Introducing “Distanced” – Artists Under Quarantine

Editor Sam Preminger, Letters, April 5th, 2020

"None of us can do this alone"

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A letter from the editor

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To our NAILED readers and community –

We find ourselves, together, at a moment unprecedented in recent history. Many of us are anxious, fearful, and uncertain as we silo alone or stalk cautiously through our quiet streets. While we cannot predict what the weeks ahead hold, all of us here at NAILED intend to do our best in continuing to publish the passionate and artful content which defines our magazine. We hope this work will offer you moments of connection during these stifling times.

But this is not enough.

As a magazine which has always sought to amplify voices from historically marginalized communities, we recognize that many of our contributors are left vulnerable to both the present pandemic and its economic fallout. Artists the world over are struggling to stay afloat in the absence of readings, markets, and tours while commissions are continually dwindling. And yet now, more than ever, we turn to the arts. In the interest of supporting these essential creators, NAILED is launching a new series of work which we’re calling “Distanced”. Within this series, you’ll discover content beyond our usual scope of publication, content which directly responds to the present crisis, alongside information on how to support these artists. In the spirit of community, of recognizing the value of art, of carrying one another through this, we ask that all those who are able to¬†please step up as patrons – buy books, commission work, invest in artists, and spread the word.

None of us can do this alone, and as long as we support one another, none of us has to.

 

With gratitude,

Sam Preminger

Editor-in-Chief

 

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*Header image by Dima Rebus. See more of his paintings here.

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Sam Preminger

Sam Preminger is a Portland-based poet. Their work has appeared throughout various publications and they hold an MFA from Pacific University.