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Chicago’s long-standing (sometimes sitting) hacked/cracked electronic trio I LOVE PRESETS is back at it. Since 2003, Rob Ray, Jon Satrom, and Jason Soliday have been propelling pixels like throwing stars and isolating brown-tones from thunder-snow. Tonight they will be sharing a special assemblage of new realtime audio/video at the Nightingale. From circuit-bent video to video games, custom gear to readymade drum machines; I LOVE PRESETS celebrates the decimation of the resolute; kludging along, leaving a dirty new-media mess in its wake.

Duplicates, a collaboration between: Joseph Kramer and Ryan Dunn will kick off the evening at 8PM.

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Published Mar 08, 2011 - Comments Off

Photos are up from the Feb 4th Washington, D.C. reading and reception featuring the editors and authors of Drunken Boat, Defunct Magazine, Born, and 32 Poems.

The event featured performances by Ander Monson, Lia Purpura, Melanie Henderson, Patrick Rosal, Garret Socol, Don Share, DeLana Dameron, Daniel Nester, Bernadette Geyer, and others, including special guests.

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Published Mar 07, 2011 - Comments Off

We’re pleased to announce that Drunken Boat Issue #13 is now live.

DB13 is emerging as the weather warms up, with features on /Slant/Sex/, the first half of a collection of writing and art exploring the often taboo sexuality of all woman-identified and trans individuals, and First Peoples, Plural, an interdisciplinary exploration of native identity and aesthetic from around the world. Also with new poetry by Tomaz Salamun, a multimedia folio of nonfiction, with playlists on process by essayists including Rick Moody, and new photography, sound, and installation art.

We hope you’ll share our winter issue on your blogs, Twitters, Facebooks, and by carrier pigeon if you are so inclined.

Thank you all for your hard work and support. If you’re a fan of Drunken Boat, please consider making a donation so we can continue bringing you the best of traditional art forms such as poetry, prose, criticism and photography, alongside works of art endemic to the medium of the web, such as sound, video, hypertext, web art and digital animation. Our secure payment site can be found at www.drunkenboat.com/db13/donate.php

The Editors of Drunken Boat

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Published Mar 05, 2011 - Comments Off

The first time I ever saw Creamy she was sitting on that pier kind of leaning forward looking down. She had on a green skinny top and orange shorts. I thought she looked like a funny parrot so I made what I thought was this bird noise to get her attention, though actually I’d tensed up a moment, telling myself: parrot-girl might be a jumper. Even at a distance she looked too pale. Too white for summer.

When she did turn in my direction, acknowledging my stupidity by puckering her lips in a mean way, then getting up slowly, like a coil unwinding, she did so like she still wasn’t sure which way was up, or down. And I saw she was really tall. I saw she had a few inches on me, and I’m six-one. This girl is a monster, I’d thought. A freak of nature.

Susan Tepper’s short short story KNIVES appearing in Drunken Boat #12 will be performed as part of the Sweet! Actors Reading Writers series TODAY, March 3rd, 2011.

Where Three of Cups, 83 First Ave @ 5th St. (F/V to Second Ave)
When March 3rd, 7:30pm

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Published Mar 03, 2011 - Comments Off

Welcome new readers for Drunken Boat! The newest members of the fiction editorial team join Holly Wendt (Assistant Fiction Editor), Ann Bogle, Stephanie King, Judy Yu, Joe Truscello and Fiction Editor Deborah Poe.

Sherrie Flick is the author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume) and the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), a semi-finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Select anthologies include Flash Fiction Forward (Norton), New Sudden Fiction (Norton), and The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. Her short-short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and Black Warrior Review, among others. In 2010, her story “Little Dog” was a finalist for the A Room of Her Own Orlando Prize for Sudden Fiction.

Flick has been granted fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ucross Foundation, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recently she served as January-term writer-in-residence at Salem College. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, she lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches in Chatham University’s MFA programs, writes, edits, gardens, and cooks. For more information, visit www.sherrieflick.com.

Laura Koons recently completed her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. She has served in the past as Fiction Editor and reader for Grist: The Journal for Writers, as a reader for Quarter After Eight, and as Editor for Lycoming College’s literary magazine, The Tributary. She currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

Katharine Mitchell holds a MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a MA in Literature from the University of Mississippi. She lived and worked in China for five years and now teaches literature and creative writing at an international school in Bangkok.

Racquel Simone (Goodison) was born and grew up in Kingston 20, Jamaica. She earned a doctorate in English at Binghamton University and is currently an assistant professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She was awarded a scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center and been the recipient of several writing awards and grants. Her stories can be found in such literary journals as the Black Arts Quarterly, Proud Flesh Journal, Kweli Journal and Drunken Boat.

Elizabeth Thorpe’s short stories and excerpts from her novel-in-progress have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Per Contra, Press 1, Puckerbrush Review, Stolen Island Review, and The Maine Review, among others. She lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches at Drexel University and at The University of the Arts, in the Pre-College program. She earned her MFA in Writing from Goddard

Jill Widner’s fiction has appeared recently in Short Fiction 4 (University of Plymouth Press, UK), Juked, Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai’i Literature and Arts, CellStories, Willesden Herald New Short Stories 3 (pretend genius press, UK), Hobart (online), Kartika Review, Kyoto Journal, North American Review, and Memoir (and). Jill was the recipient of a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship and a 2009 Artist Trust (GAP) project grant; she has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

And thanks to everyone who responded to our call for new fiction readers. You guys are superstars!

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Published Mar 02, 2011 - Comments Off

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