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Letter from the Editor: During the course of laying out this journal, I imagined myself piecing together pages as a DJ might string together a playlist: the soothing lyric of one song flowing effortlessly into the fierce rhythm of the next. The reality of the final outcome, however, is something entirely different. I’ve endeavored to choose a wide range of ideas and styles for Black Words On White Paper. As the title of the journal suggests, my aim is to provide a blank, public wall where all can share their thoughts through a sort of literary graffiti. There is no theme here, other than the vague thread of the English language, and as such, there is no particular order to their presentation. I’ve attempted to place absurdity next to realism, innocence adjacent to perversion and anger opposite joy. As a result, this isn’t the sort of mix tape that you can dance to without missing a beat; it is full of stops and starts, a staccato blend of pretty phrases and disturbing details. I’ve chosen a sans-serif typeface for the same reason that you won’t find illustrations or photos. The design is minimalist with the intent of presenting these stories and poems to the reader with as little distraction as possible. I’ve even opted to dismiss the byline from the same page on which the poem or fiction resides. Instead, a short bio precedes each writer’s piece(s). I hope you enjoy this first issue of Black Words On White Paper. It has been a great pleasure to read all of the work submitted, and each day I look forward to all of tomorrow’s stories. - Shawn Adams

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Black Words On White Paper is a unique literary journal, publishing poems and flash fiction that fit onto a single page. This is the premier...

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Black Words On White Paper is a unique literary journal, publishing poems and flash fiction that fit onto a single page. This is the premier...

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