Dear readers and contributors,
The truth is, I don’t have an eloquent editor’s note for this spring issue. By the time late April rolls around, the wheels are falling off, metaphorically. I teach a 5/5 load at a community college, and I have two very busy kids who I take to activities all throughout the week. I also just lost my stepdad to cancer and am currently losing my father to Alzheimer’s. I’ve been working on putting together this issue usually in the middle of the night these last couple weeks. I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this. I write this only because I know that SO MANY of you reading this probably relate to this or have had a time in your life like this. I write this because sometimes when you are scrolling through the latest feed of other writers’ successes, it might seem like everyone else has their shit together. Anyway, I just wanted to say that the reality is that it’s often grueling to try to fit in passions like poetry and editing, but it is completely worth it, at least for me.
As always, I am eternally grateful that you are reading this, that you are sending your poems and art to us. We have incredible readers and contributors! This issue is no exception!
Some exciting things of note:
We do have some new faces on staff; they will be joining our Masthead soon, and I look forward to announcing them!
We got a 2023 Best of the Net Award for Shakiba Hashemi’s poem, “Reconciliation” in our Summer 2021 Issue! Big congratulations to Shakiba!
We are working on a poetry prize for Black poets!
We are hopeful to launch some merch this summer!
I’ve got some big goals for Indianapolis Review this year, and I’m excited to see them come to fruition.
Thanks for reading, and thanks to all our contributors, and thank you to my ever-loyal staff!
Editor in Chief
The Indianapolis Review
Indianapolis, May 2023