THE LABLETTER IS AN ANNUAL MAGAZINE of art and literature that has its roots in the Oregon Lab, the name given to a group of artists and their annual gathering—Oregon because the first two years we met in Oregon, and Lab because the gathering was intended as a place where artists could experiment with their work. One of the tenets of the group and a component of that experimentation was that artists who work in different disciplines could benefit by working together.
The Labletter was first published in 1998 as a way for people in the Lab to stay in contact outside the context of the actual gathering—a way to share work when we weren't together, a letter to stay in touch. In 2008, we made the decision to make the Labletter a public magazine. A number of people who had participated in the Lab became editors, and submissions were solicited from a much wider audience. The first public edition was published in 2009.
Several things are important: that the Labletter retain some of the intimacy that values the source of where the work comes from, that it present a quality of work that makes it relevant and engaging, and that it has the possibility of connecting with people across a wide range of disciplines and with a wide range of interests, artistic and otherwise.
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