Image’s 2017 Year in Review

This report was offered to our Board of Directors—and we think you should see it, too!

The Journal

♦  Image has been nominated for the prestigious Small Press Publisher Award by AWP, the national association of creative writing programs, journals, and publishers. According to their website: “The award acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation of these presses and journals, and honors their contributions to the literary landscape through their publication of consistently excellent work.” We will hear the result at the AWP conference in March, 2018.

♦  Work was reprinted in the Pushcart anthology (fiction by Valerie Sayers) and the Orison Anthology (poetry by Marilyn Nelson and Jerzy Ficowski).

♦  Other editorial highlights from the past year: previously unpublished short story by Shusaku Endo (author of Silence) in issue 92; summer film issue with Mira Nair, Scott Derrickson, Tony Hale, and a cast of thousands (just kidding); previously unpublished Flannery O'Connor journal in issue 94 that led to a piece in The Atlantic; international works in translation such as an essay by Christian Bobin, poems by Michel Houellebecq and Adélia Prado, and contemporary African art.

The Image Podcast

♦  This summer we launched the Image podcast! Released every two weeks, the podcast has featured interviews with the likes of Richard Rodriguez, Carolyn Forché, Harrison Scott Key, and Scott Cairns; conversations about recent books; readings of poems and blog posts; reviews of new music; and more.

♦  The podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Google Play, and other distributors.

Glen Workshop

♦ The 2017 Glen was another success, with high scores across all categories on the evaluations. It featured some memorable presentations, such as Harrison Scott Key's hilarious PowerPoint talk, Carolyn Forché’s moving reading, and Over the Rhine’s special tribute to Barry Moser, who retired as Glen Faculty this year.

♦  Our 2018 registration will begin later than usual this year, but we are moving forward rapidly, and have some exciting faculty lined up. Stay tuned!

Praise for the Glen

This was an incredible and deeply fulfilling week.”

Wow. You’ve just about nailed it. Nice balance of workshops, lectures + free time. I can’t think how to make it better – just keep on!”

“I had high hopes, but I got so much out of the workshop that it surpassed even the highest of them. It makes the motto of the Glen, that a week can change a life, feel profoundly true in my case.”

“Thank you. It was a beautiful week and you guys do an amazing job organizing the masses. It’s an amazing community that I am blessed to be a part of. ”

See our 2017 Glen Workshop photo album here.

The Glen Online

Feedback from Glen Online students continues to be very positive, and students have gone on to get their work published, attend the Glen Workshop, or gain admission to the SPU MFA program.

Seattle Events

♦  The fourteenth annual Denise Levertov Award went to essayist Richard Rodriguez and was held at 415 Westlake for a crowd of about 80.

♦  Other local events included Milton Fellow Isaac Anderson's manuscript reading and the Milton Lecture, and the Fan Gates Reading with Mischa Willett. We continue to co-sponsor readings at Elliott Bay Book Company—e.g., poet Richard Chess.

Richard Rodriguez was the recipient of this year's Denise Levertov Award.


♦  We’re pleased to welcome our newest Milton Fellow, Sonya Bilocerkowycz, who is completing a book of linked essays called On Our Way Home from the Revolution. The manuscript explores the cyclical nature of state-sanctioned violence in the post-Soviet space, her family's legacy of political dissent, and her own experiences as a university instructor in Ukraine during the 2013-14 Euromaidan revolution. Sonya's essays are concerned with diaspora identities, inherited traumas, and our complicity in the trauma of others. She wonders à la Dostoevsky: am I responsible for all? Her mentor this year is Patricia Hampl.

♦  Past fellow Isaac Anderson published a long essay on The Atlantic's website; Nicole Miller has become a regular contributor to Guernica, Jessie van Eerden's new book, The Long Weeping: Portrait Essays, was published this November; A.G. Harmon's short story collection, Some Bore Gifts, appeared this summer; Caroline Langston is currently working on a book based on many of her posts for Image's Good Letters blog.

♦  This year's Shaw Fellow, Elisabeth Ivey, came to us from Messiah College, where she studies English and Sociology and Anthropology. She did amazing work for us in the office this summer and was quite a presence at the Glen Workshop, where she delivered a moving testimony about what the fellowship has meant to her.

Website and Social Media

♦  ImageUpdate now runs weekly on Wednesdays, with nearly 8,000 subscribers!

♦  Our social media following has continued to increase: we’ve gained over 1,000 Facebook fans this year (total: 7, 912) and 1,000 followers on Twitter (total: 7, 213).

♦  We have over 1,000 followers on Instagram!

None of this would have been possible without the financial support of our community.

Thank you.

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