Tuesday, August 4, 2009

So much going on

In no particular order (actually seems to be all at once):

Michael Kimball wrote Meg Pokrass's life story on a postcard.

I know PANK Magazine has been around for a few years, but I've definitely become more aware of the magazine over the past year or so, and I like what I see.

Check out their lively blog for an interview with Gary Percesepe, Associate Editor of Mississippi Review.

They will be publishing Matt Bell's short story "Mantodea" in PANK 4 (see/hear Matt read "Her Ennead" and "Mantodea" as part of the Keyhole Press promotion for Stephanie Johnson's One of These Things is Not Like the Others and his forthcoming story collection, How They Were Found)

They are having a contest with prizes and transparency.

A little more Matt Bell: his sold-out chapbook THE COLLECTORS is now available as a free e-book. As is his chapbook from Willows Wept Press, HOW THE BROKEN LEAD THE BLIND

Jackie Corley interviewed by Lee Rourke at 3:AM Magazine

Call for submissions:

Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide

Edited by Eva Talmadge and Justin Taylor

We are seeking high quality photographs of your literary tattoos for an upcoming book. Send us your ink! Submissions are open to all kinds of literary tattoo work: quotations from your favorite writer, opening lines of novels, lines of verse, literary portraits or illustrations. From Shakespeare to Bukowski to The Little Prince in a Baobab tree, if it’s a literary tattoo and its on your body, we want to see it.

All images must include the name (or pseudonym) of the tattoo bearer, city and state or country, and a transcription of the text itself, along with its source. For portraits or illustrations, please include the name of the author or book on which it’s based. And of course, you are heartily encouraged to credit the artist who did your work.

We’d also like to read a few words about the tattoo’s meaning to you — why you chose it, when you first read that poem or book, or how its meaning has evolved over time. How much (or how little) you choose to say about your tattoo is up to you, but a paragraph or two should do the trick.

Please send clear digital images of the highest print quality possible to tattoolit@gmail.com. Pixel resolutions should be at least 1500 x 1200, or a minimum 300 dpi at 5 inches wide. Text should be included in the body of the email, not as an attached document. Also be sure to include one or more pieces of contact information, so we can let you know if you’re going to be in the book.



Blake Butler is everywhere. And while he's there he is eating a copy of his forthcoming book SCORCH ATLAS one page at a time and he's making videos of himself doing it (otherwise, he'd probably just eat candy):

Blake Butler eats Page 1 of Scorch Atlas from blake butler on Vimeo.



Blake Butler eats Page 2 of Scorch Atlas from blake butler on Vimeo.



Blake could maybe go 'Tao Lin' and put the processed pages on ebay. Maybe put them in a mason jar or something.

Glad to see the Christopher Higgs is now a contributor at HTMLGIANT.

Shya Scanlon's Forecast 42 Project, where he is serializing his novel FORECAST, essentially turning a network of online lit mags and blogs into a sort of aggregate literary magazine. The first six chapters have appeared at Juked, Northville Review, Emprise Review, John Madera's website, flatmancrooked, and Lamination Colony, and many more to come since there are 42 chapters.

In the spirit of Shya Scanlon's project, J.A. Tyler is posting his novel(la), THE ZOO, A GOING, one piece at a time, and it won't cost you a dime (good ol' Johnny Cash); each piece will be posted for 24 hours and then will make way for the next, a total of 76 pieces/days.

John Madera reviews Brian Evenson's Fugue State

Gina Myers interviewed Jeff Vande Zande about his novel, Landscape with Fragmented Figures

Everyday Genius guest edited this month by Michael Kimball

I know I'm missing a ton of stuff.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Interview with Andy Devine in elimae

The August issue of elimae is up, and it includes an excerpt from Robert Lopez's forthcoming novel, Kamby Bolongo Mean River, due out from Dzanc Books in September; poetry by Meg Pokrass, fiction by Tim Jones-Yelvington, and a lot more.

Also, my interview with the mysterious Andy Devine. I had a great time interviewing Devine and taking the opportunity to read his work more closely. His book entitled WORDS is forthcoming from Publishing Genius Press in 2010. Here's the intro:


My introduction to the work of Andy Devine was the chapbook entitled "As Day Same That the the Was Year" from Publishing Genius Press as part of their This PDF Chapbook series. One look and I saw a clever (re)arrangement of what may or may not have been a short story. But another look and my eyes slid out of focus, and I began to see things more clearly. I sought more of Devine's work and found some in the archives of a ceased online literary journal called Taint Magazine. His latest work appears in the new issue of Unsaid. At only a glance it is clear that Andy Devine's work is something different, unlike any writing by even the riskiest literary innovators working today. Devine has dismantled the English language to its elemental state and has used recognizable words to build a language beyond language. In April and May, I asked Andy Devine some questions via email.