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Best of the Net

DeColo BroadsideCongratulations to Kendra DeColo, whose poem “The Dream in Which You Are,” was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Best of the Net Anthology. The poem appears in the first issue of Printer’s Devil Review.

You can download a broadside of the poem here.

Happy Horrors

Harriet Burbeck . 8th Annaul NOLA Bookfair Flyer.

Illustration sensation Harriet “Happy” Burbeck provides drawings of Lovecraftian horrors to accompany Brian R. Hauser’s essay “Call of the Cult Flick” in our Spring 2012 issue.

Happy is a New Orleans comic artist, illustrator, and musician. She has shown her work at a number of galleries in the Crescent City, including Mimi’s in the Marigny, Du Mois Gallery, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, and The Candle Factory. 

 She has this to say about what she’s been up to: 

I am in a band called Ixnay, formerly known as The Leah Quinelle All-Stars Featuring Happy. I illustrated the choose-your-own-adventure on that website, which you should not look at unless you are older than 18 and have a high tolerance for dirty words. I have been working with the New Orleans Bookfair for the past four years, and made the poster graphic for the Bookfair 2008-2010. The books to which I have contributed illustrations include Stories Care Forgot, The Chainbreaker Book, and Take Me Out to the Dog Park. I have contributed to many zines, including, but not limited to Full Gallop, Chihuahua and Pitbull, Chainbreaker, Cornfed Hussy, Y’eard Me and Feast Comics Anthology.

My client list also includes Beth’s Books, Garrett County Press, Factory Direct Zine Mail Order, The Vedic Yagya Center, Fitzgerald Letterpress, Louisiana Books to Prisoners, White Rabbit Gallery, Antigravity Magazine, The New Orleans School of Art and Craft, Willamette Week, Skimmer Studio, The Raging Pelican and others. I also have been making a zine called The Nose Knows with three other artists for five years now. Email us at nasalknowledge@gmail.com if you want a subscription.

You can see more of Happy’s work at her website. She also makes drawings and paintings on commission.

Read Locally

Heart of InmanOur friends at the Inman Review are throwing a party Saturday night at Lorem Ipsum Books to celebrate the release of their fourth issue. The review is dedicated to the writing of the many creative people who make their home in the Boston neighborhood of Inman. Chris Hall, one of the contributors to the issue and readers at the event, was also featured in the first issue of PDR.

The evening’s festivities will include readings from contributors of the new volume of the review, live music, refreshments and coffee courtesy of 1369 Coffehouse.

Here are the rest of the details:

Doors at 8, Readings planned to begin at 8:30. Sliding scale donations at the door, donations of $5 or more receive copy of the Inman Review, vol. 4.

Contributors from Vol. 4 include:

  • Antonio Ochoa, reading the poems of Uruguayan poet Eduardo Milán
  • Annabel Gill
  • Jahn Sood
  • Craig Hildebrand
  • Derek J.G. Williams
  • Randy Black
  • Christopher Hall

Ed Skoog

One of the great things to come out of our trip down to the New Orleans Bookfair was discovering Ed Skoog, whose work we’ll be featuring in our next issue. 

Ed Skoog grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and has lived in Montana, Louisiana, and Southern California, and now lives in Seattle. He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow, Writer-in-Residence at the Richard Hugo House, and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington University. He has taught at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Tulane, Fishtrap, and Idyllwild Arts. His poems have appeared in Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Narrative, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. His first book is Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009).

For more information, visit http://edskoog.com/.

Amethyst Arsenic Winter Party

Amethyst Arsenic PartyIf you live in or around Boston, come down to the Cantab Lounge in Central Square on Wednesday, December 12, at 8 p.m. Our friends at Amethyst Arsenic will be throwing a party to celebrate their Winter 2012 issue.

Amethyst Arsenic is an online poetry and art journal based out of Somerville, Mass; It was founded by Samantha Milowsky in 2011 to publish the best poetry and art to the widest possible audience. 

The release party will feature will feature Tony Brown, Sam Cha, Karen Locascio, Michael Lynch, Gordon Marshall, Jacqueline Morrill, Alexander Nemser, Tara Skurtu, and Jade Sylvan. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. A season final poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3. You can find more information about the featured poets here.

Spring 2012 Cover Artist

Benjamin Duke. TMI. 96 X 144.

We’re thrilled that artist Benjamin Duke has agreed to let us use an image of one of his paintings for our Spring 2012 cover.

Ben’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group shows, both in the United States and abroad. He has been awarded international residencies at Bamboo Curtain Studios, Taiwan and at The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art in Taipei. A catalogue entitled Benjamin Duke 2001-2010: Nine Years of Work was published by Garden City Publishing in June 2010. Ben teaches painting and drawing at Michigan State University.

He describes his work this way: 

In my paintings I ask myself “Is this the way the world is?’ I reshape and retool my painting experience to answer that question. But while the question begins with the world, it ends with the work itself: “Is this the way the world is in this work?”

The search is for the world in painting and painting in the world (painting worlds / paintings world). Am I in the world or is the world in me? I allude to my life, to writers works, to imagery and it is my hope that this record of allusion conjures and creates the same. I am referring to text, theory, idea but I am also finding myself already there, looking out to see in.

You can see more of Ben’s work at his website. He is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery.

The painting pictured above is TMI, 2010, 96 X 144.

Back from the Bookfair

So we’re back from the New Orleans Bookfair. Organizer Robin Watt knows how to throw a fair–burlesque and bounce at the pre-party, street bands and readings at the fair, and a word-of-mouth afterparty in an abandoned warehouse with DJs spinning equal parts punk and 1960s R&B. Looking forward to next year …

Devil on Demand

Prefer print? You can now purchase print copies of Printer’s Devil Review from Lulu.com. Sorry that they’re a bit pricey (between $21 and $26). We’re selling them at cost, but full-color printing (essential for the arts section) turns out to be pretty expensive.

Of course, you can also get ebook versions for $1 from Amazon, the Barnes & Noble store, and the iBookstore (Spring 2011. Fall 2011 coming soon). And you can always download the magazine for free as a PDF here at our website.

New Orleans Book Fair

NOLA BookfairPDR will have a table at the 10th Annual New Orleans Bookfair, an independent literary festival showcasing local and regional authors, publishers, bookstores, artists, and zinesters.  You can find out more and watch a cool video about the event at their kickstart page.

We’re not exactly local, but we do know what it means to miss New Orleans (Tom, the editor, lived there for two years and tries to get back to visit whenever he can). Also, since we’re an online publication open to submissions from all over, we hope to spread the word about the magazine to readers, writers, and artists in the Crescent City. If you’ll be in town, look for us giving away shirts, buttons, and broadsides.