This week, we’ll be sending our first fancy-schmancy email to subscribers. It took a lot of trial and error to get it right, since none of us here at YARN are all that computer savvy, but we’re happy with the way it turned out. In fact, this new email is one of the many things that have kept us busy at YARN this summer. While you were (re-)reading some of our fave YARN stories, essays, and poems, YARN has been growing in more ways than one:
- Shannon Marshall, YARN’s Co-Founder and once-Assistant Editor, is moving into a new chapter in her life, as an MFA student at National University. Which has rather sadly meant that she’ll have to scale back her YARN-ing (she is a full-time high school English teacher, after all!). But we’re thrilled that she’d going to stay on as a Contributing Editor and regular blogger about her experience in the MFA program.
- One of Shannon’s last big gifts to YARN for before she starts school is her awesome interview with Dorothy Hearst, whose latest novel in The Wolf Chronicles trilogy just came out. You may remember Dorothy from her YARN essay, “How I Went from Hating Research to Loving It.”
- On the right menu of our site, you’ll notice a “YARN in the News” page under “Learn About YARN,” where we’ll try to keep up with the articles and stuff that are written about us. There was an uptick in such coverage after we won the “Innovations in Reading Prize” from the National Book Foundation in May.
- Bradley Philbert has joined the masthead as Editorial Liaison, and we’re psyched to have him on board. With his experience as a published writer (pubbed by “McSweeny’s,” and Bedford St. Martin’s, to name just two), and an editor (of “GamerNode” and “Knightscapes”), we know he’ll help YARN continue to spread its wings.
- Mike McDonnell has also joined us as a Reader. With his keen English major’s eye, we know he’ll read submissions carefully.
- Speaking of the masthead, we’re looking to expand further! We’re looking for 3 interns for one-year positions that could become full-time. Specifically, we’re looking for an Editorial Assistant, Grant Researcher and Writer, and a Visuals Editor. For details, see our site, and please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested. Applications Due October 10.
- Daniel P. Barbare’s short, sweet, and funny poems to put you in a back-to-school frame of mind.
- A magical essay by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, “Fairly Tales: or, One Author’s Adventures with Enhancing an E-Book,” about the ebook version of her latest novel, “Wisdom’s Kiss.” This sharp, witty essay about writing and publishing is a must-read.
- Kerri’s latest blog about “Inventing YA Short Form” (coming later this week).
Coming in October: An interview with the one and only Gail Giles!!
Also coming soon: new “Teach” materials, and essays, poems, and stories by new writers.
If you want up-to-the-minute updates on all the fresh YARN, we hope you’ll like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Lourdes, our amazing YA Consultant and Reader, is also our social networking maven, and not only does she keep our fans up to date on what we’re publishing, she also posts wonderful tidbits on the world of YA reading and publishing generally. Don’t miss out!