From the Editor’s Desk
  Kate Bernadette Benedict

Umbrella: The Valedictory Edition

Farewell! Five years of publishing would itself have been a great milestone for an independently published journal, and Umbrella has published for six. It is time to lower the curtain and bow out.

I am grateful for the impressive readership that Umbrella has attracted over the years and doubly grateful to the fine poets who entrusted their work to us. Online journals have proliferated since 2006 and their poems are sure to find homes in other quality venues.

Thanks, too, to my co-editors over the years: Linda Stern, Rachel Dacus, C.E. Chaffin, and W. F. Lantry.

Wondering why this is happening? It seems clear to your editor that Umbrella has achieved its prime directive: to publish punchy, idea-based poems that are fresh, original, and non-generic in style. We reached a high point with the recent editions featuring Carmine Street Metrics, and it feels right to end on that triumphal note. And, of course, things just haven’t been the same since Oscar (Muse and V.P., Rodent Control) went to kitty heaven last June.

For the forseeable future, Umbrella will stay online and archived. A final issue of Tilt-a-Whirl will be published in early 2013. Bumbershoot has also ceased publication.

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