Following a year-long hiatus—we know you missed us madly—this is our fourth straight issue. We’ve featured a photo essay of weekly motel desk clerks, a memoir of The Beat’s open-mic night, the do’s and don’ts of selling things at a pawnshop, a poem by Harry Fagel and an English professor’s tale of a lesson learned at Johnny Tocco’s boxing gym.
This issue is highlighted by Frank Curreri’s reflections on one year of living downtown, Kayla Miller’s short story “The Second Coming” and photo illustrations by our creative director Ryan Brekke with accompanying flash fiction curated by Jarret Keene, editor of Las Vegas Noir. Not to mention our regular stalwarts, which include The 3rd Degree (Q&A), Outreach Life (stories from the streets), Prose & Cons (urban fiction) and Fabulous Downtown (a historical photo).
If it sounds like we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past few months it’s because we are. But who cares what we think? It’s what you think that matters.
How do you feel about the new Downtown ZEN? Swipe left? Swipe right? What don’t you like? What do you like? What do you want to see more of? Less of? What stories should we pursue? What new writers, photographers and illustrators should we recruit? Did Kayla’s story move you as much as it moved us?
Comment on our website (www.dtzen.com). “Like” the stories and share them on Facebook. Send us a tweet (@DowntownZen), email us, spray-paint it in a downtown alley. (Just kidding. Don’t do that.)
Do anything but ignore us. We can’t reach our potential without your input.