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The Radvocate #15 is here!

It’s here. The Radvocate #15.

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The newest issue of our literary magazine, featuring art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, is here, and, on a bittersweet: it’s the last issue with founding editor Matt E. Lewis at the helm. Here’s what Matt has to say about this issue and his move:

This latest issue is filled with the kind of expression we believe in, a bold vision in a field where it is so difficult to stand out from the crowd. As the founder, I can think of no better time to step away from The Radvocate and pass on the duties to the phenomenal editor, writer, and person, Julia Dixon Evans. Far from being disinterested or tired of creating The Radvocate, I rather feel it is the most responsible option to allow a thing to grow when it is strong enough to stand on its own. …To have a project survive beyond my involvement is something I am extremely proud of.

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What you hold in your hands now is a result of the support of you, the reader, and people like you who believe in things that shouldn’t work, but do. I dedicate this issue to you, and all those that would fly in the face of convention, one goofy Xerox at a time. Stay rad.

The Radvocate Issue Fifteen features poetry, short fiction, and essay from Marisa Crane, Amanda Tumminaro, Philip Kuan, CL Bledsoe, Nicole Martinez, Kevin McCoy, Cat Dixon, Brett Morris, Kathleen Langstroth*, Toni Martin*, David Henson* (winner of the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction), Linda M. Crate, Donna Zephrine, Elaine Gingery, Steve Tague, Nolan Hutton, Gerardo de Jesus Gurrola Jr.*, Pat Douglas McNeill II, Craig Evenson, Pouya Razavi*, Lucy Palmer, Yvonne Higgins Leach, Alex Bosworth, Jed Wyman, and Skyler McCurine.

(* indicates a finalist for the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction)

The issue features art by Laura Gwynne, a very rad cover by Matthew Revert, design by Keith McCleary, and the editorial guidance of Matt E. Lewis, Julia Dixon Evans, Marco Cerda, Anthony Martin, Ryan Bradford, and Leesa Cross-Smith (judge of the 2017 So Say We All Literary Prize in Fiction).

You can buy your copy right here or find us at our tent at the San Diego Festival of Books in Liberty Station on Saturday, August 26th (10-6) or at VAMP: Happy Meals on August 31st at Whistle Stop Bar (8:30 PM). Stay tuned for an official release party!


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The Radvocate re-opens for submissions 1/15!

We will open submissions for The Radvocate on January 15th to prepare for our fifteenth issue. The submission deadline will be April 30th, 2017.

Submit here: https://sosayweallonline.submittable.com/submit/44969/the-radvocate

The Radvocate is our literary magazine, publishing a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, art, whatever. Try us!

We are also running a contest (a contest!) this year. Judged by Leesa Cross-Smith! Cash prize! Low entry fee! Give money to a worthy non-profit and maybe win some $$$ and luminous fame and glory for yourself! Details here: http://www.sosayweallonline.com/contest/

If you’d like some inspiration, you can order The Radvocate #14 here and The Radvocate #13 here.


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Our 2016 Publications for your Cyber Monday Pleasure

While 2016 seems to have taken a collective dump on civilization, we are proud of the books we released this year and the incredible and under-heard voices we published. Though 2016 is almost over, we will not go quietly. Read our books. Hear these voices. And on this Cyber of all Mondays, we invite you to support a non-profit while stuffing some fine literature into the stockings of your loved ones (and yourself).

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Please also consider supporting So Say We All during our winter fundraising campaign, or including a donation as a gift to a friend or family member: https://fundrazr.com/b1BZO3?ref=ab_e2F0Fe

In The Radvocate 14: Karl Sherlock

The freshly-pressed newest issue of The Radvocate is filled to the brim with really great poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and we can’t wait for you to read it. Order your copy now!

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If you’ll be in San Diego this Saturday, September 24th, come buy it directly from our Launch Party and Reading at The Glashaus, and we will also regale you with performances from the book. The reading will feature Radvocate contributors Anthony Martin, Dania Brett, Ryan Hicks, Sara Morrison, and Karl Sherlock, who we feature today.

