Well, it's been a almost a year since we've been live, and I can't think of a more rewarding experience than this journal. I've been able to read the works of many talented, passionate people, and I am honored to recognize them here. I hope that the experience as readers and contributors has been a positive one as well. Since the editors and I have begun to settle down here and get into a groove, before we become too complacent and unyielding, let us know if there's anything we can do better, if the track needs greasing.
From our end, there a few things we have noticed that need addressing. One is that we do not accept previously published work (unless we have specifically solicited a piece from you). Although we search on the Internet to make sure your submission isn't up somewhere else (and we have caught a couple that way), obviously some will slip through. It's not fair to the other journal that initially accepted your work, and it's not fair to us. Two, if your submission gets accepted somewhere else, please let us know. It's discouraging to accept a piece only to be told we can't have it. It also consumes time that could have been spent on other submissions. So there you go; not hard, huh? It doesn't take much to make us happy. Although you could send us some candy if you want.
Speaking of happy, I can't tell you how pleased I am to introduce our new poetry editor, Jenny Sadre-Orafai. Her work has appeared in Wicked Alice, Sein und Werden, Clean Sheets, Poems Neiderngasse, SubtleTea, Lily, can we have our ball back?, Verse Libre Quarterly, and plainsongs, among others. She teaches English at Kennesaw State University and really digs Diet Snapple Peach Tea. And who wouldn't? Welcome aboard, crazy woman. And for you, crazy reader, welcome to our Spring 2005 Issue.
Jen Michalski, Editor
(Cover photo: "Cowboy" by Karen Miller)
BoozeAnne and the Kitten Drawer by Rob Hartmann