Changes, they are a comin’

Hello everyone! Editor Amanda here to give you a little info about a few exciting plans that are in the works here at Fourth & Sycamore…

First, I’d like to welcome to our family two new book reviewers! Lisa Folkmire and Emily Webber have been working hard to give you quality reviews of some great titles, and after making it through their trial period, they have both accepted our offer to become regular reviewers. We hope you’re as happy to have them join our family as we are!

And here come the changes!

We have a serious backlog of amazing artwork just sitting around waiting for a piece of similar writing to accompany them, so we’ve decided it’s time to give these artists their due. Starting in October, we will be featuring original artwork on Mondays and Fridays! That’s right… two days a week will be devoted just to displaying the artwork and photography submissions we’ve acquired. So be sure to stop by and check out what these featured artists have to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Also coming in October will be a bit of a new look for Fourth & Sycamore.

We here at F&S want our online home to feel more like our real-life library home. And since many of you will never get the chance to stop by and experience the beauty of our historic Carnegie library, we’d like to allow you the chance to see what we see each day. Over the past few months, I’ve been taking photos around our library and will be incorporating these into our site. Our plan is to roll out these changes on our 4th anniversary, which falls on Tuesday, October 16. We’ve been experiencing a bit of trouble with a couple things we’d like to change, but hope to have these issues worked out by the 16th.

We’re also working on new ideas for content. After a few conversations with our newer F&S family members, as well as requests from our regular readers, we’re looking to expand our horizons. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but once we get the length requirements and such sorted out, we’ll announce what content additions we’ll be making. So stay tuned!

At this point, some of you may be wondering why we have a bee in our bonnet about making changes… if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it and that sort of thing. To be honest, these changes boil down to ownership.

As some of you many know, I, Amanda Rodeheffer-Olson, took over as editor of this humble little literary journal almost two years ago. But a few months ago I realized that I still think of F&S as belonging to our former editor and founder, David Nilsen. I’ve been doing things much as David did, and trying to keep Fourth & Sycamore true to it’s roots. But that thinking has kept me from feeling at home here. So the upcoming changes are my way of putting my stamp on this site, and giving our journal a more homey feel. My goal is to have F&S reflect a bit of my personality, so you may start seeing more pieces that display a bit of humor, as well as get a sense of family togetherness. I want all of you, our readers, to feel as if you’ve come home when you stop by to visit us… because I see all of you as a part of our quirky little F&S family. With that being said, if you have any ideas or feedback, feel free to get in touch with us at

I hope these changes won’t alienate our long-time readers, and I promise not to do anything too drastic. I’d just like to take Fourth & Sycamore to the next level. And I sincerely hope you’ll all stick around to see where that takes us.

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