“ Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was lived out their lives.” Carl Sagan
Welcome to Issue Four —it’s exciting to be able to bring you another round of creative work for this final issue of 2016. Blue Marble was founded in late 2015 with the intent of being a “creative collective.” We put out the call to young writers, photographers and artists to send us their best work— and the results have exceeded expectations. What a great year it’s been reading submissions.
To our young writers and artists: we hear you. Thanks for your work, your opinions, your emails, as well as the tech help and suggestions you offered. It’s an honor to read your work and we’re grateful so many of you have discovered and are enjoying the journal. We’ll continue quarterly publication in 2017, and plan to start out the year with a poetry-only supplement appearing online in mid-January.
**With a few small grants and donations we continue to be able to pay all our published writers for their work. However this issue has its very own benefactor. Many thanks for the kindness of our “December donor” who was generous enough to cover the cost of paying all published contributors. (Thank you A!) Your generosity is humbling, inspires us to continue working hard, and we’re proud that your donation goes entirely to our writers.
And speaking of benefactors, we’ve had a year of beautiful art on our homepage thanks to Minneapolis artist Chris Howard, who seems to have just the right image for every issue. Thank you Chris.
Enjoy these voices from around the globe!