As we move into a new year, I am particularly grateful for the many successes of the past few months. One year ago, Spitfire Literary Magazine was only beginning to take shape in my mind, and I am still somewhat awestruck that it has become so much more in so little time. It has been a wonderful journey for me to see this magazine leap from thought to print, and I want to thank all of you who have encouraged that transition—my family and friends who have supported my process, and everyone who has read this magazine, or submitted writing, or even followed it on Instagram. It is because of you that Spitfire is able to continue being Spitfire.
But the new year brings more than gratitude. It is a time of change and growth, and it has driven me to consider how I would like to proceed and what I want this magazine to become in the future. 2018 has been a year full of inspiration, both positive and negative: many publications have been forced to fold, and countless tragedies have shaken this country to its core, but at the same time, women all over have stood up for what they believe in and changed the direction of the future, new creative ventures have sprung up, and I am continually surrounded by people who bring positivity, passion, and kindness into this world. Just as all these things have defined the year, they all inspire me to keep Spitfire going and to make it a beacon of hope moving forward—not necessarily because its content is optimistic, but because it is a display of free expression and heartfelt writing, of creativity and sincerity.
I have so many hopes for Spitfire, and this ideal is one of them. I hope most of all, though, that each of you, readers and friends, will continue to walk this path with us, to tell us how you feel, and to challenge us to grow and change for the better. Please enjoy this second issue of Spitfire, and be sure to let us know how we can improve in the comments or by reaching out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you many blessings this season and in the year to come.
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Kirsten Garino is the founder and editor-in-chief of Spitfire Literary Magazine. She is a senior in high school.