This happened a little while ago, but I’m just now finding time to post here: I’ve been selected as a fiction editor for Cartridge Lit, the world’s only online literary journal exclusively devoted to fiction, poetry, and essays about video games and video gaming. The journal was kind enough to publish my lyric essay, “A Horse Draws Near!” last issue.
As an avid gamer since the days of the Atari 2600 and Colecovision, I’m excited to help discover the best new fiction about video games alongside editors-in-chief William Hoffacker, A.A. Balaskovits, and brand new poetry editor Philip Spotswood.
From the journal’s website:
“We want games-inspired lit that takes risks and tempts edges, that sparks and burns. Send us your Uncharted prose poems. Final Fantasy VI flash fiction. Segmented essays on transformation and mutation in games. Chrono Trigger. Donkey Kong. Minecraft. The Last of Us. Games new and old.
We want to showcase the power of what games-inspired literature can do, what it can be. Break our hearts or light our minds afire.
We’re here. Press play. All your games lit are belong to us.”
Submissions are now open!
I’ll be reading with fellow prose-slinger C.S. Malerich in Washington, D.C. (well, Arlington) at One More Page Books on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. to celebrate Ashland Creek Press’s new anthology, Among Animals 2: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction, where you can read her luminous short story “Phoenix Cross.”
From Ashland Creek Press:
“C.S. Malerich lives and works near the District of Columbia. Her speculative fiction has appeared previously in Ares Magazine, The Again, and the first volume of Among Animals. She is a founding member of the collective DC Stampede, supporting grassroots organizing on behalf of animals, people, and the planet.
Thanks to Charlotte for organizing this reading, which helpfully coincides with AWP ’17. I’m looking forward to both events!
I’m pleased that my story about P.T. Barnum’s failed attempts to display beluga whales in captivity, “The Northern Whales,” is out now as part of Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology, the first-ever print anthology from Zoomorphic, a U.K.-based online journal “dedicated to writing that deepens our connection with wildlife and the more-than-human world.”
This thing is so attractive. A beautiful, substantial book. It comes with two lovely art cards by James Roberts, as shown. Do you love it? I love it.
From the anthology’s website:
“A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.
Our decision to focus on marine species in this, our first print anthology, was motivated by the urge to celebrate the exhilarating variety of ocean wildlife – from iconic mammals like the sperm whale to circumnavigating seabirds like the albatross to the smallest benthic organisms – while also bearing witness to the shattering reality of their plunging numbers.
From the hundreds of submissions that we were privileged to read from poets and prose writers from all over the world, we have curated an anthology that we hope reflects Zoomorphic’s core principle: to defend non-human species, we must reconnect our imaginations to them.
Through story and poetry you can witness Alaskan orcas or the traditional whale hunt of the Faroe Islands; dive into the underwater realms of octopuses, turtles and manta rays; visit the seal colonies of St Cuthbert’s Isle and Pembrokeshire; discover ancient stromatolites . . . and much more.”
I love being part of this project. It’s also my first international publication.
Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology is available for purchase here.
Ashland Creek Press‘s Midge Raymond, one of the editorial minds behind the new book Among Animals 2, interviewed me a while back about the genesis and meaning of “Shooting A Mule,” my contribution to the anthology.
This interview is now published, and can be read here: http://www.ashlandcreekpress.com/blog/2016/10/17/an-interview-with-among-animals-contributor-j-bowers/
And if you’d like to pick up a copy of Among Animals 2, or download a free excerpt as a .pdf, it can be purchased right here, as well as through many fine booksellers both online and off.
Zoomorphic, a U.K.-based online literary magazine “dedicated to writing that deepens our connection with wildlife and the more-than-human world,” has accepted “The Northern Whales” for inclusion in their debut print anthology, which will be published this winter.
From Zoomorphic: “The book will be launched on 2nd December at a Zoomorphic event hosted by ONCA as part of their “Do You Speak Seagull” season. The printed anthology will be themed around marine wildlife and will accompany our digital issue.”
“A Horse Draws Near,” my lyric essay about video game horses, was released today as part of Cartridge Lit‘s Unforseen Consequences Temple Issue.
You can read the piece by clicking right here.
Among Animals 2: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction, the Ashland Creek Press anthology that includes “Shooting A Mule,” is now available!
From the press: “This carefully curated collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among—and often in conflict with—our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (pets and strays) to the wild (deer and birds) to the less beloved but no less important (cockroaches and fish).”
Fellow contributors include Sascha Morrell, Laura Maylene Walter, Ramola D, Anne Elliott, and more.
Click here to download a .pdf excerpt, request a review copy, or buy the anthology.