We live in the information age, and certainly there is no shortage of news. We text, email, post, like, share, comment, and tweet everything from news articles to trending hashtags (@PetiteHound,  #singlepoemissues, etc.)But what inspires us to share? 


According to Jonah Berger, the author of a study published in Psychological Science, our desire to share may be driven by emotion and our need to connect on a more profound level. Simply put, evoking certain emotions prompts our desire to share because we want to feel connected.


Ironically, the intensity with which we interact online and on social media, and the compulsion with which many of us check our phones, may point to a universal feeling of isolation brought on by the same technology we believe connects us. 


This is precisely why we love poetry readings. They bring us together and inspire us to connect in genuine ways. Earlier this month we had the pleasure of co-hosting a collaborative event with Helen: A Literary Magazine at The Writer’s Block in Las Vegas. We were beyond thrilled with the turnout, and we were delighted to have the opportunity to hear some of our forthcoming contributors read their work.  


We love technology, and being a small press with a very social little blue dog to manage, we inevitably rely on it in many ways. But there is undoubtedly no replacement for human interaction.




Welcome to ISSUE 24 of Petite Hound Press, which conjures a simpler time when news was hand-delivered by your local paper boy

and stories were shared verbally around the kitchen table.




POET Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor, 2011) and Love Poems ( Kelsay Books, 2014). His work was described by the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them."  Creator of The Meaning Of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project, he is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. Read Charles Bane's latest, The Ascent Of Feminist Poetry, at >> SLICKLITMAGAZINEDOTCOM <<

PHOTOGRAPHER Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His fiction has appeared in a number of publications including Stone Voices, The Southern Review, Columbia, New England Review, New Orleans Review and Glimmer Train. He conducts private writing workshops in Houston. His photographs have appeared in many journals, with photo essays published in Glasgow Review, Public Republic, Deep South, Shadowgraph, and Narrative Magazine, among others. His photographs can be seen in his >> GALLERY << 




Editors' Note Reference:

Association for Psychological Science. (2011, June 28.) Why Do We Share Stories, News, and Information With Others? Retrieved from http://highexistence.com/the-nature-of-duality/


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