Preview the inside of Incandescent Mind: Issue One, Summer 2016 in this short video:
Available at the Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and on Amazon.com.
Incandescent Mind: Issue One, Summer 2016 is a full-color, 8.5 x 11″ journal of poetry, prose, and art focused on mental and emotional health. From mental illness, physical ailments, death, and loss, to PTSD, body image issues, family dysfunction, and more, 48 authors and 23 artists share their light on what fuels their internal fires. Edited by Sarah Thursday and co-edited by Raquel Reyes-Lopez, with additional support from Robin Axworthy, Jeri Thompson, Frank Kearns, Clifton Snider, and Keri McNeley. Available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore, Half Off Books in Whittier, and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.
Authors and artists included in Issue One: A. Riding, Adrian Cepeda, Aja Beech, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Amanda Martin, Amanda Mathews, Andrew Brown, Anna Szilagyi, Boris Ingles, Brandi Conder, Brandon Dumais, Cat Brendel, Daniel McGinn, Darcy Smith, Donald Illich, E. Laura Golberg, E. Amato, Ed Baines, Elder Zamora, Ellen Stone, Erika Ayón, Garrett Hoffman, Jackie Joice, Jane Roe, John Guzlowski, Joy Shannon, K. Andrew Turner, Kara Dennison, Ken Oddist Jones, Kerfe Roig, Kevin Ridgeway, Kim Sharp, Kit Couter, Kristina England, Laura Saint Martin, Lauri Langston, Leah Mueller, Lynn Azali, Lynne Viti, Mariano Zaro, Mark Smith-Soto, Mary McCarthy, Michael Cantin, Michele Rene, Nancy Correro, Natalie Hirt, Natalie Morales, Nina Bannett, Nina Johnson, Ola Faleti, Ricardo Vidana, Robert Hoffman, Robin Axworthy, Roopa Dudley, Sander Wolff, Sarah Davis, Sarah Lim, Serena Solin, Sharon Elliott, Stephanie Barbe Hammer, Stephen Linsteadt, Steve Lossing, Susan Solomon, Taylor Flynn, TC Boyd, Tim Perez, Tobi Alfier, Tony Gloeggler, Torrin Greathouse, Victoria Griffin, and Yeggi Kaela Watts.
We are extremely thrilled to announce the official release date for Incandescent Mind: Issue One, Summer 2016 for Saturday, August 6th, from 2-5 pm at Fox Coffee House. We also have additional confirmed event dates on Wednesday, August 10th, from 8-10 pm at the Ugly Mug in Orange and Friday, August 26th, from 7-10 pm at Half-Off Book in Whittier. Please check the Sadie Girl Press page on Facebook for more information.
Long Beach, August 6th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1688797314709729/
Orange, August 10th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109662402426340/
Whittier, August 26th: https://www.facebook.com/events/826050787526153/
We’re going to AWP!! This year the Association of Writers & Writing Programs is having its annual conference in downtown LA. Together with our sister press, Lucid Moose Lit, we will be stationed at booth 857 at the conference mega Book Fair on Thursday, March 31st through Saturday, April 2nd. We will have books, author signings, and more. SGP authors Raquel Reyes-Lopez, JL Martindale, and Daniel McGinn will be joining myself, Sarah Thursday, and Nancy Lynée Woo, with additional guests, such as K. Andrew Turner and Beth McIlvaine. This is a huge event that requires paid admission, but if you are one of the over 12,000 people attending, we’d love to have you come by and say hello!
Here’s a little snippet of what is AWP from their website:
“The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Los Angeles in 2016 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.”
The 4th Annual San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival will take place on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st. Each day of the festival is packed with authors of poetry and prose from noon to nine. Sadie Girl Press has been given a full slot to showcase some of our talented poets, Terry Ann Wright, Raquel Reyes-Lopez, Larry Duncan, and myself, Sarah Thursday. What’s even more exciting is that we’ll be joined by special guests, BobKat, who’ll be backing our readings with acoustic music. Join us on Saturday, February 20th, from 4 to 5:15 pm at the dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. Better yet, stay all day to hear non-stop literary goodness! RSVP on Facebook
The dA Center for the Arts 252 S Main St, Pomona, California 91766
See the full lineup and more details about the entire weekend festivities on the SGVLitFest event page!
On Saturday, January 30th, we’ll be celebrating the release of my new CD/chapbook, How to Unexist, along with Larry Duncan’s new chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, at Fox Coffeehouse in Long Beach. We will both be reading with the phenomenon that is BobKat and The Poet’s Band. The event will begin at 6 pm and include special guests, Nancy Lynée Woo, JL Martindale, and Daniel McGinn, plus a limited open read-with-the-band list. Both new chapbooks and other Sadie Girl Press items will be available for purchase. Ken Oddist Jones, digital artist/photographer, and painter, Lynn Azali will be displaying and selling work as well.
Fox Coffeehouse 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806
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 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.
Chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, by Larry Duncan with digital art by Ken Oddist Jones. 42 pages, perfect bound, available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore, Half 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 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.