Excerpt from "Desert Fox by the Sea" by Christine Sloan Stoddard

Excerpt from "Desert Fox by the Sea" by Christine Sloan Stoddard

I tell myself all of this as I arrange and paste until I run out of strands. Then I twist, twirl, and tug yet again with the repetition of wiping a soiled child clean. I patch and paste over and over as my woman takes shape. My woman needs no other subject, no accessories, no objects in the foreground. My woman will hang in a gallery. May the whole city see the desperation in her red eyes.

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Interview With Christine Stoddard (Writer, Editor, Artist & Founder Of Quail Bell Magazine)

Interview With Christine Stoddard (Writer, Editor, Artist & Founder Of Quail Bell Magazine)

I founded Quail Bell as a place to explore the imaginative, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly. Soon after registering the domain name, I began uploading some of my work to the blog. It took about a year and a half before I decided to really involve other people with the project. I flew solo there for a while because I wanted to build the magazine’s foundation, but once I posted on Craigslist and Facebook to solicit submissions, people from all over the world immediately responded, saying they wanted to be a part of it. They connected with the themes and aesthetic. At first, I created a lot of work specifically for Quail Bell, collaborating with other writers and artists to produce photo and video shoots, illustrated stories, poetry series, and more. There’s still some of that and I’d actually like to return to that model, but for the past couple of years, the magazine has mainly published unsolicited submissions.

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