Karl’s poem, “Pointless Drama: A Poem in Five Acts,” is strange, compelling, and sprawling. Here’s an excerpt:

Act I: Rising Action

[to be heralded in rumblings and preparatory ramblings in a deep off-stage voice–ideally Morgan Freeman or Colleen Dewhurst]

Drop
a nineteen forty-
something U.S. penny
from a skyscraper at
midnight and all at once
it’s a point in search of
conclusion, earth-bound, seventy-
some stories high becoming lower,
and the “low” of lower nearing
a point of zero acceleration, when
the gravity of the one story that remains
remains a story yet to be plumbed–
an upward zephyr in a downward yaw
over turvy then top; brake lights below
look up, threading a z-axis
on a grid of tarmac, and it’s all
a solid universe of the now
parked cars busting into stars, until
points are swallowing their outsides
in, birthing an infinite number of zeros
hobnailed on the cumbrous streets, while
windows whiplash into the doppler-
shifting slipstreams, wheat stalks
emancipated form a droplet of copper
smelted from sky, a russet exhale
that knocked its quantum of worth
right out of Abraham.

For more, come listen to Karl read his work at The Glashaus this Saturday, 9/24, at 7 PM. Or buy your copy now from Amazon!

Karl Sherlock is a Poetry Writing instructor and the Co-Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Grossmont College, in San Diego. He holds an MFA in Writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a Fulbright alumnus and Academy of American Poets Prize recipient. His poems have appeared in Cream City ReviewDickinson Review, South Coast Poetry Journal, Alsop Review, gay writers journals such as The James White Review and Assaracus, and others. His prose memoirs have appeared in anthologies, including So Say We All’s The Far East, and in journals like Limehawk, for which he was a finalist for Sundress Publication’s 2014 “Best of the Net.”

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In The Radvocate 14: Sara Morrison

The Radvocate 14, just published last week, is filled to the brim with really great poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and we can’t wait for you to read it. Order your copy now!

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If you’ll be in San Diego on Saturday, September 24th, come buy it directly from our Launch Party and Reading at The Glashaus, and we will also regale you with performances from the book. The reading will feature Radvocate contributors Karl Sherlock, Anthony Martin, Dania Brett, Ryan Hicks, and Sara Morrison, who we feature today.

Sara’s story in issue fourteen, “Mother,” is a little bit ghost story, a little bit desert noir, and a little bit sad. Here’s a brief excerpt:

He poked the fire while taking a swig of Jack from the bottle. An ember bounced out of the makeshift fire ring, prompting him to give it a swift burial beneath his worn leather boot. Toasting to the night sky, he took another drink, wishing his mother another birthday.

She would have been fifty this year. He was torn about returning to the desert for the occasion, thinking there might be a grander way to celebrate, but nothing else seemed appropriate. This was her sanctuary. The Joshua trees silhouetting the horizon as the evening light waned represented the background of his childhood and the scenery to her life.

Chuckling softly to himself, he remembered his insistence that she carry him to bed after each bath. “You are getting too heavy for this,” she’d counter. In the end, she always obliged, hefting him down the hall wrapped tightly in a towel.

Read more in issue 14 of The Radvocate, and come hear Sara read from “Mother,” on the 24th at The Glashaus.

Sara Morrison is a native San Diegan who finds inspiration in long drives through the desert and delving into local history. As a creative Pisces, she discovers and deciphers her world through writing stories, composing art of all types, constructing mixtapes and delving into science with her inquisitive son. Find her online on Twitter @karmiclife and as a regular contributor to @ElephantWords.


An ample list of goodies and treats about The Radvocate #14:

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Editor Matt E. Lewis talks The Radvocate 14

In case you missed it, the newest issue of So Say We All’s literary journal, The Radvocate, hit the mean streets this week. Issue fourteen is filled to the brim with poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We can’t wait for you to read it. Order your copy now!

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Our very own Matt E. Lewis, The Radvocate’s founding editor and a huge part of So Say We All, answered some questions from So Say We All’s Julia Dixon Evans, on the dawn of issue 14:

JULIA DIXON EVANS: The Radvocate 14 is the second issue to be published with us, in book form. How has it felt different from the zine days?

