Thank You, Youngstown
This is coming to you a day later than I wanted, but I’ve only now been able to take the time to sit down and write this.
Wow. We’ve been working on Issue 8 for so long that part of me felt that the premiere and launch were never going to happen — it was a mirage, teasing a busy, worn-out and sleep-deprived college senior. But it did happen, and it was great.
All I can say is thank you. Thank you to all of the attendees, coming to celebrate the literary arts and to listen to those beautiful words we’ve published (and also probably to win some raffle baskets). Thank you to our open mic readers — Bill Soldan, Dom Fonce, Amber Palmer, Claudia Gage — for being willing to share a bit of yourselves by reading your work. Thank you to the Mahoning Valley Tyler History Center for hosting us — it truly was a beautiful venue. Thank you to the Jenny Magazine staff who, though we were small in numbers, worked hard on putting together this spectacular issue. Thank you to David Drogowski, as always, for wonderful work as the Jenny web manager. Thank you to everyone who sent in submissions for this issue — we were inundated with poetry and prose to choose from, which is a wonderful feeling to people such as us who want to share great writing and voices with the world.
And, ultimately, thank you to Youngstown. I can’t explain how overjoyed I was to get on my computer after the premiere and see all of the photos, posts, and Tweets about the premiere party from so many people in the Youngstown community. After all, that’s why the Jenny was created, that’s why we’re here. As our wonderful president and head editor Couri Johnson said, “We want to be a signpost to the rest of the world that Youngstown is still here, still creating and still burning.”
So thank you, Youngstown, for supporting us this issue. I hope you’ll continue to do so, because when I look to the future of Jenny Magazine, I can’t help but smile. It’s going to be bright.
— Jordan McNeil, Vice President of SLAA and Issue 8 Fiction Editor