by Joshua Diamond, Nonfiction Co-Editor
Hello Sycamore fans. My Name is (what?) Josh Diamond. I was born in Akron, Ohio. My Akron stays home on the weekends. Rubber Capitol of the world, but she don’t make tires no more. The Goodyear Blimp used to live here. So did I. I studied English, Sociology, and Writing at nearby Kent State University, and edited the Stark Campus literary journal Canto. While at Kent I met Cindy Kelly, Editor and founder of Amsterdam Press, and worked as her Fiction Editor at Plain Spoke, a quarterly literary magazine project. I also repaired guitars for a living. Now I live in Lafayette, Indiana and am pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Purdue University.
Nonfiction is sort of the red-headed stepchild genre. Instead of trying to change that, I embrace it. Sycamore only has room for one or two pieces of creative nonfiction per issue, so I’m looking for the reddest-headed, most freckled, pasty kid on the block. I’d also like to widen our aesthetic lens to consider hybrid/lyric essays alongside more traditional forms—the personal essay, experimental journalism, and the memoiresque (see Chuck Carlisle’s recent essay at Pleides as a wonderful example of the form). See our submission guidelines for my aesthetic statement.