How to Unexist

Poetry Chapbooks, Poetry Recordings, Sarah Thursday

Limited edition poetry with CD and chapbook, How to Unexist, by Sarah Thursday with music by BobKat. 12-track album, recorded and mixed by Blacksheep Music, with 20-page, full color, mini-chapbook. Art by Lynn Azali. Available online at the Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.

“How to Unexist is no easy listen. Drawing from intensely personal reflections, the 24-minute album is a raw, articulate journey through Thursday’s psyche amid pain, heartbreak, self-acceptance and cognizance. Her cutting delivery doesn’t pander or add flair; the poet’s voice is truthful and clear. Juxtaposed with BobKat’s ambient soundscapes—largely improvisational layers of rhythmic acoustic guitar riffs, fiery violin melodies as well as some horn, bass synths and mandolin—her words sink with impact.” Esther Kang, Long Beach Post

Incandescent Mind: Open Submission Call for Poetry, Prose, and Art (closed)

Press News!, Submission Calls

Incandescent Mind is opening submissions on the topic of mental and emotional health. We’re looking for poetry, very short prose (under 500 words), and art for an ongoing journal series that presents aspects of mental and emotional health on many levels: from trauma, mental illness, PTSD, anxiety, abuse, to even specific situation issues like divorce, death, loss, physical ailments and disabilities, and to serious marginalization due to race, sexual orientation, economic status, gender, religion, etc. Any and all of the things that put us through fire, but also make us stronger. We want the personal rather than analytical or observational experience.

Submission will now be taken through Submittable (closed 4/3/16). Please submit 1 poetry or prose in a doc/docx file. You may submit up to 3 pieces per submission period. The plan is to select a maximum of 36 pieces of poetry or prose and only one per author per issue. Submissions will close once the 36 slots have been filled. Strongly rated pieces may be considered for the next issue.

We are looking for previously unpublished work, but will be open to considering special pieces. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as we are notified immediately if work is accepted elsewhere.

Poetry: We’re open to style, but want to feel the connection to the topic. We’re open to length and form, but keep it under 100 lines (including stanza breaks). We don’t prefer rhyming poetry, unless they’re very well crafted.

Prose: We’d love to have well written and edited short prose (under 500 words) of fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, or other on the topic.

Art: We are open to paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, collage, etc in color or black and white, abstract or specific subjects, any mediums that transfer well as a jpeg or png file, and as long as it conveys emotion. Work does not have to be directly related to mental and emotional health, but needs to compliment the feel of the journal. If you aren’t sure, send us what you have and we’ll let you know! You may submit up to 10 high resolution images. You may submit art in addition to poetry or prose. Please include titles with your images (preferably in the file names).

Include a short, 50 word 3rd person bio with website or social media contact information where people can learn more about you.

We reserve the right to make minor edits to pieces as needed, but may ask for revision for a piece we love enough to see improve. Authors and artists will retain the rights to their individual work. We do not offer payment other than one complimentary contributor copy. Additional copies can be ordered at a discounted price.
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Drunk on Ophelia

Ken Oddist Jones, Larry Duncan, Poetry Chapbooks

Chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, by Larry Duncan with digital art by Ken Oddist Jones. 42 pages, perfect bound, available through Sadie Girl Press BookstoreHalf Off Books in Whittier, and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.

“With Drunk on Ophelia, a work both delicate and bold, Larry Duncan has crafted a narrative written in the hot neon and rain splattered city streets—a place that lives in the haunted eyes of its inhabitants. This is the city split open, writhing, the fist through the wall, the gentle call of a lover through a door. Duncan is a master at naming all the unnameable things—always returning us to the body of experience. What you’re left with is the negative space—the here and not here, seen and unseen, the loved and the unloved. Drunk on Ophelia takes you so far down into humanity’s loneliness and heart break that when you emerge on the other side, blinking in the new light, you find yourself eerily whole.” Ally Malinenko, author of How To Be An American

Drunk on Ophelia is a black and white movie projected onto the graffiti’d walls of an alleyway for nighthawks to enjoy after hours at diners still alive in obscurity, where sincere and visionary poets like Larry Duncan capture each and every midnight movie frame on cocktail napkins next to girl’s numbers written in stranger’s lipstick, poems that bleed with “the feel” of timeless lost souls who lurk in the last private corners not hit by the indifference of a California sunrise, where these poems make passionate, barroom sink love to an endangered muse dressed to the nines in perfect authenticity.  Duncan leaves you jealous that you’re not out there past midnight alongside him, but he’s generous enough to let us all tag along for a little while in this sensual collection of masterful, honest poetry.” Kevin Ridgeway, author of Contents Under Pressure (Crisis Chronicles Press)

Ken Oddist Jones

Authors and Artists, Ken Oddist Jones

Upsidedown Ken Oddist Jones is a graphic artist and photographer. He relocated to Long Beach by way of Florida where he studied design and studio art at the Florida School of Art. His work varies from the carefree and whimsical, to the surreal and sometimes haunting. Often he combines his photography with graphic elements and textures to create stunning visual imagery and striking digital collage. His work was recently featured in New Legends, Then & Now: Conversations with Old Friends, and Incandescent Mind. He was the featured artist of the month on Cadence Collective, and has shown his digital collage work at WE Labs for their third art show, Metamorphosis. His work is also partnered with Larry Duncan‘s poetry in the chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia. Follow him on Facebook.

Larry Duncan

Authors and Artists, Larry Duncan

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Larry Duncan currently lives in Long Beach, CA. In 2012, he received his MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His first chapbook, Crossroads of Stars and White Lightning, is available from Arroyo Seco Press. His second chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, includes photos and digital art by Ken Oddist Jones and was released by Sadie Girl Press in January 2016. He has work in  Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two