A Note from the As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor

Prairie Fire - - LINDSEY CHILDS -

AS WORK ON THIS IS­SUE has pro­gressed from con­cept and all the way to print, I’ve found that my thoughts in­evitably set­tle back on the song “Mes­sage in a Bot­tle” by The Po­lice.

It’s the im­age of some­one chuck­ing a bot­tle into the ocean—es­sen­tially send­ing out a re­quest to no one in par­tic­u­lar and hav­ing “a hun­dred bil­lion bot­tles” make their back to you in re­sponse.

We had a nar­row win­dow (a month!) in which to gather ma­te­rial for this is­sue. We took our call for sub­mis­sions and hurled it into the con­stantly mov­ing ocean that is so­cial me­dia, hop­ing to con­nect with young writ­ers, to find them and see what tal­ent was grow­ing. To our amaze­ment and de­light, we were over­whelmed with ‘young’ writ­ers who heard the call and re­sponded. We went in search of the “Next Wave” and found a tsunami.

Four of us went through the sub­mis­sions: my­self, PF’s man­ag­ing ed­i­tor, Ja­nine Tschuncky, and for­mer PF practicum stu­dents Melissa McIvor and Em­i­lie Derk­son Poirier. We wanted ‘youth’ work­ing on the is­sue, as well as be­ing fea­tured in the is­sue. To­gether we se­lected the pieces for the “Next Wave.”

Writ­ing can be a lonely oc­cu­pa­tion, but work­ing on this is­sue has served as a won­der­ful re­minder that we, as St­ing put it, “are not alone at be­ing alone.”

“The Next Wave” starts on page 41. We hope you en­joy “The Next Wave” as much as we do. Keep an eye out for these writ­ers in the fu­ture, be­cause this wave is just get­ting started.

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