Monday, March 17, 2014

'Socialites' featured at matchbook

Check out 'Socialites'—the short story I just featured on a letterpress broadside—over at matchbook, a journal dedicated to brief narrative.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

New broadside for Queer Communities in Print

I letterpress printed a broadside for the Queer Communities in Print portfolio exchange at the upcoming 2014 SGC International Conference in San Francisco. A limited number are available for purchase at Big Cartel, and you can view the prints made by all the exchange participants at an exhibit starting March 20 at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery

'Socialites' is a short story that revolves around an anachronistic trip to the Vatican by the publicly rich. The piece captures their humanoid sort of disconnect, their simultaneous ignorance and omnipotence, and the naive way in which they're debauched. There is an aesthetic tension between Xerox and fine press (partly because of a bad lockup after a long night at the press!), and between a Futurist/Constructivist geometry and the medieval feel of colors like brown, red, black, and white. Collaged strips of found paper invoke light: sun-bleached cardstock, the gray haze of the photocopier bed, and rows of embossed circles like dressing-room vanity lights. 'Socialites' will also be featured in my short story collection forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press.