Volume 9 Issue 1 of Island Writer launched tonight. It was my first issue as Editor In Chief.

There were a few minor crises, of course: un-synched lists meant that there were three people I wasn’t sure were reading until tonight, the final cover with the price on it wasn’t the one that went to print, Claudia de Veaux and her poem Waiting didn’t make it into the table of contents, and the 2010 contest honorable mentions were forgotten from my list altogether (sorry!).
But it was a fantastic launch: the readers were funny and moving by turns, the magazine was there, with enough for everyone who attended. Marianne Altos from the City Council came by and said very nice things. The magazine looked great! There was punch and cookies and fruit and cheese!
And I’m utterly exhausted. This is the result of six months hard work on the part of myself and Kim Nayyer, the Creative Non Fiction Editor; Sheila Martindale, the Poetry Editor; Catherine George, the Fiction Editor; and Simeon Goa, the Art Director. And then a week of living on nerves making sure the details for the launch were finalized. I’m utterly elated that it went this well, and I’m crawling into bed as soon as I type this last period.
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