Long forms, we have come to appreciate anew your grand-scale grace, your unhurried pace, the way you are willing, like a guest at an Indian wedding, to dance in the street for days. Our overstuffed winter issue will hit the mail trucks next week, and we just filled our spring/summer number, which promises to be still more . . . hippoesque. NEA funding stretches only so far, however, so though we will continue to read—with an eye toward publication—the long forms submitted in recent weeks, we must close the category at the end of this month. Writers of amplitudinous poetry and prose: You still have one week left (12 a.m. EST January 31) to stagger us with your sumo-sized submissions. Bring them on!
Archive for the ‘10th’ Category
Comic artiste Gabe Ostley is back with another behind-the-panels look at our upcoming graphic play, Moth. Remember—if you’re a subscriber, we’re simply going to mail it to you with our winter issue. No additional moolah required!
Graphic designer extraordinaire Gabe Ostley is putting together the story of Moth: The Graphic Play—an anniversary-year project of ours. All subscribers will receive this 56-page, full-color bonus book along with their winter issue (due out in November). Click the following link to see part one of The Making of Moth.
Gabe Ostley is the artist for The Hammer (DC Comics), as well as Hero Action Persons, Snatcher Bodies, and My Date With Medusa, published by Devil’s Due Digital. He was born in Minnesota and graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. After working in illustration and licensed characters in New York City, he moved to Hong Kong to the post of Artist-in-Residence for Yew Chung Education Foundation. His work has expanded to include murals and large scale sculptural works in addition to paintings in galleries around Hong Kong. Recently he has worked in animation for Filmages. He’s also storyboarded, filmed, and edited several documentaries and short films for Yew Chung.
Gabe’s next project? Moth the graphic play, a handsome 6×9-inch perfect-bound book, coming in at about 56 pages, which will be mailed (free of charge!) to our subscribers. So if you haven’t subscribed for our anniversary year, do so here.
More on Moth: Moth is the story of Anime-obsessed Sebastian and emo art-freak Claryssa as they awkwardly navigate the cruel social hierarchy of high school. A horrific event on the school’s athletic field threatens their friendship and sends Sebastian on an apocalyptic mission, whereby fantasy and reality intermingle with dangerous consequences. Written with dark wit that’s ultimately after your heart, Moth is an exploration of friendship, adolescence, loss, and mental illness. It is currently making its American debut at the Studio Theater in Washington, DC. Click here for a preview of the play, and then imagine it expertly illustrated by Gabe Ostley.
Near and dear friends, pull out your calendars and draw a heart in the square for April 5. Make that a heart and an exclamation point. No—a heart and an exclamation point with a smiley face where the dot would be. It’s still our tenth anniversary. Yep. All year. We did it up fancy at AWP, and now we’re bringing the party home. Well, if Covington counts as home—and we say it does. On April 5 eve, hop over the river and meet us at the Leapin’ Lizard Lounge. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and runs till someone spoils it by breakdancing. Funky’s is catering, and Bon Bonerie is providing a cake the size of a private island. We’ll have poetry readings (by Jeff Gundy and Kathleen Winter), musical performances (of CR poems that composers Sarah Hutchings and Steven Weimer wrote scores for), and a dramatic reading (by Ben Dudley and MaryKate Moran) from Declan Greene‘s MOTH, which we are in the process of making into a graphic play. Oh—and if you have a great playlist on your iPod, get in touch. We need you. Same if you can drink raw eggs or play bongos with your pegleg.
Yep, it’s our tenth. And if you’ve been reading our blog posts and status updates, you know celebratory mailings and events are spilling like silk scarves out of the CR tophat. But there’s one we haven’t mentioned yet—the equivalent of the coveted rainbow scarf, rainbow meaning it’s got it all, that we’re going all out, or all in, or a combination of those and some other confusing, very nearly meaningless phrases. Yes, friends, we mean we’re having a gala. In Seattle. When many of you fine writer types will be there. A gala involving fancy hors d’oeuvres (like shrimp toast), and free drinks at the extremely sleek-looking bar, and a huge saltwater fishtank (a WALL of FISH), and a synapse-leaping lineup of readers (Kevin Prufer, Jamie Quatro, Roger Reeves, and Joanna Scott), not to mention a lot of extremely experienced listeners. There’s only one hitch: You have to be invited. We wish there were shrimp toast for all, but the seas are already overfished, so we have to be careful of the numbers. Still, we want to see our most passionate subscribers, those of you who murmur lines from our pages in your sleep, who develop restless leg syndrome when you know a new issue is in the mail. To you—actually only five of you—we offer a chance to attend our swanky offsite soiree (Friday, February 28, from 7 to 10) and to bring a friend. In other words, the first five people to open the current issue of CR and respond to this post with the first four words (a bit of dialogue) on page 71 get the CR tenth-anniversary full monty. By which we mean an invitation and a spare (for a pal)—not that we will get naked. Okay, Trapp might get naked.
