Join Us for AWP 2017 Eckleburg Contributor Signings at Booth #389

2/9/17 9:00:00 AM Jacob Appel
2/9/17 10:00:00 AM Bradley Babendir
2/9/17 10:00:00 AM David Atkinson
2/9/17 11:00:00 AM Laurie Foos
2/9/17 11:00:00 AM Philip Dean Walker
2/9/17 1:00:00 PM Sandi Sonnenfeld
2/9/17 2:00:00 PM Sheila McMullin
2/9/17 3:00:00 PM Melissa Grunow
2/9/17 3:00:00 PM Shanee Stepakoff
2/9/17 4:00:00 PM Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach
2/10/17 10:00:00 AM Meg Eden
2/10/17 10:00:00 AM Michal Lemberger
2/10/17 11:00:00 AM Ben Tanzer
2/10/17 12:00:00 PM Laura Ellen Scott
2/10/17 12:00:00 PM Townsend Walker
2/10/17 1:00:00 PM Donald Berger
2/10/17 1:00:00 PM Gary Dop
2/10/17 2:00:00 PM Charlotte Covey
2/10/17 2:00:00 PM Meg Eden
2/10/17 3:00:00 PM Jen Fitzgerald
2/10/17 3:00:00 PM Kelly Fordon
2/10/17 3:00:00 PM Leah Umansky
2/10/17 4:00:00 PM Susan Lewis
2/11/17 10:00:00 AM Nat Schmookler
2/11/17 11:00:00 AM Cheyenne Autry
2/11/17 11:00:00 AM Christine Stoddard
2/11/17 11:00:00 AM Sinta Jimenez
2/11/17 12:00:00 PM Katie Cortese
2/11/17 12:00:00 PM Lale Davidson
2/11/17 1:00:00 PM Cynthia Atkins
2/11/17 1:00:00 PM Michael Coene
2/11/17 2:00:00 PM Vimi Bajaj
2/11/17 4:00:00 PM Lauren Hilger
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The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review was founded in 2010 as an online and print literary and arts journal. We take our title from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and include the full archives of our predecessor Moon Milk ReviewOur aesthetic is eclectic, literary mainstream to experimental. We appreciate fusion forms including magical realist, surrealist, meta- realist and realist works with an offbeat spin. We value character-focused storytelling and language and welcome both edge and mainstream with punch aesthetics. We like humor that explores the gritty realities of world and human experiences. Our issues include original content from both emerging and established writers, poets, artists and comedians such as authors, Rick Moody, Cris Mazza, Steve Almond, Stephen Dixon, poets, Moira Egan and David Wagoner and actor/comedian, Zach Galifianakis.

Currently, Eckleburg runs online, daily content of original fictionpoetrynonfiction, translations, and more with featured artwork–visual and intermedia–from our Gallery. We run annual print issues, the Eckleburg Reading Series (DC, Baltimore and New York), as well as, the annual Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction, first prize $1000 and print publication, guest-judged by award-winning authors such as Rick Moody and Cris Mazza.

We have collaborated with a number of talented and high profile literary, art and intermedia organizations in DC, Baltimore and New York including The Poetry Society of New YorkKGB BarBrazenhead BooksNew World Writing (formerly Mississippi Review Online), The Hopkins ReviewBoulevardGargoyle MagazineEntasis PressBarrelhouseHobart826DCDC Lit and Iowa’s Mission Creek Festival at AWP 2013, Boston, for a night of raw comedic lit and music. We like to promote smaller indie presses, galleries, musicians and filmmakers alongside globally recognized organizations, as well as, our local, national and international contributors.

Rarely will readers/viewers find a themed issue at Eckleburg, but rather a mix of eclectic works. It is Eckleburg’s intention to represent writers, artists, musicians, and comedians as a contemporary and noninvasive collective, each work evidence of its own artistry, not as a reflection of an editor’s vision of what an issue “should” be. Outside of kismet and special issues, Eckleburg will read and accept unsolicited submissions based upon individual merit, not theme cohesiveness. It is our intention to create an experience in which readers and viewers can think artistically, intellectually, socially, and independently. We welcome brave, honest voices. To submit, please read our guidelines.

