July 3, 2015
Dear Intrepid Readers,
It’s a day early, but Happy Independence Day! Though it’s definitely been a difficult year, it’s important to take a minute to celebrate and be thankful for the freedoms we’re afforded, and the art, stories, and poems that are born of those freedoms. There are a lot of places in the world where starting a literary publication, small press, or disseminating literature that challenges the status quo are considered acts of transgression or insubordination. The fact that we can publish work that speaks our truths, however difficult and multi-textured those truths may be, is something to be celebrated. We hope that this week, when those who wanted to prevent other citizens from renting a home, receiving medical attention, or legally formalizing their love were reminded that the phrase, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was written open-ended for a reason. So throw something on the grill (you know, burger, veggie burger, ear of corn….you’re also free to define your dinner) and make time to read something—it’s one of the many joys of independence, and a lovely way to spend a summer evening.
After the ‘Merica huddle, that is.
It’s the 3rd week of NonBinary Review’s 5th issue being live, and we have to tell you, we’re thrilled by the positive response the issue’s been receiving! We’re so happy to see all the new downloads of the Lithomobilus app (Free every day, not just the 4th of July!) and to hear from readers how much they’re enjoying the King in Yellow issue. By now you know that we’ve extended the reading period for NonBinary Review #6, 1001 Arabian Nights (you did know that, right?) so that you’ve got one week left to polish up your pieces and send them to us. We’re already truly excited to see the table of contents taking shape as we consider every submission, and we’re confident that this last week of reading will bring in some more gems. Could one of them be your piece? On that note, Unbound Octavo Story #5 closes in just a scant 3 days—so get ready to see which story is the next building block to this narrative arc! We’re also open through October 31 for NonBinary Review #7, Wilkie Collins—The Woman in White. The winding down of one reading period means the beginning of another—we opened on Wednesday as scheduled for NonBinary Review #8, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. This reading period will take us into 2016 (closes January 8, to get you through the holiday season without deadlines looming), so you’ve got plenty of time to think about the text and see where your creativity takes you.
We’re telling Mom.
Because we publish our issues digitally and are only compatible with Apple devices at present, it’s important to us to be able to bring all of our readers fresh content on a regular schedule—after all, we’re true believers that art should be accessible to everyone, regardless of the device you own. On Mondays and Thursdays, we’re bringing you blogs by guest writers across a variety of topics over at Rhizomatic Ideas. (Want to be a guest writer? Send a pitch or a 300-500 word blog to firstname.lastname@example.org) Tuesdays, we post new Alphanumeric features at NonBinary Review, companion pieces to the works that comprise each issue. Fridays—oh hey, look at that, you’re reading this!—so you know that on Fridays we post the editor’s letter, a weekly roundup of ideas, updates, memes and author shout-outs. On Wednesdays and Sundays, click back over to Rhizomatic Ideas for book reviews and author interviews. (If you want to review books or interview an author whose work you love, send us your stuff!) On Saturday, you’ll find us by the pool with a cocktail, because, hey, that’s what Saturdays are for. So six days a week, we’ve got new things for you to read on our main two pages, NonBinary Review and Rhizomatic Ideas. And we’re open 24/7 for submissions in a lot of categories, to the delight of our insomniac demographic.
Our managing editor, whether or not there are *actually* any fireworks
We want to remind you that like America, the new issue (as well as the archive of Issues 1-4) is free—just download the app for your iPhone or iPad. Next week, we’ll have a brand-spanking new Alphanumeric feature for you on Monday, as well as some new Rhizomatic Ideas posts throughout the week. Stay in the loop and hit us up on Facebook (Zoetic Press,Lithomobilus), Twitter (@ZoeticPress andLitho) and Pinterest, or see some of our authors reading their work on ourYouTube channel. If you’re interested in hearing more from us, sign up for our monthly newsletter. We’re serious about your privacy, and promise not to flood your inbox. If you haven’t already seen what we’re about, download the app and get to reading—it’s free, and available for your iPad and iPhone.
Until next week,