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As writers we have to celebrate and encourage one another in the long lonely journey to share our work with the world. Writing is a singular art form — we have no visible apparatus that distinguishes us and sets us apart, nothing visible that demonstrates our craft to the world. Unless of course, we are able to publish. So I’d like to congratulate my friend and fellow wordsmith, Kathryn Martins, on having her story “There” picked up and published by the online magazine Contrary. Kathryn is a gifted writer whose work packs a visceral punch. At times nostalgic, at times haunting, always thought-provoking, Kathryn is a true artist and lover of words and sentence craft, so do make time to check out her story and also her beautiful blog.

Congratulations, Kathryn! It’s a pleasure to know you and to read your work. May this success be the first of many. Cheers!