MATT E. LEWIS: For one thing, it’s been a lot less leg work! The zine days were fun, but extremely time consuming, as I’d have to print, organize, fold and staple hundreds of copies by hand for each issue. Being able to delegate work for editing, formatting, and graphic design has only made it a better publication, and I’m quite happy to see multiple hands making it whole instead of just slapping stuff together myself. It feels like much more of a group effort, and that makes it all the more satisfying to see the final version.

JULIA: What do you want the world to know about issue 14?

MATT: I’m very proud of Issue #14 because it’s the pinnacle of everything that we wanted The Radvocate to be from the very beginning. The transition from zine-to-journal in Issue #13 felt a bit jarring, and I think it took some getting used to for some people out there. This issue is where I feel like The Radvocate has gained it’s footing in the new format, and we’ve felt much more comfortable accepting some amazing work to be featured in it. I’m proud of the fact that we are featuring fiction and poetry that doesn’t all read as a long, homogeneous “product” but instead features a diversity of voices and styles that stand on their own as well as reading well together in a beautiful, chaotic way. I suppose the cover art could be interpreted as a metaphor for the content—an explosion of self-expression hidden just below a calm surface.

JULIA: What are some other literary journals or websites that you love? What stuff inspires you to keep working on lit mags and publishing

MATT: I’m frequently impressed with the quality of books coming from Unnamed Press, based in Los Angeles – everything I’ve read from them has been consistently excellent, but also risk-taking, which is great to see. The same goes for the website Dark Fucking Wizard, which always features damn good work from well-known names and up-and-comers. In fact, that’s where I first read Eric Raymond’s story, “Notes from the Donut Hole”, which we ended up publishing (poaching?) for Issue #14. The two journals I always check out are Shabby Doll House from Lucy K. Shaw, Sara Jean Alexander, and Stacey Teague, and Lumen, run by Rosemary Donahue and Yesenia Padilla. They are the future. But the consistent inspiration always comes from the dedicated individuals behind all these great projects—Cameron Pierce at Lazy Fascist, Rose O’Keefe at Eraserhead, Tobias Carroll at Vol.1 Brooklyn, Aaron Burch at Hobart, J. David Osbourne at Broken River, Constance Ann Fitzgerald at Ladybox, Michael J. Seidlinger at CCM—all of them focused a hundred percent on bringing their projects into the world, and making the literary community rad because of it. I guess that’s what motivates me, is to know that we’re not alone in all this and that creating literary projects really does have an impact on real people out there.

JULIA: We have a reading coming up, the September 24th Launch Party and Reading at The Glashaus. We love live readings here in San Diego. What do you think draws people to readings? What do you love about live readings?

MATT: I think the appeal is in listening to people make themselves vulnerable, which is infinitely more interesting then the traditional “characters” depicted in most mass media. Even when they’re reciting fiction or poetry, to go up in front of a large crowd and bare yourself like that—whether we like it or not, our work is always a reflection of ourselves, is fascinating to us on a primal level, to the part of our brain that craves stories, not just visual stimuli. Not to mention so much of our lives are lived online now, how often does a real person—not a loved one or friend, but a near stranger—open up to you in a non-reciprocating, non-judgmental way? Even though an audience isn’t required to respond, I think we have it hard-wired in us to be drawn to those all-too-human expressions of self. Also, you don’t have to stare at a screen! How novel, right?

JULIA: What’s next for the Radvocate? When will you read submissions for the next issue?

MATT: I’m hoping that The Radvocate will continue to evolve in a non-linear way, and branch out to non-print and mixed media in the near future. It would never have survived this long if it just stayed the same has it had been in 2011. I’m all about embracing changes and innovations within it, and I know So Say We All thinks the same way, which is a great feeling. Submissions will open up again in December 2016, so mark your calendars!

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In The Radvocate 14: Joe Baumann’s “Shrinking.”

So Say We All’s literary journal, The Radvocate, just published a brand new issue this week. You can buy your copy right here.

