The sheer amount of positive feedback and praise we've received after the release of BEYOND THE SHALLOWS PART ONE: THE DEPTH has, quite frankly, been overwhelming.
Even now, while writing this letter at a quarter past midnight, knowing full well I have an eight-and-a-half hour shift in the morning, I am bursting with pride and joy.
I wanted to take the time to thank our contributors for sending us such heart-stopping, phenomenal work, as well as our readers and followers for their thoughtful words, likes, social media shares, and support. Quite literally, we cannot operate without contributors, and our journal would not be very successful without any readers.
We've come quite a way since our founding in June 2016, and we're planning so many more new and exciting things in the months to come. But thank you for sharing this space with us, and for filling it with so much purpose.
With all this in mind, I am pleased to introduce the second installation of BEYOND THE SHALLOWS:
Welcome to PART TWO: THE DROWNING. The water-lodged chest, the smothering gasps, the ocean as everything you could ever hope for, if only you'd let yourself sink below the surface.
Don't bother holding your breath; you're going to lose it anyway.
KANIKA LAWTON is a writer, poet, and editor from Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor with the UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association, and is an incoming MA Candidate at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute. A 2018 Porkbelly Press Micro Chapbook Series finalist and 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in The Rising Phoenix Review, Rambutan Literary, Ricepaper Magazine, Bombus Press, Vagabond City Literary Journal, and Hypertrophic Literary, among others. She is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Wildfire Heart (The Poetry Annals, 2018).