Quite a lot, actually, so thanks for asking!
1. The Fourth River, Issue 11 Release!
Issue 11 also houses our special theme feature, Women and Nature, lyric essays and poetry in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Susan Griffin’s eco-feminist classic, Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her.
Last Friday afternoon, I greedily accepted the printer’s delivery and tore open the top box to find just a stunning book with cover and internal art by the very-talented Paul Bilger. (I might be biased, but judge for yourself.)
This artifact is the culmination of my first year as editor-in-chief, and I really could not prouder of my staff or more pleased with the final result.
You can see for yourself if you join us at the launch party where contributors Marissa Landrigan, Katie Booth and Melissa Ferrone will be reading their fine work, and where there will even be an old school Pittsburgh cookie table. Not to be missed!
2. Best of The Fourth River Anthology!
Beyond all that excitement (I know, fan yourself a little to recover if you need to), I’m also delighted to announce the first fully online issue, which will be an anthology of the best writing from the first ten print issues of The Fourth River!
The staff has been reading exhaustively, carefully and joyously all semester to cull from wonderful pieces dating all the way back to 2006. We are excited to give these works a new, farther-reaching digital life, and to showcase the writers who have shaped our journal into what it’s become, and pointed us toward what we’re, every day, becoming. Watch for the launch in fall of 2014!
Onward! Exciting! Thanks for being part of The Fourth River family!
Happy spring (is finally here, shhh don’t jinx it!) from Pittsburgh,