It’s been a seriously hectic holiday season, but things have finally calmed down this January. Here’s everything of note (that I can remember) that’s happened since the last update.
#1) “Resurrection” published in One Throne Magazine.
One Throne’s 8th issue (Winter 2015) was published on December 21, 2015. This is a magazine that I hugely respect and still can’t fully believe I was published in. The first thing I ever read from them was an essay by Wyl Villacres called Constant Motion, and I thought “damn, this is a good essay” (And it really is. If you haven’t read it yet you should). They’ve been publishing quality work, always accompanied by beautiful artwork, ever since. They’re also one of the few lit mags that genuinely seems to value publishing diversely. And not just racially diverse, but also geographically, showing a variety of different voices and perspectives in every issue. The quality is always stellar. Like, I share space in the Winter issue with Chika Unigwe’s powerful short story “Bethlehem” and Cortney Lamar Charleston’s brilliant poem “I’m Not a Racist”. I think I read both of these and concluded that there had been a mistake. There was no way I could have been published next to this kind of talent.
They also submit and nominate for most major prizes and awards in Canada, the US, and Africa. They submitted “Resurrection” to the National Magazine Awards, which was sort of baffling to me. I’m seriously so grateful for how supportive they are of the writers they publish.
#2) “An Inventory of Bones” published in Ghost City Review.
Another one of my inventory poems was published in Ghost City Press’ first issue of their new literary journal, Ghost City Review on January 19th, 2016. You can get Volume 1 here. There’s a lot of fantastic writing and beautiful artwork in here. Make sure to check out Deirdre Coyle’s “Mall Goth Movie Rewrites”, which I think is pretty genius and amazing.
#3) “How to Extract Residual Ghosts” accepted by Milkfist Magazine.
Milkfist is a gorgeous print magazine that publishes writing and art with a strange and experimental bent. “How to Extract Residual Ghosts” is something I’d started probably over a year ago but could never quite finish properly. I re-worked it before sending it off again and gave it a new title as a “how to” poem. Their second issue is due to be published in the Summer or Fall of this year. To see the other artists and contributors that are going to be in this issue, check out their instagram where they post announcements.
#4) Edits are complete for “Midlfell Wine and Spirits”.
I had the pleasure of working with the editor for Tiny Owl Workshop’s “Lane of Unusual Traders” world-building project to finalize the story for publication. The story was originally accepted October 2014, but since they have a lot of projects going on at once, this became a longer process than anticipated. I’ve been told the anthology should be out early this spring. I’m glad to see movement on this project and very excited to see all the amazing final products that come out of it.
Okay, so that’s it for January. February is already off to a great start, but I’ll leave those details out for next month’s update.