Letter From the Editor

The arrow of time can only fly in one direction in physics, but the first issue of Lanke Review brings pieces from twenty-two contributors that will, perhaps, make the ticking mechanism hanging upon your wall seem a bit surreal. Welcome to TIME-- our inaugural issue. 

Whether contained in the longevity of a second or the blink of an eternity, time has ways of deceiving us. Issue One brings works of prose, art, and poetry that allow us to explore the past, the present, and the future. In our contributors, we have seen breathing, otherworldly possibilities. We have seen introspective narratives that take us from a distant childhood to an awaited future. We have seen how time can be encompassed in one small moment. At the end of it all, we found ourselves asking-- do these moments span over a mere second or an ocean of time?


We hope you will be able to come to a conclusion of your own.

On behalf of the Lanke family, we would like to thank you, dear reader, for embarking on this journey with us. An eternal thank you to our contributors, everyone who submitted to us, and our cheering community. And always, thank you to Lanke's editorial team and staff, who poured their time and effort into this issue to make it the best it can be.


This issue would not be possible without all of you. Thank you for your support, your patience, and your love.

Together, we will be time travelers. 

Best regards,

M. He

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lanke Review

Hannah Rovska-Strider

i. prose & space

Josiah Ikpe

Zhihui Zou

Caitlin Mah

i. art & memory

Ally Zlatar

Judith Skillman

i. poetry & heart

Abdulmueed Balogun

Ace Boggess

Anoushka Kumar

Dana Blatte

Dynas Johnson

Ellen Huang

Gaia Rajan

Grace Lily Evans

j.t andrews

Julie A. Larick

Nikkita Pandey

Sophia Liu

Trini Rogando

Vera Hadzic

William Pruitt

Youngseo Lee