This issue’s opening quote gives it away â€“ indeed, this issue weâ€™re wearing our literature-loving,Â word-obsessed hearts on our sleeve. This issue is a love letter to the power ofÂ literature, the impact itâ€™s had over the centuries, its place in todayâ€™s world and whatÂ we mean when we talk about literature.
Two special features are part of this issue â€“ the first is a photo essay on a wonderfulÂ new initiative led by Oxford University Press Pakistan through their MuseumÂ and Archives. Based in Karachi, arguably the cosmopolitan hub of the country, the Museum narrates the story of publishing and literature. The second feature focusesÂ on emerging British poets and includes work from fourteen rising talents. We hope toÂ extend this to other countries and include fiction writers as well (an â€œunder 30â€ featureÂ is in the works for a future issue).
Also part of the lineup are interviews with entrepreneur bookseller and publisher,Â Aysha Raja who owns and operates the indie book chain â€œThe Last Wordâ€, and emergingÂ British poet S.J. Fowler. Visuals from Yahat Benazir, Belal Khan, Nazuk IfitkharÂ Rao, Andrew Sussman, Lena Winkel, Vee Chayakul, Laura Pelick, Brianna AngelakisÂ and Blumina grace the pages of this magazine and as always, the final product is aÂ collaboration between The Missing Slateâ€™s amazingly talented and dedicated editorialÂ and creative staff.
Speaking of our staff, you may have noticed the growing number of pins on theÂ team map which come thanks to the new internship program for undergraduate andÂ International Baccalaureate students, who have joined TMS in exchange for academicÂ credit. Applications are open year round and staff is expected to rotate. The magazineÂ is now operating from ten countries â€¦ take a minute to consider that â€“ weâ€™re in threeÂ continents. Thatâ€™s amazing!
The Missing Slate is a strange creature in the world of periodicals â€“ as a trulyÂ global citizen it wears its intentions rather unabashedly. You see, wherever we may beÂ in the world we are connected by, however corny this may sound, the love for creatingÂ something that just didnâ€™t exist before. I hope TMS and its team never loses thatÂ wide-eyed approach on literature, art and everything in between. It is an endearingÂ part of our identity and Iâ€™d like to think our readers agree.