Congratulations to Matt Tompkins on his new book Souvenirs and Other Stories, published in 2016 by Conium Review. Matt Tompkins is one of our favorite contributors in recent issues. His work is both strange and familiar, light-heartened and darkly funny. Lena Bertone (author of Letters to the Devil) calls his stories “loops of life and metaphor, making the surreal become real.” You can order a copy from Conium Review. Read Matt’s story “Please Please Please Please Please Keep Smiling” in issue 14 of Monday Night. He is also the author of Studies in Hybrid Morphology.
Raegen Pietrucha’s An Animal I Can’t Name is a beautiful collection of articulate, courageous verse that shares some dark and devastating moments of the human experience, in particular of the family.
“There is no / other story. Best to never / be, but here you are, / and the swells are hissing. / This water was never hesitating, just building / and building – then, unzipping, snickering / at you, the prey it ached to drown in its dark.”
These poems enact the striving and struggling to name and communicate life’s trials: “I couldn’t speak what I feared most / believed speaking made real / summoned things into being again.” Lucky for her readers, Raegen’s poems persevere to revisit and respond to family and home. In the end, this work reflects not a full healing but a grappling through: “reinforcing a fortress with these pitchy songs.” It is a rare achievement to create poetry that is merciless without being gratuitous, that is honest about the damage done but without sentimentality. We’re pleased to congratulate Raegen on her chapbook and her award and look forward to seeing more from her. You can order a copy of An Animal I Can’t Name through the Two of Cups Press website. (Other poems of Raegen’s were published in issue 14 of Monday Night.)
Congratulations to Jennifer Caloyeras, whose latest novel Strays was published in May 2015 by Ashland Creek Press. Jennifer’s story “The Sound of An Infinite Gesture” was published in Monday Night Issue 11. Midwest Book Review had this to say: “Strays tells what happens when two wandering creatures find one another, overcoming their fears to make friends and rise above their dark reputations…Young adults who want a story of more than an animal rescue or a sixteen-year-old’s angst will find Strays a compelling saga.” Download an excerpt here—or find out how to buy your very own copy.
Black Radish Books released Valerie Witte’s (Issue 11) poetry collection, a game of correspondence in April 2015. This is Witte’s first full-length collection of poems and the seventeenth release from the book publishing collective, Black Radish Books (BRB). Novelist Laura Moriarty says of the book: “With the intimacy and obsessive passion of Djuna Barnes and the precision of Jane Austen, Valerie Witte involves the reader in a deep game. The complexity of the first section, ‘her week of wonders: a translation,’ composed using text from a novel from the ’30s, will be fascinating to the mad indexer in every reader. The eponymous section that forms the book’s second half has the persuasive charm of a lyric novel. The presence of just plain good lines throughout makes the whole project a delight.” Read an excerpt here—or just buy a copy. Congrats, Valerie!
Monday Night held a special reading at the E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore on February 19, 2015 to celebrate issue #13 with contributors Lyndsey Ellis, Caroline Goodwin, and Alexandra Mattraw.
This year’s event was extra special, as we also bid a bittersweet farewell to our long-time print edition. Starting in 2015, Monday Night will be completely online!
Thanks everyone for attending—and thanks to E.M Wolfman Bookstore for hosting!
Pictured: Lynsdey Ellis, Caroline Goodwin, and Alexandra Mattraw
Cheers to Monday Night co-founder and contributor Rob Pierce (Issue 10)! His noir novel Uncle Dust is now out from All Due Respect. Joe Loya, of the critically-acclaimed memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell: Confessions of A Bank Robber, said: “Only a few writers entertained me with killer dialogue. I even contacted Elmore Leonard when I was paroled, told him crime writer to crime writer that he understood criminal dialogue real swell. Here’s the thing: Had I read “Uncle Dust” while I was incarcerated I would’ve got out and contacted Rob Pierce before Elmore. The story and dialogue in “Uncle Dust” captured so much of that world and circumstance in all its squalid glory. Made me wish I’d done time with tough guy Dustin. I thoroughly enjoyed our criminal hero’s mind as he observed the world, and himself, through a cynical thief’s lens. And I think you will too.” ‘Nuff said!
jessica wickens and della watson release everything reused in the sea: The crow and benjamin letters from mission cleaners press
Monday Night editor extraordinaire, Jessica Wickens, has teamed up with fellow poet Della Watson to create Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow and Benjamin Letters , a collection of poetry just released from Mission Cleaners Press. Check out the book’s tweets and promos and feel free to talk to the book yourself. Then buy it. Kudos, Jessica and Della!
sean craven included in we are now anthology
One of Monday Night‘s favorite, literary sci-fi writers, Sean Craven has several pieces in We Are Now, a collection of flash fiction just released from December House Press. The anthology features 69 short pieces of humor and humanity set now and in the future and is available in e-book form from December House Books. Congrats, Sean!
oakland reading at DIESEL books
Congrats to Ben Bellizzi, whose short story, “Clean, Straight Lines,” has been included in the 2011 BANRR anthology’s Notable Reading list (click the “Notables” tab). This popular series of anthologies is edited by Dave Eggers and the students at his San Francisco writing center, and the 2011 edition is introduced by Guillermo del Toro. Bellizzi is mentioned on p. 484. Big props!
Issue 10 contributor, Annam Manthiram‘s debut, After the Tsunami, is available from the Stephen F. Austin University Press. NewPages listed this haunting tale as a “New and Noteworthy Book,” and The Albuquerque Journal praised it as “A harrowing story of youth survival.” Congrats, Annam!
the history of monday night
In recognition of our tenth anniversary in 2011, we received this lovely write-up in our local paper, the East Bay Express. And yes, the original editors were really sitting by a fireplace on that Monday so long ago. Thanks to all our readers and writers for many years of awesome!
words with writers interview
Marissa Bell Toffoli of Words With Writers sits down with the Monday Night editorial team for an interview. Read about what we’re reading, how we read submissions, and what we like to eat. Thanks, Marissa! And congrats on being a finalist in Adult Fiction in the GoodReads Independent Book Blogger Awards.‘