FIYAH #16: Joy
The stories in this themed issue of FIYAH literary magazine that made me cry but in a good, sweet way: "Ambrosia" by Margaret Saunders and "Paid in Full" by Sarah A. Macklin.
"That Which Smells Bad" by Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga made me laugh. "Interstate Africana" by WC Dunlap is poetic and aspirational. "Silver Door Diner" by Bishop Garrison filled me with so much hope.
One thing that stood out to me about this issue of FIYAH is the way most of these stories challenge modern Western conventions around conflict, plot obstacles, and/or active protagonists. You can really see how content and form are intertwined, and how Western storytelling conventions can mean that a "good" or "real" story will struggle to be a joyful one. I think the choice of the theme for this issue was brilliant; it feels innovative and fresh and, well, joyful.