Issue 1 Lessons Learned

Now that the dust has settled and the ink has dried, we have time to look back on the past couple of months and take stock.

Creating a literary journal is a lot of work. I mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again: lit journals are a lot of work. It’s not that there were cats to herd or goats to rodeo, or that we lacked for drive, gumption, can-do attitude, or vision. We knew where we were, and where we wanted to be. The terrain between the two had been charted exhaustively.

But the map is not the journey. We didn’t know, for instance, that when you upload a new design to our printing service you had to first delete the old version, or the new one wouldn’t take. I discovered, almost too late, that when one adjusts a line break or word spacing in a piece of text, InDesign re-flows the entire document up to that point. Typography is, apparently, recursive, and therefore layout is equal parts art and science.

Incidentally, this also means that development and line edits should done BEFORE layout begins.

Lessons like this are to be expected at the beginning. Even editors-in-chief should have other eyes look over our work. The full mea culpa will be printed in the next issue.

Response to the release of issue 1 has been overwhelmingly positive. My favorite comment so far is “Holy shit dude! An interview with David J?!?!?”. So, yeah. We’re making a splash. The design has received many compliments from readers and from our own contributors, and as people sit down to read, praise for the authors and photographers are beginning to appear.

All of this adds up to a successful project! Submissions for issue 2 (to be published in November) have increased from a brook to a crick, and (as of this posting) are approaching a stream. Tremendous thanks to The Sparrows coffee house in Grand Rapids for being the first local outlet for the journal. We expect to be on the shelf at several of the regional independent stores by the holidays.

We have some projects in the works for the upcoming few months – web exclusives and new offerings for the Review, and collaborations with local venues and literary establishments. Keep an eye on this space!

Copies of The 2188 Review Issue 1.1

Issue 1 Has Arrived!

After a summer of hard work, long hours, strained eyes, and tremendous sleep deprivation, issue 1 of volume 1 of The 3288 Review is released and available to order.

We would like to offer congratulations to those poets and writers, artists and photographers who made this possible:

Lisa Gundry for her poems “Learning to Swim With Daddy” and “Visitation”.

Craig Baker for his short story “Wanderlust”.

Roel Garcia for his essay “My Father, the Stranger in the Room”.

Robert Knox for his short story “Commitment”.

Morris Lincoln for his essay “Portland on the Grand”.

Anthony Carpenter for his artwork titled “The Inquisitor”.

Tammy Ruggles for her photography collection “First View of the Ocean”.

Morgen Knight for her short story “Lessons of My Brother”.

J.M. Leija for her essay “Tacet”.

Gilbert Prowler for his short story “The Walk On Bye”.

Elyse Wild for her photo collection “Not the Whole”, and her interview with David J.

Emma Moser for her short story “This is How We Mourn”.

Dawn Schout for her poems “Docked” and “June Flurries”.

Sommer Schafer for her short story “A Final Affair”.

Thanks also to Abigail McClung for her superb design skills, and to Elyse Wild and Alaric Reinstein for excellence in editing.

And finally thanks to our publisher Jason Gillikin of Caffeinated Press, whose experience and editing expertise saw us through the last few frantic hours as the deadline loomed.

With Issue 1 out the door, we are hard at work on Issue 2, to be released in November of 2015. Two pieces have already been accepted and several others await editorial review. We have room for many more, so spread the word that our submission window is always open.