Long time, no sparkle. While we’ve been chugging away at getting our next issue out, our poetry contributors have been busy, busy, busy. Here’s a small smattering of what they’ve been up to.

First up: check out all of these shiny poets glittering new work in other literary journals:

Morgan Parker (5.1) in Buzzfeed!

Jane Wong and Nicole Steinberg (7.1) in American Poetry Review

Jared Joseph (7.1) in glittermob!

Daniel Rzicznek (2.1) Candice Wuehle (3.1) & Laura Kochman (7.1) in PITH!

José Hernández Díaz (7.1) in Green Mountain Review!

Jennifer Hanks (7.2) in Permafrost Magazine!

Gina Abelkop (3.2) and Chris Tonelli (6.2) in Lute & Drum!

Emily O’Neill (5.1) in Adroit!

Billie R. Tadros (7.1) in WordRiot!

Alex Lemon (4.1)  in AGNI!

Xandria Phillips (8.1 & 5th annual poetry contest winner!),Tyler Brewington (6.1), & Jameka Williams (7.2) Powder Keg Magazine!

Speaking of glittering, here’s some other shiny news of notes, including forthcoming books, workshops, reviews, and readings:

“Poetry exists in these interstitial spaces. It’s kind of like an orgasm. You can’t remain with it for fourteen hours or else you’re going to end up in the E.R.” Hear more of this great #CoffeewithCreatives podcast with 3.1’s Laura Goode here.

Toby Altman (3.2/4.1) is reading on Wednesday, September 14th, in Chicago!

Carrie Lorig (6.1) & Nick Sturm (3.2) read this Friday, September 16th, in Tuscaloosa!

Mel Bentley (4.1) is reading Wednesday, September 28th in Brooklyn!

3.2’s Jane Wong‘s book OVERPOUR is available October 1 from Action Books! Jane was also the recipient of the 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize!

7.1 contributor and 4th annual poetry contest winner Heather Bowlan has a blog about the Urban Pastoral up on the Ploughshares blog!

Keetje Kuipers (5.1) is teaching a poetry workshop at Hugo House starting September 28th! She will also be reading on Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm as part of the Beacon Bards series at the Hugo House, as well as in NYC on Thursday, September 22 as part of the Best American Poetry anthology launch at the New School.

You can find a review of 5.1’s Emily O’Neill’s book YOU CAN’T PICK YOUR GENRE here!

7.1’s Jennifer Fossenbell reviews Ginger Ko’s MOTHERLOVER for The Volta blog!

You can now buy Notes on the End of the World by 3.2’s Meghan Privitello through Black Lawrence Press!

And, lastly, in some Shiny Poetry Editor news:

Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Ann Southwick was featured in Amazon’s Day One!

Contributing Editor Sophie Klahr has poems in Mid-American Review and BOAAT, as well as three poems in California Journal of Poetics.

Assistant Poetry Editor Tafisha Edwards’ poem was featured as the poem of the week on Split This Rock! [tw: rape]

Poetry Editor Christine Friedlander’s first book AVANT GAUZE is now available from Magic Helicopter Press. Her book is also being featured by Small Press Distributors as a #SPDHandpicked selection for the month of September, making you eligible for a discount! [tw: rape, graphic images]

Omnivorous, Trashy, & Always: Getting to Know GS Reader Michael J. Wilson


Poet Michael J. Wilson reads Poetry for Gigantic Sequins. His book, A Child of Storm, comes out in October from Stalking Horse Press, and will be available for pre-order on the press website and the usual e-sellers this summer. Explore more of his work on Limehawk or on his blog Gnash Nosh, where he posts a poem every day.

Current location?

I currently am sitting in a cafe in Santa Fe, it has an awesome garage door in the front and there is a cool breeze coming in. It is next door to a grocery store. In front is the Santa Fe River, which is a dry bed this time of year but sometime this summer it will fill with water and everything will turn green.

