Well, the final issue of the Aurorean has been mailed out. I’d like to share my thoughts with you on what, for me, is the end of an era and the beginning of a new phase in my life. I look forward to spending more time on my memoir-in-progress (about growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness in America’s hometown in the 1960s), as well as focusing on the full-length poetry and fiction Encircle is now publishing, plus curating our annual poetry chapbook contest.
Below, I share my editor’s letter from our final issue with all of you.
Cynthia’s “From the Editor,” October 2020
Here we are: the final issue of the Aurorean. It has been my honor to steward this journal for twenty-five years. I have said from day one that without the poets who submitted (entrusted) their work to me, the Aurorean would be nothing but a dream of mine and a bunch of blank pages. It has been a labor of love, and it has become a community of poets worldwide.
Besides the thousands of poets who made my dream a reality, I’d like to thank others who have also made the Aurorean possible. First, thanks to my husband Eddie, for his unwavering support, and for his ability to make our covers so appealing. Thanks to Devin McGuire for his years of steadfast assistant-editorship. Thanks to our past interns from the University of Maine at Farmington’s creative writing program. Thanks to family and friends for their support, and to my mother (1927–1999) who affectionately called the Aurorean “Cindy’s little magazine.” Thanks to the many poets who have become real friends through our Aurorean correspondence. Thank you, especially, to our subscribers, whose support enabled us to print and mail the Aurorean for all these years.
Speaking of subscribers—those of you whose subscriptions are paid beyond this issue—please be patient with us as we calculate dates of subscription monies received and dates of expiration in order to refund outstanding balances.
I wish you all the best (especially in this trying time of COVID-19) as you continue your unique poetic journeys. I wish you all the best for the upcoming holiday season. I wish you all the best for at least the next twenty-five years to come!
With gratitude, Cynthia