Litro 113: Double Dutch

Table of Contents

February 2012

Editor’s Letter
Eric Akoto

Short Stories

Judy Darley — “Girls in Windows
Chika Unigwe — “Saving Agu’s Wife
Sanneke van Hassel — “Army Boots”
Milla van der Have — “Before the Flood


Ramsey Nasr — “I wish I was two citizens (then I could live together)

Two prose poems by Nyk de Vries
Translated by David Colmer

Alex Vannini — “Sunset

Litro Winter – Spring 2020: Art & Technology




Art across the globe is being influenced more and more by technology; or is it that we are now catching up with those artists who have used technology in their work for many years. For many artists & writers however the pace of technological change is daunting, even overwhelming, and this form a barrier to innovation, but creatives continue to find remarkable and illuminating ways to engage with new technology, and that’s what this issue of Litro is here to celebrate through short stories, essays, poetry and the visual arts.

Litro 175: Desire




Some of these writers featured in this issue speak of the desires of the body, of the flesh. Some speak more to a body politic or “real” politic. They all, including the poetic writer and translator Lawrence Schimel whose prose sparkles and sears with the heat of eroticsm; Chika Onyenezi who brings us nostalgic longings; Hannah Seidlitz whose melancholic desire sings; and Ingrid Norton who offers us dreamy prose, contribute dutifully and beautifully to this exploration of this most basic and complicated thing we all share: desire. Remember their names as, over time, you’ll want to grab more of their work.

Litro 174: Freedom

How free are we, anyway? How free will we be for how much longer? Philosophically, are we subservient to the laws of physics – is free will an illusion? – politically and socially, can we do what we like, or are we chained by higher powers that would restrict us ever further? This issue is off and about freedom, while we’ve still got it.

Litro 167: Faith & Faithlessness

This edition of Litro Magazine asks the questions what does it mean to have faith? Can we live without faith? But faith in what? Faith in God or the gods, or faith in humanity, in ourselves? (Are these mutually exclusive?) Faith in our country, in our political leaders (surely not)? Faith in love, or (seemingly so often) faith in hate? Or faith in reason, in science; faith in faithlessness?

Litro 173: Comedy

This edition of Litro Magazine aims to bring a little brightness and laughter to dark times and winter months, with an edition of comedy.

Litro 172: Addiction

Seems like everyone’s addicted to something: whether it’s merely caffeine or chocolate or tobacco, or whether it’s alcohol, or drugs from moreish prescription medications to legal highs to illicit substances from the softest weed to the hardest crack or smack…

Litro 171: Summer

For this summery issue of Litro Magazine our call for submissions wasn’t limited to a particular theme – we threw wide our doors for writers’ best work on any subject matter, to let them surprise us – and so the issue that emerges is a bit of a mix, even more so than usual, ranging from the serious to the playful, covering dark matters and silly games.

Litro 170: Back of the Bus

This issue’s theme, “The Back of the Bus”, though fairly open to interpretation – the back of the bus might be where the cool kids sit on the way to school – inevitably calls to mind the American civil rights movement’s struggle against the injustices of racial segregation and one woman’s action to insist on a basic human right. It was only sixty-three years ago, on 1 December 1955, that Rosa Parks made history in Montgomery, Alabama by refusing to give up her seat for a white man and go sit in the segregated area of a bus. Tis act of defiance would change the course of American history and earn her the title “mother of the civil rights movement”.


Within this month’s pages of Litro we have a bit of a mix: stories and essays more directly engaged with race and politics rub shoulders with stuff a bit more oddball. On the one hand, Kate LaDew’s “Jo Ann Robinson” is a creative non-fiction about the life and work of another great civil-rights activist; Paola Trimarco’s essay “The Broadway 36” remembers 1970s bus rides through what King had called “the most segregated city in America”; Rebecca Ruth Gould’s essay “Jim Crow in Jerusalem” explores parallels between racial segregation in modern-day occupied Palestine and Israel and in Jim Crow America; and LaMarr Tomas’s short story “A Harsh Spring Light” is about the pain and humiliation a black high-school senior is made to feel during history lessons about America’s greatest sin.
All these explicitly political pieces sit in comfortable contrast alongside stranger stories like Jonathan Covert’s “We Pick Karen”, an unusual take on office politics, envy and competition, or Elizabeth de la Forêt’s “Don’t Google Me”, in which a fifty-one-year-old woman comes unexpectedly into her heyday. Chris Di Placito’s “Animal Kingdom” follows a guy just released from prison on his bus journey back into freedom– or is it freedom? – and Han Smith’s elliptical “Reproduction Furniture” explores the aftermath of a horrible but everyday encounter on a bus. In a story set in Nigeria, “The Fulani Damsel”, by Jef Unaegbu, the narrator impulsively jumps of the bus and into another culture, to be entranced by it; and, returning to the theme we started at, in an exclusive extract from Michael Nath’s forth-coming novel The Treatment, about a fictionalised version of the Stephen Lawrence murder, a woman police officer goes undercover in a gang of racists.

And for another culture and perspective, our cover and photo series this month is “Life in Kashmir from a bus stop”,
by Lauren Stewart.

Litro 169: South Korea

Cover Artwork: by Zena Holloway


Letter from the Editor Eric Akoto

While a Tibetan Dog Howled by Bae Suah

How to Write Queer Korean Lit: A Manual by Anton Hur

Five Poems by Yi Sang

To the Shore and to life (extract from White Chrysanthemums) by Mary Lynn Bracht

Unidentified Flying Objects by Samantha Kim Rogers

Highly Personalised Superpowers Kangmyoung Chang

Where Are We Now? by Kyung Eun You

South Korea is what North Korea is not, or is it more complex? by Edward Howell

Are You Gonna Keep This UP? by Park Min-gyu

Sea Mothers by Janet Hong

The Little Hedgehog by LP Lee


Litro 168: Translating India

Cover Artwork: by Hari Menon


Letter from the guest Editor Shashi Tharoor

The Rite of Passage by Manasi

The Taste of Onion on his Tongue by Susmita Bhattacharya

Fragments by Anita Goveas

Sabotage by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay

Solapur by Benyamin

The Moles of the Angel by K.R. Meera

Nirvana by Vivek Shanbhag

Litro 166: After Dark

Litro Magazine’s November 2017 issue is filled with stories about what goes on after darkness has fallen, when we think no one’s watching, or after-hours, when everything’s shut. Secrets and shady stuff, illicit activity, or things more magical: the store mannequins come to life, elves appear to do the poor shoemaker’s work (but not the poor writer’s, alas) .. or scarier stuff, too: the vampires and ghouls and zombies and werewolves come out to play, and to eat us all up.

Featuring: Robin Dunn, Viviane Vives, Chinwe O’Brien, Regi Claire, Lucie Britsch, Allyson Fairchild.