I wanted to share a piece that contributor Hannah Stephenson posted on her website last week. She’s been experimenting with video poems, and I think the results are striking.
You can view/read it here:
Love it, Hannah!
First. I am completely enamored with this project. It is fulfilling and joyfully, nudgingly taxing and I keep popping over to the computer to work on the layout. It’s the best kind of work, and I thank you all for contributing YOUR beautiful work so that I have this gorgeous task of putting it all together.
Second. Katie and I have decided to make the issue purely digital for cost and design reasons. The cost to print something well, to do it justice will take funds that we simply don’t have, and keeping the magazine digital in pdf and also (maybe) issuu form will allow us to do justice to each photograph, poem, narrative and prose while saving a few saplings in the process.
Third. I am in the midst of researching some good code so that the website looks as delicious as the magazine will. Soon this rough tired old template will be gone, replaced with something as glossy and fresh. Won’t smell of cardstock or laserink, but I will try my best to use it as a platform to showcase all of you.
Fourth. I need more art! I have some beautiful pieces and am using every drop. My husband luckily is a photographer and I am digging into his catalog daily to input appropriate pieces but I would love to receive some more. If you know someone who is a visual artist who would like to share please send them my way. I like all sorts, as you know, and am not judging any of this. Just sharing. You may send your hi-res images to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifth. The launch is still tentatively Valentine’s Day. I’m hoping for that with each appendage crossed but it might end up falling a little over the edge. You still love me, right?
Sixth. Love you all. xoxoxo
So I’ve decided to add a page in the back of this issue and all (hopefully) subsequent issues that features our readers and contributors in short, easily digested blasts. And since haiku is my favorite form of poetry, I’ve decided to ask for readers and contributors both to share their souls a bit and write a haiku to share that’s along the vein of each issue’s theme. The first (as you know) is the title theme: Far Away.
You know the drill:
Give it all you got. The theme for your poem needs to be “Far Away“, but seriously interpret and use that theme as you wish. You don’t have to use those particular words in the haiku at all if you don’t want to. Haiku is perfect because it’s clipped, accessible, simple, concise, fun.
Email me (haiku in the body of the email) at email@example.com or send a message with your haiku in the body of the message on facebook. Remember, you don’t have to be a contributor to share. Send it to me, and I’ll publish it on the Haiku Back Page.
Spread out your fingers
and count out your syllables
then send them to me
Thanks for joining me on this ride!
Here’s hoping that everyone’s assortment of holiday cheer was pleasant and relaxing. I’m now moving into phase II of the publication process – placing all of the pieces together to make the work that has been offered cohesive.
Please keep Katie Wright in your thoughts. Her mother passed away over Christmas. The connection and respect I have for Katie is immense. She’s a bright star in my Universe and the co-catalyst of this project. Just love her so. Wrap her up a bit in your thoughts, too please?
Contributors of visual art, I will soon be contacting you for hi-res versions of your offerings if I haven’t received one already. Hi-res just allows me to make the work shine a lot brighter in print.
It’s not too late if you’d like to contribute! January 10th is my hard deadline. I’m really, really excited about this. I’m grateful for such a project; one that’s piercing this grey winter with light and truth and beauty.
Our contributors are as diverse as the latitudes they inhabit. I’m just so pleasantly awestruck at the talent, the humanity, the hearts of these wonderful people.
The whole purpose of this project is to circle this hard blue marble and find the amazing and honest art that lives not just in the hearts of those who are lucky enough to paid to create, but to showcase and share the art of those who otherwise might not ever have their work acknowleged. As I’ve said, this stuff isn’t juried. We’re not here to judge against or towards or wear berets and smoke pipes and proclaim that something is garbage or Pulitzer-worthy. We’re just here to share. Hopefully though this process something new and true will be born. Something that we can all fall in love with (although I’m pretty sure I’m already head over heels in love).
Here’s a list of our contributors. Many have websites. Visit them. If you’d like to join this act of solace and newness and beauty, please let me know. I’ll do my best to provide a strong platform.
Hannah Stephenson – Poet, California
Amy Lou Hettinger – Songwriter, Alaska
Jenn – Photographer/Writer, Moscow
Liesel Conrad – Photographer, London
Erin Wolford – Photographer, Ohio
Jeff Martin – Writer, Tennessee
Erika Allen – Writer, Oregon
Neranza Blount – Visual Artist, Tennessee
Stephanie Ashley – Writer, Tennessee
Lisa Kaminski – Painter, Tennessee
Gary Johnson – Photographer, Tennessee
Katie Wright – Writer, Sydney (Katie is the the “co” everything on this project)
Chrissy Dano Johnson (me) – Writer, Tennessee
Update! So pleased to announce new contributors Pamela Kearney, Corey Dyke, and Fernando Branquinho to our contributors!!
(Pamela is a dear friend of mine, who has compiled an anthology that features some of my haiku, click on her name for the Amazon link…)