Conium Press author Matt Tompkins recently wrote a brief essay for Fiction Southeast‘s “Why I Write” column. He discusses an early love of books, and how books were always there for him as a child; Matt notes that “books never mocked, never judged, never shrugged, never slurred, always answered.” He goes on to discuss his later evolution from reader to writer, exploring creative text as “a way to process, reflect, and integrate my own experience.” Read the full essay here.
The submission guidelines for our “Dis/appearances” theme are live! Submit up to 1,000 words between June 1st and June 15th. Guest edited by Matt Tompkins, author of Souvenirs and Other Stories (Conium Press, 2016) and Studies in Hybrid Morphology (tNY Press, 2016). If your work is accepted, it’s published on our website and you receive a complimentary copy of Matt’s latest book, Souvenirs. Mark your calendars, and read the full guidelines here.
Earlier this week, James R. Gapinski’s flash fiction “Kitten Egg” was published in Literary Orphan, Issue 24. His piece “Yelp Reviews from the End of Days” was also published at The Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature.
James is The Conium Review‘s managing editor. Find links to more of his recent work on his website.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been posting about and previewing different happenings at the upcoming AWP Conference in Los Angeles, including our panel, book signings, and recommendations from Rita Bullwinkel and Caitlin Scarano.
William VanDenBerg joins the conversation, offering his top AWP off-site event choices. Check out the list below, and be sure to stop by our table (#1238) for William’s author signing on Saturday, April 2nd, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and hear him read during the Caketrain and Solar Luxuriance off-site reading on Saturday, April 2nd starting at 7:00pm.
Outside the AWP Conference itself, a multitude of readings, parties, and activities will be taking place. Here are a few highlights among the many offsite events:
March 29th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Tuesday before AWP begins, tNY Press will be hosting a pre-show party at The Last Bookstore. Expect stand-up, lit karaoke, and Mad-Libs, as well as readings by Zachary Cosby, Bridget Dooley, Uzodinma Okehi, and more.
March 31st, 7:00pm
On Thursday at Monty Bar, Tumblr, Catapult, Unnamed Press, Writing Workshops Los Angeles and Nouvella Books will be teaming up for LAwp!, a party with free drinks and absolutely no readings whatsoever.
April 1st, 12:30pm to 10:00pm
Camp Real Pants, taking place at Astroetic Studios on Friday, features a summer camp experience compressed into a single day. Includes a publishing talk by editor Calvert Morgan, readings by Dark Fucking Wizard and Green Mountains Review authors, s’mores, singalongs, hot cocoa, and relatively little poison ivy.
April 1st, 4:00pm to 5:30pm
On Friday, Wave Books, POOL Poetry Journal, and Saint Mary’s College MFA will be celebrating some big anniversaries (10, 15, and 20 years respectively). The event, also at The Last Bookstore, will feature Molly Bendall, Candace Eros Díaz, Brenda Hillman, and others along with host Matthew Zapruder.
April 1st, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
At R Bar, a Koreatown karaoke bar, Bennington Review and Black Warrior Review will launch their most recent issues. This Friday night event includes Dorothea Lasky, Mark Baumer, Kendra Fortmeyer, and many others.
April 2nd, 7:00pm
On Saturday evening, The Poetic Research Bureau will host an event for Essay Press, Siglio Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Dorothy: A Publishing Project. Features readings from Amina Cain, Will Alexander, and work by John Cage read by Richard Kraft and Joe Biel.
One of our editors, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, will be performing at the tNY Press “Totally Unofficial AWP Pre-Show.” This event takes place at The Last Bookstore, located on 453 S Spring St in Los Angeles (the main entrance is actually around the corner on 5th), Tuesday, March 29th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
The event will feature MadLibs, readings, lessons in oral composition, stand up comedy, and mystery panels.
Other performers/readers include Vivian Martinez, Zachary Cosby, Elizeya Quate, Kait Heacock, Douglas Wood, Mike Crossley, Bridget Dooley, Chris Tarry, Jamie Mortara, Brenna Kischuk, Breeann Kirby, and Uzodinma Okehi.