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Letter from the Editors
Aleksandra Hill, Kanika Agrawal, Rowan Morrison, Zhui Ning Chang, Isabella Kestermann, and Sachiko Ragosta

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Coming soon: excerpt of Liar, Dreamer, Thief and an interview with its author, Maria Dong!

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Letter from the Editors: Issue 2.3

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Dear Readers,

This issue comes to you right after some incredible news: we won the 2022 IGNYTE Award for Best Fiction Podcast! This comes on the back of two additional honours: khōréō was a finalist for the 2022 IGNYTE Community Award and long-listed for the Hugo for Best Semiprozine. Thank you so much to everyone who voted  for us after just our first year of publishing. We are so grateful for your enthusiasm and support for our new magazine. Here’s to many more years of publishing and producing immigrant and diaspora stories!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already close to the end of our second volume. In this issue, we’re bringing you stories of loss: of a grandparent (“Unname Me at the Altar” by Ashaye Brown); of a sibling (“All Good Children Come Out and Play” by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez); of identity (“Skin” by Isha Karki); of a husband (“The Storyteller” by Rhea Roy); and of—temporarily—homeland (“This Excessive Use of Pickled Foods” by Leora Spitzer). But these tales are full of magic, and while some are incontrovertible, not every loss is forever or quite what you expect it to be.

The theme of this issue seems particularly fitting since we are also sad to announce that, after two years of incredible work with this magazine, Rowan Morrison will be stepping away as Fiction Editor. He has been truly instrumental in building khōréō into what it is today and it’s hard to imagine the magazine without him; the kindness and empathy with which he approaches every story he champions is unparalleled. 

We recently celebrated our second anniversary of being incorporated, and already the magazine and team have transformed so much. We look forward to growing and evolving with you: we’re always excited to hear from individuals who are interested in joining our team, and we also plan to start a Patreon soon to (hopefully) find an even broader audience. 

With gratitude,

Aleksandra Hill, Kanika Agrawal, and Rowan Morrison

Fiction Editors


  • Aleksandra Hill

    Aleksandra (Ola) is a Polish-Canadian writer of speculative fiction and the founder and editor-in-chief of khōréō magazine. She earned a Ph.D. in computational biology from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at the New School. She is also an alumna of the Odyssey Writers Workshop. She lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter at @_aleksandrahill.

  • Kanika Agrawal

    Kanika Agrawal is a queer Indian writer and mad diasporic hybrid developed across six countries on four continents. As an (im)migrant and former scientist-in-training, she works between and across languages, geographies and disciplines. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, filling Station, FOLDER, Foglifter, Notre Dame Review, SAND, and various SF&F publications. She lives with her toy fox terrier in Denver, CO. You can also find her on Twitter @antiquarkic.

  • Rowan Morrison

    Rowan Morrison is a writer and editor based in Cleveland, Ohio, where he thinks about trauma, trans identities, political wonkery, and storytelling. He is a fiction editor at khōréō magazine and tweets at @timesnew_rowan.

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