An Apology and Some Clarifications: an Open Letter from the Staff

Feminine Inquiry Team

Hey all,

Feminine Inquiry’s first issue came out and, of course, all of on the team have been working hard and sort of frantically jumping from point A to point B. A lot has been going on in our respective lives, some of us have been trying to find new jobs, others of us were finalizing our graduation plans, so needless to say there’s been a lot of outside stressors coming into the journal.

Unfortunately, in all of that chaos a couple of mistakes were made and a couple of things got left out that we all felt horrible about and wanted to rectify as soon as possible. First and foremost, an art submission by Gina Astuto was left out due to a miscommunication between our editors and the contributor. We all loved Astuto’s piece and were enthusiastic about publishing it, but due to this miscommunication we didn’t receive the proper files in time. We feel like it’s important to address this with our audience as we created this journal to celebrate you and showcase the phenomenal talent that all of you have to offer. It’s disappointing to us that this mistake was made, but we’re guaranteeing that this type of mistake won’t happen again and we’re working hard to rectify the present situation with the artist in question.

Another important omission actually comes from our staff page, or rather, our lack thereof within the journal’s first issue. A miscommunication internally between the main editors resulted in a main staff page being left out which featured all of our founding members. Frankly, there is no excuse for this. Our blog editors and writers have been instrumental in creating Feminine Inquiry, and, speaking as the managing editor for our blog content, have all gone above and beyond their call of duty. I’d like to take this small space here to recognize all of our past, and current blog team members: Lauren Ferguson, Frances Molina, Sarah Neal, Annyston Pennington Abby Hilling, Kelsey Williams, Mandy Romenesko, Jennifer Garcia, and Andrea Martinez. Without them I, and the rest of the Feminine Inquiry team, would have been completely lost and helpless, and in such, they deserve appropriate recognition for being the talented and dedicated writers they have been. As the journal moves forward we intend on having a more permanent staff page, which lists any core staff member as either a present member or a founding member. They will remain, for as long as Feminine Inquiry is active, as founding members of the team—an honor they’ve all have more than earned.

As we move forward we ask that you all continue to grow with us. We’re committed to providing a journal that is not just a safe space for artists and writers, but which provides a safe and communal atmosphere for anyone involved. We’re sure to mess up a bit as we attempt to do this, but we ask that you stick with us, and we hope that you’ll sincerely accept our apology for these unfortunate events.

Sincerely

The Feminine Inquiry Team

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Feminine Inquiry is a literary and arts journal found in Austin, Texas by a group of like-minded men and women. We’re interested in placing women in the spotlight of the creative world by creating a journal which emphasizes the achievements of self-identifying women and simultaneously focuses on the feminist issues which surround their daily lives.

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