Pick the world of a poem / short story / essay / piece of art that you would want to live in.  

I am obsessed with the worlds of Shirley Jackson. I don’t necessarily want to live in them, but a tour would be nice. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, for instance. It’s a strangely sunless place filled with characters refusing to move beyond family crisis. The actual environment has responded by crumbling about them, yet they refuse to budge. The space is baroque, filled with shadow, it’s oddly ancient and modern at the same time. It’s a mansion, but half of it is rotting. There’s a sort of old Hollywood glamour in this decay. Like Sunset Boulevard or What Ever Happened to Baby Jane or Grey Gardens.

Choose five words to describe your reading habits.

My reading habits in 5 words:

Omnivorous, Obsessive, Fast, Trashy, & Always

What was the best advice someone ever gave you about writing?

The best advice I think I ever got about my writing came from Dana Levin. She has always told me to stop over thinking in my writing. To find the places where my OCD-self stepped in and spun the wheels off the piece. It has led me to a closer reading of my own work. And an attempt to find the places where I add an extra flourish or word when I could just say “here” and “now”.


I say, let’s spring ahead a little early this week and celebrate some awesome news from our shiny poetry contributors!


Make (No) Bones about it! Check out 3.2’s Toby Altman’s new poetry podcast of the very same name! His first includes an interview with Jacob Saenz.


4.1’s Mel Bentley’s book Bucolic Eclogue is now available for preorder from Lame House Press.


Read two poems by Doug Paul Case (4.2) in the newest Devil’s Lake.


Check out this great interview with 7.1’s José Hernández Díaz for The New Delta Review.


Read 5 new poems by Jon-Michael Frank (5.1) in the new Prelude Magazine.


3.1’s Laura Goode’s essay “I Was In Recovery From Anorexia — & Then I Got Pregnant” appears in Refinery 29.


Rebecca Hazelton (4.1) has a poem in the March issue of Poetry Magazine.


Erin Lyndal Martin (7.1) interviews Lucinda Williams about “Highway 20” over at NO DEPRESSION.


2.2’s Yelena Moskovich’s debut debut novel THE NATASHAS is out now through Serpent’s Tail. Get your copy here!


Listen to 1.1 Chris Peck’s reimagination/remix of The Heavy Howl song “The Mask” here.


4.2’s Kylan Rice has a poem in the newest issue of Pith.




Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Ann Southwick wrote a great piece on editing Gigantic Sequins called “IT’S NOT A JOB: IT’S MY LIFE” for Actual Pants.


You can now download our poetry reader Samantha Duncan’s chapbook The Birth Creatures for free (!) from Agape Editions here. She also had a poem appear in Stirring.


Poetry Reader Michael Wilson’s first book of poetry A Child of Storm is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press in October 2016!


Dylan Weird (Poetry Reader) has a poem that you can read (and listen to!) via Word Riot.


Contributing Editor Sophie Klahr’s poem “Diagnosis” was featured in the Harvard Review Online. She will be reading at Pleiades, 32 Poems, and Tupelo Quarterly’s Offsite AWP Reading along with 6.2’s Bianca Stone on Wednesday, March 30th, from 7-9 pm at Opulen Studios in LA. You can find more details about the reading here.


Are you a Shiny contributor reading at AWP in LA this year? Let us know! We want to create our own Map to the Stars, so-to-speak.



This November, we’re thankful for the amazing poets who have graced our issues. Here is some recent contributor news to fill you with joy:


GS 5.2 poetry comics artist Jon-Michael Frank has 2 new poems up at Hobart!


Not only did GS 7.1’s Erin Lyndal Martin interview Natalie Merchant for Salon, but Erin also has two new poems for you to read in the new Cosmo Avenue!


2 new poems from GS 5.1’s Emily O’Neill are now up at Atrocity Exhibition for you to read.


GS 3.1’s Carrie Murphy talks about patriarchy, maternity care, buying dresses & her book FAT DAISIES at Weird Sister!


