Eckleburg & Cherry Tree AWP 2017 @Busboys & Poets, 2/9, 9-11




Join Eckleburg & Cherry Tree for words and drinks at Busboys & Poets on February 9th, 2017 from 9-11 pm for an AWP 2017 celebration.

What others are saying about Eckleburg
The most exciting and adventurous and gutsiest new magazine I’ve seen in years.” Stephen Dixon
Refreshing… edgy… classic… compelling.” Flavorwire
“Progressive….” NewPages
Eye-grabbing… fun… bold… inviting… exemplary.” Sabotage
Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers….” The Washington Post
Literary Burroughs D.C…. the journal cleverly takes its name from the The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald….” Ploughshares

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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.

Over the ashheaps the giant eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg kept their vigil, but I perceived, after a moment, that other eyes were regarding us with peculiar intensity from less than twenty feet away. – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Barrelhouse Presents Moon Milk Review Reading

When Moon Milk Review‘s first issue released in February 2010, I thought maybe it would satisfy a few readers’ tastes for the aesthetically off beat, the desire for mixed mediums, the nod to traditional forms. As a writer, myself, I wanted to give back, show off the talents that abound in Small Press-dom. Before long Will Grofic (Poetry Master) and Gabriela Romeri (Associate Editor Extraordinaire) joined up to turn this one-woman effort into a rockin’ version of its former self. Never would I have expected that in just seven short months, MMR would enjoy this rallying of talents and readership.

Then Barrelhouse offered to host MMR for our first ever reading. Bam! No introductions needed. Still, they must be named–Dave Housley, Dan Brady, Mike Ingram, Joe Killiany, Matt Kirkpatrick, Aaron Pease (collectively known as the Barrelhouse Boys, because, truly, they travel in a pack), something like the Outsiders but with looser t-shirts and without the switchblades or the hair grease. Their fantastic and eclectic, “pop-flotsam, cultural jetsam” publication has been a ‘cultural lit with a bent’ mainstay in DC for quite a while now, but the BH Boys wouldn’t stop there.  They’ve become mission central for hip and lit DC in a way that can only be explained as generous and inspiring. Check out the upcoming mags for their Reading Series–Artifice, Rose Metal Press, Supermachine…. at Barrelhouse. Careful, these guys are the crack. Barrelhouse is addictive.

Much love to our uber-talented authors and poets—Mike Allen, Randall Brown, Foust, Britt Gambino, Molly Gaudry, and Penelope Mace. Truly, they each read words drug-laced, and if you can’t tell by the photos depicting a word-high audience, let me tell you, these readings, each one, were beautifully rendered.

It was a fantastic turnout. All I can say is that it was amazing to see so many readers and friends and fellow editors—Laura Ellen Scott (Prick of the Spindle), Tara Laskowski (Smokelong Quarterly) and Zachary Benavidez, associate editor of Potomac Review. So many. People traveling from NY, NJ, up from VA. 

You all made this an event to remember. All I can say is thank you, everyone.

Until next time…. Make sure to mark your calendars for the The Mad Hatter Party on October 2nd. Come on out and join Moon Milk Review and Barrelhouse along with our performers/readers–Rachel Bloom, Lisa Marie Basile, and Winona Wendth to name a few. We all look forward to seeing you there.