Announcing… the GS 9.2 Roster!

Gigantic Sequins 9.2 debuts this summer, and we can’t wait. Meanwhile, here are all the writers & artists whose fantastic work will be appearing within its print pages! WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, check out our online store for a SNEAK PREVIEW of the 9.2 front cover (art by Fumi Mini Nakamura, design by meg willing)… and your first opportunity to pre-order this phenomenal issue. A full spread of the cover should go up on our official website within the next month or so.
Meriwether Clarke
Kelsey Gray
Mitchell King
Natalie Sharp
Sarah Thompson
plus, a book review of The Barbarous Century by Leah Umansky (Eyewear Press, March 2018) by Kim Jacobs-Beck
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Results of the (occasional) 2018 Winter Contests!

FLASH CNF RESULTS

“31 – 4 – 25” by Doug Paul Case | WINNER, Selected by Paul Lisicky

“Essay in Which I’ve Borrowed my Boyfriend’s T-Shirt” by Doug Paul Case | Finalist

“Duck Duck” by Brooke Larson | Finalist

“Grief Studies” by Natalie Sharp| Finalist

“Landing” by Matt Stebbins | Finalist

 

POETRY COMICS FINALISTS

“Lightless” by Annalise Mabe | WINNER, Selected by Gabrielle Bates

“im dehydrated” by Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf | Finalist

“my laptop is my lover” by Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf | Finalist

“when im like, really depressed i have a lot of sex” by  Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf | Finalist

“Dominion” by Mercer Hanau| Finalist

 

Thanks to the judges and all who entered! Special thanks, too, to Matthew Mahaney, whose cross-stitches are a part of the prize for each winner. A full list of all the writers & artists we’ll be publishing in GS 9.2, debuting this summer, along with these winning works, will be out soon.

 

AWP 2018 Shiny Family Schedule

As we look forward to our time in Tampa, we’ve been relishing in seeing the GS contribs & other members of our Shiny Family who are reading or speaking or hosting or just generally doing awesome things during this year’s AWP! We will be at table T-635 in the book fair, and we truly hope you have the opportunity to come say hello if you’ll be attending the conference

Here’s a list of some of these events, onsite and offsite, that you should consider trying to make it out to–each event we have listed here features members of the GS Shiny Fam–including our own event with the UL Lafayette Graduate Creative Writing Program and Yellow Flag Press.

Contributors from issues 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 8.2, & our most recent issue, 9.1, as well as staff and contest judges, past & present are included, and we are proud and honored to have such a long history of publishing active voices in the literary world.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 7

6-9pm, 8×8: AWP Offsite Reading and Workshop, feat. Kimberly Grey (GS 3.1)

THURSDAY MARCH 8

9-10:15am, R113. The Pleasures and Pains of Small Press Publishing, feat. Olivia Kate Cerrone (GS 3.1)

9-10:15am, R120. Deep-Fried Mic: Running Reading Series and Building Literary Community Down South, feat. Carrie Lorig (GS 6.1)

9-10:15am, R121. Building a Social Justice Writing Curriculum, feat. Adam Falkner (GS 1.2)

10:30-11:45am, R143. Depictions of Class in Contemporary Southern Fiction, feat. Chase Burke (GS 5.1)

12-1:15pm, R189. Fierce Muses: Inspiration During Times of Social Unrest, feat. Paul Lisicky, current Flash CNF contest judge)

12-1:15pm, R191. “The Art of the Possible”: Making and Teaching Graphic Narratives and Poetry Comics, feat. Bianca Stone (GS 6.2)

12-1:15pm, R194. The Revival of Aphrodite’s Daughter: Rhetoric in Contemporary Poetry, feat. Jericho Brown (2nd annual Poetry Contest judge)

1:30-2:45pm, R227. Navigating Uncertain Terrain: Essayists of Milkweed Editions, feat. Alex Lemon (GS 4.1)

1:30-2:45, R228. Crip Lit: Writing Our Truths, feat. Jill Khoury (GS 9.1)

***** 4-6pm, ULL Graduate Creative Writing, YFP, & GS Pop-Up Off-Site Reading, co-hosted by Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS EIC), feat. Eloisa Amezcua (GS 9.1), Emrys Donaldson (GS 9.1), Emily Brandt (GS 8.2), Saul Lemerond (GS 8.1), Clinton Craig (fiction reader), and Patti Pangborn (poetry reader) *****

4:30-6:30pm, Sundress/Flaming Giblet/Hyacinth Girl/Shelterbelt Reading, feat. Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS EIC), Eloisa Amezcua (GS 9.1) and Liz Bowen (GS 7.2)

