The CLOCKHOUSE Volume Nine submissions period will open on August 15. In the meantime, here's an excerpt from Volume One:
From Mary Johnson's Red Dress (Creative Non-Fiction):
…I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror. I’d never been too pleased with my reflection. The absence of mirrors for twenty years had been a plus as far as I was concerned. During those years as a nun, I’d noticed that some sisters snuck glimpses in a window’s reflection, even though doing so was listed as a fault against modesty. When I’d occasionally caught a peek of myself, the sight had always startled me, as it did when I walked down those elegant stairs in Issey Miyake’s flagship store. Who was that woman gazing back, and what was she doing where she didn’t belong?
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Clockhouse is delighted to be returning after our pandemic-related year-long hiatus. Editorial Director Brenda Beardsley will be extending her time away, and we’re pleased to announce that Ken Damerow will assume the role of Interim Editorial Director until Brenda’s return.
A graduate of Goddard College’s MFAW program, Ken has been an integral part of the Clockhouse team, serving as a long-time fiction and poetry editor. In appointing him as Interim Editorial Director, we know that Ken’s experience, editorial sensibility, and commitment to maintaining Clockhouse’s vision and quality will make him invaluable in leading the Volume Nine editorial team.
When we asked Ken for some initial thoughts about beginning his work on Clockhouse Volume Nine, he returned to the journal’s mission statement:
Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate.
How do we understand our place in the world, our responsibility to each other? CLOCKHOUSE is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life -- a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change.
He then continued,
Our place in the world, our responsibility to the world, our responsibility to each other, have all gone through profound changes. The pandemic seems to be winding down, yet even as we begin to emerge with joy and relief, still we’re left with lingering questions. What just happened? What did it mean? What will this new future bring? How do we continue to arouse our souls in the midst of grief, recovery, and worry? These are our new testing grounds: to struggle with the restlessness and angst, the disquiet and doubt while calling for a joyful and just change, this work, our work-in-progress of life.
We’re not sure if any of these concerns will find their way into the submissions Ken and we will receive during Clockhouse’s reading period – that will be up to you, our potential contributors – but whatever you’re moved to send us, please know it will be carefully considered as we work to reflect that necessary, eclectic, and arousing conversation about our work-in-progress lives.
Our reading period opens on August 15. You’ll find our Submittable link then, at