Established in 2015, The Airgonaut is an online literary journal of short fiction and art with an emphasis on brilliance in storytelling and vision.

All art shared on this site beginning in August 2022 is either the work of Peter Schwartz or artwork Peter has chosen. Each feature image for the month will have a link to his website for further enjoyment. Peter is the art editor for us all.

Editor – Sheldon Lee Compton

Sheldon Lee Compton is a short story writer, novelist, memoirist, and poet who lives in Pike County, Eastern Kentucky. The author of nine books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, he has had short stories included twice in Best Small Fictions, was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award, and has been nominated for the Chaffin Award for Excellence in Appalachian Writing. Cowboy Jamboree Press recently published The Collected Stories of Sheldon Lee Compton and his memoir The Orchard Is Full of Sound. In addition to his work here at The Airgonaut, he is also the curator of the interview series Chaos Questions and a professor in the Master of Fine Arts fiction program at Concordia University, St. Paul. Find out more at his author’s page.

Art Editor – Peter Schwartz

Primal, raw, transformative, and always exploring the unknown, often with bright hopeful colors, Schwartz’s work is for anybody who wants the world to be a little more magic. As far as his history, he has studied and practiced many forms of art including poetry, fiction, photography, sculpture, music, acting, comedy, dancing and digital painting. It was on a computer that he practiced painting for years, publishing many of his works in a huge amount of literary journals and websites. He became art editor for a few of those sites and printed some of his bigger pieces for a few gallery shows including his premier at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. It is of note that Schwartz considers moving from the modern-but-cold method of using a Paint program to the hands-on visceral experience of using oil pastels to be the great discovery and rebirth of his life. Visit his artist’s site to learn more.





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