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Killing the Angel

Inaugural issue of Killing the Angel

My hat goes off to Jessica Rosevear, editor and publisher of the literary journal Killing the Angel, on the release of the third annual issue. Jessica started KTA two years ago during what continues to be a tough time for print lit journals—many are folding while others are going online, so Jessica not only bucked the tide but is continuing to swim upstream.

The content of the journal is a mix of fiction, personal essays and poems, not about Virginia Woolf but in her spirit. KTA states its goal as: “to celebrate writing that evokes response, be it joy, contemplation, sadness, inspiration, or otherwise.” Each issue explains the term “killing the angel” and offers its homage to Woolf.

The journal is available in just two physical locations, Womrath’s, a Tenafly New Jersey bookstore, and Shakespeare and Company in Paris—should you happen to be near either—or it can be ordered online.

And I guess this is where I add a disclaimer: my own essay about family and food, “Catch of the Day,” is included in this issue.

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Killing the Angel, “a literary experience inspired by Virginia Woolf,” will be launching its third annual issue laterKilling the Angel this year.

Under the tender loving care of publisher/editor/Woolfian Jessica Rosevear, KTA has persevered in the competitive and shrinking world of print literary journals. Its claim to fame is being carried by Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, but you can also buy the journal in New Jersey and online!

For the upcoming issue, KTA is holding a flash fiction contest. A call for submissions has gone out for stories with fewer than 500 words. The deadline is April 30.

Here’s a great opportunity for Blogging Woolf readers to exercise their creativity with a chance to see their work in print. Why not have a go at it?

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The literary journal is on sale at Womrath’s Bookstore in Tenafly,  N.J., and several other locations.

With so many print literary journals folding up their tents and going away, I was happy to see that Jessica Rosevear has just published the second issue of Killing the Angel.

While the journal is inspired by Virginia Woolf, it’s not intended to be Woolf focused. But as in the first issue, announced here last October, it includes a couple of pieces that are directly related–and what better home for them? A poem by John DeLaurentis, “Call of the Woolf,” begins:

“What did you find, Virginia?
You searched like a woman on fire
through your father’s library,
looking for words to dance
off the gilded pages …”

I particularly enjoyed Emily Burns Morgan’s provocative essay, “Moments of Being: The (Buddhist) Philosophy of Virginia Woolf.” While Woolf was not believed to be influenced by Eastern philosophy or religion, Morgan makes an interesting case for similarities in the mindset that speaks of being and non-being, death and rebirth. Orlando, she posits, “might be read as a particularly literal illustration of the idea of reincarnation.” And “moments of being,” the concept itself, can be seen as the Buddhists’ “mindfulness.”

The issue includes a sampling of fiction, essays and poetry by a variety of voices, including oft-published authors and in one case, a very talented high school student. Killing the Angel is available through the website.

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Killing the Angel is a new literary journal, “a literary experiment inspired by Virginia Woolf.” The journal is the love child of its founder, publisher and editor, Jessica Rosevear, who describes herself as “a high school English teacher in New Jersey obsessed with writing and studying Virginia Woolf, promoting creativity, and selling Shakespeare to today’s youth.”

Jessica has proudly given birth to the inaugural issue of Killing the Angel, a satisfying composite of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction. I’m happy to add that my own personal essay is among the contents. “My Space” is not about social networking; rather, in homage to A Room of One’s Own, it’s a search for my own literal and metaphorical room and an overview of fictional treatments of the theme by Alice Munro, Doris Lessing and others. I was delighted to find such a perfect home for this piece in Killing the Angel.

I should add that this is a print journal, and everyone knows what a bold undertaking that is in today’s economic and reading climate, when most new publications are Web-only and even established literary journals are promoting Web content, some of them shifting entirely from print to online. I know I’m not the only one who likes to hold printed materials in my hands, to fondle their covers and feel their silky pages between my fingers, so I’m hoping that this new addition is supported within the Woolfian community. Jessica informs me that Killing the Angel is on sale at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, but for the rest of us, it’s available for purchase online at http://killingtheangelmagazine.wordpress.com/.

Please join me in kudos to Jessica. And New Yorkers please note: there will be a launch party on Dec. 18, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth St.

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