by Alina Stefanescu


bio #3, stefanescu

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “fondles”?

“fondles” came together in one night as I was inspired by the discovery of triptychs in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Originally, the text had been part of a novel in its 4th draft version and I wasn’t sure whether to keep this section. When I saw the triptychs and explored them, I imagined an Eastern Orthodox icon in triptych — where the eye is always drawn to the center panel first and then to other two, in response, as it were. We have a wood triptych in our living room and the more I stared at the triptych, the more the fondles came to mind. Honestly, I think there are times when you have an idea you are trying to force into the wrong form and when you are presented with the “right” form, it’s an a-ha moment. A very happy, well-lit, house-warming sort of moment.


Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.

New titles available from Robert McBrearty and Tori Bond.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now CLOSED. Check out our new category triptychs! The submission period next opens March 15, 2020; submit here.


02/17 • Madison Frazier
02/19 • Gail Geopfert
02/20 • Maureen Alsop (8 of 12)
02/24 • Kenneth Pobo
02/26 • Miranda Campbell
02/27 • Maureen Alsop (9 of 12)
03/04 • John Meyers
03/05 • Maureen Alsop (10 of 12)
03/09 • Grant Faulkner
03/11 • Maureen Alsop
03/12 • Maureen Alsop (11 of 12)
03/16 • Tara Laskowski
03/05 • Maureen Alsop (12 of 12)
03/23 • Kim Chinquee
03/25 • Lucinda Kempe