Volume 1, Issue 2

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The 3288 Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, may be purchased from the Caffeinated Press online store or from Amazon.com. Subscriptions are also available from our online store. Issue 1.2 is listed on Goodreads.

Table of Contents

From the Editor’s Desk (editorial)
Z.G. Tomaszewski – 8 poems
Terry Barr – 12-Gauge Guns and What Do You Get? (nonfiction)
Lauren Boulton – 10 poems
Harvey Silverman – Fish Stories (nonfiction)
Mary Buchinger – 7 poems
Chila Woychik – A Place Called Place: Surrounds (nonfiction)
Jennifer Clark – 6 poems
Jean Davis – Kick the Cat (fiction)
Chris Dungey – Slice (fiction)
Amy Carpenter-Leugs – Tucking Pants Into Socks (1 poem)
Elyse Wild – Follow (photography)
E.E. King – The Grammarian’s Grimoire (fiction)
Matthew Olson-Roy – Our Monstrous Family (fiction)
John Grey – 2 poems
Joe Baumann – The House on the Edge of the Canyon (fiction)
Jason Gillikin – Notes from the Corner Office (editorial)

From the Editor’s Desk

Welcome to Issue 2 of The 3288 Review. Thank you for having faith in our new venture. The past several months have been quite a learning experience. Then again, any experience is a learning experience if you survive it.

Issue 1 was something of a trial by fire. We had to learn everything about layout, distribution, design and marketing, all in a few short weeks. That made for many late nights, early mornings, and missed meals. In the end it was all worth it. We are now officially a quarterly literary journal. It was a tremendous amount of effort and stress, but we have created an artifact of which we can be proud.

The community, both local and literary, has responded enthusiastically. We have some name recognition now. Word of mouth and social media presence have seen a slow but steady increase. The Issue 1 contributors had many kind things to say when they received their copies of the journal. Word is getting out.The Sparrows cafe in Grand Rapids was the first local retailer to put us on their shelves, closely followed by The Bookman bookstore in Grand Haven. We have a steady trickle of sales from Amazon.com. I keep a small pile on hand for face-to-face sales, as does our publisher Jason Gillikin. We sell a surprising number of copies this way.

As a result of all of this our focus has shifted. Back in June we were concerned with finding sufficient content to fill an issue. To put it mildly, we don’t need to worry about that any more. We are now listed at Duotrope.com and NewPages.com. At the beginning of 2016 we will be eligible for listing at CLMP and Poets & Writers. Our submission rate has increased from an average of one a week to one a day. That may not sound like a lot, but consider: Four months ago this journal did not exist, and two months ago we had approximately fifty hits on our website. Our editorial staff has gone from underworked straight to overworked. Word is spreading. The positive feedback loop is kicking in.

To support and promote our contributors we have initiated an ongoing series of interviews. Each consists of seven questions, starting with “How did you get started?” and ending with “What’s next?”, and meandering all over the place in between. As I write this five of the interviews are live on the website, two more are complete and ready to go, and about fifteen more are in progress. The interviewees have been wonderfully generous and forthcoming with their replies. As an editor I spend a lot of time reading anonymized submissions on a computer screen, so I appreciate the reminder that each was created by a real human being.

All of our work, however, has not been perfect. Try as we might, we still made a few mistakes getting issue 1 out the door. While the work that made it into the magazine was as near to perfect as to be indistinguishable, there were a few omissions–three author biographies. They are reprinted at the end of this column.

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After we received the boxes full of journals we sat back and admired the result of our hard work, then went through a postmortem process, where we discussed what went right, what went wrong, and where we could improve. The first lesson was finish editing before you start layout. We use Adobe InDesign, which is a wonderful piece of software, but it does have some quirks.

The second was, don’t wait until the last minute to contact the submitters. While waiting for us to respond, one of our submitters sold his story to another journal. And it was a very good story. Lesson learned.

The third, of course, was make sure you have all your content before you go to print. Actually that was probably the first one, though we didn’t realize the bios were missing until well after publication. I have since added a column to the master spreadsheet.

With the increase in submissions we suddenly have a much wider variety of content from which to choose. For example, in the first issue we printed four poems. This issue has almost 40. We have a wider variety of fiction and non-fiction, from a wider range of writers. And even with all that half of the contributors to this issue are from, or have significant connection to, West Michigan.

As always, we thank our contributors for offering up their creative work. And we thank our readers for supporting the literary community of West Michigan and beyond.

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We accidentally omitted the following three contributor biographies from our Summer 2015 issue. To Roel Garcia, J.M. Leija, and Sommer Schafer, we offer our sincerest apologies, and our thanks for their patience as we work out the remaining bugs in our system.

Roel Garcia is a transplanted Texan, now living in Holland, Michigan with his wife and children. Formerly a journalist for the Holland Sentinel, he now teaches composition at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Some of his work can be read online at roelsramblings.blogspot.com. His personal essay “My Father, the Stranger in the Room” appeared in our inaugural issue.

J.M. Leija is a Detroiter at heart and proud to claim all the accompanying trials, travails, and joys that accompany such a statement. By day she is a teacher/disguised superhero who tries to convince her students that reading is cool. On nights and weekends she turns into a writer who tortures herself over whether writing about things that have really happened and people who really exist can ever be truly ethical. She then proceeds to write about them anyway. Her work has previously been featured in A Detroit Anthology, Motif’s Seeking Its Own Level Anthology, and the Michigan based Pithead Chapel Review and 3288 Review. She was a 2015 “Write A House” finalist and her most recent work was published in About Place journal. Her essay “Tacet” appeared in our inaugural issue.

Sommer Schafer received her MFA from San Francisco State University in 2013. Her fiction is currently and forthcoming in Brewed Awakenings II, Glimmer Train, Santa Monica Review, China Grove, Room, A Bad Penny Review, Barge Journal, Eleven Eleven, kill author, and Fiction 365. She lives with her husband and two children in San Rafael, California, and is a member of the on-line writing collective “The Fiction Forge”. Her story “A Final Affair” appeared in our inaugural issue. Visit her at www.sommerschafer.com.