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Doll Palace

In this brilliantly rendered, LA Times Book Prize nominated debut collection, Sara Lippmann draws the reader into the intimate lives of characters seeking connection beyond their scripted worlds. She captures the beguiling transformation from child to adult with humor, heartache, and desperation. From grieving mothers to fathers adrift, old flames to restless teens, isolated characters in Doll Palace are united by conflicting desires and the private struggles of the heart. A girl ditches her innocence at a state fair. Strippers ponder love over a Brazilian wax. A father falls for a drug-addled babysitter. A mother ends a pregnancy. Doll Palace dwells in the harder-edged territories of human compassion, navigating the powerful, often unsettling ground rarely spoken of with awareness, care, and grace. Doll Palace is that rare collection that invites imitation but leaves a vast majority wondering how she did it.

ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Don Dreams and I Dream by Leah Umansky

umanskyDon Dreams and I Dream, Leah Umansky’s Mad Men Inspired chapbook both celebrates and transcends its subject, the iconic  Mad Men television series. Umansky gives us a scathing dissection of American advertising, pop culture, and gender.

Don Dreams and I Dream is compulsively readable, but it is far from a light collection of poems. Most hold the weight of women’s struggles for recognition as human beings over much of the past century. The poems are at once political and confessional, feisty and giddy, aggressive and playfully submissive. The poems are nothing if not sexy, and sensuality is key to their power.” (Amy Silbergeld, HTML GIANT)

 “Don Dreams and I Dream, attacks this pressure-point relentlessly, it is an uncomfortable and impressive read. I laughed and felt guilty for laughing, I was sad without being entirely sure who for, and, above all else, I felt horribly implicated in its central conflicts.  Umansky [has] the artistic bravery to shoot for big game and the artistic skill to hit the target.” (Keiran Goddard, Sabotage Reviews)

 “Simply, I have never encountered writing by Umansky that I did not carry inside of me long after the read.” (David Blumenshine, The Outlet- blog of Electric Literature)


Book Information

Publisher: Kattywompus Press

Price: $12.00 US

Pages: 24

ISBN-13: 9781936715626

On Sale Date: 03/01/2014




In My Next Life, I Want to Be an Ad Man


I want to be donned  in somehow. Donned in  everything. Donned in the forgotten and the ecclesiastics of sex. Drape me in the charged. Drape me in the raptured.  Drape me in meaning and keep it private. I want two lives: one in the city and one in the country.  Two women: a blonde and a redhead. Drape me in wealth. Drape me in booze. Don me in diamonds and fur. Drape a secretary, here, and then, there..


                       [Executive is the word that comes to the lips and they smile for you, sister.]


Don me in designer suits. Don me in a new age.  Don me in what’s coming.  Drape the future round my shoulders.  Drape the next life across my lap.  Drape me in the madness.  Don me in the twoness of passion.  Don me in pieces of last, of force; pieces of shaken and possible then drape me in manhood.   Drape me in machinery and steel. Don me in  utterly  and plush utterings and,  [do I sound like I’m stuttering?,]  Make me look good; the world is dangerous.


Discussion Questions

1.  In what ways does pop culture inform our thinking? Our art? Our reference points?

2.  If you could ask Don one question, what would it be?  Joan? Peggy?

3. In what ways do you see the jargon of the advertising world in DDAID?

4. How has time changed our view of men and women in the workplace in the world of Mad Men and in today’s society?

5. In what ways are all of us artists just salespeople?



leahLeah Umansky is a poet, teacher and collagist living in New York City. She is the author of Don Dreams and I Dream, a new collection of poems inspired by the legendary television drama, Mad Men, (Kattywompus Press, 2014), and the full-length collection, Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX, 2013).  She is the curator and host of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC, and writes for Tin House and Luna Luna Magazine among others publications. Her poems can be seen in such places as POETRY Magazine, The Poetry Review, and The Brooklyn Rail.  Flavorwire named her #7 of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013. She is in love with Don Draper and anything Game of Thrones related. Follow her at: @Lady_Bronte. www.