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Fairy Tale Review

The Ochre Issue #12

Edited by Kate Bernheimer

Fairy-Tale Studies

Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9780814342893

Ochre is the color of our earliest stories. It is the color we chose when we wanted to make paintings on the walls of caves, in places that never did learn the name of sunlight. By the grace of small fires we etched in ochre; we coughed at the smoke in a confined area but also the absurdity of things we would later call warmth and light and home. Ochre was the color that permeated our lives, slipped into our fingernails, found its way onto all our clothes, our bedspreads, and the skins of lovers. There is evidence of ochre in caves dating back twenty centuries BC: horses and bison and traces of human hands. The places we have touched, tried to remember. Our tongues made middens of ochre even when we couldn’t see. If fairy tales are a language, as Kate Bernheimer argues, then...ochre is the color in which that language must be written.

Kate Bernheimer has been called "one of the living masters of the fairy tale" (Tin House). She is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches fairy tales and creative writing.

Contributors Include:
Courtney Bird, Caroline Cabrera, Christopher Citro, Jaydn Dewald, Zachary Doss, Jaclyn Dwyer, Rachel Edelman, Rachel Contreni Flynn, Kristen Gleason, Rodney Gomez, Karen Green, Laura Grothaus, Kelsie Hahn, Carlea Holl-Jensen, Coop Lee, Muriel Leung, Lindsay Lusby, Carmen Maria Machado, Rebecca Macijeski, Christopher Nelson, Marta Pelrine-Bacon, Rebecca Perea-Kane, Aimee Pokwatka, Rachel Richardson, Broc Rossell, Jasmine Sawers, Cecily Schuler, Ira Sukrungruang, Kim Welliver, Gabrielle Williams, Allyson Young