Unshod and pregnant. With bees.

1186285_510450712381115_934937446_nOh, you guys. This issue. The photography, the poetry, the prose. The cover art. The beauty of it all!

The long-awaited Issue 8 of Unshod Quills is live and online now, and it’s a wonderful, sweet, buzzing literary creature.

Since we’ve switched to a focus on poetry, our ranks of gorgeous poets have swelled beyond my capacity to list them all here. But do keep an eye out for our featured poets Karen Greenbaum-Maya and AK Mimi Allin, as well as my friends Amy Temple Harper, James H. DuncanMolly Gaudry, and Monica Storss.

But don’t worry — we still know some damn fine prose writers, including our featured writers Josh Fernandez and Anna Fonte, as well as my powerhouse prose pals Domi J. ShoemakerJenny Forrester, and Justin Lawrence Daugherty.

And then there’s the artwork. We love artwork, especially photography and video, and we’ve got some beauties in this issue, including featured work by W.M. Butler and Mickael Jou.

honeyAnd our cover art.

Oh Casey Weldon, is there anything you can’t do?

I’ve loved Casey Weldon since before I ran his work on a Jersey Devil Press cover last year, and he’s been eating up the internet this past month with his unnerving but beautiful Meow Brow exhibit. But the first painting of his I ever saw was our cover image, “If You’re Out There Getting Honey, Then Don’t Go Killing All The Bees,” when UQ editor Dena Rash Guzman found it a while ago and started preaching the glory that is Casey Weldon. I’ve been a disciple ever since. So I feel extraordinarily fortunate that we’ve got him as our cover artist this issue. And if you like the bee painting, check out our feature page on Weldon for an interview and more of his work.

But not before you finish reading Issue 8 of Unshod Quills. There’s art to be consumed, freely given, us to you. Dive in and coat yourselves with it.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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