Welcome to the Creative Non-Fiction section of Mason’s Road.
This second issue of Mason’s Road brings us settings as tangible and everyday as the space “Under the Table” or as conceptual as “Fallow Fields.” We zoom in on the space of the captions below photographs, peruse letters written but left unsent, stand at a specific spot and turn our gaze toward an indelible memory.
What all the pieces in this section share is meaningful attention to the evocative specifics of setting — a place or a moment when something happens (or does not happen).
The theme of this second edition is fitting, we think, for a literary journal named for a singular place and inspired by a specific time — the earliest residencies of Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing on Enders Island at the end of Mason’s Road. A particular magic takes place there: writers come together to share the sometimes joyful, sometimes arduous journey of the work of our craft.
Another particular kind of magic occurred during the process of gathering the pieces that appear here. Some were obviously “right” — full of images designed to ground the reader immediately and exactly. Others insisted, from the first line to the last, that we stand still and pay complete attention. Still other pieces lodged in our minds with an elusive “something” that drew us back to them again and then again.
We hope that you find these five pieces as compelling as we did.
Elizabeth Hilts & Ioanna Opidee
Creative Non-Fiction Co-Editors