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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR / April 2019 / Kolleen Carney Hoepfner

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Hello, Friends: 

Welcome to April, and to our second annual pop culture extravaganza!

I hope you enjoyed our March issue—I know for a fact you loved Meghan Philips’ “It’s Me…” because wow, the traction on that one! We had a great collection of work, including Writer of the Month Teo Mungaray’s poetry. If you missed out, don’t worry. It’s under “past issues”, as always.

So hey! This month we have Lauren Milici as our WotM. Let me tell you: I love everything I have ever read by Lauren, and I think you will, too. She is one of my most favorite writers at the moment, and I am so grateful she is allowing us to feature her work. 

The pop culture issue is always a blast for us, but it’s always a lot of work. So I want to give a major shout out to founder Matt Guerrero, Managing Editor Chris Pruitt, my husband Fritz (I rope him into a lot of stuff), and editors Ashley Perez, Kia Alice Groom, Joey Gould, and Jeanne Obbard, for working long and hard on this issue (and all issues, really).

This one’s a good one. We have pieces about DegrassiSpider-Man, I Love Dick, Skins, and, in the debut of our new column, “One Perfect Episode”, the MST3K classic, Pumaman—plus a bunch more. 

I would be remiss if I did not mention that, once again, our issue title comes from the Drunk Monkey staff’s favorite show, Vanderpump Rules. Last year, it was all about the pasta—or was it? This time around we’re channeling LaLa’s constant raging against that machine called life. We love VPR so much, we’ve even indoctrinated our newest DM member early:

After a month-long break, I am happy to announce we are once again open for submissions in all categories! We’re looking for more in fiction and essays, so send it all our way. And while we won’t be open for our November special issue for a while, I would like to formerly announce it now: we’re going to be featuring work that previously appeared in now defunct journals! So if you need to rehome something, get ready for us. We’ll be open for that over the summer.

It’s been a great first quarter, and we are so lucky to have your readership. We love our contributors, we love our audience, we are so full of love. 

Be well, 

Kolleen Carney Hoepfner

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