We’ll feature excerpts of some of the pieces here on our site, and today we have Joe Baumann’s fantastic short story, “Shrinking.” Every so often, we run across stories in the slush pile that we repeatedly find ourselves bringing up at the dinner table, referencing in casual conversation as though the entire world has already read it.  Here’s a snippet:

[…] It was clear that it was, in fact, my parents and their house, because the rest of the world was normal-sized. My car fit in my driveway, but I had to park on the curb in front of their house because my tires dug trenches in the yard if I tried to squeeze onto the concrete; even the grass had been reduced to stalks the size of cat hairs, and I could barely fit my hand in their mailbox to grab the bills.

The day I had to stoop to enter the garage, I called my sister.

“I think you need to make a trip out to see Mom and Dad.”

“Why? Is everything okay?”

“They’re shrinking.”

“Old people do that.”

“No, I mean everything is shrinking.”

“Is this one of your bad jokes I don’t understand?”

“No, it isn’t.”

“What about Mom’s blood tests?”

“White blood cell count was slightly elevated, and her blood pressure was still high, but nothing the doctor said to worry about.”

“Okay, see?”

“I don’t think you understand.”

“Sam.”

“Really, something’s going on.” I sighed. “Please. Come out? I’ll pay for the ticket.”

“I do not need you to do that for me, thanks.”

“So you’ll come?” I said.

“Let me check my schedule.”

“Hurry,” I said. “Who knows if you’ll even be able to see them without a microscope by the time you get here.”

She hung up without saying goodbye.

For the rest of the story, get your copy of The Radvocate issue 14 now! We hope you enjoy “Shrinking” and the thirty-plus pieces of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction featured in this issue. It’s a mighty rad book. And it’s yours for only ten bucks!

The Radvocate Fourteen features work from: Karl Sherlock, Joe Baumann, John Vanderslice, Anthony Martin, Jamie Sullivan, Meggie Royer, Caroline Taylor, Emily Green, Scott Sherman, Laura Preble, Allyson Whipple, Sara Morrison, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Janet Joyner, Eric Raymond, Lois Harrod, Dania Brett, Harley Lethalm // Cover Art: Matt Parchinski // Editor: Matt E. Lewis

And please join us for the San Diego launch for the Radvocate Fourteen, with readings from a few of the issue’s contributors and piles and piles of copies for sale. It’s Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at The Glashaus.

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Joe Baumann‘s fiction and essays have appeared in Tulane Review, Willow Review, Hawai’i Review, SNReview, Lindenwood Review, and many others. He is the author of Ivory Children, published in 2013 by Red Bird Chapbooks. He possesses a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville, Missouri. He was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2016. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magic Realism.
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Say hello to The Radvocate Fourteen

It’s here. Happy publication day to The Radvocate Fourteen!

Over the past five years, The Radvocate, our literary journal, has grown to be over a hundred pages in an issue, a real book, packed with striking fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and interviews. We’re proud of the work inside this issue, from both emerging and established writers.

And you can hold it in your hot little hands for just ten bucks.

Go get it. Go get rad: https://www.amazon.com/Radvocate-14-Matt-E-Lewis/dp/0988368692/

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The Radvocate Fourteen features work from: Karl Sherlock, Joe Baumann, John Vanderslice, Anthony Martin, Jamie Sullivan, Meggie Royer, Caroline Taylor, Emily Green, Scott Sherman, Laura Preble, Allyson Whipple, Sara Morrison, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Janet Joyner, Eric Raymond, Lois Harrod, Dania Brett, Harley Lethalm // Cover Art: Matt Parchinski // Editor: Matt E. Lewis

And please join us for the San Diego launch for the Radvocate Fourteen, with readings from a few of the issue’s contributors and piles and piles of copies for sale. It’s Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 pm at The Glashaus.

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In The Radvocate 14: Laura Preble

The Radvocate Fourteen will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6th! The Radvocate is our literary magazine, and we can’t wait to share this with you. Order your copy now so it’ll arrive just in time.

