“Brown buffalos get English in workaday schools a meaningful tattoo of unforgiving blood if they’re lucky. Bullets curse barrio poets who eat them like dulces then spit out histories of pain.” ~ Paul Lobo Portugés
Drunken Boat has wonderful news on a number of fronts!
First, we’re proud to announce the addition of Heather Bryant to our editorial staff as our Nonfiction Editor. Bryant is a well-regarded nonfiction writer with a broad range of interests and some great ideas for Drunken Boat’s future. She is the Spring 2010 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Randolph College. She won the 2009 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest. A fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Visiting Artist in writing at the American Academy in Rome in 2009, Heather Bryant has taught writing at the Youth Action Coalition and the Girl Scout Scholars Program. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming with The Southeast Review, Women Writers, and Seal Press.
We asked Heather to give a sense of herself as a writer and she delighted us with the following response:
“My all-time favorite desert island books are If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, Hurdy-Gurdy by Tim Seibles, All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler, A Fanatic Heart by Edna O’Brien, and Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye. All of these contain the spark, humor, and poetry I look for in non-fiction. I studied writing at Smith College, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the Prague Summer Writing Seminars. Between Prague and my time at the American Academy, I visited and met writers in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Stavanger (Norway), and Dublin. I’m eager to bring international writers into the nonfiction folios of Drunken Boat as well as great contemporary US writers. I also want to encourage poets and fiction writers to make the leap over to nonfiction. Topics that interest me include gender, the body, human rights, truth-telling, and identity.”
Drunken Boat is so pleased to have promoted assistant editor Sarah Clark to the position of Assistant Managing Editor. Clark has been with us for eighteen grueling months, starting as an intern and becoming an indispensable part of Drunken Boat’s daily functioning and vision for the future. Clark holds a BA in English and International studies from VCU and was the editor of Poistesme, VCU’s literary magazine. She has interned or worked for Blackbird, the Paris Review, Web Del Sol, and Open City. She plans to finish her masters in modernist literature at Queen Mary, University of London.
2010 is the year in which Drunken Boat becomes a semi-annual publication. We will be launching our 11th issue on January 30th, featuring an interview with United States Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, a themed nonfiction folio looking at Life in a Time of Contraction around the world, as well as some of the best poetry, fiction, photography, sound and web art we’ve ever come across.
Our twelvth issue will feature a folio on Irish American playwright Eugene O’Neill, curated by O’Neill scholar Robert Dowling, with contributions by a number of brilliant, famous, and downright notorious Irish American artists, writers and actors!