Editor’s Desk – Week of December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

Dear Intrepid Readers,

Happy Hanukkah, for those of you who celebrate—for everyone else, happy “Please Invite Me Over to Eat Latkes and Find the Afikomen” week! (That’s a real holiday, look it up.)

There’s been a lot of online discussion (of the polite and not-so-polite varieties) about holidays, political correctness, and inclusivity. Some American families are lighting a menorah this week, and that’s a special thing—to honor your traditions openly, and fearlessly. Other families are eagerly awaiting a visit from Santa. Other families are busily preparing their homes for the first night of Kwanzaa. In fact, there are dozens of holidays, both religious and secular, that occur during this season.

Chances are, you or someone you know is celebrating or preparing for a holiday of some sort. I bring this up because there is a decided movement towards inclusivity in the holidays. Saying “Merry Christmas” only addresses a fraction of our friends and neighbors. Inclusivity in seasonal celebrations is a move towards social justice. That said, we shouldn’t forget the heart of every holiday is the same, regardless of the religion (or secularity) of its origins: holidays are a time to come together with friends, family, and neighbors. To honor traditions and to create new ones. It is a time to be thankful for the blessings in our lives. We indulge in traditional foods, and we give conscious consideration and thanks for the bounty in our lives. Holidays are also times for generosity of spirit, setting aside grudges, and starting fresh. These ideas are constants, regardless of origin, religion, or culture. Every holiday has a story behind it. In celebrating, we are passing along those narratives—with our friends, in the teaching of younger generations of our families the traditions that make our families unique, and in inviting neighbors who celebrate different traditions to be part of our families for a moment. We share the customs that give meaning to our lives, to better understand and appreciate one another. We should all strive to embrace these ideals during the winter season, where holidays are abundant and the weather is dark and chilly. Share what you have. Listen. Tell stories. Listen more. Be thankful for what you have, the people you love, and the histories that brought you here.

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Over at the Zoetic Press headquarters, we’re getting ready for some celebrations of our own—the release of NBR#7: The Woman in White is imminent, as well as the debut of the Lithomobilus digital bookstore, where in 2016, we will begin rolling out stand-alone works for purchase, as well as continuing to offer our serial publications (NBR and Unbound Octavo) at no cost. We’ve got some really exciting authors and titles scheduled for the new year. The app is still available for free from iTunes,  and you can still access all six issues of NonBinary Review and Unbound Octavo—so what are you waiting for? It’s like a present you can give yourself 365 days a year!

Our first two releases are slated for January, and in the coming weeks, we’ll have some one-on-ones with the authors in preparation for the launch of their titles. We’ll be releasing two collections of poetry: The Six-Fold Symmetry of Snow, by Christopher E. Grillo,  and a re-release of Erin Elizabeth Smith’s  The Fear of Being Found.

Erin Elizabeth Smith
Christopher Grillo

Finally, though there’s almost a full month left in the full-tilt boogie of winter holidays (and I’m a sucker for holidays)—we want to make sure that all of our readers know how much we appreciate your support. Our second full year as a press has not been without its growing pains, and we could have never made it this far without a dedicated foundation of talented authors who have graciously worked with us, been patient as we encountered technical delays, and have offered their work to us as a means of building a readership. Every day since its founding, these authors have presented their work as gifts to us at Zoetic Press. This is a blessing, and we appreciate each and every one of you. This goes doubly for our guest bloggers, book reviewers, associate editors, readers, and supporters. The fact that so many of you have stayed with us is monumental, and we don’t want you to think that we ever forget that. You are all a gift wrapped up in the biggest, brightest bow, and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have you along for this adventure in publishing.

I want to remind you that we’re open for submissions for our upcoming Alice in Wonderland,
Sun Tzu’s The Art of War,  and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet themed issues. We opened these submissions portals well in advance of the deadlines to allow authors the maximum amount of time to put a polish on their submissions—so take your time, enjoy the source work, and craft your submissions meticulously. You’ve got time!

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Until next week—

Allie Marini,
Managing Editor