: a person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field
In Layman’s Terms is an online literary journal dedicated to encouraging a new appreciation of science, technology, and the natural world for the average person. As you might have guessed, these are broad ideas that can cover a lot of ground, which means each issue is themed. More broadly (but perhaps more precisely), we hope for each issue to become a bridge between extremes.
The most innovative research and knowledge may go ignored or flat out rejected if it doesn’t speak to people, or if it can’t be communicated effectively. We publish work that addresses how to make scientific studies and research seem less like the language of the elite, or how to take certain expert knowledge and turn it into something more engaging for the average person. In the same vein, we want readers to know that “literary” is not a scary word, or that creative writing is not a challenge to be wrestled to the ground. If a piece speaks to you, great! We hope to showcase pieces that catch the reader’s attention, but also inspire further exploration—pieces that can be easily followed up if they happen to pique your curiosity.
One of our main motivations for running this journal is that hearts and minds don’t change when we shove facts down peoples’ throats. They change when we call back to our roots as human beings and connect through intimate storytelling and narrative. We hope to receive submissions that incite a range of emotions, but that can be linked back to true events and facts about the world.
Brit Barnhouse Editor-in-chief
Brit Barnhouse has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, Tacoma and is pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Portland State University. Her published work can be seen on her website and heard in the Boldly Went podcast. When not writing about the ever-blurred lines between animals and humans, she can be found hoping for close encounters with whales in the Puget Sound, giving her dogs belly rubs, or tossing treats out to the neighborhood crows.
Beck Adelante Associate Editor
Beck is a student pursuing a degree and post-secondary teaching career in literature at the University of Washington Tacoma. They are a Shakespeare nerd, a lover of editing and writing essays, and a consumer of scattered facts and tidbits. They like experimenting with poetry and performance. Their work can be seen in Tahoma West.
Bradley Allf Associate Editor
Bradley is a freelance writer and PhD student at North Carolina State University studying science communication. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his creative writing thesis class was taught by the inestimable Gaby Calvocoressi. Bradley spends an inordinate amount of time looking for salamanders. You can learn more about him on his website.