GS @ 2022 AWP / Shiny Family Schedule!

Check us out at T548 in the bookfair–our EIC Kimberly Ann Southwick, Poetry Editor Billie R. Tadros, and CNF Editor LaTanya McQueen will be joined by readers E Kerr and Saul Lemerond Thurs-Sat. 9am-5pm! Come by, grab a free sticker and/or some candy–maybe a back issue?! Maybe our current issue!? We’d love to see you, even if it’s just to say hi.

Here’s everything else you should do besides the above while you’re in PHL:

WEDNESDAY 3/23/2022

7-9pm / Jose Hernandez Diaz (GS 7.1) / Readings On the Pike/MoCo Underground Do AWP!

THURSDAY 3/24/2022

ON-SITE

9-10am / VIRTUAL / Jericho Brown (GS’s 2nd Annual Poetry Contest Judge) / “The Poetics of Film: Five Poets on the Influence & Impact of Cinema

10:35-11:50am / Sofia Samatar (GS 8.2) / “Myth & Monsters in Memoir: Using Folklore to Structure Personal Writing

10:35-11:50am / Saul Lemerond (GS 8.1 & current Fiction Reader) & Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS Founder & EIC) / “The Neanderthal & the Fax Machine: Teaching the Surreal & Absurd

10:35-11:50am / Bianca Stone (GS 6.2 & 2015 Winter Poetry Comics Judge) / “Honoring American Poet Ruth Stone in a New Film about Her Life & Poetry

10:35-11:50 / VIRTUAL / Tracy Fuad (GS 7.2) / “AWP Award Series Reading

12:10-1:25pm / MIchael Czyzniejewski  (GS issue 12) / “Flash Fiction: Forward to the Future!

1:45-3pm / Kayleb Rae Candrilli (GS 8.2, issue 11, & 10th Annual Summer Poetry Contest Judge) / “Shaping a Poetry Manuscript That Has a Chance in Today’s Literary Landscape

1:45-3pm / Chloe Martinez (GS issue 11) / “Change of Plans: The Pleasure & Pain of Walking Away from Academia

3:20-4:20pm / VIRTUAL / celeste doaks (GS 7th Annual Poetry Contest Judge) / “United We Stand: How Diverse Collections Create Space

3:20-4:20pm / VIRTUAL / Rachel Mennies (GS 5.1) / “Beyond Representation: Intersections of Poetry & Mental Illness

5-6:15pm / Dawn Lundy Martin (GS 3rd Annual Poetry Contest Judge) / “A Reading & Conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Deesha Philyaw, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts

OFF-SITE

3-5pm / Spencer Silverthorne (GS issue 13) / UL Lafayette CW Program Off-Site Reading

5:30pm / Mag Gabbert (GS issue 12) / The Arkansas International and The Massachusetts Review Present: an Evening of Poetry and Prose

5pm / Sara Fetherolf (GS issue 13) / “New American Press Celebrates New Writing

6pm / Tracy Fuad (GS 7.2) / Minza’s Off-site Reading: The Experimental Issue

6pm / Athena Dixon (Past GS Reader) / Women’s Voices, Women’s Stories – An Evening of Memoir Readings

6pm / VIRTUAL / Meredith Clark (10.2) / Platypus Press Presents…

7pm / Kimberly Ann Southwick (GS Founder & EIC), & Nicole Steinberg (GS 6.2) / Bedfellows Thursday Thirst & Issue 11 Launch

7pm / VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON / Jennifer Fliss (GS 9.1) & Ellen Rhudy (GS issue 11) / Alternating Current & Okay Donkey Collaborative Reading

7pm / Sommer Browning (GS 6.2 Guest Poetry Editor) / A Reading by Birds LLC, Fence, Fonograf Editions, & the CSU Poetry Center

8pm / Tracy Fuad (GS 7.2) / AWP Conference Off-site Reading by Austin Segrest, Anne Barngrover, Tracy Fuad, and Keith Kopka

8:30-10pm / Jim Daniels (GS 2.2) / Glassworks Magazine 10th Anniversary Reading

FRIDAY 3/25/2022

9-10:15am / Marcela Sulak (GS issue 12) / “Reverberation: The Book Review as Literary (Labor) Labor

9-10:15am / Chloe Martinez (GS issue 11) / “Admit It, You’re Writing a Poem: Ars Poetica & the Awkward Confession

10:35-11:50am / Len Lawson (GS 10.1) / “The Future of Black: The Advent of 21st-Century Second-Wave Afrofuturism Poetry

