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The Land Line – party! and call for subs
November 17, 2011, 2:32 pm
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Chicago (and beyond)! Get excited for The Land Line, a new quarterly being put together by Robin Hustle, Grant Reynolds, Edie Fake, and a bunch of other folks. A descendant of famed Chicago underground newspaper The Skeleton, The Land Line will be a free, ad-free tabloid-format journal uniting weird poetry and nonlinear comics with cultural criticism and research-based essays.

The Land Line is open for submissions (deadline November 25) and we’re having a party this Saturday to raise $$. See below for party info; followed by the call for submissions and a link to The land Line’s Facebook page.




The Land Line is a new quarterly journal with wild dreams and schemes, and we’re seeking submissions for our first issue. We’re looking for work that’s raunchy, flamboyant, interdisciplinary, and intellectually rigorous. The journal is a kaleidoscope of research-based essays butting up against nonlinear comics, cultural criticism leaking into poetry. We want to hear about the film you’re working on or the community organizing you’re doing, but we also want writing that goes beyond your field and expertise. The essay you couldn’t publish anywhere else because it’s too sleazy for academia, too long for most magazines, too obscure for your local weekly.

Here’s some of what you can expect in our debut issue:
-Sheridan Lefanu and sleep paralysis
-Independent contractors; labor organizing and performance by exotic dancers and televised wrestlers
-History and new developments of crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing disparities
-Ask a Virg-ho, sex advice from a sex worker
-First installment of a column about names, self-naming and name-sharing

The journal is put together by a loose collective of staunch amateurs, distributed for free, and free of ads. We do layout by hand and print on newsprint, black and white, tabloid format. We’re all feeling giddy about the first issue of The Land Line and hope you’ll be a part of the project. Deadline is November 25th, but we’d love to hear about what you’re working on as soon as possible so we can start piecing things together and, you know, get even more excited.

Robin Hustle, prose editor
Edie Fake and Grant Reynolds, comics editors
Fionnuala Cook, poetry editor
and all of us at The Land Line

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Artifice #4 Release Party (Chicago)
November 2, 2011, 11:18 pm
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The release party for the latest issue of Artifice Magazine, a literary magazine edited by the delightful JAMES TADD ADCOX (a Mildred Pierce #4 contributor) is coming up! And while the magazine itself is pretty dang great, you should also know that these folks put on fantastic events.

Here are the details:

Artifice Magazine Issue 4 Release Party / Reading & Screening

November 12, 2011, from 8:00 to midnight

Elegant Mr Gallery

1355 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Artifice Magazine celebrates the release of its 4th issue with readings and a screening of short films based on work in the magazine. Readers include Devin King, Rebecca Elliott, Josh Kleinberg, and Jen Besemer; filmmakers include Colin Palombi, Cassandra Troyan, and Meghan Lamb. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

**Artifice is a nonprofit literary magazine devoted to prose and poetry “aware of its own artifice.” Based in Chicago, it has published work by such writers as Lance Olsen, Maureen Seaton, Blake Butler, Davis Schneiderman, and Molly Gaudry, among others. For more information or to order copies, please visit us at

Hope to see you!