Last Thursday, 1/24/13, we had the always charming and delightful Emily Grise on the radio show--one of our favorite St. Louis poets. I made her read my favorite poem of hers, "The Rabbit." I know you guys are going to love it, as well as find the insight she gives into navigating the tricky literary world to be very helpful, so listen to the interview here. Seriously.
We're busy in the office this week beginning the layout process for our spring issue, but I wanted to take a minute to tell you about a wonderful event coming up in St. Louis. Our good friends at Natural Bridge magazine are hosting a literary journal publishing panel in honor of their fifteenth birthday! The panel will include representatives from River Styx, Boulevard, The Missouri Review, Architrave Press, and you guessed it, yours truly--WAQ. There will also be a reception and book fair following the panel discussion. It should be a really great evening, so please join us in the J.C. Penney auditorium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday, February 8th, at 7pm! The event is free and open to the public.
The new issue of WAQ, volume 3, issue 1, is hot off the press and now available to purchase online here. We're really excited about starting a new volume and about the content of this issue. Inside you'll find a fabulous interview with poet Traci Brimhall, whose latest book, Our Lady of the Ruins (W. W. Norton, 2012), was the winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Carolyn Forche. We've also got some really intriguing art by San Francisco artist Jamie Vasta, who works primarily with glitter on wood panel. That's right, people--I said glitter! Her work is really provocative, so you'll want to make sure to check it out. On the fiction end of things, we've got an uncanny flash fiction piece called "Sagres" by Louella Bryant and a funny and thoughtful piece called "Better Half" by Erika Swyler. The rest of the issue is comprised of an essay by A. A. Balaskovits that examines the paradox of what we humans will and won't kill; gorgeous poetry by Michelle Bonczek, Rhonda Lott, Dana Koster, and others; and a review of an experimental German quartet's performance of Hazel Leach's music about the nature of psychosis: Songs from the Edge: Hazel Leach Performed by PLoTS. And you, ladies and gentleman, can have it all for the bargain price of $5.95 in stores and $7 online (shipping included)!
In other news, WAQ is now a nationally-distributed publication! Beginning with volume 3, issue 1, the journal can be found in 50+ stores nationwide. We are working on getting a list of those stores from our very busy distributor. As soon as we've got it, we'll post it under the "Stores" link on our website. For now, get your copy here.