10:35-10:50 / Jane Wong (GS 3.2) / “Teaching & Writing Asian America in the CW Classroom

10:35-10:50 / Annie Liontas (5th Annual Flash Fiction Contest Judge) / “Both/And: Boosting Women, Genderquee,r & LGBT Writers

10:35-11:50am / Kayleb Rae Candrilli (GS 8.2, issue 11, and 10th Annual Poetry Contest Judge) / “Saturnalia Books Twentieth Anniversary Reading

12:10-1:10pm / VIRTUAL / LaTanya McQueen (GS CNF Editor) / “Research & Reckoning: How Nonfiction Research Allows Us to Reckon with the Past

12:10-1:25pm / Arisa White (9th Annual Poetry Contest Judge) / “Total Strangers: Undergrads, Authors, & Editors on Amplifying International Voices

1:45-3pm / Mag Gabbert (GS issue 12)/ “Empowering New Writers: Strategies for Teaching the Hesitant Poetry Student

3:20-4:20pm / VIRTUAL / Tyler Barton (GS 9.1) / “Houses Full of Houses: The Structure & Craft of Building Story Collections

3:20-4:20pm / VIRTUAL / Tafisha A. Edwards (GS 7.1 & GS Poetry Editor) / “Call Me by My Name: Poetry of Black Womanhood & the Erotic

3:20-4:35pm / Saul Lemerond (GS 8.1 & current fiction reader) & Billie R. Tadros (GS 7.1 & GS Poetry Editor) / “Multimodal Identities: How Podcasting Can Unbind Creative Voices

3:20-4:35pm / Olivia Kate Cerrone (GS 3.1) / “Building Sustainable Writing Communities in a Postpandemic World

3:20-4:35pm / Keetje Kuipers (GS 5.1) / “Transparency & Transformation: The Literary Institution at the Tipping Point

OFF-SITE

5pm / Dorothy Chan (10.1) / Friday Poetry @ Brickbat Books

6:30-8pm / MICHAEL CHANG (GS issue 13), Mónica Gomery, Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes (GS issue 12) & Bianca Stone (GS 6.2 & Poetry Comics Contest Judge) / The Gigantic Sequins, Iterant, Ruth Stone House, & Rose Metal Press Off-site Reading at Young American Cider

7pm / Alyse Knorr (7.2) / Switchback Books, Jellyfish Review, & Furniture Press Books Reading

SATURDAY 3/26/2022

ON-SITE

9-10:15am / Michael Czyzniejewski (12.1) / “Bowling Green State University MFA’s Fiftieth Anniversary Reading

12:10-1:25pm / Paul Lisicky (GS 2018 Flash CNF Contest Judge) / “Chosen Families: A Reading & Conversation Presented by Red Hen Press

1:45-3pm / Atom Atkinson (GS 2.2) / “Sum = {Poetry + New Media + Politics + Performance}

1:45-3pm / MarÍa Isabel Alvarez (GS 8.1) / “Embracing Bilingual Writing & Bicultural Narratives

3:20-4:35pm / Jane Wong (3.2) / “In Order to Be Totally Free: Teaching via the Writing Constraint

OFF-SITE

3-5pm / celeste doaks (GS 7th Annual Poetry Contest Judge) / ?th Annual Rock & Roll Reading

6pm / Jameka Williams (7.2) / Bloom: A Spring AWP ’22 Offsite Poetry Reading

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

Brewery ARS (in South Philly & Fishtown)

Philly. Style. Bagels. (in Fishtown & Old City)

Philly AIDS Thrift & Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room (aka “queerbooks.com)

Head & the Hand Books (Fishtown)

Brickbat Books (South Philly)

Harriett’s Bookshop (Fishtown)

Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (Fishtown)

Please do not leave this city without trying the scrumptious dessert WATER ICE, eating a SOFT PRETZEL (they really are better here), and getting yelled at by someone–preferably someone riding a bicycle who is righteous in their yelling at you OR someone in Philly sports gear who is not righteous in their yelling at you.

The GS 2020 Pushcart Prize Nominees

We are honored to be able to nominate the following 6 pieces for a Pushcart Prize this year, all of which can be found in our sole 2020 issue, issue 11!

“Higher! Higher!” by Ellen Rhudy

“Brainchild” by Cheryl Clark Vermeulen

“Spacesuit, or Learning How to Float Through Public Space” by Alan Chazaro

“True Owl” by Brendan Curtinrich

“How a Person Becomes a Body” by Paula Marafino Bernett

“After Ariana Grande” by Amy Zimmerman

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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

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

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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”.

