Editor’s Notes: February 2012

donna with a giant squirell poster in her I'm a noun t-shirt

One of my favorite silly t-shirts: I'm a noun. And it is red, for Valentine's Day.

The February issue is live! This issue may feature a photo of heart-shaped ravioli on the homepage, but don’t let that fool you: this image is attached to a story about a would-be romantic dinner where our author opens mouth and, instead, inserts foot–not pasta. As we enter a month known for heart-shaped everything, Alex Belz’s story takes us back to teenage love (lust?) and reminds us that we don’t always get it right the first time.

This issue also takes us to Hawaii, where Kirby Wright shares chilling childhood moments; to the dusty Congo, where Emily Johnson witnesses something for the first time; to the Pacific coast, where a young Noriko Nakada steps too close to the edge; to the classroom where Michael Milburn teaches us about a different kind of education; and, finally, to 1965 Los Angeles where Ruth Keally shares, in verse, her travels to California.

Our articles section features two Writing Life columns, a Craft article and two memoir reviews. Plus, we’ve extended our January {prompt} challenge through this month.

Most Memorable from Last Month

The first Most Memorable story of 2012 goes to Sharon Carmack for her story “Switched at Midlife.” Her essay received dozens of comments and, in fact, was one of the most commented-on stories to date.


Announcing a New Interviews Editor

We are pleased to announce that Lori M. Myers will be our new interviews editor. Lori has been with Hippocampus since the beginning as a reader, copy editor and contributing writer. She is  an award-winning writer of creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, and plays. Her work has been seen in more than 40 national and regional publications. She has a masters in creative writing from Wilkes University, is part of the writing faculty at York College of Pennsylvania, and teaches writing workshops. Lori takes over for the wonderful Amye Archer; Amye has accepted a bunch of new literary challenges,  including hosting Prose in Pubs in Scranton, Pa. where I will be reading on Feb. 26. Thanks for everything, Amye…. Oh, and she left this message:

Dear Hippo Readers,

I want to thank you for allowing me to serve you as the interviews editor these past few issues.  I will now be stepping aside to concentrate on a new project that has been nicely placed on my already overflowing plate.  I could not be more happy with the magazine and the staff, and I know they will continue to rock out some great stuff!  In the meantime, I will be in cyberspace somewhere…most likely at www.amyearcher.com


 Reminder: We want to hear from you.

Also, as a reminder from our last email, won’t you please take a moment to take our brief, anonymous 2012 Reader Survey? There are questions about our content, how you interact with our content and also questions about you, the reader. Discovering more about our audience will help us deliver the best content and engage with you in the right places.

Take the survey now.

Enjoy your February!

Donna Talarico, Founder and Publisher

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