Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.
Issue No. 2  Summer 2018
       


Summer Haunts  / Summer Hauntings

Notes from the Editors:​

Something I have always loved is treasure hunting. Not the Indiana Jones-style treasure hunting in the sense of gold and jewels, ancient legends and curses, but the kind of treasure hunting where I find myself on a mountain path and look down and see some un-tumbled crystal or fossil or a feather—suddenly flightless. Sometimes I leave the prize on the path, a place marker, a piece of earth. Other times, I pick it up, and sometimes I give it away. Some of my earliest memories are picking up stones in mountains to show to my family, and some of the most remarkable interactions of my life have been when another has pressed into my hand unexpected treasures like stones or flowers, coins or pages, or even directions to get to a newfound place. It’s happening magic.
 
In a sense that’s how it feels to read through submissions of literature and art. As I read, I often have the same feeling as when I am stopped by found treasure on a path—surprised by gems or seashells. I am so grateful that Manzano Mountain Review allows me the opportunity to share these works with the world.
 
In our second issue, we have doubled the number of publications, and it was mesmeric to see that many are beholden to our theme of Summer Haunts/Summer Hauntings. This is so encouraging for our young journal. Contributors, thank you for entrusting us with your treasures. Readers, thank you for stopping in your path to unearth these gems.
    
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                                                                                                      ~

Issue No. 2 is here. One of something can be a fluke. If you fling enough darts you'll eventually hit one of something. It is meaningful to have two of something. It means you've reached escape velocity. You haven't crashed and burned. Not yet. 

We received much good feedback from our first issue, but we are especially proud of Issue No. 2. Our advertising went far and wide and submissions flooded in.  Very good submissions. So many submissions that we had to reject some very good pieces. But that's a good problem to have.

We're still in a state of becoming, finding our style, our voice, our rhythm. But we're free of gravity's pull, feeling good about what we're doing and where we're going. Our hope is to float around for a while and enjoy the view.

Thanks to all who submitted. Thanks to the writers who entrusted us with their work. Thanks to those who shilled for us on social media. And thanks to you, reader, for reading.

Not to get ahead of ourselves, the theme for Issue No. 3 will be ELEMENTAL, and the Spotlight will focus on New Mexico flash fiction

Until then,  


                                                                                                                                                     Justin Bendell