4:30-5:45pm, R277. New (Per)mutations in Speculative Fiction, feat. Sofia Samatar (GS 8.2)

4:30-5:45pm, R286. The Literary Twitterati, Sponsored by WITS, feat. Analicia Sotelo (GS 3.1)

5-6:30pm, AWP Offsite Reading: Barrels Grimly Crashing into the Sun, feat. Chris Tonelli (GS 6.2) and Emily Corwin (GS 8.1)

6-7pm, Submerging Writer Fellowship Book Launch Party, co-hosted by Tyler Barton (GS 9.1)

6-8pm, Thursday Thursday Thursday reading AWP 2018, feat. Kathleen Rooney (GS 1.2)

6:30-9pm, AWP Off-Site Poetry Reading (Grey Book Press / Anhinga Press), feat. Candice Wuehle (GS 3.1)

7-9pm, Strange Theater: A Menagerie of Fabulists – AWP Offsite Reading, feat. Adrienne Celt (GS 3.2) and Melissa Goodrich (GS 7.1 & 6th Annual Flash Fiction Contest Judge)

7-10pm, The Kiss – Intimacies from Writers, feat. Nick Flynn (GS 5.2)

7:30-10pm, Wine & Words: AWP18 Offsite Reading, feat. Paul Lisicky (Current Flash CNF Contest Judge)

8-10pm, Succinct Situation, feat. Ronaldo V. Wilson (GS 4th Annual Poetry Contest Judge)

9-10pm, National Poetry Series Winners Reading: AWP 2018 Offsite Event, feat. Chelsea Dingman (GS 9.1)

10-11:30pm, AADOREE / Apogee / No Tokens Offsite Marathon Reading at AWP18, feat. Colette Arrand (GS 6.2), Muriel Leung (GS 7.2), Kayleb Rae Candrilli (GS 8.2),

FRIDAY MARCH 9

10am-2pm, Billie R. Tadros Book Signing at ULL’s Creative Writing Booth, feat. Billie R. Tadros (GS 7.1)

10:30-11:45am, F149. Strong Medicine: The Poetry of Addiction, feat. Nick Flynn (GS 5.2)

1:30-2:45pm, F215. Open Pedagogies: Teaching Poetry Through Art Inside and Outside of the Workshop, feat. Wendy Xu (GS 3.2)

3-4:15pm, F247. A Reading and Conversation with Tyehimba Jess, Shara McCallum, and Morgan Parker. Sponsored by Cave Canem, feat. Morgan Parker (GS 5.1)

3-4:15pm, F263. Speak Out: A Milkweed Editions Poetry Reading, feat. Analicia Sotelo (GS 3.1)

4:30-5:45pm, F270. De Aquí y de Allá: Emerging Central American Writers on Finding Their Voices in the Literary Community., feat. María Isabel Alvarez (GS 8.1)

6-8pm, TriQuarterly‘s Annual Reading, feat. Paige Lewis (GS 8.1), Alex McElroy (GS 5.2), Chelsea Dingman (GS 9.1)

6:30-8pm, Queer, Sweet Home: Foglifter Press & Co. Redefining Home, feat. Carson Beker (GS 6.1)

7-9pm, Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos AWP off-site reading, feat. Jericho Brown (GS 2nd Annual Poetry Contest Judge)

7-9pm, Tarpaulin Sky / Essay Press/ Reality Beach AWP Offsite Reading, feat. Carrie Lorig (GS 6.1)

7-9pm, An All Human Reading, feat. Alex McElroy (GS 5.2) and Sofia Samatar (GS 8.2)

7-9:30pm, 4X4: Four Readers from Four Literary Organizations, feat. Ronaldo V. Wilson (GS 4th Annual Poetry Contest Judge)

7-10pm, GREMLINS 3: AWP (WONDER + UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE + CIVIL COPING MECHANISMS + THEME CAN), feat. Ben Fama (GS 1.1), Liz Bowen (GS 7.2), and Bianca Stone (GS 6.2)

SATURDAY MARCH 10

9-10:15am, S112. Beyond Genre: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Hybrid Forms in the Age of Fake News, feat. Kathleen Rooney (GS 1.2)

12-1:15pm, S171. Bread on the Waters: How Giving to the Community Gives Back, feat. Emily Brandt (GS 8.2)

1:30-2:45pm, S201. Reports from the Field: Recent Candidates Discuss the Academic Job Hunt, feat. LaTanya McQueen (current GS CNF Editor, GS 2.2 contributor)

