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Between the Lines
As attorney Bill Potter suggests in this week’s cover
story, moving out of our comfort zone can be both a terrifying and
For us desk-bound editors, the waters of the Colorado River seem like
the other side of the moon. But we still confront our share of turbulent
water. Take the annual Summer Fiction issue. We who have edited literally
hundreds of pieces of non-fiction over the past year suddenly are
faced with a pile of short stories, poems, memoirs, and some other
writings that defy categorization.
Reading through this plethora of original writing by readers from
all walks of life, we had to confront our own white water rapids:
What’s good, what’s not? What stories will work well in our 11 by
17-inch newsprint format? Which poems will track right when read in
the privacy of one’s office? Which ones will come alive when read
aloud at the authors’ reception.
Submissions to this year’s fiction issue exceeded our previous six
years. One hundred and two authors submitted one or more stories and
poems. We selected 20 poems and 20 stories from 40 writers, 13 of
whom were represented in the annual issue for the first time. Others
have almost become regulars.
Writers and readers will mingle at our Summer Fiction reception, to
be held this Thursday, August 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble
in MarketFair. And it looks like the lap of luxury: Complimentary
Starbucks coffee, gourmet desserts from the Barnes & Noble cafe, and
hors d’oeuvres from Big Fish bistro. Many of the poets will be present
to read their work.
But the reception is to us editors as the Lava Falls are to the rafters
of the Colorado River. We who are comfortable communicating through
the printed word, via newsprint and E-mail, suddenly come face to
face with the writers whose work we have been editing. When it’s all
over we always marvel at how much work it took on the part of writers
and editors, but we also marvel at how much we have learned. And we
vow to do it all over again next year.
We hope to see many of our faithful readers (with or without paddles)
at the Barnes & Noble reception.
I just wanted to thank you for publishing my story and
for giving it such prominent placement ("My Mother’s Table,"
published on the opening page of the Summer Fiction section in the
July 23 issue of U.S. 1). It is a story that has apparently taken
on a life of its own, making someone cry, making another person swear
to get her mother’s things out of the garage and into the house where
they can be displayed, and some men telling me they never thought
of "stuff" as being part of their family history before.
I’ve been asked to mail several copies to the person who gave me the
furniture that inspired this story, as well as people in Pennsylvania
and Delaware — I hope there will be extra copies at the party!
Thanks again, I’m honored to be included.
Special Media Editor, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic 20 Roszel Ro
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