Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Michelle Greenblatt as Editor
by Steffen Horstmann

As an editor Michelle Greenblatt had a keen eye for poems that are inventive, innovative, original—and under her stewardship Unlikely Stories has become one of the most exciting literary journals of recent times.

Prose poems, sonnets, ghazals, haibuns, visual poems, ekphrastic poems—to name a few—are regularly featured in the pages of Unlikely Stories. Though readers may be attracted to the startling variety of the work offered, it is the display of individual talent that makes this journal so distinctive. Each poem is like a gem of its own kind, and unique even among the other Unlikely poems—which is a testimony to Michelle's brilliance as an editor.

After admiring Unlikely Stories for a number of years, I finally submitted some of my own ghazals in the summer of 2014. I heard from Michelle in a matter of just a few days, and her note was one of gratitude. She was wonderfully engaging as she wrote of her admiration of the ghazal and of her own work with the form. This exchange with Michelle was revealing about her dedication as an editor. She read submissions as they came to her, immediately; and felt honored to receive manuscripts from the many poets who respected her work.

Michelle's untimely death in October has been an enormous loss for the poetry world, and it is a stark truth that she is irreplaceable as an editor. But in the issues of Unlikely Stories Michelle has left us the great example of her work, an ideal toward which to aspire.

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