Dante's Heart offers an online venue for established and new
writers and artists to share creative work that explores how myth and
fairy tale define and are defined by the human experience(s). We
want to celebrate the shock, wonder, bewilderment, suffering, and
enchantment of myth, of the fantastic; we want to hear about rivers
running with wine and ghosts jumping the Mississippi on motorcycles.
We're concerned with the neglect of myth, with the blindness of a
culture determined by myths it hasn't thought about; we demand (beg,
entreat, scream) that myths be thought about, made and remade,
handled with a delicate & angry/sad/ desperate/joyous exuberance.
Dante's Heart has no investment in being either traditional or
avant-garde, in genre or trans-genre, academic or popular; our whole
commitment is to discovery, to surprise or be surprised.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND IN DANTE'S HEART
Welcome. Come in, sit by the fire, put up your boots, rest from the
Dante's Heart is designed as a venue. Here you are in the main room
of our inn, where storytellers, poets, film-makers, artists, musicians,
reviewers, and essayist share in the delight and wonder of each
other's work. Dante's Heart publishes an issue in our online journal
celebrating the creations of our mythworkers on roughly a yearly
basis. You might find poetry there, paintings, a film featurette, a
If you glance over by the wine rack, you'll see our bookshelf. Current
titles include Lilith (Christine Emmert; April 2011) and the series
Zombie Bible (Stant Litore).
On occasion, our editors publish interviews with artists and writers, so
that you can listen in on a closer chat with some of the rising stars in
our community of mythworkers. Elsewhere, in that shaded corner by
the chimney, our editors spin their own stories, serializing their editor
bios in short installments. Their bios do not list their credentials or
state dryly where they live. Instead, Andrew's bio tells the parodic tale
of his transformation into a dragon; Jessica's captures scenes from a
dryad photographer's work in her forest; Daniel's, cantos in an epic
quest. Come in and take a read, and you will get to know our editors
better. They are kind and vigorous people. You will like them.
Please take your time visiting us and enjoying all that you find here at
our inn. Our staff can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.