Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Laurel Review Is a Clean Workplace

The last three years at The Laurel Review have been big transition after big transition. First we lost one of our editorial lines due to budget issues, then my good friend and co-editor Rebecca Aronson left to move to New Mexico. Then we had an interim co-editor, Richard Black (who is staying on as part of our fiction editorial staff), and now a new co-editor, Richard Sonnenmoser.

Things have been, well, a mess. But with a new year comes new possibility. Number one, we've cleaned the place up. Indeed, Rebecca, if you're reading this, do you even recognize the place?

And a new intern! Hello Tiffany!

And the last few months of my beloved Amanda, who will finally be leaving after being the rock of the office for 150,000 years. And she doesn't look a day over 25.

Which leaves me all feeling, well, ready for a year or two without huge transitions. Also, we think we're going to have to rename the issues of The Laurel Review from Summer and Winter to Spring and Fall, as our winter issue seems to always come out in march and our summer issue in November . . .

Also, I could really use a shave.


At 1/31/2010 10:54 AM, Blogger Oliver de la Paz said...

Wow. THAT really is a clean space. The folks working on TLR are really really lucky. I've seen some lit. journal spaces ranging from trash heaps to very tiny closet spaces. Most impressive!

At 1/31/2010 11:24 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


Well, it takes some explaining, but yes, I'm feeling quite fortunate. We're space gifted and money constrained. What we need is a wealthy donor!

Rebecca and I thought, several years ago, that at some point we'd run up against the growing space issue at the university, so I made the large room there with the two big tables in it into a faculty and student meeting and library space. So we now share.

It works pretty well, and so far seems to be safe. But the money! We just gave up another 7% of our already very small budget.

Next year we might have to miss AWP. That's a terrible thought.

At 1/31/2010 4:32 PM, Anonymous louise mathias said...

you look a bit shifty in that pic there, JG.

At 1/31/2010 5:10 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Yeah, but shifty in a very normal kind of way.

At 2/01/2010 6:30 AM, Blogger Colin Sheldon said...

It doesn't have the mood lighting of the Colorado Review sanctum.

Just saying.

At 2/01/2010 7:20 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

It also doesn't have the incomparable Stephanie G'Schwind. Must you rub it in?

At 2/02/2010 1:20 PM, Blogger Josh said...

Great. Now on to the website. Please, please, please!

At 2/03/2010 9:04 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


I just saw the mock-up of our new website and it looks like it's going to go up soon.

We still have a problem with archiving all our pages . . . the old webite had/has something like 45 pages on it.

The new idea is to put old issues up as downloadable pdfs. That seemed a fun thing to do. I'll have to see if we can actually do it.


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