Unstuck #2

[Unstuck‘s first issue, which came out last November, was big: 352 lavishly illustrated pages, and incredible fun to read (stories from Joe Meno, J. Robert Lennon, Matt Derby, Aimee Bender, Rachel B. Glaser, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Meghan McCarron, Matthew Vollmer, and many more). With some help, their second issue is going to be even bigger (disclosure: it will feature one of the longest stories in Critique of Pure Reason), “over 500 pages.” They’d like your help with that, and I think you should help them. Here’s a link to their just-launched Kickstarter. All of the money will go to printing, distribution, and paying their contributors.] Continue reading


I Shot the Moon, Calamari Press, 35-38 / 41, 3RD BED [7, 8, 9, 10, 11]


Click through to read the full (super-mega) review of 3RD BED [7, 8, 10, &11]

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the sacred and the profane: a look at the cover of a book by rachel b. glaser

There might be more than one way to understand the cover of Pee on Water, the collection of short fiction forthcoming from Publishing Genius by Rachel B. Glaser (who, in the interest of disclosure, is a friend), but I want to suggest a way of understanding it that is both religious and irreligious – that involves, I think, a peculiar dissolution of the line between the sacred and the profane.

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Seth Landman’s Invisible Ear

Do you know Seth Landman? If not, you should. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few weeks ago in Denver, thanks to Mike Young. (Do you know Mike Young? If not, you should.) There were burgers, there were pints and $3.00 martinis, and there was a vacuum. And, later, there was a trade. I gave Seth a copy of We Take Me Apart, and he gave me lovely looking copies of the poetry journal he edits, Invisible Ear (Issues 2, 3, and 4), which look like little chapbooks, each with a unique cover, and each printed in limited editions.

Issue 2’s contents looks like this:

Marie Buck, Jessica Fjeld, Brad Flis, Lawrence Giffin, Rachel B. Glaser, Ben Kopel, Lily Ladewig, Emily Pettit, Alex Phillips, Jono Tosch.

Issue 3’s contents looks like this:

Brian Baldi, Ezekiel Black, Jack Christian, Ari Feld, Lewis Freedman, Anjali Khosla Mullany, Mark Leidner, Edward Mullany, Emily Toder, Lesley Yalen.

And Issue 4’s contents looks like this:

David Bartone & Jeff Downey, Eric Baus, Luke Bloomfield, Francesca Chabrier, Phil Cordelli, Loren Goodman, Kim Hagerich, Hailey Higdon, Brian Mihok, Michelle Taransky.

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This Saturday in Brooklyn – alternative AWP event

Alexandra Chasin is the author of Kissed By, a collection of short innovative fictions (FC 2).  Her creative work has appeared in print in Post Road, AGNI, Denver Quarterly, H.O.W., West Branch, The Capilano Review, Chain, Phoebe, and sleepingfish, and online in Exquisite Corpse, elimae and DIAGRAM, among other places.  Chasin’s work has been anthologized in Wreckage of Reason:  An Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women Writers, and Forms at War.  With a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford and an MFA from Vermont College, Chasin teaches Fiction Writing at Eugene Lang College at The New School, and currently serves as the Co-chair of the Literary Studies Department there.

Sonya Chung is the author of Long for This World, recently released by Scribner. Her stories, reviews, & essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Crab Orchard Review, Sonora Review, and BOMB Magazine, among others. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Writers’ Fellowship & Residency. She is currently at work on a second novel, Sebastian & Frederick. In fall 2010, she will join the full-time faculty of The Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. You can learn more about Sonya and her work at www.sonyachung.com.

Rachel B. Glaser grew up in northern New Jersey and befriended a bunch of open honest weirdos. She studied painting and animation at RISD and writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has stories in 3rd Bed, New York Tyrant, American Short Fiction, and others. She likes dancing and night hikes and is reading a crazy book by William Gass right now. Email her at bassethoundfound@gmail.com. Check out miscellanea at rachelbglaser.blogspot.com.

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India, in 1954 and came to America at the age of five. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where his father taught chemistry at Ohio State University, and has lived in many parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, where he spent five years working in the fishing and logging industries, and New York’s Upper West Side, where he was a sometime graduate student in Columbia’s Ph.D. program in Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. His collections of poems include James Laughlin Award winner The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, The Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Bomb, The San Diego Reader, and TriQuarterly, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and The Best American Poetry 1997 and 2003.