May 21st, 2015 02:36 by Jennifer Brown
The award winning literary journal Digital Americana published my piece "These Things Were Coming To The House" in April 2015.
"Digital Americana is an interactive journal of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, & criticism first released in April 2010. For their innovation the editors of this independent journal have been nominated for Magazine launch of the year (new format) and Specialist magazine of the year by the Digital Magazine Awards. They also publish a print version through Hewlett Packard’s Mag Cloud publishing platform. The Fall 2012 issue’s theme is redact. In conjunction with the new issue the journal also released a redesigned application that allows readers to redact material throughout available issues.
Readers can use the redaction software on the current or previous editions of the magazine. After the user has redacted parts of the page they can share their creation on Facebook, Twitter or as a photo on their camera. Digital Americana is also releasing another app called Redact! Which will allow readers to upload their own work to redact and play the Redact Challenge, “which is a visual poetry game, where we [the magazine] have provided the redactor with a set of words and various creative prompts to challenge them how they tackle redacting those same set of words . . . there are no points or ways to keep score, the only reward is if the user creates a poem they can appreciate or not.”
A thoughtful redaction requires a comfort and knowledge of the material we are hiding. Redaction’s focus on deletion rather than adding new works reminds us that every piece contains a multitude of poems, and that every experience is different. With redaction we can get an approximation of this literature of the multitudes. The magazine’s goal “is to continue to experiment as much as we can in the hopes of marrying form & function… our focus is always on the ‘words’ and the contributor’s piece, as well as creating a unique literary and new kind of interactive experience.”
For the literary marketplace, Digital Americana represents the beginning of how we can re-envision the literary magazine. The magazine balances this new model of creation/consumption. The original text sits preserved in the code of the magazine. The redactions are only on the surface. They exist as snapshots of a conversation. Nothing is lost, just augmented and shared. The app reflects the new world of literature where the reader has the power and expectation to remix content and the author still yearns for a level of protection. It is audacious in its promise, but traditional in its format."
November 19th, 2014 23:28 by Jennifer Brown
Short, Fast & Deadly/Deadly Chaps Press announced their Pushcart Prize nominations today. Included is my micro prose piece "Ride". Thank you to editors Joseph Quintela and Parker Tettleton.
"We are very proud to announce our Pushcart Nominations from, publications in 2014 at Deadly Chaps Press. Very proud of each of these amazing 6 authors and the many, many, wonderful writers that we publish every year. You didn't make coming up with this list easy! But here it is:
Ten Notes to the Guy Studying Jujitsu, Robert Vaughan, from Diptychs + Tryptichs + Dipshits + Lipsticks (Deadly Chaps Press, April 2014)
Toccata and Fugue, Sophia Starmack, from SF&D Quarterly [Enterview] (Deadly Chaps Press, Spring 2014)
Technology and Nature in Cahoots Against Mario, Rebecca Nison, from SF&D Quarterly (Deadly Chaps Press, Winter 2014)
Two, Randall Brown, from SF&D Quarterly [Enterview] (Deadly Chaps Press, Spring 2014)*
Ride, Jennifer E. Brown, from SF&D Quarterly [Corpse] (Deadly Chaps Press, Fall 2014)*
Caroline and Letty, Carmine Street Pool (excerpt, Section 1, Chapter 9 ), Barbara Rosenthal, from Wish For Amnesia (Deadly Chaps Press, December 2014)
selections Nominated by Parker Tettleton"
March 29th, 2014 06:23 by Jennifer Brown
"The first verb in SB Stokes' magnum opus, A History of Broken Love Things, is "wanna." He is a poet of hope, expectation, and desire, which prepare us for the erratic path of life as it is actually lived: "a large weepy beast, / a guy with some hats, / a stark-raging husband, / an ineffectual queen." Read this book and prepare to have your life lifted, your heart broken. --Paul Hoover, editor of Postmodern American Poetry"
March 27th, 2014 08:12 by Jennifer Brown
"The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections. Writers who were first noticed here include: Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, Rick Moody, and many more. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series."