By Sandra Tyler, Editor-in-Chief
Highlights! An interview with one of our artists, Bill Hall, but also with Rebecca Michelman who curated the exhibition he appeared in at the Curator Gallery—an interesting dynamic. Another is a feature on FiberLAB, a unique workshop where artists can experiment with various fiber mediums, and to some phenomenal effects. FiberLAB is run by Jodi Colella, whose own fiber works appear in WTP Vol. VI #2. And do catch up with our art correspondents out in the field: these art roundups are rich with strong imagery and insight into various art venues you otherwise may have missed this winter!
On to another matter: Since its inception, WTP has been known for linking back its contributors to their websites—back then, in 2013, when I first began the magazine, that linking was paramount, at the heart of what has become our mission, to grow the online presence of noteworthy artists and writers. But WTP has evolved into so much more than just the original magazine, especially now with WTPCentral—we now have all different ways of growing this online visibility, from interviews, profiles, to actual reviews of websites, and now something, new, “studio tours.” So that actual linking no longer seems as paramount.
What I have found over these years is, while artists are more apt to establish websites as a showcase for their work, it’s a bit more problematic for writers, so we do get more writers than artists submitting without sites or blogs. With that in mind, WTP is going to relax this prerequisite; we will publish you without that link. (I hear sighs of relief!)
But! If we do accept your work, we highly encourage you to establish a site, however simple—writers, once you start publishing, you do want to showcase these works by linking them back to their online publications; or in the case of print, to the publishers’ websites; or to Amazon, wherever that first novel appears. You do want this visibility online. It’s the way of our World Wide Web world.
And now that we are planning issues farther out, if we accept your work, there is a window of time where you might consider getting that site up and running; you can always send us that link later on! This linking concept has been my baby—a hard one to let go of, but so it is with the evolution of things; as you change, you adapt, but while still staying true to your original mission.