Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Titus Wins, We Say!

Makeout Creek editor and all-around terrific poet Allison Titus has just received an NEA grant for Creative Writing in Poetry. We couldn't be prouder! Also picked for the list of recipients is Issue Two alumnus Anna Journey. Our deepest congratulations to Allison and Anna!

(You can read recent poetry from Allison here at Blackbird.)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Signs of Life!

Makeout Creek has a new website! Clunky as always! And Issue Four hits in November! Stay tuned...

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Ryan McLennan = Winner

We're a little late posting the news, but, dammit, we want the world to know: artist Ryan McLennan has won the West Prize. Among his body of amazing work is the cover for Makeout Creek Issue 3, pictured above. Nothing too competitive: this year there were like 2,100 entries from 78 countries. So, a walk in the park for the young Mr. McLennan. Here's an article about the finalists.

Our sincere congratulations to Ryan!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Poteat Gets Cold

Makeout Creek editor Joshua Poteat has recently been interviewed by Coldfront, an online magazine about poetry. The discussion centers largely on Poteat's recent book Illustrating the Machine That Makes the World, but takes some nice sidetracks into his life in Richmond, VA.

Our favorite:

"On Martin Luther King Day, which is called Lee-Jackson-King Day in Virginia, a group of Civil War re-enactors 'guard' the Lee monument in honor of him. One day I will rent some Union uniforms and attack them and send them back to whatever time machine brought them here."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Makeout in RVA

Jonny over at RVA Magazine has just published an online interview with editor Andrew Blossom about Makeout Creek. Maybe a little something to hold you over until Issue Four magically appears? Our thanks to Jonny and everyone at RVA!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Some Pix from AWP Denver

Over on our Facebook page we've posted two albums of photos (albeit crummy iPhone-quality photos) from Makeout Creek's recent visit to AWP in Denver, CO. Hit the links and you should be able to check them out, even in spite of the Facebookiness of things. Also: above is a jpeg of one of the signs we made to advertise the Makeout Creek table, with Issue Four cover by Oura and line art by Aaron Johnson.

The first album features all the readers from the Diode/Makeout Creek reading at the Jones Theater in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, organized by the wonderful Patty Paine. If you enjoy harshly-lit out-of-focus photos, this is the album for you! Above, poet Abayomi Animashaun.

The second album is a bit of miscellany from the floor of the AWP bookfair. Above, Issue One contributor S.E. Smith ("Advice for Fur Drill Novices").

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

AWP Denver Reading: Wednesday!

Makeout Creek is hosting a reading with sister publication diode in celebration of AWP Denver. THIS WEDS, April 7, 7:30 pm, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts's Jones Theatre! Denver, Colorado! Readers include Abaymi Animashaun, Mary Biddinger, Kara Candito, Tarfia Faizullah, Anna Journey, Cynthia Lotze, Sabrina Orah Mark, Clint McCown, Karyna McGlynn, Joshua Poteat, Nate Slawson, Mathias Svalina, Allison Titus, and G.C. Waldrep. See you there!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Poster for AWP Denver!

Makeout Creek will be holding down a table at this year's AWP conference in Denver, CO. Come by and see us -- we'll have magazines and buttons. Delightful buttons! More exciting, however, will be the poetry reading we're cosponsoring with our friends at diode. Posted above is the updated poster for the event, which will take place Wednesday, April 7th at 7:30 pm in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts's Jones Theatre. Thanks to Patty Paine and the students of VCUQ for the design!

We'll post more AWP news as the conference begins. In the meantime, hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Makeout Creek at Virginia Festival of the Book!

(In a manner of speaking.)

On Friday, March 19 at noon, Makeout Creek editor Joshua Poteat will be reading alongside David Caplan as part of the VQR Poetry Series, hosted by Ted Genoways. The event will take place in the UVA Bookstore, and more information can be found on the VFB site, here.

On Saturday, March 20 at 10 am, MC editor Andrew Blossom will appear as part of the panel "Capital Offenses: Richmond, Virginia and Richmond Noir." This event will take place in the Lewis-Clark Room of the Omni Hotel. Blossom will discuss his work on the recent entry in Akashic Books' Urban Noir Series alongside contributors Dean King, Howard Owen, Hermine Pinson, and David L. Robbins. More information can be found at the VFB site.

Should be fun! Look at them. They're very serious young men.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Magill on the Big Screen

Our congratulations to Makeout Creek contributor Tyler Magill (Issue One, "Now I Believe You" and "The Sober Horse Thief"), who appears in the documentary The Parking Lot Movie, which just had its sold-out premiere at SXSW and was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered. Click here for the trailer. Directed by Meghan Eckman, the film features several Friends of Makeout, although Tyler is the only actual MC alum. We sure are proud of them all!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Diode, Makeout Creek Take Denver!

That's right -- diode and Makeout Creek contributors will be reading poetry during this year's AWP in Denver, Colorado. The event will occur Wednesday, April 7 in the Jones Theatre of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. More information soon -- meanwhile, thanks to diode's Patty Paine for this awesome poster!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blossom in the News!

Editor Andrew Blossom (center, above) is out gettin' press for his new book (also as editor), Richmond Noir. For more information, check out the publisher's site.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Makeout Creek 4: The Cover

Here it is! With art by Oura. Click the image for a larger version.

We're working on this puppy. We promise! Stay tuned.