Update from Liz — New things on the horizon for us NEAT-itors

Somewhere, there is a cosmic teapot about to start whistling, because TM and I have had some things brewing for quite a while.

First, I just moved Chicago! Woo! It’s very exciting. It’s my first time living in a large city, and so far I love it. I can’t wait to delve into the literary scene here (for now, I’m helping my confused cats adjust and trying to keep my head above the snow). I know a couple of our past contributors live here in the Windy City, so I’m sure Chicago is just bursting with opportunity for NEAT.

Plus, with my move, we have completed a Bermuda Triangle of sorts with our editors. All of us started out in Oxford, Ohio, and now we have one in Cincinnati (TM), one in Chicago (me), and one in Pittsburgh (Alex). This neat-angle will serve a fun purpose later this year, methinks.

Second, and more importantly, TM is now a Master of Poetry! Yay! Everyone should comment and congratulate her on all of her hard work. Getting a master’s degree is no joke, and TM actually got two degrees at once, practically two years before most people. In other words, she’s awesome.

That’s about all for me, for now. The deadline for our Winter 2014-2015 issue is looming (February 13), so be sure to get us your DIRGES before the window closes!

Back to cat-cuddling!


Hey, remember that time…

the Midwest was in a Polar Vortex?

We do.


Here’s how we dealt with it.


At first,

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we took it neat and chatted.



Then, when we realized the vortex was there for a longer visit than anyone expected,

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we got to work.