1:30-2:45pm, S213. Monster Cultures, feat. Sofia Samatar (GS 8.2)

1:30-2:45pm, S222. Why [Not] Say What Happened?: On Writing Confessional Poetry, feat. Jericho Brown (GS 2nd Annual Poetry Contest Judge) and Rachel Mennies (GS 5.1)

3-4:15pm, S250. By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss, feat. Nick Flynn (GS 5.2)

3-4:15pm, S256. Teaching / Sex / Writing, feat. Ronaldo V. Wilson (GS 4th Annual Poetry Contest Judge)

6:30-9:30, American Literary Review / Cutbank / New Ohio Review at AWP!. feat. Chelsea Dingman (9.1)

SUNDAY MARCH 11

12pm, Poetry Marathon: Readings by Poets in Florida for AWP, feat. Jim Daniels (GS 2.2)

GS Announces– Our 9.1 Contributors!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… here’s whose fabulous work is included within the pages of Gigantic Sequins issue 9.1, currently in production.

Hussain Ahmed
Eloisa Amezcua
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews
Tyler Barton
Celia Daniels
Chelsea Dingman
Emrys Donaldson
Alexa Doran
Liz Dosta
Jennifer Fliss
Stevie Howell
Jill Khoury
Jeremay Kraatz
Tabitha Laffernis
Kwame Opoku-Duku
Nicole Rollender
Dave Sims
Jake Syersak
Emily Vizzo
Anni Wilson
Leia Penina Wilson
& a book review on Poetry Matters (Persa Press) by Ed Meek
Interested in pre-ordering this forthcoming issue, which will debut this winter? You can do so at the GS online store.

GS 6th Annual Contest Results!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and also to our judges for the 6th annual Gigantic Sequins summer contests. Here are the results!

FLASH FICTION

WINNER, selected by Melissa Goodrich
Blue Honey – Celia Daniels

FINALISTS

“A Hand to the Nearest” – Vincent Carafano
“The Gargoyles Survey Their City” – Jennifer Fliss
“Ketsui, the Town the Clouds Left Forever” – Youssef Helmi
“How Then” – Anna Vangala Jones
“Wheels and Bushings” – Maureen Langloss
“Alvin” – Vincent Poturica
“The Attraction of Older Traditions” – Anne Weisgerber
“Princess Shipwreck” – Tessa Yang

POETRY, selected by Eduardo C. Corral
WINNER

“The Luster of Everything I’m Already Forgetting” – Nicole Rollender

FINALISTS

“the ghost of the dead sea rewrites the history of drowning” – George Abraham
“Womandream” – Caroline Chavatel
“all the dead boys” – Sage Curtis
“The Target” – José Hernández Díaz
“Directions to My Body for the Uninitiated” – Alexa Doran
“LOOK MUDHOLE, THEY BULLDOZED THE MTN & PUT A DOLLAR GENERAL IN” – Evan Gray
“[Live]Stream” – Ashley Gong
“Glazed Case” – Rebecca Hazelton
“Consider” – Megan LeAnne

GS 8.2 Contribs! Upcoming Events!

GS 8.2 CONTRIBS

Debuting this summer, our 8.2 issue will feature work from the following talented folks:

UPCOMING EVENTS

GS is psyched to be tabling at the NOLA Poetry Fest, whose book fair runs from 10am-5pm on Friday 4/21 & Saturday 4/22. Hope to see you soon in New Orleans!

GS is also excited to announce that they’ll be hosting at reading at this year’s NYC Poetry Fest on Governor’s Island, which operates from July 29-30th. Our featured readers will be Emily Brandt, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, & Zoë Bodzas.

 

GS 8.1 Contributors

We’re psyched to announce the contributors for our 8.1 issue, debuting this winter!

ART: Yokim Snow, Sarah Shields, and Miguel Angel Soto

COMICS: Jason Hart and Anna McGlynn

FICTION: María Isabel Alvarez, Andy Myers, Elizabeth Gibson, Kim Hagerich (5th annual Flash Fiction contest winner), and Saul Lemerond

CNF: Benji Alvey, Jacob Little, and Bailey Pittenger

POETRY: Zoë Bodzas, Kristi Carter, Brian Clifton, Emily Corwin, Dan Encarnacion,  Dana Fang, p.e. garcia, Marlin M. Jenkins, Paige Lewis,  Xandria Phillips (5th annual Poetry contest winner), Katie Prince, and Michael Martin Shea