It’s heeeere! You’re looking at Power Paola’s stunning cover art for the forthcoming issue of The Lifted Brow, ready to tip a rainbow over us all on September 2nd.
Issue 43 is seriously and lovingly jam-packed. As always it features a tremendous collection of essays, fiction, translations, commentary, criticism, poetry, and so many pages of comics and illustrated work.
Issue 43 also debuts two huge prize-winning pieces: the 2019 winner of The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction, and the winner of the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize. Lucky subscribers will be the first to read these two remarkable pieces ahead of the official September 2nd release date. If you’re not a subscriber, it’s not too late!
Here’s everything you’ll find in your copy of Issue 43:
the winning piece from our 2019 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction;
the winning piece from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize;
Alison Whittaker and Nayuka Gorrie talk literary prizes and the responsibility of being black writers;
Jordy Rosenberg in conversation with Stella Maynard and Eilish Fitzpatrick about Confessions of the Fox, the history of trans surveillance, and the pleasure of being read to;
Ana Maria Gomides considers race, queerness, and personal histories through the careful lens of seeing and being seen;
Maddee Clark discusses architecture and urban spaces in the context of First Nations sovereignty;
memoir by Sydnye Allen about Albury–Wodonga, casual racism and our concepts of borders;
Paula Abul on queer desire, race, and the joy of drag king performance;
brand new realist fiction from Sam Pink that follows the mundane duties and acerbic conversations of a caterer at a wedding, revealing the unexpected beauty in our most trivial and consequential moments;
vinegary short fiction by Victoria Manifold that delights in its insalubrity;
arresting fiction from Aude, translated by Cristy Stiles, on the pursuit of silence;
new poetry from Saaro Umar, Eunice Andrada and Elyas Alavi;
columns: Antonia Pont’s ‘Thinking Feeling’ column about the ethics of the trigger and how to deal with triggeredness, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column about the solidarity to be found the Whyalla steel industry and the wonders of the cuttlefish, Aimee Knight explores the traumatic heart of dark tourism in her 'Pop Culture' column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny’s ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column;
a special ‘By Numbers’ feature using numerical data to investigate pet ownership in Australia;
and new comics and visual art by Miles Howard-Wilks, Margot Ferrick, Han Teng, Antoine Orand, Matty Kaye, Thu Tran, Rebecca Scibilia, Arts Project Australia, Haein Kim, Nadia Ingrid, Casey Jarman, Ilana Bodenstein, Meg O'Shea, April Phillips, Lizzie Nagy, and Shae San Sim.
Hooly dooly, it’s a big one!
This issue is in officially on shop shelves and counters from September 2nd – including at some of our favourite stockists. If you want to get your copy before it hits stores then make sure you are subscribed, or you can pre-order just Issue 43 now.