The fourth annual issue of the Franco-American literary journal, Résonance, is live now, and with this issue, the journal introduces a sleek new look that makes it easier to navigate and enjoy. This is the first issue to which I’ve contributed as Drama & Book Review Editor, and I’m so proud of the reviews we have to offer, covering a wide variety of writers, representing a bunch of different Franco-American communities.
This issue includes our first review of fiction, offered by Maine novelist Ron Currie, who has some interesting things to say about My Mother’s House, by Haitian-American novelist Francesca Momplaisir. In non-fiction, we cover a rare first-person narrative by an early French settler; a history of women in the fur-trading outpost of Detroit; and an exposé on the true origins of Boston baked beans. For poetry, we review migraré, a collection by former Louisiana poet laureate Darrell Bourque that also includes visual artwork by Bill Gingles. And we expand our coverage of media other than books with David Vermette’s review of Mèmére’s Notebook, a songbook and 2-CD collection by Maine Acadian musician Robert Sylvain’s of his grandmother’s favorite kitchen party tunes, and Erin Trahan’s review of Le Carrefour/The Intersection, a short-form documentary film out of Maine.
And that’s just the reviews! There’s also some beautiful original poetry, fiction, interviews, and visual art for you to enjoy. I’m excited for you to read this issue. And submissions for Issue 5 are open now! Join us.