Well, here we are again.
Another year in beautiful Fife, one of the most civilised yet hard-to-get-to places in the United Kingdom (note: this is my opinion, which I think holds unless you consider Manchester in the context of getting to it from Fife … Manchester in that case takes the proverbial cake).
Hello. I’m Alexandra, fourth year English Literature student and proud ex-pat desperately trying to cling to my ex-pat-ness for as long as possible, given the current American political climate…
A few things to note about me. I live in a building heralded by two enormous stone owls. Their names are definitely Athena and Thales. I bake cakes when I’m stressed, make vats of soup when I’m tired, add expensive bottles of wine to my online shopping cart only to never buy them a week later when I’m happy. Let me know if you have money to spend on a very nice bottle of Malbec. I like long novels and short plays. I write long poems and short stories. I like to say I’m from Brooklyn, but I just lived there as an infant the year before Williamsburg became cool (read: gentrified/turned from “Little Odessa” to hipster asylum). Now I live in the elusive but very real Central New Jersey. My boss told me that I reminded him of Belle from Beauty and the Beast and it took a great deal of self control not to cry.
This year, I’m excited to be The Tribe’s Deputy Editor! What I think this means is that I’ll be Elliot’s second-in-command in all things management (writers and our amazing new editorial team), creative development (hit me up if you have a Tribe event you want to see happen, an article you’re interested in working on with us, for example…), and essentially doing anything I can to keep the magazine running smoothly. My email is literally “managing”@thetribeonline, which should probably feel more insulting than it actually does. Oh, well. We’re all the managing or deputies of our own lives in some way, right? Probably.
So what does that mean for you? Why would you actually need to contact me? I’m happy to be your first or second point of contact should you need guidance as to which editorial section might best suit your work, how our editorial team works overall, or an extra set of eyes to look over your submission, whether it be visual or literary. In short, I suspect that I’ll have a lot of jobs, but the most important one will be as an initial liaison between you and your working relationship with us. Please know that no question is too big or too small, and if you have feedback of any kind about our editorial and submissions process (can you not navigate our website? Have you not heard from a certain editor? Did you feel misunderstood, misrepresented, or misheard by us in any way?), it certainly has a place for expression with me.
I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate in my high school and university careers to have exposure to different editorial and writing styles, from academic to trade book publishing, to picture books and art editing. As a writer in the habitual and artistic sense, I’ve had both good and bad experiences with editors, and drew heavily from both in my efforts to restructure our editorial team over the last year. Put simply, I know how a bad editor can hurt a piece just as much as a good one can make it the best it can be. I hope this will assuage any fears that your articles may not find appropriate attention or appreciation with us. As Editor, it was important to me to ensure that we maintained our reputation as a writers-first, hands-on magazine while still putting out high quality content, and Elliot and I are certainly of the same mind that this year should be no different.
I was attracted to write for The Tribe in my first year because it felt like a publication that actually wanted to hear what I had to say. As I grew more involved as a writer, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of the writers and editors I didn’t know, all of whom worked (mainly) seamlessly alongside each other to put out the best content they could. If I’ve done my job as Film Editor, then Editor-in-Chief, and if I continue to do my job as Deputy Editor, you’ll want to write for us for that same reason. Your voice, your thoughts, your questions, your complaints, all matter, and are vital to the vibrance of our publication.
So contact me with any article ideas, queries about our magazine’s mission and organisation, or if you do want that Malbec recommendation after all. I’m looking forward to interacting with writers as much as possible this year, and was blown away by the variety of submissions we received over the last year. For such a small place, St Andrews manages to bring out the best and worst in people, and often the worst in people makes for the best stories, (hopefully written by the best writers!). So keep your ears out for our next few events, your nose out for gossip, and I hope to hear from you soon.
You can contact Alexandra with any questions, recent dreams, articles, or wine recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org.