Shirley Bell has decided to retire from her position at Editor-in-Chief of The Blue Nib.
This marks a serious change for not only The Blue Nib magazine, but also our website, and our book publishing imprint, each of which benefitted greatly from Shirley’s care and management.
Publisher and Founder Dave Kananagh has decided to restructure The Blue Nib over the summer. Instead of replacing Shirley with another Editor-in-Chief, he will be naming Section Editors such as myself who are responsible for covering poetry submissions coming in from various territories. My section, for example, covers the United States and Canada. Other Section Editors who will cover Australia/New Zealand and the UK/Rest of the World are intorduced in this issue.
Short literary fiction will continue to be featured in each issue of The Blue Nib. Reviews of poetry books, works of fiction, literary-themed events, poetry readings, and more will also have a home in our magazine.
The Blue Nib website will have content unique to it beyond that which appears in our quarterly magazine. News items, poetry, reviews and previews of new books, interviews, and more will be highlights of our regularly updated website.
The Boue Nib Chapbook Contests have been extremely popular, and we’ll be eager to read entries for Chapbook Contest V very soon.
Our book imprint will be releasing a number of titles that we are extremely proud of in the fall. Look for previews of two of these in this issue.
Shirley Bell’s thumbprint is evident in this issue’s selection of poetry. She will be missed. But instead of feeling woeful for her moving on, I am excited to face the changes ahead and bring a very solid platform for poets and writers of different levels of experience and who look at life differently than you and I might.
Poetry Editor, USA/Canada