Poems for Shō’s first issue were solicited and selected by founding editor Chia Martin. Shortly thereafter she succumbed to a battle with cancer and Johnny Cordova stepped in to oversee production and cover design.
This issue was released in Spring 2002 and consisted of sixty-eight poems by nine poets, as well as a small selection of artwork. The cover art is an original painting by Anna Tredeau. See a full list of contributors here.
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