Drunken Boat Literary Magazine is a small scale magazine pumping out serious talent from multiple genres. The focus of the magazine is to showcase the new and upcoming artist, by publishing those who are full of talent but yet to be published or recognized as a professional artist. The name Drunken Boat shows the laid back nature of the magazine and is a homage to how the magazine was created, it was a drunken conversation that soon became reality.

Drunken Boat focuses on new upcoming artists and they accept works in the forms of photography, fiction, poetry, and non fiction. Because the magazine’s focus is contemporary new artists they, unlike many other magazines accept poetry with abstract from, as well as surrealist poetry. “In the Drunken Boat tradition we are thrilled to feature poems that push the possibilities of form and tradition.” This acceptance of more contemporary work rings true for all types of submissions, Drunken Boat is a small magazines but does not let there small size intimidate them. They encourage all types of experimental or abstract submissions in any of the genres they publish.

Another aspect of Drunken Boat that makes them unique is they’re spotlight on a more distinguished artist or writer, which they do every couple of issues. This spotlight on a more successful artist is too show that yes Drunken Boat does prefer new young artist, but they do respect more traditional artist. This edition also gives the magazine a bit more distinction when they publish works from a more recognizable artist. This also gives those younger artists who have been published and those we read the magazine a chance to see more traditional work and get an idea of the basics of art so that they can be more experimental, as well as offer an opportunity to engage with these more established artists and learn from them. A few of the artists who have been featured in past editions are, Susan Gilmore and Traci Brimham, two of the recently featured poets.

All in all Drunken Boat magazine is a smaller online only journal whose main goal is to publish more experimental and contemporary work. As well as to get people excited about art and literature and encourage all types of artists, young and old, and of all mediums to interact and learn. As well as encourage young people to study and expose themselves to the art community. 

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Slowrush An Album Review

Slowrush is a one album band born and breed on the West Coast. Their band composed of four young punks, covered in leather so tight it could pass for skin, black guyliner, and small black tee shirt’s, showing off the pecks they wished they had.

The four high school dropouts, composed a debut album called Generator in lead vocalist Rob Daiker’s garage in ’98. Before long the wanna be Bon Jovi look alike’s were meeting with Epic records. In 2000 they released their professionally tweaked album Generator, renamed as Volume. The album barely moved on the charts, overshadowed by harder albums and the growing hip hop generation.

The sound hits eardrums hard, and bass drums harder. The second the string of heavy electra funk hits your ears, your hooked. This album has the dirty string chords of Stone Temple Pilots, the intensity of Nine Inch Nails, the funk good time feel of Sly & and The Family Stone. This musical line up is matched with deep rooted lyrics as the band screams and sings about everything from sex addition, child molestation, to soul splitting loneliness.

Their single “Junkie” gave them a slight taste of fame with its funkcore beat and date rape connotations. “Cause I don’t like the drug you slipped me, its effecting the blood and my mind is guilty.” The only thing these boys are guilty of is flopping in the charts; but still creating a timeless album, filled with lyrics so easily relatable to everyone? “I don’t mind telling you that I miss touching you. Doing you anytime, you came across my mind. I don’t mind telling you, but I miss fucking you. Bitch I’ve done my time, give me back what’s mine.” Who can’t relate to hating their ex, but still wanting out of boredom, anger, and loneliness? Most people can, but who would really want to admit to wanting to rape their ex’s until there in as much physical pain as you are mentally?-These guys are fucked up and they’re honest about it, that’s what makes their music so unique.

 

 

Now Volume only lives on in “The 100 Most Unappreciated Bands of the 90’s” blogs and the few Cd players of those hypnotized by their fusion of angst hard rock, and funk.

 

 

 

Excerpt from my Senior Project

Sulfur mixed in rose petals.

Cigarette ash & spoiled meat&

wildflowers.

Brimstone lined with daydreams

& nightmares drenched in the

sillage of lilies.

Beds covered in one lined sheets.

Letters dangle like tongues.

Syllables stick like moles on skin.

Vodka sweethearts& star filled sunrises.

Wrinkled faces, with sharpied life lines.

Citric acid & your favorites chocolates.

Summertimes snowflakes &

quotation marks grip

like your hand in mine

though I lost it in the second great war.

What I Am Made Of

Autumn House Press

Autumn House Press is pretty well known, especially in the Pennsylvania area since the press is local to Pennsylvania. But it has reached further than PA, it is known throughout New York since is publishes a fair amount of poets and writers local to New York. It also seems to have a decent fan base in more New England areas like Boston.

Autumn House Press was started in 1998 by a Micheal Simms, a poet who noticed that poetry wasn’t getting the attention it deserved in the literary world. Frustrated by this lack of attention on poets, especially young poets Micheal decided to start his own press. For a brief time Autumn House only expected poetry, but that trend soon died when the press grew in popularity. Soon the press started expecting pieces ranging from poetry to fiction and non fiction, a trend it still keeps to this day. The goal of Autumn House Press is to publish young and new writers who do not get much attention from the more “commercial publishers.” As said by Assistant Editor Christine Stroud, Autumn House has two full time editors Christine Stroud and Giulianna Certo, both hold an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BA in English Literature. The creator of the press Micheal Simms is the author of five collections of poetry, and both the editors have been published in some larger name literary magazines, like Ninth Letters and The John Carrol Review.

The press strives to publish those who they feel are the next writers to make a splash in the literary world. A goal of Autumn House Press is to become more of a classroom resource for those studying Creative Writing. In an effort to reach that goal Autumn House selects works pf prose and poetry that not only stand out on the paper, but tend to have some visual aspects as well. By doing this Autumn House creates a unique grounding for themselves in the literary world, they strive to make the actual books of manuscripts they have selected match the contents of the work as best they can. But they also do this in a cost efficient way so that way they keep the overall price of the pieces down so they are easily affordable to the masses.

Although Autumn House enjoyed work with unique form they do encourage and accept pieces with more traditional form.

Autumn House runs a yearly chapbook contest, in which they accept submissions of poetry as well as fiction and prose. These works are read by a group of judges who have been previously published by Autumn House, then a selection is made. There are separate submissions for each caterory, a book is produced from each genre. What the judges look for in these submissions are works that can stand the test of time, will they be relatent after publication, will this be useful as a tool to fellow writers? These contest is a huge deal because Autumn House has gained a rather large following, that has a lot to do with the amazing work produced as well as the events they host on an almost regular basis. The winners of the chapbook contest are rewarded with, 1,000 advance in royalties, as well as 1,500 grant to cover travel expenses to promote their book. Autumn House has the author play a role in the promotion of the book because it gives the writer a chance to explore how they describe and convey their writings. It also gives audiences a chance to meet and connect with the author on a more person level. Autumn House is one of the few presses that still accept paper submissions, as well as digital submissions.

Autumn House is not only an awesome press that seeks to publish new and unique wirters but it also serves to be a more commonly used tool in the classroom setting. Another way Autumn House tried to fill the gaps in the writing community is by hosting events every so often. These events range in topics from readings by the contest winners, to lectures on writing and building the writers tool belt. All these events are clearly shown on the Autumn House website, with the location of the event as well as contact information for those in need of any addition information. All in all Autumn House seems like an awesome press that I am thinking of submitting too. They look to connect young writers with publications as well as serve as a tool for young writers to grow connect and understand.