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Table of Contents
From the Editor’s Desk (editorial)
Judi Rypma – 4 poems
Elias Keller – Larry Leagues (fiction)
Kimberly Ann Priest – 6 poems
Mary Maroste – 3 poems
Shaun McMichael – Winter Blooms (fiction)
Lynn Pattison – 4 poems
Janice Zerfas – 4 poems
Audra Coleman – An Unruly Rambler of Delicate Pink Petals (essay)
Shannan Elinor Herskovits – 1 poem
Russell Reece – At the Marshfield Dam (fiction)
Grayson DeYoung – 2 poems
Hannah Ford – De Capo (fiction)
Madison Emerick – Unfamiliar Constellations (essay)
Kym Cunningham – Prepping for the Apocalypse (essay)
Rachel Tengler – Painful Conversations (creative nonficton)
Jason Gillikin – From the Corner Office (editorial)
Front cover photo courtesy of Elyse Wild
Back cover photo courtesy of John Winkelman
From the Editor’s Desk
The process of editing a literary journal can be looked at as a meditation on the cyclical nature of time. We release quarterly issues within annual volumes, and the production schedule for each issue follows a predictable pattern; usually “do little until the last minute, then work 20-hour days for a week”.
Cycles within cycles within cycles. With each issue we become more practiced at our trade and thus the process becomes easier and more efficient. The time and energy saved thereby can be reinvested in our product in the form of increased attention to detail, cleaner edits, and the exploration of a wider variety of content. Revolution begets evolution. One year can look much like another, but experiences accumulate so the circle becomes something like a spiral.
This issue was no more or less work than any of the previous, though production took place in the larger landscape of summer 2016 which, following the general pattern of 2016, was unexpectedly chaotic. All of us have lives outside of Caffeinated Press, and sometimes the balance of available time tilts in inconvenient directions. Time is infinite but the days, as Bukowski tells us, run away like wild horses over the hills.
With all that out of the way, welcome to issue 1 of volume 2 of The 3288 Review. We made it through our first year! Ten of the 15 contributors are from, or have close connections to, the West Michigan area, which is our largest percentage yet. We also had 315 submissions for this issue, which blew our previous record of 175 right out of the water. As of press time for this issue, we have published 24 contributor interviews on our website, with another dozen completed and ready to go, and many more in process.
To accommodate the mutable landscape and realities of publishing, we have made some editorial and marketing changes. Starting with this issue, we will only accept 15 submissions per issue. This decision is based partly on cost—we can only allot so much money to contributors—and partly on our desire to introduce more long-form journalism and interviews to these pages.
We no longer accept multiple submissions per issue. While we love the abundance of reading material we receive on a daily basis, the multiple submissions were taking up an inordinate amount of space and time and, on average, did not match the quality of single, carefully chosen submissions.
We have increased our cover price per issue from $14.95 to $16.95. This change was driven exclusively by the negative profit margins associated with distribution through the large online retailers. For customers who purchase our journal through our own online store, the old price still applies. Think of it as a loyalty discount.
As always I must offer up thanks and gratitude to the editors of The 3288 Review—Elyse Wild, Leigh Jajuga and Jason Gillikin. For the past year they have labored in the trenches of submissions and slush piles and made of this journal a venue where writers can have their time in the spotlight, and readers can enjoy the gems which so often remain undiscovered at the larger “small magazines.” Starting with the next issue we will showcase their talents in the form of interviews, reviews, long-form journalism, and cultural commentary.
Thanks also to Caffeinated Press financial officer Brittany Wilson, whose business acumen makes possible the publication of this journal, and to marketing officer AmyJo Johnson, whose efforts have made summer 2016 our post profitable season yet.
And finally, thank you to all of our readers who have stayed with us for the past year as we negotiated the twists and turns of the publishing industry and the literary world. We hope to be around for many years to come.