300 names of peace | Poetry | Ehi’zogie Iyeomoan
Of War, Photographs and Memory | Nonfiction | Chibuihe-Light Obi
Endgame | Poetry | Mary McCarthy
Donovan Smith | Nonfiction | Jason Mykl Snyman
The Wet Pillow | Poetry | Naushena

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