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.

Masthead Changes at GS for our Upcoming Submissions Period!

After ten strong issues with us— one as a poetry reader, nine as our Poetry Editor— Sophie Klahr has decided to change gears in the Gigantic Sequins world and is stepping into a newly created Contributing Editor position. We’re grateful for the time she spent as Poetry Editor and very excited about her new position. Make sure to check out her Editor’s Note in our forthcoming 6.1 issue!

This being said, we’re happy to announce that Sommer Browning will be our Guest Poetry Editor for issue 6.2! Get to know Sommer a little better by visiting our website’s About page, purchasing at least one if not also the other of her great books, both out from the great Birds LLC (our “Row 700” buddies for 2015’s AWP), and following her ASAP on twitter.

Additionally, we’ve hired J.E. Reich as our Assistant Non-fiction Editor! She’s an Editor at Medium, and her novella The Demon Room is available as an ebook or an audiobook.

We’re so happy to have these two ladies on board with us as we move into 2015.