Editor’s Showcase

Welcome to our Editor’s Showcase page where members of the Janus Literary team, both editors and readers, will feature work of writers, poets, artists, and photographers whom they respect and admire.

2022 Showcase

All pieces for our Summer 2022 Showcase have been selected by our editor-in-chief, Janice Leagra.

JULY 2022

Three Poems: Once We Were Kids, Moving Fear of Staying, Growl – Sage Ravenwood

JUNE 2022

Seed of a Rainbow and A Fable of Two Halves – David Luntz

After Dad Fell Down to Earth And Mom Deflated & As a kid, I thought Canada was the place you went when you died – Rosie Garland and Meg Pokrass

On Amoxicillin – Adrian Dallas Frandle

It is May and I am still waiting and After picking you up from the house I grew up in – Lindsey Heatherly

The Psychic Plays Dress-Up – Chelsea Stickle


2021 Showcase

Pieces for our Summer 2021 Showcase have been selected by various members of our editorial team.

JUNE 2021

Between the Nail and the Skin – Hema Nataraju (selected by Janus Literary reader, Myna Chang)

Our Last Night – Travis Cravey (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in Chief, Janice Leagra)

So That Light Carries Through – Chris Panatier (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in Chief, Janice Leagra)

Lessons in Alchemy, Name Your Poison, Behold, the Universal Uterus – Seanín Hughes (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

Between Two Mouths, Harm, The Kiss of Judas – Lisa DeCastro (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

JULY 2021

The Red Dress – Gina Harlow (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sara Siddiqui)

That Doggie in the Window – Stephanie Austin (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)

Violently Bashful – Melanie Tomkins (selected by Janus Literary editor, Ian O’Brien)

A Percussion of Bones – Victoria Buitron (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

So Much In Between – Ellen Weeren (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sara Siddiqui)

You Can’t Always Get What You Don’t Even Want – Cheryl Markosky (selected by Janus Literary editor, Jan Kaneen)

Insolubles – Ali McGrane (selected by Janus Literary editor, Jan Kaneen)

Photography by Rudri Patel – (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)

Alien in the Garden – Gillian Walker (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)

Bee Costume – Dan Sanders (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

Three Months Old Today, Coloring with My Daughter…, and Foundation – Brian Wallace Baker (selected by Janus Literary editor, Ian O’Brien)

Sommelier 2020 – Stephen Smythe (selected by Janus Literary editor, Ian O’Brien)

If You Were the Last Man on Earth – Dara Thomas Higgins (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

A Heart That Does Not Beat and You Will Never Need to Walk Again – Yunya Yang (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)

AUGUST 2021

I Want To Write About the Moon – Shiksha Dheda (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)

Journeys – Leanne Ncube (selected by Janus Literary editor, Ian O’Brien)

The Kindest Way and Heat – Jonny Rodgers (selected by Janus Literary editor, Ian O’Brien)

The Devil You Know (TW: Abuse) – Ariel M. Goldenthal (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sara Siddiqui)

Lorna – Johannah Simon (selected by Janus Literary reader, Myna Chang)

Do You Remember the Secret We Share – Jaya Wagle (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)

How to Tame a Sea Parrot – Rachael Smart and David Smith (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

The Grapevine – Marcy Dilworth (selected by Janus Literary editor Sara Siddiqui)

Toxic and You are Music – Melinda Smith (selected by Janus Literary Editor-in-Chief, Janice Leagra)

Foreign – Lisa Ferranti (selected by Janus Literary editor, Sudha Balagopal)