Curated by Andria Alefhi Contributors: Dave Cole, Will Crain, Ero Gray, Joseph Grey, Raymond Luczak, Margarita Shalina New York City, April 2015 44 pages, stapled
Issue 12 of "We'll Never Have Paris" (WNHP) is a treasure. The zine is curated by Andria Alefhi out of Manhattan and bills itself as "the only literary journal of nonfiction memoir that looks and feels like a zine." Alefhi has been publishing narrative nonfiction in WNHP since 2007, with a different theme for each issue (including "home," "rejection," "we are all telling the truth," and "fiction once removed"). This issue contains six tiny stories about leaving New York City. Each one captures the seductive power of The City That Never Sleeps—as well as the various reasons New Yorkers eventually move on. The zine is simple text with a beautifully illustrated cover (this one by Enrico Miguel Thomas). In the opening story, contributor Will Crain captures the spirit of WNHP issue 12 perfectly:
"I suspect a lot of us are doing geographics. We think of ourselves as bold pioneers, but really we let ourselves be pulled here and there by school, work, love, or some combination of the three, hoping that somewhere else we'll be different."
WNHP issue 14 is open for submissions through December 15th. The theme for 2017 is "away" (whatever that means to you). Visit http://www.wellneverhavepariszine.com/events.html for submission details.