What were you doing in November of 1994?
That’s when a neighborhood newspaper called Atlanta 30306 created by Chris Schroder began appearing in racks and at local shops around Virginia-Highland. Twenty-five years later, that newspaper has morphed into the magazine you’re reading right now: Atlanta INtown.
I first picked up a copy of 30306 when I was having lunch at the much-missed Everybody’s Pizza on North Highland. I was 25 in 1994, consumed with love affairs, wanderlust and being a “famous” writer. I was a working journalist, my play “The Dark Horse” had just won a big award and my first poem was published in a reputable literary journal.
I spent my weekend’s clubbing at Backstreet, The Armory and The Chamber. I bought CDs at Tower Records, books and magazine at Oxford Books, and watched foreign films at the Lefont Garden Hills Cinema. If I stumbled out of a club in the wee hours, you could find me sobering up at the Dunk ‘n Dine. Sunday brunch was always at The Colonnade.
All of those places, save for The Colonnade, are long gone. And as INtown turns 25, I just turned 50. Who knows where the time goes?
When my birthday rolled around in September, I was definitely in need of some comfort food, so a group of friends and INtown contributors met up for Sunday brunch at The Colonnade. Over fried chicken, turkey and dressing and those heavenly rolls, we raised a glass to my middle age and INtown’s anniversary.
Twenty-five years on from the day I discovered 30306, I’ve had some pretty good success as a writer. Three novels, five poetry collections, and a clutch of awards, but here’s a secret: since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a journalist. When the other kids were dreaming of being astronauts and firemen, I wanted to be a reporter. I live my dream every day, and that has been a great source of pleasure and pride.
You, the readers and advertisers who have supported and loved INtown for a quarter of a century, continue to allow this publication to thrive and tell your stories. It has sincerely been the honor and privilege of my life to be your editor. Thank you for making my dream come true.
Collin Kelley is an award-winning poet, novelist, playwright and journalist. He has been the editor of INtown since 2002.