To give you a taste of the fantastic and striking fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in the book, here’s a little snippet from Laura Preble’s short story, “Headless Angels,” which appears in this issue:

We brush by red lights and hurricane windows, we are swept into the crowd. It’s a streetful of good times, no one comes here to brood, and if they do it, they get kicked out.

It feels good to walk after the train, especially with Jim, since I haven’t seen him for months. The sweet air and the music, it would all be perfect—coffee and beignets in the morning, staying up all night talking in a little boarding house on the Rue Royale, with a real gaslight winking out on the cobblestones below, then sleeping. He’d see, finally, what we are together, we’d hear a plaintive whisper of Louis Armstrong’s phantom trumpet—

“We got married.” He’s looking at the pavement, says it as if he just told me the time.

“What?”

“Karen and I. We got married.”

I look straight ahead into the backs of strangers, concentrate on the foreign perfume of people I will never see again or know at all.

Order your copy of The Radvocate Fourteen now, for more of Laura’s story, as well as many other fine pieces!

Laura Preble is the author of the popular Queen Geek Social Club YA series as well as the novel Out. She was an award-winning straff writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune and has contributed to the magazines NEA Today, California Educator, Westways, Writer’s Digest, and Hysteria. She has worked as a freelance content writer for Binary Labs (for Glencoe publishing), and has published five young adult fiction novels with Penguin publishing. She won a Kurt Vonnegut fiction prize.



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The Radvocate Fourteen features work from: Karl Sherlock, Joe Baumann, John Vanderslice, Anthony Martin, Jamie Sullivan, Meggie Royer, Caroline Taylor, Emily Green, Scott Sherman, Laura Preble, Allyson Whipple, Sara Morrison, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Janet Joyner, Eric Raymond, Lois Harrod, Dania Brett, Harley Lethalm. // Cover Art: Matt Parchinski // Editor: Matt E. Lewis
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In The Radvocate 14: Anthony Martin

The Radvocate Fourteen hits the stores and your hearts this upcoming Tuesday, September 6th! The Radvocate is our literary magazine, and we can’t wait to share this with you. You can even order your copy now so it’ll arrive just in time.

To get you in the mood, and to tease you for our upcoming Launch Party & Reading at Glashaus on September 24th, here’s a little snippet from contributor Anthony Martin’s short story, “Harvey Stone,” in which the titualar Harvey toys with some poor, unsuspecting Mormon boys that come to his door:

Harvey slammed the bottle down and reached back into the seat of his wheelchair for his chrome-plated nine-millimeter Beretta. I knew it well. He pulled the sliding mechanism and chambered a round.

“Take the drink.”

The boys looked at each other. Ponytail was frightened. Black Curls braved it first, downing the whiskey in one go as if he’d done it before. He put the glass down firmly and glared at Harvey as he swallowed. He was angry now and Harvey knew it.

“That’s good,” he said and turned the Beretta toward Ponytail, who was staring at the caramel liquid in his glass. The boy took a deep breath and drank his share like a glass of water, slow and steady. His face soured at the foulness of it and he started to cough after bottoms-up. He dropped the glass to the carpet and grasped at his throat.

“Breathe,” said Harvey. “There. That’s good. It goes away, see. Burns good.” He rested the Beretta on his impotent knee, his finger still on the trigger. “Now, unless either of you wants another one for the road, get the god fearing Joseph Smith out of my living room.”

Anthony Martin’s work is published or forthcoming in The Tishman Review, Paper Darts, and Whiskey Island (among other fine places). Come hear Anthony read from “Harvey Stone,” along with Sara Morrison, Karl Sherlock, Dania Brett, and Ryan Hicks, on Saturday, September 24th at Glashaus.

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The Radvocate Fourteen features work from: Karl Sherlock, Joe Baumann, John Vanderslice, Anthony Martin, Jamie Sullivan, Meggie Royer, Caroline Taylor, Emily Green, Scott Sherman, Laura Preble, Allyson Whipple, Sara Morrison, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Janet Joyner, Eric Raymond, Lois Harrod, Dania Brett, Harley Lethalm. // Cover Art: Matt Parchinski // Editor: Matt E. Lewis
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