Dawn, you will be sorely missed!
Without further ado, here is her goodbye letter to you, our readers, and contributors:
Dear Readers and Contributors,
I’m terrible at letting go.
It’s not just saying goodbye, though that part sucks, too. It’s more the idea of seeing—believing in—the potential of something and knowing, deep down, that the best thing is to walk away.
Which is why it is with a heavy heart that I must step down, let go of my position at Vine Leaves Literary Journal.
Since Jessica and I started this magazine, I’ve (virtually) met hundreds of seriously talented artists. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with the brilliant Jessica Bell and her forward-thinking staff. And I’ve watched the Journal grow (quickly!) with contests, blogs, and artist opportunities that continue to boggle my mind.
For the past two years, the journal truly has been a labour of love.
But it requires a tremendous time commitment. In the past few months, a number of personal and professional opportunities have emerged and converged, further constricting the amount of time I can commit to the journal. As the magazine makes giant leaps forward, I’ve become acutely aware of how personally stretched I’ve become.
Rather than let the Vine Leaves team—and all of you—down, I’ve decided the most responsible thing to do is resign. *deep breath*
I have absolute faith in Jessica’s leadership and the team she has amassed. Vine Leaves will continue to grow and flourish. The magazine is truly groundbreaking and I’m extremely proud to have been part of its inception and initial growth.
I’ll continue reading and evaluating submissions until the end of March for the forthcoming Issue #10. I’ve also read and evaluated all of the 2014 Vignette Collection submissions to help determine the list of quarter-finalists which will be announced by the end of the month. Wow—there were some truly brilliant collections. I can’t wait to see who wins!
As the journal carves out new paths, I will remain one of its greatest cheerleaders, and a tremendous fan of each of its contributing artists.
Thank you for your inspiration, motivation, and your support. Your art has enriched my life. While I will miss the “everyday” involvement with the magazine, I look forward to watching it grow—from the sidelines.
All my best,
If you would like to reach out and wish Dawn well, I’m sure she would be extremely happy to hear from you. You can email her here: dawnmius (at) gmail (dot) com.