Now in its seventh year, Silk Road: A Literary Crossroads publishes finely crafted fiction, essays, poetry and translations from around the world. For the first time we also include opening chapters of novels-in-process. The two in this issue, by J.K. Wise and Grant Farley, capture the electric first-person narration that hooks a reader and carries a novel. We're delighted and moved to include Annette Berkovitz's nonfiction pieces about her father, an artist and Holocaust survivor. Toshiya Kamei's international translations take us everywhere in time and space; this issue Kamei brings us a Spanish story written in the late 1800s by Vicente Riva Palacio. The short story "To Body To Chicken" is included in Hong Kong based writer Xu Xi's new collection Access: Thirteen Tales. We also feature two intense short stories by Josie Sigler. We’re excited to announce these and other pieces she’s published in Silk Road are included her new collection The Galaxie and Other Rides. No one can top Sigler’s skill at capturing Michigan families at the end of the era of the big auto industry. Finally, we recommend the interview with innovative writer Valerie Laken. She says, "What's nice about liminal spaces is that everyone's a misfit in them, an interloper. Maybe that puts me at ease." There’s more great fiction, poetry and nonfiction in these pages of Silk Road issue 7.1. Cheers to the in-between, nowhere land where our authors live. Those of us who love good writing are at home there.