The Harlequin is a new quarterly literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, interviews and personal essays. In this inaugural issue you’ll find work from both established and emerging writers on either side of the Atlantic, from the perceptive verses of young British poet, Penny Boxall, to the disquieting landscape of one of the American West’s most important writers, William Kittredge.
We begin with four stories by Lydia Davis, whose narrative fragments continue to resonate beyond their brevity, while in poetry we are honoured to include new material by George Szirtes, Jane Draycott, Caleb Klaces and Sara Miller. Neil Bennun maroons his readers in a provoking thought experiment, while in its maiden interview The Harlequin speaks to Jim Shepard about childhood, gun control and the writing process.
We’re excited to be able to present this issue to you, and we hope you enjoy it.