A relatively new online literary journal on the scene, Queen Mob’s Tea House is fun, creative and progressive. I feel hipper (is that a word?) just being associated with them. The story they published, Aching Afterthoughts, has been through several incarnations to get to where it is. I think it is my most feminist piece of short fiction yet. It doesn’t hide behind metaphor. It’s a bit more in your face than I am accustomed to. In this way, I feel a bit more vulnerable putting it out there. I’m grateful to Queen Mob’s for supporting this work.
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This month, my short story, One Chance to Breathe, is featured on Hayden’s Ferry Review’s online Dock. First, it is such a great opportunity to be involved in such an excellent journal. Additionally, I get to be online. I mean, I love print as much as the next writer, but being online means I can share my story with, basically, everyone, including you, right now. This story was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story All Summer in the Day. It was also inspired by a true story, believe it or not, that I read in the news.
Super excited to announce that Atticus Review has published my video poem, When They Came For Us, on their website. This is my second video poem and both of them have found a home on the internet with literary journals. My first one, Threadbare, with Prick of the Spindle. This encourages me to create more video poems as more online journals are interested in multi-media forms. Also, it’s tons of fun.
If you love to read good flash fiction, you’ve probably read Monkeybicycle. They’ve been around for a while and their works are always intriguing and well-written (if I do say so myself) so I was psyched to learn that they were interested in one of my flash fiction pieces. I’ll give you the special inside scoop on this one: it’s based on a true story. To read “Good Deed” click here.
How cool is that!
When my awesome musician friend Daniel Landin up in Olympia invited me to submit to the Oly Mountain Boys concept album, White Horse, I was totally thrilled by the idea. I love bluegrass and, since I only know about 6 chords on my guitar, this was the closest I was ever going to come to being on a bluegrass album. It was a total pleasure working with these guys who are super kind and professional and great musicians. Yesterday, my copy of the album finally arrived in the mail after many months (nearly a year?) in the making. In a beautiful box (see above), it was personally signed by the whole band. I quickly skimmed through it to find my flash fiction piece about Alaska, The Darkest Month, and then spent the next hour reading the whole thing in detail. It reminded me of the days before digital when albums were tangible works of art.
The whole album is a story of one man, Charlie McCarver, a pioneer in the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the last century. The book inside the album includes all of the supplementary writing from 11 different authors, as well as, photos, artwork and song lyrics. In chronological order and sometimes epistolary in nature as many of the writings are letters and diary entries, it is a stand alone anthology. But you have to hear the music! That’s the best part, of course.
Check out their blog post here to learn more about tour dates and watch a video of the band perform.
If you’re not familiar with theNewerYork, you should be. A newer experimental lit zine out of L.A., they pair cool art with cool writing. I’m honored to be a part of their newest online issue of The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature. Check out my flash fiction piece, Goody Gum Drop here.
I’m excited to be a part of Gravel Magazine out of the University of Arkansas in Monticello. I discovered this little zine via guest editor Nicole Provencher who I work with at Postcard Fiction Collaborative. I loved their unique format and the quality of writing. Usually once you find out your work has been chosen for publication, it takes nearly a year before you see it online or in print. The great thing with Gravel was that I was able to see my work out in public within a few weeks. How cool is that? Instant gratification. Check out my piece here.
I’m pleased to be part of the Winter/Spring 2014 issue of Melusine.
Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century, is an online journal of literature and art by women and about women. My flash fiction peice, Song Catcher, can be found here.
Most women my age and older remember Sassy Magazine. It was revolutionary at the time because it spoke to tween and teen girls in a voice that they could relate too without being condescending. In fact, Sassy may have even been part of my inspiration for becoming a writer. I felt the power of sharing stories, just as I did reading Madeleine L’Engle or Judy Blume. I followed Jane Pratt, the editor of Sassy, on her career path from Sassy to Jane and currently, xoJane, online. When I heard that they were looking for freelancers, I pitched them some ideas. Seemed I had a lot of ideas. I wanted to write about my experiences, to share them with other people who may relate, just as Sassy did for me all those years ago. So, I’ve come full circle. This kind of writing is so different from my usual literary pursuits, but it is so much fun (and I get paid!)
Check out some of my recent stories here: http://www.xojane.com/author/johanna-debiase