Read GS 3.2’s Jane Wong’s poem “Against Boredom/Toward Warmth”  up now at City Arts!

And 3rd Annual Poetry Contest Winner Carrie Lorig wrote a 24-page sonnet called “The Book of Repulsive Women” which is now unfolding on  T A G VV E R K.


Happy end-of-October! Piles of leaves, buckets of candy, and plenty of reasons to celebrate our Gigantic Sequins poetry contributors! Here’s how they’ve been shining this past month:

Elizabeth Hoover (2.1) was named a poetry finalist for the the Fall 2015 Orlando Prize!

You can preorder THE OPPOSITE OF LIGHT by GS 3.1’s Kimberly Grey from Persea Books.

GS 5.1’s Rachel Mennies has a poem in the current issue of Poet Lore!

Karissa Morton‘s (4.1) poetry manuscript Amuse the Darkness was a finalist for the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize.

Morgan Parker’s (5.1) second book of poetry will be published in 2017 by Tin House Books!

Alison Strub‘s (6.2) chapbook Lillian, Fred was a finalist in a recent BOAAT Chapbook competition & will be published in 2016.

GS 3.2’s Jane Wong has three poems up at Entropy Magazine and a new poem up at The Seattle Review.

You can now preorder NATURALISM, a new chapbook debuting 11/15 from GS 3.2’s Wendy Xu, through BAP!

And many GS affiliates have work in Dusie issue 18: Gina Abelkop (3.2), Denise Jarrott (7.1), Karissa Morton (4.1), Emily O’Neill (5.1), Morgan Parker (5.1), Meghan Privitello (3.2),Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS EIC), Nicole Steinberg(6.2), & Candice Wuehle (3.1) !

And here’s some Shiny Editor and Contest Judge News to boot:

GS 2nd annual poetry contest judge Jericho Brown is a headliner for the Festival of Words 11/5-7 in Louisiana!

GS 3rd annual poetry contest judge Dawn Lundy Martin is going to edit the PEN Poetry Series!

Check out GS 6.2 Guest Poetry Editor Sommer Browning in the Denver Post reading poetry!

Meet Me Here at Dawn, a poetry collection by Sophie Klahr (GS Contributing Editor), was recently announced as the YesYes Books finalist offered publication to! It will be out late 2016-early 2017.

efs & vees, a chapbook by Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS EIC) is now available from its publisher Hyacinth Girl Press. They’re having a BOGO sale right now, too, so get two great chapbooks for the price of one! Kimberly was also recently interviewed over at Mojo.


Our poetry contributors have been sparkling all over the place! Here’s what they’ve been up to this past August:


Snaps to GS 3.1 poet Candice Wuehle, whose book FIDELITORIA: fixed or fluxed was named a CSU Poetry Center’s 2015 First Book Poetry Editor’s Choice finalist.


Toby Altman (3.2/4.1) has two new great chapbooks out this month: Tender Industrial Fabric (from Greying Ghost) and Same Difference (from Shirt Pocket Press).


Congrats on the publication of the poetry book Actual Cloud via Salò Press by Dalton Day (6.1).


At the Poetry Foundation blog, they asked questions concerning poetry & culture & a few GS contribs have weighed in, including Nick Sturm (3.2), Carrie Lorig (6.1), and Meghan Privitello (3.2).


2 poems by Doug Paul Case (4.2) can be found at the Minnesota Review.


Over at The American Scholar, Jordan Sanderson (4.2) has a stanza featured in a “Caravan of Dreams,” a co-written canto.


The current BORT Quarterly features poetry from Nicole Steinberg (6.2), Adam Soldofsky (4.1), & Jeremy Schmall (2.1).


Dig this interview with GS 6.2’s Bianca Stone via The Public.


