Dear Readers and Authors,
Truancy Magazine began as a small microzine project in-between issues of Delinquent’s Spice but wound up surpassing that earlier project in terms of readership and acclaim for the stories published.
As always, this remains a non-profit venue for retold and revised traditional narratives: folktales, fairytales, legends, and myth. I am looking for strong voices and unusual narratives. Don’t be overly worried about what point-of-view you use: as a literary scholar I am trained in narrative structures, stylistics and narratology and I adore all the different narrative forms and the potential those forms hold for storytelling. I also distrust hegemonic influences over the myriad ways in which stories can be shaped and conveyed across cultures and across borders. Bring it on, give me your voice!
I am particularly fond of classical and mythic kinds of narratives; you need not be worried about your prose being too literary in this venue as I adore fiction that sets my synapses on fire. I believe these traditional narratives strike at the heart of who we are: whether we reside in countries of origin, are from the diaspora, are hybrid, or are indigenous. I hope Truancy will continue being a venue for these voices and I hope it inspires you to write your own retellings that breathe fresh life into old tales, and I hope it inspires you to make your own traditions that will live on in myriad forms.
Nin Harris, PhD
2 May, 2018.