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I never wanted to run this ship. Frankly, I’d rather spend my time writing. It also is more than a little heartbreaking to watch a mutiny. I have undying respect for the founder of this journal. That one might feel one’s livelihood at risk due to an interview one didn’t even read, is odd, if not troubling, but perhaps, evidence of our times. Since 2003, or thereabouts, I worked alongside the founder on this journal, in pretty much every aspect, and in 2006, with his help and support, founded its book division, Short Flight/Long Drive books.

I am excited to continue on with both Hobart and SF/LD in 2023. I think it is important to have a place in art, in literature, in which fear is not the basis of creation, nor the undercurrent of discussion, where “The Lottery” is not a real life, played out story.

Please feel free to email me with suggestions for columns, with your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and/or if you have a desire to work as an editor at Hobart in the new year.


-Elizabeth Ellen