Editor-in-Chief Kimberly Ann Southwick has relocated from Philly to Lafayette, LA, where she’s begun her first year as a PhD student in Creative Writing Poetry via the excellent English program at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Contributing Editor Sophie Klahr is doing a second residency at the Art Farm in Marquette, NE for the month of September, working on her kaleidoscopic non-fiction and lyric memoir Over And Under And Then Up For Air.


Poetry Editor Christine Friedlander’s intermedia poetry project AVANT GAUZE will be published in 2016 as a part of Magic Helicopter Press’ Ted Hawkins Innovative Poetry Series.

Have some shiny poetry news that you want displayed on our metaphorical refrigerator door? E-mail or tweet poetry editor Christine Friedlander. Believe me, she’s already beaming with pride.  


Greetings, glitterbombs! Here is what some of our poetry contributors have been up to recently: 

GS 6.2’s Bianca Stone was recently named a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship finalist. Fellowship recipients will be named on September 1st. Fingers-crossed!

You can now preorder GS 3.1’s Carrie Murphy’s poetry collection FAT DAISIES from Big Lucks!

Check out GS 1.2’s Kathleen Rooney’s take on Sarah Blake’s MR. WEST and “the enigma and inaccessibility of celebrities” in “High and Low” over at The Poetry Foundation

PELICAN by GS 2nd annual poetry contest winner Emily O’Neill got a great review over at The Rumpus.

Dalton Day has some poems in the 1st issue of Potluck Magazine.

GS reader Dylan Weir took 2nd place in the Great Lakes Review Poetry Prize! Congrats, Dylan!

GS 5.1’s Morgan Parker has 3 poems for you to read in the latest Paperbag Journal.

GS 4.2’s Doug Paul Case has two poems in the 2015 issue of The Minnesota Review.
Looking for the perfect gift for the literary luminary in your life? GS Reader Ariana Scholl’s Hearth and Hammer Literary Candles can now be found in select Chicagoland Targets. Check out Hearth and Hammer’s website for more details.


GS 4.1’s Toby Altman is in this new ALL-POETRY Sporklet from Spork Press.

Jim Daniels (GS 2.2) has a chapbook of poetry Apology to the Moon out from BatCat Press.

The second printing of GS 6.1 contributor Dalton Day’s chapbook FAKE KNIFE is underway! Get your hands on a copy here.

6.1 Contributor and 3rd Annual Poetry Contest Winner Carrie Lorig’s first book The Pulp Vs. The Throne is forthcoming from Artifice Books July 28th. Check out her upcoming book tour dates with Alexis Pope!

GS 4.1’s Karissa Morton has 3 poems in the newest issue of Devil’s Lake.

GS 5.2 contributor Tanya Muzumdar’s poem “Halloween Night at the Pink Pony” appears in Bayou Magazine.

GS 5.1’s and 2nd Annual Poetry Contest Winner Emily O’Neill has two poems in Powder Keg Magazine and a poem in the latest Interrupture Magazine.

GS 1.2 contributor Kathleen M. Rooney’s “Don’t Fuck with the Babysitter: A Love Letter” appears at The Toast.

GS 6.2 poet Nicole Steinberg has 4 poems in the latest Powder Keg Magazine.

GS Poetry Reader Dylan Weir has a poem in the latest Cleaver Magazine.

Carolyn Williams-Noren’s chapbook Small Like a Tooth, can now be found at BoneShaker Books in Minneapolis! Williams-Noren appeared in GS 5.1.

Manuscripts by GS 3.1 contributors Candice Wuehle and Christine Friedlander were named finalists for the Tarpaulin Sky Press 2015 Book Prize. Excerpts of Wuehle’s BOUND and Friedlander’s manuscript AVANT GAUZE are featured in Tarpaulin Sky Press Magazine’s IN UTERO section.

GS Contributing Editor Sophie Klahr recently won Washington Square Review’s 2015 poetry contest, selected by Eduardo C. Corral. She also has a poem in Ninth Letter, and two poems in Tupelo Quarterly.