In rural Alabama is a small and haunted plot of land where in 1892 four young black men were hung and burned by a mob. The story was widely told. But then, like thousands of stories of lynching it vanished. Until a young woman showed up and started asking questions.

Young Cuban rap artists can perform publicly –so long as the government approves and as long as the lyrics don’t complain too much about life on the island.

Forty-eight years ago, four high school friends set off on a road trip. Three returned. And for all those years since, they did not talk about it. Until now.

In a small Iowa town, the heart of Steve King’s congressional district, a woman writes a letter to her local paper, complaining about his racist remarks. That starts a chain of events that makes her wonder about how much there is wisdom in silence.

A promising young man takes his own life in a public way. A young journalist, believing it is his job to tell what happened, discovers that people would rather not know.

Welcome to Issue #2 of The Delacorte Review: Silence