It’s the end of the summer, shiny people, and we’re hard at work getting out our next issue. While it’s far too hot to even deal, our creative non-fiction contributors haven’t been slowed down. Here’s a little taste of what they’ve been working on:
Jake Little (8.1) has a mesmerizing new piece called “During my shift at the Circle K, a young girl asks for cigarettes” at Rabble Lit!
Justin Carter from 7.2 has two pieces of micro prose the New South Journal called “Memory In Which Nothing Happens” and “Slow Erosion”.
Alex McElroy (5.2) is busy writing reviews for the Atlantic! Here’s one he did on a debut novel about the dark side of athletic greatness called Stephen Florida.
Maia Dolphin-Krute from 8.2 wrote a book about “illness not as a metaphor” called GHOSTBODIES, which you can order directly from the site!
J. Bradley (7.1) has work that made the “longlist” over at WIGLEAF!
We’ll see you all this coming fall, Shiny Fam, for issue 9.1 and even more contributor news!
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!
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!
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]
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.
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.
SHINY EDITOR AND READER NEWS
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.
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.
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but we still adore a recent contributor with one of the biggest hearts: Colette Arrand.
Colette wrote a non-fiction piece, “.081 Magenemite” for last summer’s 6.2 issue, and she’s just published a new piece at AutoStraddle titled “My Trans Body as a State of Desire.” It’s an exploration of her “emotional cave” as she discovers new modes of experiencing sexuality during her transition. It’s exciting, unique, and (of course) honest.
We’d expect no less from Colette.
Joshua Gabriel (2.2) has a new mural up in Astoria, Queens. Go check it out in person at Yaar Indian Restaurant…or online, right here, just above this note!
Fabio Sassi (7.1) has artwork featured in RAZOR’s Winter 2016 issue.
The poem “Our Arrangement” by KC Trommer (6.2), whose poetry comics appeared in a recent issue of GS, appeared in the January 16th edition of DAY ONE.
Adrienne Celt (3.2), whose comics appeared in one of our past issues, won the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Award in Fiction for her novel THE DAUGHTERS.