The Reprint Issue 5

There’s a new issue of The Reprint online today. I was really honored to be able to write the introduction to this fantastic issue. Contributors include Len Kuntz, Lauren Spohrer, Corey Zeller and Jennifer Knox, among others. You should go read it right now and be amazed by their work.

When conceiving my introduction, I went through several different ideas. I knew I wanted to do something playful and given that it was for The Reprint, I knew I’d have some latitude. Richard was kind enough to give me carte blanche when he sent me the galleys. I tried a few different things, but eventually I had to sit down and think about what I was actually trying to say. Was it something about technology? Collaboration? Representation?

I had some conversations with literary pals who helped steer me in the right direction. Turns out that what I really wanted to say was something about the existence of the journal itself, an exploration of what it means to reprint something and how the work itself fundamentally changes. Using the old writer’s adage, “Show, don’t tell,” I decided to do just that, “re-reprinting” the stories into even stranger contexts and watching their meanings change. The authors were kind enough to grant me permission to play with their words. I appreciate their trust and hope they’re happy with the results.

You can find my intro here. I hope it entices you to read the whole issue. It’s well worth your time!

 

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