Killing the Angel is a new literary journal, “a literary experiment inspired by Virginia Woolf.” The journal is the love child of its founder, publisher and editor, Jessica Rosevear, who describes herself as “a high school English teacher in New Jersey obsessed with writing and studying Virginia Woolf, promoting creativity, and selling Shakespeare to today’s youth.”
Jessica has proudly given birth to the inaugural issue of Killing the Angel, a satisfying composite of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction. I’m happy to add that my own personal essay is among the contents. “My Space” is not about social networking; rather, in homage to A Room of One’s Own, it’s a search for my own literal and metaphorical room and an overview of fictional treatments of the theme by Alice Munro, Doris Lessing and others. I was delighted to find such a perfect home for this piece in Killing the Angel.
I should add that this is a print journal, and everyone knows what a bold undertaking that is in today’s economic and reading climate, when most new publications are Web-only and even established literary journals are promoting Web content, some of them shifting entirely from print to online. I know I’m not the only one who likes to hold printed materials in my hands, to fondle their covers and feel their silky pages between my fingers, so I’m hoping that this new addition is supported within the Woolfian community. Jessica informs me that Killing the Angel is on sale at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, but for the rest of us, it’s available for purchase online at http://killingtheangelmagazine.wordpress.com/.
Please join me in kudos to Jessica. And New Yorkers please note: there will be a launch party on Dec. 18, 2012, from 7-9 p.m. at the KGB Bar, 85 East Fourth St.