Are you excited? We are.
Your humble editor is currently working hard on making sure that there is plenty of content in the first issue for you to enjoy. Even though it’s past deadline for submissions, I’ve been scouring the interwebs to find more people to submit before next Saturday when I will be finishing things up so that I can get the manuscript to Createspace before the end of the month.
While we’d hoped to re-launch with a Literary Journal stuffed full of content, we’re looking at around 40 pages. Not bad, still. This first issue contains:
- “Breaking and Healing,” a poem by Estrella Jaimes that is gripping and beautiful.
- “Close to the Grave,” a poem by Yvonne Glasgow about anxiety.
- “Know Your Muslim Neighbor,” a thoughtful piece on community and religion by David Edward La Ponsie.
- An interview with Jennifer Bartlett of LOKELLA about music, hair color, and more.
- An interview with Lisa Enos about making movies.
- A teaser from Peter Welmerink’s book series “Transport” that is sure to please your need for imaginative storytelling.
- “The Cluttered House,” a short story by Yvonne Glasgow about her mom’s hoarding addiction.
- A music review column including reviews of The Sweet Water Warblers- With You, LVRS- Now Is Light, Cloudlight- S/T, and Dale Wicks- Soon.
- Cover photo submitted by Rachel White for the cover art contest.
Want to be a part of this fantastic project? Check out the submission page for more info.
The first issue will be available on June 1st. It will be for sale through Amazon only. Kindle copies are 99 cents, and print copies are $5 (plus shipping, unless you have Prime). All royalties earned from each issue will be split equally among the writers who were published in that issue!
I was born in Grand Rapids. I didn’t grow up here though.
I first “lived” in Grand Rapids in 1998. I started working here in 1997 while living in Newaygo. I commuted daily for work until I saved up enough money to get an apartment.
I lived in Grand Rapids until sometime in 2006. I left for many reasons. I came back in 2016. The entire time I was gone all I wanted to do was move back.
The things I loved my first decade in Grand Rapids are all gone. I worked at Media Play. I miss that store. I shopped for most of my music at Believe In Music and Aris’ Disc Shop, both long gone. Back then music and comic books were my biggest passions.
I drank coffee at Kava House in Eastown every chance I got. Now there’s a magnificent restaurant in its place, but it’s just not the same.
Most of the places I worked at back then (I hopped from job to job) are long gone; Pearle Vision in Woodland Mall, Moto Photo in Kinkos on 28th St, Brooknelle Kennels…
My favorite place to see live music was the old Intersection. The new venue has never been a place I enjoy, and Mulligan’s “The Other Side” just isn’t the same. I miss Radio Tavern and Ten Bells. I booked Music Revue nights at both of those venues and have fond memories. Even Music Revue is just a faded memory.
We’ll sometimes delve into the past in the future pages of the #supportgrandrapids Literary Journal, but you’ll get a taste of some of the best things of the present as well. I might miss much of the past in this little big city of ours, but I am definitely content in 2018.
Keep an eye on future blogs for these Letters from the Editor. This will be the place I reminisce, and I’ll also spend time telling you about the places I love that are still here and open and waiting for your patronage.
Until then, #supportgrandrapids!