Given that the Governor declared a public health emergency and the ASD suspended schools for the next week in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Jordan and I have made some amendments as well. We posted a video on instagram explaining that we are going to take these uncertain times week by week. This means that we may not publish issue 5 this spring, as planned. Although, printing the magazine is not completely off the table yet, we want to be flexible and sensitive of what we are all facing.
Everyone is under extra stress of figuring out work schedules, telecommuting, and childcare, and a submission deadline may be the furthest thing on your mind. But we also know how isolating this time will be, and we want to offer a space for us to come together in a time when we are not allowed to come together. Stories will be born out of the simple act of social distancing, and hearing how you are creatively facing the challenges that present themselves each day may be the balm we need to heal.
When we chose courage as the theme for issue 5, we had no idea that that we would contend with a pandemic, but now it seems like we could not have chosen a better word. We are opening our journal to post what you send our way (stories, drawings, paintings, photos of how and where you are finding courage) to become a respite from the impact the coronavirus is causing, and to remind ourselves of something that you continue to imprint in us every time we publish the magazine: we are not alone, we can do this together.
Issue 5 will publish if we have the necessary content to do it. In the meantime our site is open, our hearts are open. We want to hear from you.
Please take the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy. You can send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fernanda and Jordan