The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies welcomes new Editorial Assistant Kylee Bustard! Kylee is a second-year English major at UPEI.
1. How did you first encounter L.M. Montgomery?
As an Islander, I was surrounded by Anne of Green Gables culture before I could read. When I was a toddler, my family took me to Avonlea Village where I explored the old buildings, wore the standard straw hat with red braids, and watched the lunchtime show in the quaint outdoor theatre. Later on in my preteens, a close friend lent me her copy of Anne of Green Gables, and I fell in love with Anne's brilliant imagination.
2. Who is your favourite L. M. Montgomery character and why?
I've always had a deep admiration for Anne. She is bold, adventurous, and stands up for herself and her beliefs. She has and always will be a role-model for young women like myself. Even now, the struggles she went through are relevant to modern day issues, such as gender inequality. Her character was one of the sparks that led to my appreciation for feminist literature.
3. What excites you about working on the journal?
As a writer, I'm looking forward to getting familiar and involved with the process of editing and publishing. I've recently self-published my first, small poetry book, so I'm excited to gain the experience of working with other writers and the beloved Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies.
Banner Image: Derived from the cover of The Country Home Vol. 60, no. 6, June 1936. kindredspaces.ca, P080 CoH 1936.06 S.