SPECIAL TRIBUTE ISSUE of THE NEWTOWNER due Spring 2013 - feature story

THE NEWTOWNER is a one-of-a-kind arts and literary magazine showcasing the work of emerging and established literary, visual, and performing artists from our local area and across the nation.





The Newtowner team is working feverishly on a very special tribute issue dedicated to the people of Newtown, CT.   


We think it would make a great feature story.  


The Newtowner’s mission is to celebrate creative community and the life-affirming power of literature and the arts.   


In light of the events of 12/14/12, this mission has never been more relevant and important.  


Our upcoming issue, due for release in Spring 2013, will be a special tribute issue offered as a healing gift to the town of Newtown. By its very nature it will be a publication of historic significance.  


Our aims for this issue are to:  

•          Celebrate the people, beauty, culture, and community spirit of Newtown, CT  

•          Commemorate the fallen  

•          Recognize and give artistic expression to the grief we have experienced  

•          Highlight the role of the arts in healing and the arts’ ability to nurture our humanity 

•          Focus on our love, faith, and hope for the future.

•          Show that although this has been a defining moment in the life of our town, it does not define us

•          Remind us all of why we are so proud to call this town home.


Features in this issue will include:


•          Faces of Newtown – a photo essay of portraits of Newtown residents

•          Places of Newtown—a photo essay highlighting Newtown’s physical beauty

•          Letters of support, encouragement, and inspiration to the people of Newtown from high profile national writers, artists, and leaders

•          Reflections on “What Newtown Means to Me” by local parents, teachers, first responders, artists, writers, business owners, and community leaders

•          Essay by a Sandy Hook Elementary School parent

•          Poetry by Newtown High School students

•          Art by Newtown’s elementary school students

•          Photo essays on various healing arts projects such as From Broadway with Love, Newtown Healing Art Space, S.H.A.C.K., Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Ponies etc.

•          Discussion by Garner Correctional Institution inmates on the transformative power of the arts


Call for sponsorship: Our hearts’ desire is to provide complimentary copies to, if not every Newtown household, at least every Sandy Hook Elementary School family. We are looking for individual and corporate sponsor funding to be able to achieve this goal. Please contact editor@thenewtownermagazine.com to express your interest.


Indiegogo fundraiser: We also have an indiegogo fundraising campaign running to raise funds towards our goal: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/special-tribute-issue-of-the-newtowner-an-arts-and-literary-magazine/x/2024835


Call for submissions: The Newtowner is calling for submissions of poetry, nonfiction, photography, and art that would be appropriate in an issue dedicated to the people and places of Newtown. All submissions must be submitted via the Submissions page on The Newtowner  website: www.thenewtownermagazine.com. Deadline for all submissions is March 6, 2013.


Call for volunteers: The Newtowner  is seeking volunteers and interns that would be interested in helping to produce this special tribute issue. Volunteer opportunities are available in the areas of writing, editing, public relations, publicity, fundraising, photography, illustration, design, and distribution. Please contact editor@thenewtownermagazine.com to express your interest.


Thank you in advance for whatever help you can offer in creating this healing gift to Newtown. We look forward to answering any question you have.


Kindest regards,



An Arts and Literary Magazine

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Other information about THE NEWTOWNER


Did you know that:


•          Over the last two years we have published six acclaimed issues.

•          We are one of very few arts and literary magazines that operates as a grass roots, all-volunteer movement in a local community, and that is not funded by a university or college.

•          We are the only arts and literary journal we know of aimed at a general readership that regularly publishes the creative work of young writers and artists. We publish the work of elementary, middle-school, and high-school students in a dedicated section called "Youth Expressions."

•          Not only do we publish the work of young writers and artists, we mentor youth editors who select and edit the works published in the Youth Expressions section.

•          We work with and publish the creative work of Garner Correctional Institution inmates. We are the only arts and literary journal we know of that is doing this on a regular basis. This work is showcased in its own dedicated section called "From the Inside Out."

•          In the digital age, The Newtowner is an ode to print as an art form. It is a perfect bound, full-color art magazine printed on 100# weight silk-textured paper with exceptional graphic design.



More than a magazine, THE NEWTOWNER is a community of readers, writers, editors, artists, and art lovers, who together support the arts and each other.


The Newtowner' s community outreach has included:


•          Community poetry and prose readings

•          Launch issue celebrations that have been open to the public

•          Creation of the Inaugural Newtowner Open Poetry Award

•          Creation of The Newtowner/Newtown High School Poetry Award

•          Mentoring of high school and middle school youth editors

•          Musical and dramatic performances

•          Dance workshops

•          Panel discussions

•          Newtown Arts Festival support and involvement

•          Local library events

•          Attendance at readings and performances by inmates at Garner Correctional Institution by the staff of The Newtowner

•          Venetian-inspired Masked Ball to celebrate our first anniversary



The team behind THE NEWTOWNER


The Newtowner is run by a highly talented, all-volunteer staff with exceptional background and experience in literature and the arts.


Our team includes Editor in Chief Georgia Monaghan, Associate Editor Aimee Pokwatka, Fiction Editor Wendy Wipprecht, Poetry Editor Lisa Schwartz, Creative Nonfiction Editor Brenda McKinley, Features Editor Lillian Bittman, Assistant Editor Nancy Bocian, Proofreader Jennifer Jackson, Columnist Julie Stern, Art Designers Tracy Hubbard and Tarol Samuelson, Photographer Darren Wagner, Illustrator Luke Kennedy, Special Projects and Promotions Coordinator Sheryl Fatse, Public Relations Coordinator Maka  Bakhbava, Youth Staff Nikki Barnhart, Grace McKinley, Caroline McArdle, Lucien Formichella, and Sarah Clements.


Please visit the About Us page on The Newtowner magazine website: www.thenewtownermagazine.com to read the bios of our exceptionally talented and experienced staff.





"I am a lucky guy to have been profiled in such a gorgeous and arts-friendly magazine. The Newtowner has it all: compelling writing, great photography, and an attractive layout that can proudly stand beside the New York 'slicks.' Each issue is a pleasure to read."     -- Wally Lamb, best-selling novelist                                                                                                                   


“For those engaged in the world of arts and literature, having a publication like this available to your community is something of a dream come true."    --Mark Danowsky, NewPages.com


“Your publication is delicious . . . a deep dish apple pie of a magazine.”  -- Ethel-Anne Roome


"The most complimentary thing I can say about The Newtowner is that it is real. It bleeds and sweats and has soul. Thank you."   --Vincent, Garner Correctional Institution



Many thanks!





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