Friday, November 28, 2008

Things Get Bizarre (Market)

From November 28 (today!) through December 24 (Christmas Eve!), Makeout Creek will be on the shelf as part of Bird Cox's annual Bizarre Market, which celebrates handmade arts, craft, and design in Richmond, VA. You'll find the Bizarre Market upstairs in the gallery space at Chop Suey Books, which is in the Carytown shopping district of Richmond (2913 W Cary St).

As you are probably aware from the preceding post, the Makeout is already available downstairs on the Chop Suey magazine rack, so this latest bit of news may not come as a big surprise. We, however, are thrilled that Bird has thought to include us. And look at it this way: now, if you're buying Makeout Creek, you can decide if you want to support 1. an independent bookstore or 2. a local art and craft scene. All in one amazing location! Pretty good, eh?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Don't Forget Chop Suey!

Look, there it is on the shelf. Both issues. We're not even lying.

Check the Fountain

Fountain Bookstore, that is, in the historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood of Richmond, VA. We're happy to say they're the latest purveyor of Makeout Creek and a wonderful bunch of people. In fact, swing by there even if you don't feel like picking up the new MC. Say hello to Kelly and Heather, and while you're at it support that most precious of commodities: your local independent bookseller.

We Know We're Behind On This

But: Brilliant. Just brilliant.

The Truth About Cinders

Remember how, in an earlier post, we mentioned that our new issue was on sale at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY? Well, it wasn't quite true, because we (ahem, Andrew) hadn't mailed Cinders their copies. But now it's true! He done mailed that stuff! It's on the shelf! Y'all get on to Cinders!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Birds & Light Boxes & Bird Light Boxes

Great news! Makeout Creek's Joshua Poteat has contributed work to the upcoming Anhinga Press collection The Poets Guide to Birds. The book will be released in January 2009, but Anhinga is currently taking pre-orders through its website.

Josh had this to say about the book:

If you didn't already have a bunch of poems about birds, this will be sure to take you above your quota. It's the perfect gift for those of us who hate birds... like a cat, for example. And also for those of us who kinda like them.

The man's first collection was entitled Ornithologies, so he'd rank among the latter.

Also! If you happen to be in the area of Richmond, VA this Friday, November 7, Josh will be selling his light boxes at Metro Space Gallery during the First Friday art walk thingamajig. The gallery is located at 119 W Broad St, across from Comfort. Josh will be there from 6-10 pm.

The light boxes are pretty amazing. How he fits the light in those little boxes, I'll never know.

Visit his website for further examples.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

P.S. Here's Proof

Of a sort.

Holy Crap! It's Issue Two!

Hello, blog-readers! The second issue of Makeout Creek is back from the printer and will be arriving at Chop Suey Books and Cinders Gallery within the week. We're contacting similar neato stores around the country about carrying the magazine, and we'll let you know how that goes as it goes. (If you happen to be the owner of a neato store, hit us up at

In the meantime, there is a revised website to compliment the new issue. And, while our web design skills remain somewhat childish, we are very pleased to report that Issue Two is available for sale there. If you can't wait to check out this baby, then you know what to do.

Issue Two of Makeout Creek features the work of poet Liz Countryman, poet Anna Journey, poet John McAuliffe, writer and essayist Michael Mehen, and the prolific poet Keith Montesano, among many others. It also features an unbelievable cover by Adam Juresko of Richmond, VA.

If your curiosity is piqued, please note that we have remaining copies of Issue One for sale at a reduced price, also on the website. Issue One features work by poet/songwriter David Berman, novelist Tom De Haven, writer and essayist William Foster, artist R. Nicholas Kuszyk, poet and novelist Clint McCown, and artist Sto, among many others. Its cover (our logo) is by Makeout Creek's favorite fellow, Andrew Miller, of Philadelphia, PA.

We'll be using this blogspot site to post Makeout Creek news from now on. So keep us in mind over here even as you visit our main site at (Here's a tip: they're linked.) And, if you missed it, check out this nice article about editors Joshua Poteat and Allison Titus recently published by Richmond's Style Weekly. They're two members of the Secret Society of Six Editors, and not only are they smart and talented, they're also beautiful to behold.

They probably don't like that I just wrote that, but it's true.

Andrew B
of Makeout Creek