Turning Over a New Leaf

After more than a year as a fantastic online editor for Little Patuxent Review, Deborah Kevin is moving on to new adventures. All of us as at LPR want to thank her for all her hard work improving LPR’s website, sharing interesting and informative blogposts, expanding LPR’s outreach on social media, and much more than what can be listed here. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors and she will remain a part of the LPR family helping behind the scenes as a fiction reader.

At the same time, Little Patuxent Review has added some new names to the masthead. Taking on the position of online editor is Jessica Flores. Lisa Lynn Biggar is our new fiction editor and Dominique Cahn enters the role of nonfiction editor. Emily Rich has transitioned from nonfiction editor to deputy editor.

If I could take a few moments to talk about myself, taking on the post of online editor is both daunting and exhilarating. While I am excited to take on the mantle of online editor, I wonder if I can live up to the example Deborah has left behind. Deborah has been supportive in helping me transition into her former role, and I hope that I can live up to the precedence she leaves. It has only been a few weeks, but already everyone at LPR has been so kind and supportive.

I graduated from American University last year with a bachelor’s in literature. I recently completed an internship at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and my hope is to make this blog an active forum for the artistic and literary community. I enjoy any type of fiction, be it genre fiction, short stories, novels, or flash fiction.

One of my fondest memories of my undergraduate studies was the sense of community built around my university’s student literary magazine. During review sessions, everyone took time out of their own schedules, usually weekends or after class, to get together and go over submissions for the upcoming print issue. Sometimes these sessions were late at night in the middle of the week or during prime weekend hours when the campus classrooms felt deserted without the usual student body walking about. There was a sense that each piece deserved equal attention during review, but also that everyone present deeply cared about the quality of the magazine and what it represented about the work generated on our campus. Even though I am out of school, I sense a similar but even larger sense of community with LPR.

If I can foster even a sense of that type of community through this blog, then I think I’ve done my job.

Feel free to reach out to the LPR staff through comments and suggestions for future blog posts or the content you would like to see on our blog. Submissions are open for LPR’s themed Winter 2017 issue. Submit your work today.

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