Our AAPA mailer Heather Lane is certainly getting a workout assembling these hefty bundles, & she deserves more than a few rounds of applause! Here are your intrepid reviewer’s picks of the month:
Journal(s) of the Month: I chose two journals for January – the largest and smallest journals in the bundle! First, Bob Porterfield’s Tales From The Last Frontier is a sprawling epic journal. Instantly readable and engaging and a glimpse into journalistic events that unfolded in another time & place. My second choice is Farmer Miller with an intriguing look into the closet of forgotten photographs. Please share more of these century old gems before they are lost to time.
Project of the Month: This might be a first for the AAPA – an interactive piece from John Carvalho that includes an article on making corn husk paper plus a peel & stick sample that fits perfectly within John’s article. Creativity abounds in our circle & John’s project sets the tone for more collaborative / interactive projects to come (hopefully).
Writing of the Month:Once again I need to choose every piece and every writer in the American Amateur Journalist. From our collective New Years Wishes to Clarence Wolfshohl’s in-depth reviews, plus a wonderful essay on "Poetry & Identity" from Edwin Feliu, the AAJ sparkles like winter snow, inviting us into a productive and thoughtful year of enjoying our ajay interests.
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