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We spoke to Jenkins before the release of Issue 2. Based on the publication’s missions, we’re obviously fans. “One of the things we founded our brand on is that we are around to lift up artists and freelancers who need a start,” said Jenkins.

Brightest Young Things: Issue 2. What’s different about Issue 2?

Kate Jenkins: Oh man, it’s way better!

I have a whole team of editors that I didn’t have on issue 1. I think the quality of the writing is better. We did a couple of things that are different than the first issue. We did poetry for the first time. We have a very long collaborative travel piece.

BYT: Are you still enjoying it? Is it what you want it to be?

KJ: Absolute, even more so.


BYT: What are some of the things you’d like to do in Issue 3?

KJ: I think we’re going to do more poetry. We got so many great submission that we couldn’t include in the second issue and I’m really excited about that.

We’re going to do a little more journalism in the next issue.

BYT: Why did you open it up to poetry?

KJ: At first I was weary of it because I don’t have a background in it. I’ve never edited poetry before and I didn’t study it very much. When I was doing the first issue I didn’t want to judge it. When I took on a new editor with a background poetry she helped me looked through everything and I found that I really liked some of the stuff we were getting.


BYT: When you say journalism, what do you mean?

KJ: It’s all going to be literary journalism, it’s not super-hard hitting journalism because that’s not what we are. For example, we’re going to be working on a piece that explores work/life balance among 20-somethings.

BYT: What should people expect from the release party?>

It’s going to be amazing. There are going to be food trucks and on-site screen printing from arcade and we’re going to have a bunch of art sales from Hole in the Sky and  Red Table Press and Pleasant Plains, there will be a video booth and performances from Teen Mom and Brett.

BYT: Will you continue the magazine when you turn 30?

KJ: Yeah! Totally!

We’re revising the language that we had been using because so many people that have gotten excited about it are in their 30s and the language isn’t inclusive enough. We’re revising to say it’s more about establishing identity and coming of age, at any age.
Illustration by Kreh Mellick, primary illustrator for Issue 2

Illustration by Kreh Mellick, primary illustrator for Issue 2

BYT: How’s DC treating you?

KJ: Awesome. DC is the best.

BYT: Would you move the magazine?

KJ: Move isn’t the right word, expand is the right word. At this point there are four manager level people on the team and three other editors. Even if I move there’s still going to be a “The Intentional” in DC.