I want to personally apologize to all our readers and folks who have submitted to Four Ties Lit Review for Issue VII. I have not been able to devote the time I thought I would to the magazine over the last 3 weeks. We should be finished and announcing who has been accepted for publication. However, my wife and I have just moved from Norfolk VA to Fort Collins CO. In the process of that move, we’ve been the victims of fraud. Fraud perpetrated upon us by our moving company. The company was “adjusting” the price of clients moves after signing binding contracts with those clients, extorting money from those clients if they wanted to get their shipment delivered. This is a form of racketeering. A federal grand jury indicted 12 company employees on July 31st and at least 5 of them have been arrested. Authorities have identified at least 900 victims to date.
From the details we’ve been able to glean, mostly from the press, our belongings, including 26 years of accumulated memories in the form of scrapbooks, Christmas ornaments and other personal effects along with all of our furniture and household goods are likely in a warehouse in Ohio being held as evidence by the FBI and DOT. Returning our lives to some semblance of normal from scratch has been emotional and time-consuming (not to mention expensive) therefore I have not been able to devote the time to 4Ties that our readers and those who have submitted to the magazine deserve. I am truly sorry. As things finally round into shape, for now, I will soon be able to return my attention to 4ties and while the delay has caused many of our favorited pieces to be withdrawn from the issue we will forge ahead with publishing Issue VII. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.
Matthew W Larrimore