Literary Journal “Don’t Talk to Me About Love” Launches Inaugural Issue


Don’t Talk to Me About Love, a new online literary journal, is encouraging readers, writers, and artists to do quite the opposite — “to explore contemporary ideas about love in all its myriad expressions (romantic and platonic), in prose, poetry, and visual art.”

This online community is the brainchild of  literary agent Sam Hiyate of The Rights Factory, executive editor Diane Terrana, and writer Alexandra Risen (Unearthed; forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Penguin Canada). The project’s founders describe it as a site “that explores love through literature and art. It is the preeminent online community of people reading, writing and thinking About Love, publishing and promoting new and original works.”

Launched yesterday, the inaugural issue features new fiction by bestselling author David Gilmour, nonfiction by Kera Yonker, poetry by Linda Rui Feng, and an illustration by Heidi Berton. The site is also serializing a novel: Irresistible by Margot Berwin. Each issue will offer up an interview, Talk to Me, reminiscent of the well-known Proust Questionnaire. First in the hot seat — or rather, the love seat — is Sam Hiyate himself.

“Why love?” the site’s introduction asks.

“If it’s not what moves planets, fires stars and rotates galaxies; it should be.

“Is love a limbic function, madness or the ultimate truth? Life’s elixir? Maybe not: “Love is never any better than the lover,” says Toni Morrison. Matt Haig thinks love compensates for mortality. Emily Dickinson calls it immortality. As usual, Emily gets the last word.

“What do you think? Feel? Send us your stories, personal essays, poems or original artwork and let us know!”

Don’t Talk to Me About Love is now accepting submissions.

It’s also running its first writing contest, open for entries between now and (of course!) Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016. Check out the contest rules here.

Subscribe for free to be notified of future issues. You can follow Don’t Talk to Me About Love on Facebook and Twitter (@talk2meboutlove) too.

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