These are times that call for action and collaborative effort. It has been a year of melancholy, and we are left to unravel the celebrations through creases. This year has made our collective consciousness realize how the economy is broken, how worth is often measured by notions of productivity than an intangible offering, and the need for systemic change. We create and publish Parentheses Journal because literature is radical in a multitude of ways. Ursula K. Le Guin observed, “The exercise of imagination is dangerous to those who profit from the way things are because it has the power to show that the way things are is not permanent, not universal, not necessary.”
Our editorial team moved to Canada early this year. We have been putting together each issue amid the uncertainty that is brought by these times, but with a steady gaze towards joy. This year marks our tenth issue, which is vital for our commitment to arts and humanities. As we publish every issue, we strive to incorporate a space of creative harness, and to abolish literary gatekeeping. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that reads, submits, and contributes to our publication.
We embark to incorporate changes to our publication schedule from now on, and are now a biannual publication. We hope that as this year comes to an end, you hold something holy within your palm and that it becomes a source of delight for you. We welcome your feedback and thoughts.