Summer Issue Out Now
As I have read through this entire issue during the editing process, I have been struck by the quality of the writing and how our writers have driven the success of Longleaf over the last eight years. Some of those whose work appears in the current issue have been with us since the beginning; others have joined along the way. In a long-standing effort, we have sought out local artists to add to the beauty of Longleaf — see this issue’s cover by Brooke Hunter; and emerging writers to enrich our fiction pages. Beth Duke ably fills that spot this time.
You may have observed, as I have, that our writers don’t just dash off a story; this issue is a good example of challenging subjects which require careful, thoughtful analysis. In fact, these writers represent the best of research and personal experience and they readily share these valuable tools with us.
Longleaf continues to win recognition; this summer, the Alabama Press Association will award us third place for 2013 among all the niche publications in the state. Patrick Stokesberry’s beautiful cover photograph for last summer’s issue won second place in the Best Niche Publication category from the Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives. Of course we wonder who our competition might be!
And as icing on the cake, we can take special pride in the recent honor for Mary Eloise H. Leake, who won first place in the prestigious National Federation of Press Women for her Longleaf article on Charlie Lucas/Mose Tolliver and the Hale Woodruff Talladega Murals under the category Arts & Entertainment.
All of this talk about writers should remind us that they could be like trees in the forest — if no one reads their work, when their words fall, there is no sound. And that brings me to you, our readers. Without you we would be a big stack of fallen timber! But thanks to your interest and loyalty through the years, we are standing tall in the forest, putting out new growth!
No issue of Longleaf happens without the persistence of our staff: Deirdre Long brings splendid management abilities and a merry presence to our process; Patrick Stokesberry somehow finds the time to apply his considerable artistic talents to our design; and Kristy Farmer is her all-around cyclone of energy self. Who could ask for anything more?
Josephine E. Ayers
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