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Spring 2014 Issue of Goblin Fruit + Staff and Slush Reading Updates [Jun. 24th, 2014|02:23 pm]
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Closing out the season but partaking of it nevertheless, the Spring 2014 issue of Goblin Fruit is live! In it you'll find poems by Sara Norja, Alexandra Seidel, Jennifer Schomburg Kanke, Claire Suzanne Elizabeth Cooney, Mary A. Turzillo, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Jennifer Givhan, Emily Wagner, Megan Arkenberg, and Rose Lemberg, as well as beautiful art by Paula Friedlander of Arwen Designs. Enjoy! And if you feel so moved, consider supporting us through Patreon or a direct PayPal donation.

I'd also like to draw your attention to the updated Staff page.

Response times at Goblin Fruit have been abysmal for the last two years, and I've not done much to address or explain it. It's a difficult subject to discuss and the particulars aren't mine (Amal) to go into, but suffice it to say that
Goblin Fruit lost 2/3s of its staff within 3 months of 2012, with no notice or explanation, at a time when our submissions were at an all-time high and my own ability to cope with such a loss was at an all-time low. As a consequence we've accrued a mighty backlog that we're dealing with the only way we can: one submission at a time. Please believe that we are as frustrated by this as you no doubt are, as well as apologetic, embarrassed, and determined to improve.

Ollie's last layout for us was this magnificent one for Fall 2011, and he's vaulted beyond Goblin Fruit in seven-league leaps since then; I don't expect him to return to producing work for us, though I'd be overwhelmed with delight if he did. Jess hasn't been directly involved with Goblin Fruit since April of 2012, but I held off marking it in any public way for several reasons, chief among them the fact that she'd had a hand in selecting poems that would be appearing over the next year and a half, and also the fact that I thought she might return by the time those poems were all published.

She hasn't, and having now published all the work she was partly responsible for editing, it feels misleading to have a Staff Page where she appears to be an active editor. When you submit work to Goblin Fruit, it's read by a combination of Caitlyn Paxson and myself.

Caitlyn's been a godsend throughout this behind-the-scenes restructuring; she began reading slush around the time that Jess went on break, and has been gradually taking on more responsibility where reading submissions is concerned. I tremble to think what response times would be like without her. She's fantastic to work with and I'm sometimes a bit devastated with gratitude for the fact of her.

So I've listed Jess and Ollie as Founding Editors, which they are and will forever be no matter what they're doing presently. I miss them more than I can say, and would love for them to return to collaborating actively on Goblin Fruit with me, but so far as I can see that isn't in the cards.

That's the state of things just now. We appreciate your understanding and patience more than you can possibly know.




[User Picture]From: likhain
2014-07-28 10:53 pm (UTC)
Dear Amal, I've just read this post (I really should have checked the Goblin Fruit Twitter before querying yesterday; I am so sorry) and I just wanted to say thank you for making it, and to apologize for the query/follow-up I sent yesterday regarding a 27 May submission -- I hadn't realized the backlog situation was like this, and was going off the timeline on the site. I hope you don't mind I'm commenting here; I thought sending an email to this effect might just create more pressure re: backlog/submissions! Thank you for your work on Goblin Fruit, thank you for giving us the opportunity to read so much gorgeousness, and I wish you all the best.

Mia (ephemere at gmail)
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