Really excited to be announcing this: I’m the new editor of Keyhole Magazine.
For those who don’t know about the magazine, Keyhole is an indie lit quarterly run out of Nashville. Under the reign of Peter Cole, Keyhole put out nine issues of great writing. A bunch of the better stories I’ve read in magazines in the last couple of years have come out in Keyhole, including “I Hope You Still Love Me in Your New Hyundai” by Crispen Best, “Hold on to Your Vacuum” by Matt Bell, “I Pilot my Bed Deep Into the Night” by Ryan Call, “Kind and Merciful” by Nick Kocz, and a few of Shellie Zacharia’s Now Playing stories. In other words, I’m already on board with The Keyhole Aesthetic, which really just amounted to the taste of Peter and the other editors.
I met Peter this last winter after he printed a story I’d submitted called “This Nun” in Keyhole #9. My wife and I were pretty seriously considering moving to Nashville by then, and I was looking to make Nashville friends in case we did move, so I emailed him while we were in town. He and I sat in a Hillsboro Village sports bar and talked books/publishing/writers pretty late into the night.
So when I moved to Nashville earlier this month, Peter offered me the gig so he could focus on Keyhole Books, putting out sweet collections/novels by Matt Bell, Aaron Burch, William Walsh, and, as of yesterday, Matthew Simmons. I think the first thing I said was, “Sounds like a lot of work.” But then I thought about how fun it could be to put together a magazine made only of writing I love, and to work with people I like who’ll help me make it happen. So I said, yes, sure, yeah, cool. Cool? Cool. With a little bit of fine print that says I could quit after one, three, or seven issues, and pass the editor hat to somebody else if I need to.
I’m excited to say that Keyhole mainstay/Twelve Stories/Willows Wept/indie lit powerhouse Molly Gaudry is staying onboard as an editor, and that I’ve also tricked the writer Christy Crutchfield and the writer/co-editor of matchbook Brian Mihok into joining up.
My first act as president is to shut down submissions for the quarterly and the digest. Our inbox is flooded and we’ve got to spend some time reading our way out. In a break from the old policy, we will be responding to all submissions. However, If you’ve sent something to Keyhole in the last year, there’s a chance it may have already been considered, rejected, and deleted before I got here.
However, Keyhole Online will remain open for business–Peter’s still running all online content–so log in and send him your fiction, poems, articles, and interviews! Overwhelm him with your writing. He likes it.