From the Editor

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand,
but we must build as if the sand were stone

Jorge Luis Borges

These are uncertain times for literary journals, and when we gathered as an editorial collective for the first time in spring of 2013 full of passion and good intentions, we were aware of the challenges we’d be facing in starting and sustaining The Humber Literary Review. We were also aware of the enormous opportunity to champion in our own way the beauty and importance of the literary arts.

To say that we have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome and support the HLR has already received from our fellow writers, readers, and literature lovers is an understatement. Many of you have echoed our firmest belief that now more than ever we need to provide such spaces to share the best of our work: our stories, poems, essays, criticism, and visual art.

As we work toward our second issue, proud of the beginning we have made and prepared to continue the hard work, we are optimistic about the future. The range and diversity of talent, new and established, that we have already been privileged to see in our submissions assures us that literature in all its forms is alive and well.

We remain excited and grateful to be a part of it all. We build on stone.


Dana Hansen
Editor in Chief