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Hello! Happy mid-August. Two things to report:
My flash fiction piece, The Way It Is Now, was featured in the inaugural issue of Rabid Oak. Thank you to Matthew Woodman for snagging it! I had a hard time placing it, and I am guessing the subject matter is why, though I don’t usually write fiction so who knows. I am so happy it has a home, and I am excited to see Rabid Oak grow.
The latest epsiode of The Literary Whip podcast features…ME! Lise Quintana and I discuss “David Bowie: Sound and Vision” by Julie Greenberg. I hate the sound of my own voice, and since I never shut up, I apologize to the world.
I wrote about obsession and the movie Chuck and Buck for Birth.Movies.Death. I had a lot of fun revisiting this movie; I don’t think I’ve seen it in about 15 years, but having watched it three times since I purchased it for the article, I can say with great honesty that I do not want to watch it again for another 15 years.
On August 25th we’re hosting a chapbook release party/ reading at the Book Show in Los Angeles. I am donating 50% of sales to Book Show’s fundraiser, and I am reading with some really great people: Ashley Perez, Rachael Warecki, and Joseph Iraggi. Drunk Monkeys founder Matthew Guerruckey is hosting, and it should be a fairly lovely summer evening. I would love to see you there.
Over at Drunk Monkeys we’ve wrapped up our themed issue, Vice and Virtue, for September. We received a LOT of intriguing submissions, but man alive, there are other vices besides sex! This was a fun one to build and I’m excited to show it to you all. Regular submissions for poetry and fiction are still closed right now, but I am hoping we can open them back up in September.
Finally, I just finished We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samatha Irby and I highly recommend it. I’ll be writing a review for Drunk Monkeys, but until then…just trust me.
Wow, what a manic month I have had! Between my son’s visit and real life stuff, writing has taken a backseat and, if I know me, it’s going to be hard to get back into it. I have a hard time focusing and managing my time, and I know the only way I will work on these projects in my head is by sitting down and doing it, but ugh, there is so much tv in the world.
Zoetic Press has a new podcast! It is called The Literary Whip and you can listen to it here! If you’re an editor and you would like to be on the podcast, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course, we have a Facebook and Twitter page.
Speaking of Zoetic Press, submissions for NonBinary Review #14: The Complete Works of Hans Christian Andersen, are closing 7/31. Then we are focusing on Issue 15: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson!
On the Drunk Monkeys front: submissions for poetry and fiction are closed right now due to a sizable backlog. Once we clear what we have we’ll open everything back up. Submissions are still open for essays, especially film and music essays, and we’re accepting stuff for our Vice and Virtue issue through 7/31. Next month we’re celebrating all the terrible movies we love for #100WordFilmReviews, so that is fun!
I think that’s it for now. Just work, and trying to find time for my work. I’lll get there.
So much to report so I will get right to it:
My son is visiting from MA and I am so happy! He helped me sort of rebuild this site; I was so overwhelmed by it that I was putting it off for far too long. Thanks, Aidan!
My chapbook, Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament, is finally out. Thank you so much to Scott and Grey Books Press for taking this little love letter on! You can own it for a mere $6, which as we all know is just .75 more than a Venti Dirty Iced Chai Latte from Starbee’s.
Additionally, I had an editor’s letter in the June issue that I felt was important; it’s all about how you build your own family. Check it out.
Zoetic Press has a new Nonbinary Review issue out: Urban Legends/ Snopes. And guess who it’s guest edited by? You’ve got it… ME! For a mere $2 you can read 29 pieces of Snopes inspired work. This was such a blast to be a part of, and I loved every second of it.
Speaking of ZP, we have an open call for Hans Christian Andersen inspired work that closes at the end of July. AND we’re hosting Write Like You’re Alive again!
Really, that’s all I have for now. Everything I’m working on is stalled while Aidan is here. He leaves next week, and while I’ll be heartbroken, at least I’ll be able to get some stuff done.
(PS: How about that new Twin Peaks?!)
A few things of note:
I wrote a very important (to me) editor’s letter for Drunk Monkeys in regards to the amount of Bukowski-esque (read: revolving around poorly written sex/ penises) submissions we receive. It is infuriating as a woman to have to deal with this malarkey, and I map out why it sucks. Stop doing that, men. No one cares.
By the way, the March issue of Drunk Monkeys is amazing.
At Zoetic Press, two things are happening: we are running a week long 24-hour turnaround on submissions for the low low price of $3. We currently have three calls for submissions, so there’s a lot to choose from!
Additionally, I am super excited to announce that I am guest editing Nonbinary Review #13: Snopes/ Urban Legends. I’ve always been obsessed with urban legends, so this is really exciting for me! Here is the call:
Did you know Snopes isn’t just a wonderland of debunked political articles your aunt emailed you? It’s also a smorgasbord of urban legends!
Nonbinary Review is now accepting submissions for issue 13: Snopes/ Urban Legends, through 5/1/17! We don’t just want politically influenced subs– we want your best “sewer rats as pets” and “I definitely saw Nessie that one time”.
We are a paying market: “NonBinary Review pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry (singular poems or a suite) and $25 per piece of visual art, payable upon receipt of the signed publication contract. In return, we ask for worldwide serial rights and electronic publishing rights. NonBinary Review accepts previously published work as long as the original publication is clearly credited. All contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears.”
Complete guidelines here: https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/69819/nbr-13-snopes-com-urban-legends
(And yes, I know that’s not a sewer rat. But still, look at that thing!)
I don’t know if it’s obvious, but I am slowly rebuilding this page, so if it seems weird for a bit, that’s why. I think only like 3 people look at it, but I felt it bears repeating.
New year, new attempt to keep up with this thing.
I edited this book, and if you are interested in the Camino de Santiago you may be interested in it! Take a look.
I recently took over as EIC of Drunk Monkeys, which is really exciting for me!
In January I was told that my chapbook, “Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament”, was a finalist for Grey Books Press and will be published in the summer. This book is really important to me, so I am over the moon about it.
I have been writing an advice column over at Five:2:One magazine. If you need advice, email me at email@example.com.
I think that’s everything, for now. I need to get writing again but I am utterly exhausted all the time. I didn’t think February in CA would be as exhausting as in MA, but here we are.