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

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 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

7.2 CONTRIBUTORS ANNOUNCED!

Holy moly! It’s that time! This news went out via the GS monthly newsletter yesterday–and now it’s live, right here, on the internet, for everyone to see! The issue is forthcoming this summer, so keep your eyes peeled for a pre-order link in June. Meanwhile, bask in the glories that are the…

GS 7.2 CONTRIBUTORS

FICTION: Christopher D. DiCicco, Kathryn Hill, & Pete Stevens

CREATIVE NON-FICTION: Amber Taliancich Allen & Justin Carter

POETRY: Liz Bowen, Paul Cunningham, Logan Fry, Tracy May Fuad, Jennifer Hanks, Kamden Hilliard, Patrick Martin Holian, Alyse Knorr, Laura Kochman, Muriel Leung, Lupe Méndez, & Jameka Williams

ART: Maeve Myfawnwy Broome, Arielle Lipset, & Jessica Elizabeth Moore

COVER ART: Andreea Stan

BOOK REVIEWS: You’re the Tower by Christopher Lowe (Yellow Flag Press, February 2016), reviewed by Dustin Hyman; Aspects of Strangers by Piotr Gwiazda (Moria Books, 2015) and I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek (We Heard You Like Books, February 2016), both reviewed by Craig Chisholm

GS 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Congrats and good luck to the Gigantic Sequins 2015 Pushcart Prize nominees:

POETRY

Dalton Day “Career Day” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

Carrie Lorig “Fear is the Beginning of Devotion / of a Dedication” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

Joe Lennon “IAmA” (from issue 6.2, July 2015)

FICTION

Kara Vernor “Ants” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

Devin Kelly “Sugar Bears” (from issue 6.2, July 2015)

ESSAY

Becky Wills “And Violets Are Blue, Roses Are Red, the Daisies Are Yellow, the Flowers Are Dead” (from issue 6.1, January 2015)

7.1 CONTRIBUTORS ANNOUNCED!

Issue 7.1!

forthcoming January 2016

We’ve begun production on issue 7.1, which will be guest designed by Melissa Middleberg. Here’s whose work the issue will feature:

FICTION by Michael AlessiGail AronsonGary Joshua Garrison,Melissa Goodrich, and Lillian Ann Slugocki

CREATIVE NONFICTION by Eileen M. K. Bobek and J. Bradley

POETRY by Heather BowlanMarty CainJosé Hernández DíazTafisha EdwardsJennifer FossenbellDenise JarrottJared JosephMatthew MahaneyErin Lyndal Martin, and Billie R. Tadros

ART by Fabio Sassi and Irina Skornyakova

COMICS by Scott Stripling

+COVER ARTIST TBA!+

+PREORDERS AVAILABLE SOON!+

What We’re Looking Forward to Reading in 2015

You may have seen these posts go up already over at our tumblr, but here they are, all together in one place on our blog! A number of our editors took the time to answer this question: What Books Are You Excited to Read in 2015? 

Kimberly Ann Southwick, GS EIC, said,

  • Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night by Morgan Parker (Switchback Books 2015)
  • Pelican by Emily O’Neill (YesYes Books, February 2015)
  • IN THE CIRCUS OF YOU: An Illustrated Novel-in-Poems by Nicelle Davis & Cheryl Gross (Rose Metal Press, March 2015)
  • Gutshot: Stories by Amelia Gray (FSG, April 2015)
  • Loving Day by Mat Johnson (Spiegel & Grau, May 2015)

Ian Carlos Crawford, GS Non-fiction Editor, said,

  • Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  • Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
  • The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Zach Yontz, GS Fiction Editor, said,

  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
  • Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  • Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

Becca Pollock, GS Assistant Fiction Editor, said:

  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July (already on my shelf!)
  • Find Me by Laura Van den Berg (because her last story collection made my best reads of 2014 list)
  • The Strange Case of Rachel K by Rachel Kushner
  • Today I Am A Book by xTx
  • The Pulp Vs The Throne by Carrie Lorig

John Myers, GS Assistant Poetry Editor, said,

  • Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy by Joanna Klink
  • Afterglow by Eileen Myles
  • War of the Foxes by Richard Siken
  • And the Girls Worried Terribly by Dot Devota
  • Onesheets by Brian Blanchfield

How about you? What books are YOU looking forward to reading in 2015?

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