Allied Editors 5

– Monologue by Laura Stanfill 

Continuing a tradition we began in our Autumn, 2020, “Metanoia” themed issue, the Allied Editors series arose from our outreach to other publications. In our quest to celebrate the work of artists and writers across diverse platforms and to spotlight unique creative processes, our team recognizes that the esteemed editors who select content and provide the wanting polish to any worthy piece, are absolutely integral to publishing. Without their devoted efforts there is no curation or meaningful discourse. Undoubtedly, all outlets of publishing have come under enormous strain these past two years. Thankfully, our colleagues persevere. As a testament to their courage throughout our fraught epoch, please enjoy the monologue remarks of our featured editors, as they reflect on some of the most moving and or timely pieces they’ve encountered in 2021.



Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the founder of the Main Street Writers Movement. She is a Literary Arts publishing fellowship winner (2021 and 2014), runner-up for the 2021 Publishing Professionals Network Distinguished Service Award, a Yale Publishing Course graduate, and a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree. She believes in indie bookstores and wishes on them like stars from her home in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her zine Sad House, her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in more than a dozen literary journals and print anthologies, including The Rumpus, The Vincent Brothers Review, Big Other, Passengers Journal, The Nasiona, TAB Journal, Stonecoast Review, Paragon Press, and the anthology Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (Central Avenue). Her essay, “Birdsong in the Key of Brain Injury,” was a finalist for the Anne C. Barnhill Prize from Longridge Review. Laura’s debut novel is forthcoming from Lanternfish Press in Spring 2022. Sign up for her twice-monthly newsletter for thoughts on writing, publishing, and the looming post-COVID metamorphosis for those of us who are introverted creatives.