Dear Literary Lovers and Friends,
I’ve spent all year prolonging this inevitable moment, and it makes me so sad and heartbroken to tell you that I don’t think I can do this anymore. I’m not the woman I was when we first started this venture many years ago, and my life priorities and responsibilities have changed as well. Admittedly, my heart’s just not in it, and it’s not fair to you.
I thank you so much for all of your love and sharing your words and worlds with me. We’ve had an amazing ten years together, didn’t we? We have so many great memories and stories to remember for a long time. In fact, I’ve saved all of them, so if you would like to remember them too—I recommend downloading all those back memories. You can even read about our last six months together.
I can’t tell you what the future holds for me. I’d love to say that I’ll still be involved in our literary community somehow; maybe for the slight chance that you and I can still stay friends and say “hi” to one another without it being too awkward… I hope so. I hope your future remains promising, and I can guarantee you that you will find another who sees all the great things about you that I do…did.
Now that hard part is out of the way, I will be keeping the DVQ website live all through 2017. It not only has cost a lot of time to keep this project going, but it costs a lot of out-of-pocket money to keep the website live. Thankfully, the Kickstarter campaign has covered the past five years of publication—but that money runs out after this year’s hosting renewal.
If you’re a writer who has published material on the site and wondering what you can do with the work, I’d love if you’d wait until 2018 before you republish on your own elsewhere. If you do, please still give credit to Diverse Voices Quarterly as the first publisher in an effort to keep the memory of this project alive.
Love, your editor and publisher of DVQ,