Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank you from Crab Creek Review...

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Here are some images from our last year at Crab Creek Review. Though the journal has been around for 26 years, last year was our first year as editors (Annette Spaulding-Convy, a fantastic poet whose book will be picked up soon is the other editor). We had to learn a lot and realize just what goes into publishing a literary journal. The first big realization is that "your work is never done." Once we finish an issue, there's another one biting at our heels.

But really, it is so worth it. It is so worth it opening a folder of poems put together by our wonderful poetry editor, Lana Ayers, and falling in love with someone's writing. I fell in love with a couple poets this morning. I spoke up for their poems.

In so many other places in life, poetry doesn't matter. But in our group, in our pages, it does. We stand up for our favorite poems. There will be a poem overlooked and someone will say, "Wait, that was my favorite" and then it is published. Someone will say, "I love this poem, we have to take it." And it is.

It's a magical moment. This morning in my living room with Lana & Annette, saying, "We need this poem in our journal." Needing poetry. It's a good place to be on a Thursday morning.

If you're interested in seeing Crab Creek Review for yourself and reading the poets I fall in love with, you can subscribe here. It's only $15 a year (or 2 years for $28). And we create a lovely perfect-bound with poems and stories from writers all over the world. It's kind of magical receiving that in your mailbox 2 times a year.

And I'll tell you a secret about the next issue and what it will include-- the first interview I've done for Crab Creek Review with Snow Falling on Cedars author, David Guterson. And poems from Molly Tenenbaum, Rachel Contreni Flynn, Kate Lebo, Cati Porter, and others who will be receiving their acceptances quite soon...

With so many print journals ending because of financial issues, we are so thankful to have such a strong readership that keeps us afloat.

Thank you all for your support of the literary arts and our journal. We so appreciate it!


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2 comments:

Susan Rich said...

I love this! So happy to be part of Crab Creek Review!

Jessie Carty said...

love crab creek so glad you can keep it going :)

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