It is said that January was named after the god Janus, the two-faced “spirit of opening” with the ability to look both backwards into the old year and forwards into the new at the same time.
How appropriate for Vine Leaves, as we remember our first year with fondness, and literally float into 2013 on a cloud of success. This experience – from our humble beginnings as a quarterly journal through to the publication of our first anthology – is almost surreal, and it is with much pride, and gratitude, that we launch our fifth issue.
And, oh, how ethereal it is.
Much like Vic Caswell’s “Seaweed” graphic vignette, the artistry in our January issue will entangle you in powerful prose, and pull you into its depths with artwork that explodes with vivid hues, abstract imagery and photographic precision. From Sean Enfield’s brilliant Poem Written in a Gas Station Bathroom and Derwood Morris’ clever Story of Derwood, through to the emotional pull of Misty Waters’ Gone, Gone, Gone, we invite you to get wrapped up in our fifth issue of Vine Leaves.
In the true spirit of opening, please turn the page (or click this link) ...
Hey, have you heard? Co-publishing editor Jessica Bell has a new book coming out. The Book. And it's a book you're definitely going to want to get your hands on.
Check out this endorsement:
"Jessica Bell’s surprising risks with language capture a child’s clear vision in a world of adult heartbreak. Indelible. Courageous." -Thaisa Frank, author of Heidegger's Glasses and Enchantment.
The Book launches February 1, 2013.
And more from the Vine Leaves team. A book written by co-publishing editor Dawn Ius was optioned for development of a TV show. While details are vague now (you know how those producer-types are), expect to hear more about this exciting development throughout the year.
YOUR TURN! Got great writerly news? Find an agent? Win an award for best photograph? Or maybe your illustration made the cover of your favourite magazine - *ahem*, your other favourite magazine. Tell us about it! We'll publish your good news in this newsletter. Please keep your good news to no more than 50 words and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VINE LEAVES IS GROWING!
Hurray! Our inboxes are overflowing with YOUR work. Poetry, prose, pictures and more - powerful vignettes that inspire us, excite us, and yeah, sometimes overwhelm us. Trust us, we're not complaining. But as the journal continues to grow, we recognize we can't do it all on our own, not while keeping our mandate of giving each submission the consideration it deserves. So, we're hiring.
Well, kind of. As you know, Vine Leaves is a labour of love and our work is volunteer. For us, it's more important that our contributors get paid (as minor as that is). But, quite frankly, what we don't take in cash reward, YOU give back in immeasurable riches - your support.
We're looking for a couple of passionate, dedicated and vignette-loving volunteer editors to help us navigate our impressive inbox. Interested? Great. We don't need a formal resume, but please e-mail your expression of interest along with a paragraph telling us WHY you want to join the Vine Leaves team and WHAT you think you could bring to the journal. We'll take it from there.
Deadline: February 28, 2013