Monthly Archives: December 2010

Hello To Everyone, Welcome To Our New Vision Of Our Magazine

For the past forty-five years Karamu has thrived under the dedication and care of many devoted volunteers. Hour after tireless hour has shaped this journal over time from an embryonic in-house stapled booklet in 1966 to a national and international professional, award-winning literary magazine in 2010. Over the years many people have been instrumental in ensuring the survival of Karamu, and as a result it has grown and prospered while other great literary magazines have not been as fortunate. People determined to create a space for unique and talented voices to share their writing have been the reason for Karamu’s success. This commitment to writing and writers is as strong as ever as we see ourselves evolve into a new and stronger community of individuals working together to continue to give writers a place to be heard in print, and now online. And so to mark our transition, and our renewed commitment, we felt the need to give ourselves a new name, one that represented more fully the place where we all live and work. After all, time changes us, and if we are careful to listen closely to those changes we see that they make us better in the end.

As the Walrus says, “the time has come,” and so we invite you to join us in our journey as Bluestem, as we “speak of many things.”

Olga Abella

Welcome to Bluestem

The editors of Bluestem are proud to announce the debut of our online quarterly which will be published  in December, March, June, and September, each year. We also publish an annual print magazine. Our next issue will be released in the Spring of 2011. While the name is new, the magazine is not. Formerly known as Karamu, Bluestem has been publishing continuously since 1966. We warmly invite you to purchase recent issues, as well as browse the Tables of Content for the past ten years. As we move forward by introducing online offerings to the fine work we have always published, we are looking forward to working with new writers and reaching new readers.

We are blown away by the talent of the writers in this first online issue of Bluestem. You will find fiction from Liana Jahan Imam, Tracy Gonzalez, Sara Lippman, Sarah Rose Etter, Brian Oliu, Brian Allen Carr, Sheldon Lee Compton, Katie Jean Shinkle, Scott McClanahan, BJ Hollars, Sean Doyle, Elaine Castillo, J. Bradley, Lauren Wheeler, Ethel Rohan, Robb Todd, Amber Noelle Sparks, Tracy Bowling, Mike Meginnis, Matthew Salesses, Frank Hinton, Chelsea Laine Wells, and last but not least, Brad Green. In poetry, you will find work from M. Bartley Seigel, Gregory Sherl, Kejt Walsh, Tamara Madison. J.M. Ricks, Elizabeth Hildreth, Margaret Walther, Janet Butler, Kenneth Gurney, and David Kowalczyk. We also have two fine essays from Alana Noel Voth and Carrie Murphy and artwork by Mike Sleadd.

We really want to thank Gene Morgan and Jenny Schlief of Supreme Value who designed this beautiful site for us. They are fantastic designers and you should get in touch with them for all your web design needs. We’re still tinkering with a few things so pardon our dust, but go, read, enjoy, and feel free to send us a note, letting us know what you think. Thank you for being a part of this exciting new project with us.