We introduced Digging Through The Fat to a lovely crowd of literary lovers at the beautiful New York Society Library. Tobias Carroll, Lauren Hilger, and Bud Smith all gave stellar readings. I was overwhelmed with the response we received for the journal and for these amazing people’s words. Thank you so much to Carolyn Waters, Head Librarian at The New York Society Library for inviting Digging to participate. Much love to Guernica, especially publisher, Katherine Rowland, editors: Raluca Albu and Meara Sharma, and Guernica’s special guests: Carmen Maria Machado and Ann Neumann. It was a great night for all involved.
Community No. 17: Thanks to Karen Corday, Jeanne Wilkinson, Max DeVoe Talley, Victoria Griffin, Michael Backus, Ted Myers, and J.A. Pak for sharing their wonderful work. Congrats to all!
TALISMAN by Kris Faatz: “Hester’s daughter Zoe, nine years old, has started to develop breasts.” #litmag
Book Review No. 6 – My Body Would be the Kindest of Strangers by Fiona Helmsley. Book Review by David S. Atkinson
THE HOTLINE FOR LONELY MEN by Sean Pravica
TRIO OF SOPHIES by Eileen Merriman
The boy has been watching her for weeks. His eyes tattoo a pattern on the back of her neck in class. At lunchtime she feels his gaze sweep over her as she walks past with Sophie-P and Sophie-G. A trio of Sophies, Mr James says in PE. But it’s only her hips his hands linger on when he is helping her balance on the beam, only her breasts his fingers brush past when he is adjusting her tennis serve.
BAUDELAIRE PLAYS LET’S MAKE A DEAL IN SAM’S COFFEE SHOP by Gary Singh
“She appears behind Green Door Number One and Charlie Baudelaire cracks a peek. There she is: Miss Barista, fairest of the fair she is, with wide-open eyes and flushed hungover cheekbones, trying to fight off the slobbering AXE deodorant commercial that just walked in.”
Thanks to Craig Fishbane, Paul Beckman, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Gary V. Powell, A. Joseph Black, David S. Atkinson, Gay Degani, Michael Díaz Feito, Gerard Sarnat, John Gorman, Ray Nessly for sharing their wonderful work. Congrats to all!
2016 Editor’s Choice: Eileen Malone (fiction) and Lynne McEniry (poetry).
Poetry No. 18 – slaughter by Ann Davenport