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Donating to their campaign has some really nice—and unique—perks! Including handwritten poems signed by the author from poets Kaveh Akbar, Heather Bell, Sarah Blake, Chen Chen, Siaara Freeman, and Megan Peak.

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Tandem Reader Awards is a FEE-FREE post-publication award for chapbooks, where the award will be given to both the author and editor of the winning chapbook. TRA began as an idea in 2015 when we noticed a deficit of reader awards for chapbooks and a similar deficit of reader awards for editors. As we discussed these needs in our community, we realized an additional and more prevalent need in our community for more accessible awards.

TRA believes it is important to acknowledge the hurdles, including submission fees, impeding accessibility to many awards in our creative community, especially for minority and marginalized voices. We asked ourselves: What if we could award the special relationship between writer and editor, while pledging our commitment to being broadly accessible within the literary community by maintaining fee-free nominations? The answer was clear: We can. These ideas work beautifully in tandem and you can help make it happen.

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $2,000 to cover the initial start-up costs: A PO box for mail nominations, a checking account, promotional materials, and registering for our 501c3. Additionally your contribution will go towards the $150 prize awarded each to the editor and the author of the winning chapbook, and will guarantee the first two years of the awards. Any additional funds raised over $2,000 will sweeten the prize pot; we hope to surpass the $150 prize amount for our winners and demonstrate community support and commitment to a more inclusive writer community, where we can honor the work first and foremost.

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Issue #20 – Trigger Warning

 

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noun: A brief statement alerting a reader, listener, or viewer
to troubling or traumatic content ahead.

Because of the triggering content of this issue, we have published it as a PDF, which you are welcome to redistribute in its entirety. To download and read the issue, click on the image above. Take your time. Practice self care. Be well.

Thank you to our contributors and everyone who submitted for your immense bravery and honesty, and your willingness to share such intensely personal and often painful experiences with us. We are deeply honored.

Featuring work by: Eunice Andrada, Allison Austad, Elliott batTzedek, Heather Bell, Majnun Ben-David, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Tomas Bird, Emma Bleker, Carl Boon, Imaani Cain, Marina Carreira, Lisa D. Chavez, Hannah Clark, Martha Clarkson, Ryder Collins, Cameron Conner, Melina Coogan, Krista Cox, Vanessa Crofskey, Sally Deskins, Marta Djekic, Liz Dolan, Tyler Earls, Kari Ann Ebert, Melissa Eleftherion, Samantha Fortenberry, Siaara Freeman, Kate Garrett, Karolyn Gehrig, David Gillette, Karrie Higgins, Sophia Jakab, Janne Karlsson, Norman Klein, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Katia Kozachok, Shawn LaSota, Lili Leader-Williams, MANDEM, JM Miller, Lakshmi Mitra, Jennifer Parks, Dustin Pearson, Simon Perchik, Alison Rumfitt, Michael Russell, Barbara Ruth, Carla Sarett, W. Jack Savage, Elaine Schleiffer, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Rajendra Shepherd, Meghan Trask Smith, Anthony Spaeth, Meghan Sterling, Carissa L. Stevens, Mary Stone, Ani Tascian, Anne Thériault, AJ Urquidi, Clementine von Radics, Elaine Wang, Sam Herschel Wein, Jerry Wemple, and Scott Wozniak.

 

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Meggie

 

Meggie Royer is an artist and writer from the Midwest. She is the founder of literary magazine Persephone’s Daughters and has had poems in Words Dance, The Harpoon Review, and more. In 2013, she won the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards’ gold medal for poetry and the silver medal for her writing portfolio. She was also an Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize. Read our interview with Meggie.

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Issue #11 – It Happened in a Flash!

Flash Story by Kelly Nicole

Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
I Want to Laugh
by Paul Beckman

Grit in Your Eyes
by Stephanie Valente

Andromeda
by Kira Ciupek


About Our Guest Editor

Heather Bell

Heather Bell

Heather Bell’s work has been published in Rattle, Grasslimb, Barnwood, Poets/Artists, Red Fez, Ampersand and many others. She was nominated for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize from Rattle, won the New Letters 2009 Poetry Prize, and most recently was a finalist for the 2013 Consequence Prize in Poetry. Heather has also published four books, including one of flash fiction. Any more details can be found here: http://hrbell.wordpress.com/

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cahoodaloodaling Changes, Issue Delays & Pushcart Nominations

Dear cahoodaloodalers,
       I was hoping to have better, more cheery news to share, but unfortunately our special issue delay is going to continue for a bit. Kate has sent me an email to  pass on to all of you:

Hello guys. I am here to tender my resignation
from cahoodaloodaling.  The past year has been a mess of liver failure
& cancer & compromised immune systems & a bunch of other technical
sounding crap.  The fact is I cannot reliably keep up my end of
editing & publishing here at cahoodaloodaling.  Our lovely & talented
Raquel Thorne will be in charge until she finds another permanent
editor but I am sure the best will come from here & all the incredible
work everyone continues to send in.  I will miss being a part of the
team & your writing lives.  Love & words to you all.

Kate Hammerich

Kate, who has been the technical brains of our operation, will be sorely missed. Hopefully, at some point in the future, she will be well enough to come back on board as a main editor; however, in the mean time, she has secured us a boon of a guest editor for our upcoming January Issue! (We are still accepting submissions.) It Happened in a Flash will be guest edited by Heather Bell. I’m personally very excited as I’ve been following her poetry escapades for years. Here’s one of my personal favorite interviews.

Heather Bell Heather Bell’s work has been published in Rattle, Grasslimb, Barnwood, Poets/Artists, Red Fez, Ampersand and many others.  She was nominated for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize from Rattle, won the New Letters 2009 Poetry Prize, and most recently was a finalist for the 2013 Consequence Prize in Poetry.  Heather has also published four books, including one of flash fiction.  Any more details can be found here: http://hrbell.wordpress.com/

 

 
I am also excited to formerly announce our Pushcart Nominations for the year (with links to the issues in which they appeared):

Man in the Moon” by Camille Griep
“Mother’s Back” by Karen Jakubowski
“little worlds” by Art Heifetz
“Little Yellow Horses” by Neil Ellman
“Marianne” by Maude Larke
“Senior Citizens at the Retirement Center Discuss John Ashbery’s ‘More Reluctant’” by Faith Paulsen.

I hope to get our special contest issue up soon, but please bear with me as I learn the technical ropes and while we have staffing changes. Please keep Kate in your thoughts as she continues to battle health issues.  And as always, those of us on staff appreciate getting to read and publish your work.

-Raquel

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