Dear FIYAH Readers, Contributors, Supporters, and Friends,
Thanks to your staggering generosity, we were able to gather the entire FIYAH staff in Atlanta this past weekend to celebrate the momentous occasion that is our Hugo nomination! We are indescribably touched by this outpour of support.
This meetup, the nomination, and our magazine’s success would not have happened without your support. FIYAH is a labor of love; a sanctuary for Black writers to flourish and shine like the wondrous stars we are.
FIYAH is fortunate to have cultivated such a loving, loyal community of people who laugh and cry with us as we celebrate ourselves and our work. We’re grateful to the writers who trust us with their words, the readers who voraciously consume those words, and the people who so lovingly sing FIYAH’s praises every chance they get. We are overjoyed to have you in our corner.
I’m relatively new to the field of publishing. I’d be lying if I said this enormous, often cruel industry didn’t petrify me at times. There’s still so much about publishing I don’t know. For a writer like me, it feels like there are so many obstacles to overcome. At the worst of times, I feel like the act of writing is a fruitless effort that will only be met with heartache, leaving me with an overwhelming sense of dread and defeat. However, I feel emboldened knowing I don’t have to walk the writer’s path alone. The FIYAH team is behind me, as well as an entire community of thoughtful, kind, passionate and brilliant writers. That fact gives me the strength to push through, to write and revise and submit and do it as many times as I need to leave my mark on this industry.
This is what FIYAH does for Black writers: it gives us strength and hope.
Thanks to your donations and signal boosting, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet in person with the people who have enriched my life immeasurably. Without them cheering me on every step of the way, I would’ve given up writing ages ago. I am grateful for every dollar, for every retweet that contributed to our campaign. It allowed me to unite with my family.
So again, with the utmost sincerity,
Kaleb Russell (AKA: The Kale Brussell)
FIYAH Literary Magazine