SHINY FAMILY NF :: NEWS FROM OUR CONTRIBUTORS

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.

Find her on Twitter and, especially, her blog.

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!+

SHINY FAMILY :: RECENT NEWS FROM OUR POETRY CONTRIBUTORS

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! http://ow.ly/SiYuS

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.

Announcing… the GS 6.2 Contributors!

GS 6.2, dropping this July, will feature the following wonderful and talented folks:

POETRY

Greg Allendorf

Iris Cushing

Joe Lennon

Nicole Steinberg

Oren Silverman

Bianca Stone

Alison Strub

Chris Tonelli

ART

Nina Barnes

KC Trommer

CONTEST WINNERS

Gabrielle Bates Poetry Comics

Ingrid Jędrzejewski Flash Non-fiction

FICTION

Leslie Doyle

Devin Kelly

NON-FICTION

Laura Citino

Janet Frishberg

Paul Arrand Rodgers

SUBSCRIBE to GS TODAY & 6.2 will be the first issue we send you!

Any subscriptions ordered from May 15th-June 30th will count towards our Subscription Drive– info coming soon!

event review: Impossible Instructions!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Impossible Instructions opening earlier this month. The celebration of the exhibit was a success! There is a limited number of chapbooks affiliated with the event available still. Get yours today!

The art and writing that came out of this show speaks to the power of collaboration. Deborah Bernhardt read her poetry first, and before she read the poem that inspired the wearable work of sculpture produced by Rebecca Strzelec, she read a poem that came from the opposite: her reaction to the work of art that her poem had helped to create. I loved to hear about this– how the process continued even after the initial prompt.

Deborah Bernhardt reading; Rebecca Strzelec’s sculpture in the case behind her; also pictured: onlookers

Next up we had a pair of sisters, Nichole Louise & Amy Boone McCreesh, both of whom talked about their work together. Nichole read from her work of historical fiction, and Amy told us about how her sister’s work had helped her create the celebratory piece of art, all colorful and festive before us.

Nichole Louise & Amy Boone McCreesh

Nichole Louise & Amy Boone McCreesh in front of their piece.

The next two people to speak were the artists, as the writers who wrote the “Instructions” for their work were unable to make it to the opening. While Emily Schnellbacher’s piece, inspired by  Zoe Meager’s elegant second-person prose was beautiful, almost mummified, and abstract, with a distinctly hard-working yet feminine palette, Caitlin Peck’s work, inspired by  Brooke Randel’s “outlined” instructions, was more concrete: the images she chose from the outline were made into what appeared to be “stuffed” versions of normally solid objects. I have never wanted to hug a laptop more.

Brooke Randel & Caitlin Peck

Caitlin Peck in front of her piece, inspired by Brooke Randel

Emily Schnellbacher standing next to her piece, reading Zoe Meager's work from the chapbook

Emily Schnellbacher standing next to her piece, reading Zoe Meager’s work from the chapbook

Rachel Milligan read the prose poem that inspired Dylan Pecora‘s piece next. While Rachel’s text is beautiful in a delightfully creepy way, Dylan’s sculpture is  creepy in a perhaps strangely beautiful way. Does the skeleton that his work houses serves as a prison or a bed? Somewhere in between? Reread Rachel’s piece and decide for yourself.

Rachel Milligan reading her work in front of Dylan Pecora's work (& our show's title!)

Rachel Milligan reading her work in front of Dylan Pecora’s work (& our show’s title!)

Last but not least, in the middle of the gallery is the work from Michelle Messina Reale & Carole Loeffler. Carole read from Michelle’s piece and discussed how inspired she was by the piece–she told us how the first time she read it, she was moved by its images and ultimately knew exactly how she was going to “follow” the instructions that had been given to her. The piece looks almost like the bottom half of a wedding dress, bleeding bitten beets. It’s as lovely and strange as the rest of the work this collaborative art/writing show helped to produce.

Michelle Messina Reale & Carole Loeffler

Carole Loeffler (left), reading from Michelle Messina Reale’s wok that inspired her piece (front); plus: onlookers

We encourage works of collaboration between writers and artists, between artists and artists, between writers and writers. Work together, make something alive and happen.

For images and texts from the show, visit the PSG Gallery’s home online.

To own a copy of the limited edition chapbook, visit the GS shop online.