Shazam! We’re into our fabulous 50s, so we can afford to let down our hair and brag about how good we look at our age. I like to think of this new design as the Sophia Loren of covers. After strutting our literary stuff for over five decades, we’re not going to go all mousey and modest necklined and sensible-shoed on you. Like Sophia, we hope to keep on turning heads for another twenty or thirty years (though it’s doubtful we’ll wrangle a Distinction of la Légion d’honneur).
Though we occasionally produce special issues (such as last spring’s killer Formal Poetry & Ekphrastic Fiction issue) we’re not married to theme. We aren’t particularly regional, though we do complain, sometimes, about the weather. (It’s the focus of our next special issue, actually.) It turns out we are the same thing we were at the inception – a university-sponsored literary magazine dedicated to curating an exquisite literary experience for our readers with little regard for fashion trends or the pedigree of the writers. (We do, however, publish the work of our literary friends when we can, but this is good fortune, not nepotism, at play.)
So, we’re not special in the way we’d be special if we published only the work of Midwestern writers on the theme of existential angst in corn farmers or if Sou’wester could also be used as a flotation device in the event of a water landing, but we’re not prepared to be stuck in a box labeled “same old thing” or “general excellence.” We want to be consistent – in our ability to amaze and surprise. And while we take the work we do and the work we publish very seriously, we hope you’ll take note that we don’t take ourselves all that seriously.
–adapted from the Editor’s Note (Vogrin) in the Fall 2011 issue, which debuted our new cover, created by design maestro Marcus Griffen.
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