We are here

This is our debut issue. Like all first births, there came the unexpected.

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But it’s a tough issue. It survived  ordeals and has arrived bearing gifts.
You can start unwrapping these here.

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Should we tell you anything?

 Alright, we’ll tell you there are fleshy weather systems to Tetris bricks to lips against the screen door, but we won’t steal the surprise from you by shouting them ourselves.

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Our contributors are from all over. These words have seen worlds and aren’t embarrassed to tell you about it.

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There is one thing all the pieces in the newborn ILK Journal know, but our closing poet Wendy Xu is the noisy one who has to say it:

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With more sparkle and pop / is the only way to live.

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