Greetings, readers, and welcome to the much-awaited (and awaited and awaited) 2017 issue of The Fieldstone Review. 2017 presented us with some unique challenges, but as always, our contributors have provided us with a rich and fruitful set of submissions that we are delighted to include in Issue 10.
Family, in its many forms, seems to be a binding theme of this year’s works, and our entries invite readers to ponder its varied and complex meanings. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Fieldstone family, especially our editors Jillian Baker (Fiction), Kayla McCutcheon (Non-Fiction), and Shakti Brazier-Tompkins (Copy Editor) for their tireless dedication. Special mention goes to our current web co-editors and upgraders of the website, Tristan Taylor and Kyle Dase for their enthusiasm and vision. And we mustn’t forget the wonderful team of readers: Elyn Achtymichuk-Hardy, Shakti Brazier-Tompkins, Tara Chambers, Kyle Dase, Mark Doerksen, Rob Imes, Liz Miller, Geoff Pevlin, Siarra Riehl, Tristan Taylor, Rhonda West, Andrew Wiebe, Renée Wiebe, Martin Winquist. Thank you all, you beautiful people, for your work in getting this issue out!
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge everyone who submitted to this year’s issue, particularly those whose work is appearing here (Bertrand Bickersteth, Michelle Brown, Hejsa Christensen, Holly Day, Myrna Garanis, Trudy Grienauer, R. McCraw Helms, Naomi Lakritz, Rachel Laverdiere, Kyra MacFarlane, Douglas W. Milliken, Valerie Mills-Milde, Nicholas Olson, Nathan TeBokkel, James W. Wood, Amos Wright), who have courageously put their writing out into the world, and who have patiently waited to see their work on this site. We appreciate you.