Editor’s Desk – Week of March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016



"If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing." — Coco Chanel
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
— Coco Chanel

Dear Intrepid Readers,


In case you hadn’t noticed, Zoetic Press has been sprouting some new feathers on our wings. We’ve migrated nearly all of our back issues online—next week, we’ll bring out NBR #7 The Woman in White, and then, just before AWP, NBR #8 The Art of War. This will be the first issue that debuts in both a digital reader format as well as online, so we’re eager to see how the change in accessibility affects our readership base. As with each issue we’ve produced in our 2 years of publishing, we grow increasingly proud of the quality of work we collect for each issue, the talented authors who share their work with us, and you—the readers—who make all of the work that goes into each issue worth it. And as managing editor, I’ve gotten to enjoy the reactions of authors who were unable to access the digital platform re-discovering their own work, many of them after well over a year. Which in turn, has made me re-visit many of these pieces from each issue. The whole process has made us pretty nostalgic.



Every issue of NonBinary Review has helped me become a better writer—I’ve read through submissions, and made sometimes heartbreakingly difficult decisions. I’ve arranged pieces within the borders of the source work to create a narrative arc, selected the pieces for Alphanumeric spotlights, and introduced each issue with a letter not unlike the one you’re reading now. These issue introductions and weekly updates are more than just plugs for the app, or calls to action to follow our social media—though we’d still like you to do both of those things. Partly, they’re for transparency: we like you to know what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it. That’s part of being a good literary citizen. We like to recap weekly to kind of take stock of where we are, where we’re going, and how to get there. Week by week, progress on large tasks doesn’t look insurmountable; it looks reasonable. Because week by week, it is. So week by week and issue by issue, we’ve built a body of work and a readership, a loyal base of writers who create work specifically for our issues, and a relationship with other small presses. I reach out to you every week to tell you what we’re doing, and other things that we want to do. You, in turn, reach back and tell us what you want, what you like, what you want to see, what isn’t working. Your feedback has helped us to grow. Every reader who’s reached out to us with feedback has helped us sharpen our mission and figure out new ways to connect.


Ooooh, look, what's that? A hint?
Ooooh, look, what’s that? A hint?

Next Friday we have a big announcement to make. What could it be? you ask. Maybe the new issue is dropping? Maybe. Some AWP news? Maybe. Something about the new Zoetic Press books? Maybe. We’ve got candy for you? Maybe—though if it’s that, I might eat it before you get a crack at it. The long and the short of it is you’re just going to have to tune in next Friday to find out our big news. We can give you a teeeeeeeeny little teaser, though, because you’re so cool for reading these letters every week and being good literary citizens yourselves.


Is that a big box of Alphanumeric chapbooks? Holy Gutenberg, Batman! That’s some books!


Need something to pass the time while you wait for next week’s big reveal? You could always download Lithomobilus for iPhone or iPad and enjoy NonBinary Review for free—or just click over to our Issues archive  and browse any of the six issues available—that’s over 200 poems, stories, essays and pieces of art with seven different themes. We’ve got everything from classical mythology and Persia’s most beloved stories to the first true science fiction ever published and the “American mythology” of the land of Oz. Or if you just need to zone out, our Pinterest boards are always available for your browsing pleasure, and it’s a relaxing way to connect with us and our followers, find new reads and spark your creativity. On Facebook, you can connect with us (Zoetic PressLithomobilus) and with your favorite NonBinary Review authors in the Zoetic Press Facebook group. Every Tuesday, we’ve got a new Alphanumeric feature. If you’re in the mood for letter writing, you can connect with our editors and staff—we love mail! We’re also on Twitter (@ZoeticPress and @Lithomobilus), if you find Facebook too anxiety-inducing. Check out our YouTube channel if you’d like to sit back and let our storytellers entertain you by reading their work to you in their own voice. Maybe tomorrow, you’d like to sit down with our blog Rhizomatic Ideas. If you’re inspired and would like to write a post for us, send us a pitch. We’re always interested in reviewers for book review swaps, so check out our submissions for reviews, or contact us to get in on the review swapping!

Until next week,

Allie Marini
Managing Editor