In 2012 when we founded cahoodaloodaling as a space for artists to express themselves without boundaries, to transcend the idea of a “poem” and simply create, we were reading a lot of similarly themed pieces scattered around the net at different journals and thought, Hey, why not have that in one place, and connect these pieces through themed issues? Small and limited at first, we worked to expand our platform, establish our family, and open our doors to all artistic forms.
We are thrilled to announce that this holiday season cahoodaloodaling will be celebrating with our new extended family as part of Sundress Publications! 2015 was a big year for Sundress and we’re excited to be a part of it. Based out of Knoxville, TN, Sundress Publications is now home to several imprints, including the newly launched Agape Editions which celebrates works that embrace the mythical, Sundress Kids (you guessed it!), and Doubleback Books which rescues out-of-print books and returns them to print. Of course, we can’t forget Flaming Giblet Press, about to celebrate its 10th year of publishing experimental work which “pushes the boundaries of crucial” nor Sundress hosting its first full-length open reading period.
But you probably want to hear about our sister journals. Stirring: A Literary Collection, founded by Sundress Publications president Erin Elizabeth Smith in 1999, is one of the longest continually publishing online journals. Another sister, Wicked Alice, explores the female experience (all genders welcome!) while Rogue Agent investigates the experiences of the human body and Pretty Owl Poetry brings poetry to a live audience with their Spotlight Series.
As always, cahoodaloodaling will continue to invite unique writing, embrace hybrid and multimedia work, and celebrate collaboration.
A true family never stops growing, so from our family to yours, Happy Holidays!
Kate Hammerich & Raquel Thorne
Find out more about Sundress’s other projects and Sundress Academy for the Arts at www.sundresspublications.com.
A warm welcome to the newest member of our fiction/nonfiction team, Michelle Panik!
Michelle Panik lives on the edge of California, in Carlsbad, with her husband and their kids. She’s previously worked as a publications coordinator, a freelance writer, an adult ESL teacher, and a middle- and high-school teacher. These days, she teaches her three-year-old twins to hunt for bugs and sing Indigo Girls songs. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and a BA in Writing and Art History from UC San Diego. Her stories have been published in such journals as Alimentum, Concho River Review, Sierra Nevada Review, and SLAB.
We’re excited to have Michelle join our team as we work on our Writers Create: A Winter Makers’ Fair issue, out January 31st!
A warm welcome to our former contributor and newest member of our poetry team, the lovely Orooj-e-Zafar!
Orooj-e-Zafar is a Browncoat eighteen-years-young mosaic, in her first year of med school. She fancies herself a certified overthinker and spoken word poet, frequently performing in front of audiences in her city at venues such as Kuch Khaas, among many others. She has been published at The Missing Slate, cahoodaloodaling and recently released her first spoken word album, the articulation of my vertebrae: from being spineless to finally standing tall.
Orooj resides in Islamabad, the dharna capital of Pakistan and has been married to slam poetry since she heard the word, ‘onomatopoeia’. She would like nothing more than to wake up to a hot cup of chai and a good poem; engaging conversations are a close third. Her best friend is her copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. She’s been playing the guitar for eight and a half years (badly), sings decently enough and bakes till her problems go away. Some days she is Ron Swanson and others, Leslie Knope.
We’re excited to have Orooj on board as we work on our Travelogue and future Issues!
A warm welcome to Anastasia Olashaya-Grill, the newest member of our lit team!
Transplanted from Hemet, California, to Des Moines, Iowa, at a young age (with a brief stop in Rapid City, South Dakota), Anastasia spent more of her childhood dreaming and playing music than she did writing. However, between her mother’s own love of the written word and a growing wonder and curiosity with video games, Anastasia delved into the world of words in a way she never had by writing her first novella at age twelve.
Anastasia graduated Drake University with a B.A. in Writing and a Minor in Film Studies. Recently, her time has been spent writing her first novel of a long-planned series titled Pinion as well as working on the webcomic she writes and co-created with artist Sarah J Obomsawin named Ever Night. She also writes for Kaboooom! magazine; founded and writes a geeky blog with her Australian fiancé called Geekery Beat; and has an as-yet-to-be-launched webcomic with aforementioned fiancé named Theta.
We’re excited to have Stasia on board as we finish editing for our The Animal Becomes Us and for our upcoming issues!