We won’t approve the responses until we receive five—which means you can’t cheat by copying someone else. Submit your entry by commenting on this post (click the title). Subscribers, run for your 10.2’s!
Join us at Unicorn, everyone, for this oh-so-special AWP Thursday. Our lineup thus far: in poetry Chelsea Wagenaar, Mark Wagenaar, and Jehanne Dubrow; in fiction, Ian Stansel and Colin Winnette. Listen in bliss while scarfing fried ginger and jalapeno pork balls and guzzling drinks called the Shay Shay Mar Mar and the Gavin MacLeod. Something is guaranteed to make your eyes roll back in your head. We mean ALL the way back. In a good way. Unless you hate cute, colorful unicorns—in which case it’s okay if you don’t come, but you might consider getting some counseling.
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Hey, everybody, spread the word: We are actively seeking a talented illustrator for our graphic-play initiative. As followers of our blog already know, we are adapting Australian playwright Declan Greene’s Moth into a graphic novella as part of our tenth-anniversary celebration. Of course, a big part of the project is finding the right collaborator to work with Greene, negotiating the space between one medium and another with creative vision and artistic generosity.
Check out our earlier post for specifics about Moth. To adapt the play, the artist must be available in May 2014. Pay is commensurate with experience, but we guarantee a minimum of $70 per page for a total of 56 pages (with color) on 60# paper in a 6 x 9 inch, perfect-bound book for a minimum print run of 1,250 copies. The fabulous finished product will be mailed to our subscribers (one of our “bonus mailings”) by November 2014.
We will choose the finalists through an audition process. Candidates will sketch a small portion of the play, and then Greene and our staff will select the rendering that seems the best fit for the material. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please email editors[at]cincinnatireview[dot]com.
There’s a reason we can’t stop hyping our anniversary year: We’re super excited about it! Get in on the celebration by purchasing a subscription for a loved one this holiday. For just $15, you can provide your bbff (best bookish friend forever) with a year-long supply of surprise and delight, including poems, stories, reviews, visual art, musical scores, and a graphic play.
And while we’re making merry, let’s raise a glass in honor of our talented staff members who have recently published books (any or all of which would make amazing gifts for aforementioned bbff’s). Congrats, friends!
- Assitant Editor Brian Brodeur’s second collection of poems, Natural Causes (2012), was selected by Denise Duhamel for the 2011 Autumn House Poetry Prize.
- Volunteer Luke Geddes’s short story collection, I Am a Magical Teenage Princess, was published by Chomu Press in 2012.
- Volunteer Julia Koets’s first book of poems, Hold Like Owls (2012), was selected by Nikky Finney for the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize.
- Volunteer Don Peteroy’s novella, Wally, was published by Burrow Press in 2012.
Maybe it’s our age, but as our tenth-anniversary year creeps ever closer, we’re getting worse at keeping secrets. So here it is: The Cincinnati Review is proud to announce that we will, over the next few months, produce the graphic play Moth by Australian playwright Declan Greene.
Moth is the story of Anime-obsessed Sebastian and emo art-freak Claryssa as they awkwardly navigate the cruel social hierarchy of high school. A horrific event on the school’s athletic field threatens their friendship and sends Sebastian on an apocalyptic mission,whereby fantasy and reality intermingle with dangerous consequences. Written with dark wit that’s ultimately after your heart, Moth is an exploration of friendship, adolescence, loss, and mental illness. It is set to make its American debut at the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, in April 2014. Click here for a preview of the play, and then imagine it expertly illustrated.
The finished product will be a handsome 6×9-inch perfect-bound book, coming in at about 56 pages, which will be mailed (free of charge!) to our subscribers. So if you haven’t subscribed for our anniversary year, do so here.
We are hunting for a talented and enterprising illustrator to collaborate with Greene (for very respectable remuneration). If you are this illustrator or you know someone who is, please email our editors: editors[at]cincinnatireview[dot]com
More about the playwright: Declan Greene is a writer and theater-maker based in Melbourne. His plays include A Black Joy, Tame, Pompeii, L.A., and Moth, and have been produced at Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House, and The Storeroom. His awards include the Malcolm Robertson Prize (2010), the R. E. Ross Trust Playwright’s Development Awards (2007 and 2009), and the Green Room Award for Best Original Writing (2010). Alongside Ash Flanders, Declan runs D.I.Y. “trash-theatre” group Sisters Grimm.