Saturday, 20 March 2010
I DID IT!!!
TTQ5 has officially been launched. I know, (disappointment) there's no extravagent schmooze-fest gathering (red carpet and black tie affair) at some fancy 5-Star hotel downtown or launch party at one of the local Toronto watering holes in order to celebrate the birth of a brand new issue of The Toronto Quarterly, but quite frankly that's not what the journal is about. That's just not me.
I'll let the journal speak for itself in regards to whether or not it's worthy of reading. But speaking modestly, I think the journal is getting a bit better with each issue. I have a staff of one (ME) who sorts through the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of submissions for each issue and I'm the one (ME) who puts the entire journal together from page one to page one hundred and fifty-three. I have NO government funding or funding of any kind for TTQ and I have NOT applied for any. I know that most literary journals have been up in arms recently about the Harper governments funding cutbacks to arts and literary journals in Canada and I support the coalition whole-heartedly against the governments reduction of funding but at the same time I think literary journals in Canada should take a second look at how they conduct their business. By no means am I complaining about my circumstances, nor would I change much in my life. I live a very modest lifestyle...I'm not a rich man in dollars and sense but the relationships I've developed through the invention of TTQ are invaluable to me.
Anyway, TTQ5 is officially launched!
We have some fantastic interviews with novelists Annabel Lyon (The Golden Mean) and Catherine Gildiner (After the Falls). We have another stellar cast of poets in this edition with the likes of Lyn Lifshin, Kath MacLean, Max Layton, Tanis Rideout, Adebe D.A., Roger Knox to name just a few. Also, we have some wonderful short stories from Jessica Anya Blau, Ian Colford, Liss Ross, Heather Babcock, and more along with an essay from Lauren B. Davis.
A special thank you to Chili Thom for his exquisite painting (Vancouver 4020) which graces the cover of TTQ5.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who contributed and/or submitted their work for consideration to TTQ5. This journal would not be possible if it were not for your incredible talents. I thank you for your support.
Oh, and I want to thank my sister Cathy who made the two hour drive from Frankford to Mississauga in order to help me deliver the print copies of TTQ5 to the Bookcity locations. Thank you, thank you, thank you sis!!!!!xo
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