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Below, find a letter of appeal from Jessica Cohen, Epiphany contributor and winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of David Grossman's A Horse Walks Into A Bar.


Dear Epiphany Reader,

We all know there is a sea of good writing out there (among an even larger sea of mediocre writing), and a literary journal’s job is to hand us a few precious, carefully gathered drops of it in each issue. Consider these new and wonderful voices who debuted on the pages of Epiphany: Domingo Martinez, who went on to be a National Book Award finalist; Ruth Serven, who won the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers; and Elena Ferrante (in Anne Goldstein’s translation), whose Neapolitan novels are now an international sensation.

The last example is particularly dear to my heart, because, as a translator, I know how difficult it can be to publish work that is not only by an unknown writer, but by an unknown writer from a foreign country. Epiphany’s editors are committed to finding inventive, original, and most importantly, beautiful writing, and they know that some of it must surely come from languages and cultures other than English. There are not many magazines where you would find a short story or a poem translated from French or Punjabi or Hungarian sitting naturally alongside English-language works. It is this variety, in form and themes, but also in cultural and linguistic realms, that set apart a journal like Epiphany and make it such a vital platform for writers, translators, and above all, for the readers who get to glimpse this range of landscapes twice a year.

Please lend your support so that Epiphany can continue bringing you the world in writing.

Jessica Cohen

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