AWP 2013. Boston. Hmm. Monster conference set on sleep-deprived surreality hashed on kick ass party reading, Steve Almond, Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Sun Parade and hallucinatory academia anxiety and did you see so and so yet? And holy shit, supposed to be there and here, a stop by the Hobart table and Barrelhouse table and Gargoyle table and Sewanee table and Dzanc table and McSweeney’s table and Redivider table and Rumpus table and PANK table and Tin House table… And run to catch Michael Martone at the end of the corridor then run to catch lunch with so and so then back to the book floor and is it time for a nap? No, no, time to go back to the Hobart table for a clutch of books and a whiskey shot, fuck, I forgot my bag at the other end of the world or the mall or whatever the hell subterranean place this is but the shot is warm and good, and right, we need to eat. Let’s get food now before the next round and hello, hi, how are ya, wanna grab a bite, a beer, a couple of gatorades? Caffeine? Caffeine? Yes, caffeine is good. Or maybe crash and sleep till next week. No, no, Delillo is reading. No, no, time for LDM. Meet you across the street at McGreevy’s…
Mission Creek Festival is the salve for the weary AWP attendee. Nestled in the all welcoming, artsy central, and party your ass off Iowa City, Mission Creek, run by Andre Perry and Joseph Tiefenthaler, will put your faith back in the indies–lit and music alike. DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT! Last year’s event showcased music and writers from all over the US including, Beau Sia, Amber Tamblyn, Derrick Brown, Alan Heathcock, Jensen Beach, Rae Bryant, and many more. Eckleburg joined other journals at the book fair including Granta, A Public Space, Write Bloody Publishing, Wag’s Revue, Black Clock, PANK, Hobart, Featherproof and many more. One of the many highlights of the festival was a performance by comedian David Cross, at the Englert Theatre.
1. Moon Milk Review
Emphasizing imagination and individuality in both its structure and substance, Moon Milk Review is a refreshing departure from cohesion-obsessed traditional lit rags. In addition to publishing edgy short stories and poetry, each issue features a classic piece of fiction (ranging from Kafka to Plath to Gogol), a multi-media gallery that spotlights compelling artwork, comedy, performance, and music, as well as a monthly “prosetry” contest with a rotating guest judge. (Chelsea Bauch, flavorwire)
We are so very honored and humbled to be named along with Blip Magazine, PANK, kill author, Bartleby Snopes, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Exquisite Corpse, decomP, Twelve Stories, anderbo.com, Shortlist Press, Failbetter, Annalemma, Opium Magazine, and The Collagist. To be listed among such fantastic magazines and to be working among so many more fabulous print and online periodicals out and about, many of them doing it much longer than we have, brings home the reason we do this, community geared toward unleashing talent. Truly, we try not to leash or choke or medicate. It is our mission to let the mad dogs run, balls hanging, teeth bared. We are the sum of our artistic parts and would be nothing without the fine works so many writers and artists have shared with us. They are the standouts here, because quite literally, our mission is to bring together what we perceive to be the most kick ass talents we encounter, mix ’em all up, make ’em issue pretty then try to stay out of the way as much as possible. We take our hats off to our contributors! You all are the magic in Moon Milk. (Cue toast and tears and cheek to cheek kisses). Clink.