Issue II is still in stock, with a total of 250 copies printed total.
It can still be found at City Lights Bookstore (San Francisco),
Dog Eared Books (on Valencia), East Bay Booksellers (fka Diesel in Oakland),
Wolfman Books (Oakland downtown location), Pegasus Books (Berkeley location).
Issue II was curated, and bound in 2017, with an estimated 150hrs put into
it’s production. Themes of utopia/dystopia run through it, sometimes manifesting
as direct critiques of the society in which this collection was put together.
This couples and overlaps with different iterations of identity, at times in
the context of various intimate relationships or loss. Given the world this
issue was assembled in, that these ideas ran through a magazine in which no
theme was set, seems a bit obvious. And in that obviousness, an imperative—
to find the abstracted string that pulls through us all, so that in its tugging,
it may heal these wounds and empower us to remember why we continually push for
something better than what this is. Perhaps I’m stretching too far for a theme
that doesn’t need to be there, and that’s ok too.
The contributors for this issue are as follows:
Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in
the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in various journals, including
Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and others.
Her most recent poetry chapbook is Score and Bone on Nomadic Press,
and her full-length poetry collection will be published by Manic D Press
in spring 2018. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.
Jon Huerta was born in Portales, New Mexico. He is the author of two
books of poetry. Posole with Benefits and Acid & Menudo.
Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010),
Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013),
Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue
(Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take,
slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the
question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy?
She is Editor of the imprint #RECURRENT for Civil Coping Mechanisms,
Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, and
recently helped launch (w/ Maggie Nelson) SUBLEVEL, the new online
literary magazine based in the CalArts MFA Writing Program. After living
for over 30 years in California, she recently moved from Los Angeles to
Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Portland
State University. She can be found online at her website.
Sarah Stoves is a Northern California native who currently lives with
her partner and projects in Birmingham, Alabama where the skies make
your spine tingly.
melissa christine goodrum‘s poetry can be found in The New York
Quarterly, The Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, canwehaveourballback?,
Transmission, a harpy flies down-a chapbook by Other Rooms Press
and The Bowery Women Poems, an anthology. A collection of her poetry,
definitions uprising, is available thanks to NY Quarterly Books.
Most recently, Urbantgarde released a five-poet anthology titled
Urgent Bards interweaving her jazz-o-phile voice in 2016.
Kyle Walsh grew up in Randolph, New Jersey and currently resides
in Oakland, California. Some of his other poems can be found in dryland
and The Penn Review.
William Ward Butler lives in Santa Cruz, CA. His poems have
appeared in Assaracus, Hobart, Potluck Mag, and other journals.
He tweets: @WilliamWButler
Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of Narrative of the Life of the
Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner
of the 2007 Cave Canem Prize., Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem
Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the
Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. His latest books are
Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015),
finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and Lucy 72 (1913 Press,
Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a mixed media
artist, dancer and performer. He has performed in multiple venues,
including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, UC Riverside’s Artsblock,
Georgetown’s Lannan Center, Dixon Place, the Atlantic Center for the
Arts, and Lousiana State University’s Digital Media Center Theater.
The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Djerassi Resident
Artists Program, the Ford Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, the
National Research Council, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the
Center for Art and Thought, and Yaddo, Wilson is currently an
Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the
University of California, Santa Cruz, serving on the core faculty of
the Creative Critical PhD Program, and co-directing the Creative
This issue also includes the work of Tân Khánh Cao, Ryan Darley,
Tongo Eisen-Martin, Cassie Duggan, Annica Stitch, Joanna Anabo,
& Erica Lewis
After sharing this magazine with his friend Kevin Killian,
Ryan Darley, whose beautiful photos can be found here, was asked
to hang photos in Kevin’s collectively ran, ATA Right Window
Gallery. The show was entitled “Soft Theme”, and ran for the
duration of February 2018.