Finally feeling writerly again with a new story included in Kartika Review, Issue #17

2017 has been difficult so far, along with the daily grind of prepping for three classes, grading endless waves of paper and the added dimension of changing diapers, reading Amelia Bedelia for the fifth or sixth time before bed, and waking to croup at three in the morning, our family has also faced the loss of dear family and friends, who departed this world earlier in the year. Its hard to feel writerly with so much going on, and I wasn’t sure I would ever see my name in print anytime soon, but some how a story I worked on lifetimes ago finally gets to see the light of day.

Years in the making–long before I ever thought I could ever be expecting myself–I came across a news story about police cracking down on a birth center east of Los Angeles. I remember telling dear friend and writer Wesley Gibson how I was interested in writing a short story about this birth center, and I remember how he encouraged me to pursue the story. Wesley could always make me laugh. He was a walking, talking martini, and I will miss him for all my days. Thanks to Wesley, I was able to jump down the rabbit hole that is “The Expectant” and so I’ve dedicated the story to him, which is now featured in Kartika Review, Issue #17.

I don’t think I could have found a better home for this piece, and I am so honored to have my work included in this issue, which also features an interview with the great Vanessa Hua, commentary on APIA Writing by Barbara Jane Reyes and Craig Santos Perez along with work from other literary talents. See more info below.

Please check out the newly launched Kartika Review, Issue #17 and consider passing along this good read to friends, family, students, and other literary lovers. And, thanks always for the support!

To read “The Expectant” click here.


Issue Release Announcement

Kartika Review, Issue 17, Spring 2017

We’re happy to announce the publication of Kartika Review’s Issue 17, featuring poetry by Yuan Changming, Anthony Tao, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, and Seo-Young Chu; fiction by Kimarlee Nguyen, Anna Dong, and Rashaan Alexis Meneses; creative nonfiction by Victoria Wong, Sandra Mizumoto Posey, Hana Chittenden Maruyama, and Kristiana Kahakauwila; APIA Writingscape commentary by Craig Santos Perez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Kao Kalia Yang, Rajiv Mohabir, and Lehua M. Taitano; and an author interview with Vanessa Hua.

Table of Contents



·      “Anagrammed Variations of the American Dream,” Yuan Changming

·      “Things That Taste Like Purple,” Anthony Tao

·      “God on Display,” Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

·      “Man on Display,” Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

·      “M’어머니,” Seo-Young Chu


·      “This Is a Story We All Know,” Kimarlee Nguyen

·      “Little Sister Lin,” Anna Dong

·      “The Expectant,” Rashaan Alexis Meneses

Creative Nonfiction

·      “Burnt,” Victoria Wong

·      “Why Japanese Persimmons Are Hard,” Sandra Mizumoto Posey

·      “Fear Itself,” Hana Chittenden Maruyama

·      “Let Us Be Antibodies,” Kristiana Kahakauwila

APIA Writingscape

·      APIA Writers on Today’s Political Climate (Featuring the voices of Craig Santos Perez, Barbara Jane Reyes, Kao Kalia Yang, Rajiv Mohabir, and Lehua M. Taitano)

·      Author Interview With Vanessa Hua

Back Matter

·      Contributor Bios

·      Submission Guidelines

·      About Kartika Review



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