Editors’ Note, March 2014
Issue No. 3 – March, 2014
March 15, 2014
Those of you who have been with us since September might notice something different about this issue. It’s not the stories and photography – those remain uniformly excellent. It’s not the layout or presentation – hope you still like Palantino! It’s something far more encouraging; something that bodes well for reader and editor alike for the months and years ahead.
Buffalo Almanack is growing.
By starts and degrees, we are expanding with every issue, and that is a very good thing. The changes might not be so immediately recognizable as a full design overhaul, but have a look around and you might notice that we’ve added a little more space for the things you love.
For starters, this issue features the photography of not four but six visual artists, placing an even greater emphasis on the value of the photographic form. Our six photographers possess between them a substantial degree of stylistic and compositional diversity, and represent on an individual basis a distinct, globe-spanning bunch. We are especially proud of the lovely cover art by Kellye Eisworth, and encourage you to consider her defense of the traditional nude within a feminist framework, found on page 30.
In fiction, we are delighted to sponsor the debut of “Johanna Stull,” an all-new short story from Daniel Woodrell, the PEN-winning author of Winter’s Bone and the godfather of Ozark Noir. Daniel has been a favorite of ours for years, and we are humbled that he would entrust us with his words. We can only hope that Daniel’s inclusion represents a new parity for our pages, a balance between the established and the emerging voice. We hope that readers of Buffalo Almanack might have the opportunity to enjoy other well-recognized and broadly published writers in the future, but never at the expense of the lesser-known and up-and-coming.
The final significant change you’ll discover in this issue is perhaps the biggest of all. Page 77 finds the premier of “The Tail End,” a post-script focused on news and personalities from the broader art world beyond our magazine. We hope you’ll appreciate our interviews with weird fiction author Stephen Graham Jones and mixed media artist/Southwestern enthusiast Julie Anand, as well as a pair of book reviews by Benjamin Perry and Jonathan Russell Clark. This month’s edition is something of a trial balloon, but we’d like to continue growing this feature in the future.
Buffalo Almanack, like any good publication, is an exercise in the long-game. Change may come slowly with each issue, but change will come. We are forever thinking of ways to build and improve this product to better serve both our readers and contributors. We hope you’ll concur that Issue No. 3 marks a powerful step in the right direction.
All the best,
Max and Katie