New Roles for Laura & Lourdes!


Wish we actually had such a meeting place! (Image courtesy of TIG Photos,

Happy back-to-school YARN Readers!  I hope everyone is enjoying the smell of newly sharpened pencils, the crisp pages of fresh spiral notebooks, and the comfort of Venti beverages to wake you up for your earliest classes.

It’s Kerri here.  I know, you haven’t heard from me in a while.  I’ve been busy, though, trust me.  More news on that to come.  I’m here with VERY EXCITING NEWS about two valued YARN staffers.  In no particular order:

Lourdes Keochgerien, who has been indispensable to YARN since Day 1, across oceans and continents and even without Internet access at times, will be assuming the newly minted role of Managing Editor.  She’s been doing the much of the work of this position for quite some time, so we’re happy to make her official while adding a few more to-dos to her list.

Laura Williams McCaffrey, who hit it out of the park as Fiction Editor last year, will be taking on the additional role of acting Editor in Chief this year, taking over from Kip who will still be our Poetry Editor (never fear!).  We are excited to see what Laura’s sharp, thoughtful eye brings to this role, and she is already full of exciting ideas—stay tuned for new contests and the like!  

I’ll still be around as Essays Editor and general editorial consultant, and we’ll have a few more new readers and social media folks to tell you about soon.  The staff at YARN is really just the most dedicated and selfless group of YA-loving people, and I’m so grateful to them every day for the unpaid hours they put in to make this journal the award-winning bastion of FREE literature that it is.  THANK YOU.  And CONGRATS Laura and Lourdes.  I can’t wait to see what you do next.

YARN opens for submissions on October 1st, everyone!  And we’ll come back online in the Spring of 2018 with fresh yarn for you to read.  Until then, see you on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.


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