When something you care about has ended it’s best to admit it, move on, and let those endings beget new beginnings. After publishing only one piece in 2016, we’re perhaps a little overdue in announcing that Kawsmouth.com is officially closing its inbox to new submissions, at least for the foreseeable future. It hadn’t been the plan to end things this year, but the title and description of light in the closing passages of Colin’s story last January seemed to signal the end of something. We started the site in 2012 to highlight writers, stories, poems, essays, images and voices in the region that might not otherwise find an outlet. I’m proud of what we published, the responses we got from people, and the increased confidence that many contributors seemed to come away with after sharing their work publicly, even on a humble platform such as this. A few weeks after posting the first issue, Jennifer and I had our first child, and another followed 22 months later. Between work, family and personal projects, it’s safe to say our priorities shifted. However, the desire to publish and promote interesting, challenging, experimental, offbeat, intelligent writing has not gone away, and we’ve already talked about what our next venture will be, most likely something in print. We will definitely keep you posted when that time comes. In the meantime, thank you for reading. I hope you continue to check out the archives, let us know what you’re up to, and generally keep in touch.
Happy (almost) new year,
Lucas Wetzel, Kawsmouth editor