News -- July 28, 2014
Hi, this is Mike. Hope y'all are having a nice summer evening with not too many thunderstorms or missile attacks or dehydrated peas. I have two big pieces of NOÖ news, so I made an infographic for them. You can get the main news by looking at the picture below all this text. In all this text, I will explain the news emotionally.
NOÖ has been around almost ten years, and while my love for NOÖ has not diminished, my energy for actually working on the darn thing has waned as my life has undergone major squiggles and changes in the last few years.
This means that I've been taking a crazy long time to finish NOÖ  and an even crazier and longer time to interact with all the people good enough to reach out to NOÖ in many ways, such as by sending us work they made and cared about and wanted to see in NOÖ. If people thought about NOÖ at all, they probably thought it died! It is easy for things to die in our infinitely scrolling world, or get ignored, etc. But I want to say I really appreciate—always and forever—all of you reading NOÖ and thinking of us as a good place for your work and just generally being around NOÖ to hang out and encounter the world with us.
In the nine years NOÖ has been around—as I've worked on it alone and with my friends Kyle Peterson and Ryan Call, as well as many other helpers and interns and submission readers and copyeditors, all of us volunteering our time—it's found a lot of readers and fans and good folks, in its quiet weird free punk grayscale stapled way.
Real talk: 99% of the writers I know, I met in some way initially through doing NOÖ! I honestly can't imagine what my life would look like without all the friends and cool people I've met through NOÖ and all the amazing work NOÖ has been able to broadcast and share.
You might guess this is the part where I say NOÖ is over, I'm driving the boat out to the middle of the lake and driving the boat back alone, etc, and actually I really wanted to do that, but after reflection and discussion with friends, I realize that what NOÖ does is still pretty cool and unique. There aren't a lot of other free literary magazines as sneaky and exciting as NOÖ appearing both in print and online and popping up all over the country the way NOÖ does, thanks to the incredible network of support it's built over the years. And just because I don't have the same energy for it that I used to have doesn't mean it should die just yet.
So what I'm doing is handing it over to a new team of editors. Heading this team (in alphabetical order) will be:
Tyler Gobble — Editor in Chief (email@example.com)
Austin Hayden — Fiction Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gene Kwak — Fiction Editor (email@example.com)
Carrie Lorig — Poetry Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nick Sturm — Poetry Editor (email@example.com)
These are all people very dear to my heart, and I'm tickled to Pluto and back that they've agreed to nurture NOÖ back to health and make it better than ever.
I'm going to stay onboard as designer (I still like that part!) and publisher (I have a pretty cool 9-5 job that helps me pay for NOÖ and keep it free), but all editorial decisions and correspondence will be handled by Tyler and crew. They already have a lot of great ideas about distribution, parties, and maybe even shirts*.
*(We haven't really talked about shirts).
Here are some good questions posed by a very aggressive hypothetical questioner:
Q: YEAH YEAH THIS IS ALL REALLY CHEESY AND NICE (BARF) BUT WHEN IS NOÖ  COMING OUT?
A: NOÖ  is coming out August 14th. You can see a tiny preview of the cover in the image below.
Q: YEAH OK I'LL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT, JERK. WHEN IS NOÖ  COMING OUT AND CAN I SEND YOU THIS AMAZING POEM I'VE BEEN WORKING ON ABOUT HOW MY SPIRIT ANIMAL IS A CASHEW AND I FORGOT TO TURN OFF THE BLADED TIMER (I CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT A BLADED TIMER IS BECAUSE IT'S IN MY POEM, WHICH YOU BETTER PUBLISH BECAUSE IT'S AMAZING)
A: NOÖ  is coming out November 3rd. You can send work here: http://noojournal.com/ submissions.htm.
Q: ARE THERE ANY MORE NOÖ WEEKLYS COMING TOO OR ARE YOU TOO MUCH OF A DWEEB, YOU DWEEB?
A: New NOÖ Weeklys will be appearing after NOÖ . Three are forthcoming, featuring the guest editorial efforts of Lauren Ireland, Meagan Cass, and Sharon Zetter & Lucas M. Rivera.
Thank you again for reading and enjoying NOÖ. 2014 is a lot different than 2004 when it comes to literary magazines, and I'm actually pretty stoked that the landscape is chaotic and cluttered and loud. That's healthy. I'm hopeful that the beauty and energy of all the new editors will bring about a—wait for it, wait for it—new NOÖ (oh man) that still has a fun role to play in the campfire of independent literature we're all huddled and high-fiving and ghost-whispering around.
Thank you for reading, have a good night, and please shower Tyler, Austin, Gene, Carrie, and Nick with your cashew milk smoothies of good wishes.
See you on August 14th,