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Silk Road is renowned for its diverse content, exploration of various rich themes, and overall accessibility. Forget spending hours perusing news articles in an unsuccessful attempt to become cultured; everybody could use a little diversity in their life, and Silk Road is the perfect starting point.

So, why should you get a subscription to Silk Road?

If for no other reason, consider the sheer diverse nature of the Silk Road literary magazine. Genres include poetry, fiction, interviews, and nonfiction. This content is written and submitted by a myriad of prolific writers and international talent. Each submission that we publish is selected because of its rich intellectual wealth and all-around insightful nature.

An edition of Silk Road is its own cultural experience, winding its way through colorful mediums of expression. You can immerse yourself in powerful short stories, or detailed nonfiction accounts of day to day life. Writers often reveal the timelessness and nuances of their respective cultures through their writing style and subject matter; the contributors chosen for Silk Road are no exception to this rule.

For each issue of Silk Road, we carefully work our way through dozens of submissions to choose the perfect aesthetic and curate the best work, with the theme of the current issue and a high standard of quality in mind. Our end goal is always excellence in regard to both content and its appeal, which is why we strive to bring you handpicked examples of authors’ finest writing.



The creative potential and rich appeal inherent in these stories is the backbone of this magazine; however, Silk Road’s greatest strength lies in its organic cultural insights. There is no doubt that the sociology and anthropology of one’s culture are best expressed through art and writing, and Silk Road takes the best examples thereof in order to paint an accurate, down-to-earth portrait of life. Similarly, its structure and fluid transitions between mediums of expression keeps the reader informed, entertained, and engaged all at once.

Not only is Silk Road entertaining, but it also has great potential to be used as teaching device. Envision a scenario in which the aged methodology inherent in teaching introductory sections of areas such as sociology or anthropology is challenged by the literary magazine’s riveting content and overall readability; such a scenario is completely reasonable and accessible. We believe that the best way into a culture is through its stories, and Silk Road provides a rich cultural image through detailed and expansive written works.

We look forward to sharing our selected works with you in hopes of furthering your cultural awareness.

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By: Jack Lloyd



Silk Road Vol 7.2

Silk Road  Vol 7.2

Check out our 7.2 issue of Silk Road with cover art by Irish painter, Josie Gray. Along with painting, Gray has also written a collaborative work with Tess Gallagher titled, “Barnacle Soup and Other Stories from the West of Ireland”.

Issue 7.2 brings together the work of 21 authors.

“Years ago when I realized why I wanted a boyfriend (for warmth), I started viewing men as jackets. In a hug, I tried them on. How does this feel, I asked myself, moving my hands up and down their backs. Sometimes they thought I was trying to steal their wallets, but I didn’t know how to explain myself.” –Meg Thompson

Our first chapters section includes the opening pages from Lesley Heiser’s upcoming novel The Girl in a Tree. In “All you Really Need Is a Light Jacket”, Meg Thompson entwines the lives and habits of animals and humans. The New Millennium Writings prize winner Vic Sizemore depicts characters struggling to teach their children to live a life of non-violence in a violent world in his short story, “Squirrel Gun”.

In our interview with author Deborah Reed, the author talks about how balances multiple genres as well as her path to becoming an author.

6.2: Summer-Fall 2011 Issue of Silk Road Review

32 Writers from Around the World. Cover art from painter Anna Stump’s Pacific Rim series

Silk Road Issue 6.2 (Summer-Fall,2011) brings together 32 writers from around the world.

This issue features pieces like Ani Gjika’s farewell to India, Sarah Lin’s complex tribute to dumplings in Taiwan, and Katherine Mauerer’s reflection on a moment of arrival in Iraq.

Turkish Poet Ahmet Uysal says to us a “breeze sings to me in all languages at once.”

John Ashford gives a subtle portrait of a young student in Botswana, and Bridget Booher maps the marks on her own body.

Steve Edward’s prize winning flash fiction “A Writer’s Story” opens our most intense issue yet. How do writers grapple with memory in order to reach a truth?

In an interview, novelist and humanitarian Masha Hamilton discusses the way in which difficult questions drive her both artistically and physically into places others fear to tread.

More info on the writers in this issue, excerpts and ordering at the link