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The &Now Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing 2011-13:

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I edited the third volume of The &Now Awards, an anthology of the best innovative writing 2011-2013. Available for preorder here!

This volume features contributions from: Dennis Cooper, Angela Genusa, Ji Yoon Lee, Aaron Apps,Amaranth Borsuk & Kate Durbin, Amber Sparks & Robert Kloss, Tytti Heikkinen tr by Niina Pollari, Jeff VanderMeer, Stephanie Strickland & Nick Montfort, Christopher Higgs Blake Butler & Vanessa Place, Richard Kostelanetz, Daniela Olszewska, Margo Berdeshevsky, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Brian Oliu, Diana George, Laura Relyea, Christopher Grimes, KimRosenfield, Anna Joy Springer, Stacy Doris, Karen Green, Lucas de Lima,Marina Blitshteyn, Luis Aguilar tr by Lawrence Schimel, Gina Abelkop,Pansy Petunia, Matt Bell, Lara Glenum, Kate Zambreno, Jayson Iwen,Brooke Wonders, Justin Petropoulos & Carla Gannis, Erin Kautza, Carina Finn & Stephanie Berger, Janice Lee, Laura Zaylea, Dennis James Sweeney, Elizabeth Colen, Becca Klaver, Eckhard Gerdes, Janis Butler Holm, Kim Gek Lin Short, ER Baxter III, Shanita Bigelow, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Amy Wright, Kate Greenstreet, Ching-In Chen, Zoe Tuck, Duriel Estelle Harris, Emerson Whitney, Micha Cardenas, James McGirk,Suzanne Scanlon, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Michael Joyce, T. Zachary Cotler, Carol Guess & Kelly Magee, Alexandra Chasin, James Tadd Adcox, Katy Bohinc, Joseph Scapellato, Aimee Parkison, Marisa Crawford, Joanna Ruocco, Johannes Helden, Ella Longpre, Ted Pelton, Farid Matuk, Alake Pilgrim, Tom Bradley & Nick Patterson, Matthew Cooperman & Aby Kaupang, Evelyn Hampton, Joe Milazzo, Lucy Corin, & Cecilia Corrigan. Cover by J Berger.

Review by Sam Moss at Perfidious Script:

These &NOW award anthologies … read like a directory for the US (and otherwise) avant-garde writing milieux. … not only is the &NOW anthology a great way for the reader to find new writers and works, it is a great resource for writers as well, in a way a compendium of potential markets, MFA programs, grants and awards to keep an eye on for future endeavors.

Review at Raging Biblioholism:

There are emoji-poems (emoji’d and translated) in this collection – so I’m pretty sure that invalidates any criticism OR praise and insists that you just go take a look. If you’re willing to try something new or push your boundaries, this is the way to do it.

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Birkensnake 6: Neverending Tales

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With Miodrag Kojadinović I co-edited one of seven issues of Birkensnake 6 as part of an experiment in collaborative literary journal editing. We were teamed up with designer/illustrator Walker Mettling. The editing portion of the project occurred between July 2012 and July 2013; design between July 2013 and now. All seven issues are now available online. Print versions of the issues are available only through the Birkensnake 6 tour, which opened in Pittsburgh on November 1, 2013 and will visit Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, and Denver, possibly a few other cities, in the coming months. Check the Birkensnake 6 Facebook page for updates.

The Traumarama Project (a collaborative Tumblr)

The Traumarama Project is an ongoing investigation of the traumarama as a form for narrating humiliation, shame, and trauma. It seeks to expand Seventeen Magazine’s Traumarama section, which invites “real girls” to share their most embarrassing moments. While the original Traumarama is full of spectacularly messy fun, it is limited to the experiences of teen straight cis girls and invokes trauma in name but not in content. This project’s driving impulse is to expand the form: to open up the Traumarama to a wider diversity of genders, sexualities, ages, and bodies, and to take seriously the category of trauma in relation to (perhaps) more benign experiences of shame and mortification.

Name Tags

From 2011 to 2013, I edited Name Tags, a column devoted to issues related to names and naming, for the Land Line Quarterly.

Mildred Pierce

From 2005-2011, I co-edited and co-published the print arts and culture magazine Mildred Pierce with John Bylander.