Monthly Archives: February 2015

Issue 10 is ready for purchase (finally)!

Here is she is, in all her glory:

issue 10 cover

You can click on the cover to buy, or go to the Buy tab above. As always, $3 gets you a copy, plus $1 for shipping. Ladies love poetry, guys, so buy whichever woman pities you the most a copy today!


Submissions and Issue 10’s Art!

As of yesterday, we’re open to submissions yet again. They’re already rolling in, but please keep them coming.

In the meantime, here’s the cover art for Issue 10, by the artist Ashley Tibbetts:

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A little bit about Ashley:

“I’m a 26 year old single mom and art student living in Chicago, IL. I am a freelance artist and writer. This photo is a representation of me at my very lowest. When my daughter would leave to be with her father for a few days, it was always the hardest when the door shut, and when I watched them walk down the sidewalk, from the window. I developed, and edited it myself through the traditional processes.”

Pretty soon she’ll have a website where you can purchase her work, but in the meantime, check out her deviantart page to see more of her work: http://imamuffinraptor.deviantart.com/.

Big thanks to Ashley for coming through in the clutch when our previous artist didn’t come through. Tomorrow you’ll be able to buy a copy of Issue 10, so come back then and get four or five copies.


Interview with Cory Weimken + news

First, news. Tomorrow’s the new submission period! We’ll have cover art tomorrow as well, and you’ll be able to buy Issue 10 then as well. 3 dollars, fools!

Anyway, here’s Cory, writer of Issue 9’s “Tricks on Eleven.”

How would you describe your work in 25 words or less?

White trash goes Hollywood, finds it “homey”.

Tell me more about your story “Tricks on Eleven.”

I was asked to write a sonnet in the first Creative Writing course I ever took. Just hearing the word sonnet makes me want to bang my head against something, so I decided to have some fun with it—make it at least somewhat interesting. The result was something I’d titled “It’s a Long, Straight, and Dusty Road Out There”. It was crap, and probably not even technically a true sonnet, but I liked it. It was about a boy who’d decided to prostitute himself out in his small prairie town, choosing the gravel main drag as his working grounds. He took to drinking yellow Listerine and throwing Yo-Yo to pass the time—because that’s what prostitutes do? He never ended up making a sale because no one in town actually knew why he was standing on the side of the highway.

I remember having one of my buddies read it and tell me that I’d have to lose the ridiculousness/ humor if I wanted to go anywhere with writing, and I believed him. Over time, however, I’ve come to realize that taking myself too seriously, or, at least removing satire from my work, results in contrived garbage that in no way do I feel connected to, or feel represents me. So I decided to take the premise of the “sonnet” and play with it in a short story. I had a lot of fun with it, and “having fun with it” is my new criterion for any story I choose to wrestle with.

Who or what inspires you to write?

People. We’re such a fascinating batch of losers, and I really enjoy any rare moment in which we catch a glimpse of decency trying to escape from within us.

What do you consider to be your greatest influences?

Is it okay for me to say, “Writers who write for readers, and not simply for other writers”?

Do you have a website or a blog for your writing?

Nope.

Any advice for fellow writers?

If you want to be cool and do what everyone else is doing, write something dark; if you want to be original, write something else.

What are you currently working on?

I’m playing around with the rough draft of a novel, but am focusing most of my time and energy on my wife and two little boys, and the intense training involved in becoming a high-school English teacher in British Columbia.

Where can we read your work next?

Not that anyone would want to, but if they did: nowhere. Writing’s on somewhat of a hiatus at the moment.

Anything else you’d like to add?

New Bop Dead City’s looking sharp.