New Winter Issues, Fiction and Poetry

Full Of Crow Poetry

We are happy to have two new issues this winter of Poetry and Fiction. Both feature great writing and we are sure that you will recognize many contributors you know and will discover new ones that you have not run across before. Please check out the FULL OF CROW WINTER 2017 FICTION ISSUE and the WINTER 2017 POETRY ISSUE.  
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    The next poetry issue will be online in March. (Spring Issue) The theme is "cede". Every issue has a single word of inspiration, with absolutely no expectation that it inform the submissions. It is a gesture, a nod to the ethers. Maybe it will inspire somebody to send us a weird photo. Whatever.   We have also announced a new section called [spaces] that will be a place to repost content from our archives so they have a fresh look. We will post links on twitter, etc. to try to encourage people to revisit pieces.   And lastly, we have a femcentric side project inspired by some badass women known as "VERA". We are going to launch this section and then have some extra readings and cool shit attached to it. VERA will be poetry, prose, essays, rants, reviews, photos, art, reviews of art by women, whatever we want to do. We are looking for a few more badass women who might want to get involved in this flexible online space.   We are on social media of course, like everyone else. We are on facebook with our main page and poetry page, and on Twitter, Instagram, and we have links on Pinterest.   If you have any questions or want to hear more, please email Elynn (Lynn) Alexander at: or get in touch through Facebook.   Fiction submissions: short-ish fiction to Paul Corman-Roberts, Optional bio. Ask him if you have questions. Poetry: 1-3 poems, simple spacing works best, bio optional but not necessary.   VERA:   Black and white photos (you know, that pretentious artsy kinda shit) work better with our sparse aesthetic which is plain bw for easier readability. It doesn't work to put rainbows and unicorns although we love them just as much as you do.   Get in touch, and thank you. Links below. Say hi.
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Morrigan Wars: Crow East Poetry Reading

Full Of Crow Press (East Coast) hosts a new poetry series in the Lehigh Valley, kicked off in July in Allentown at the Coffee House Without Limits, hosted by Cleveland Wall and Elynn Alexander.   The Coffee House Without Limits is a relatively new space in the Alternative Gallery at the Cigar Factory. The reading series, Morrigan Wars, (info here) is an “unapologetically femcentric reading series in the Lehigh Valley” with the goal of showcasing and promoting the poetry, art, music, zines, and theater of talented local women, visitors, allies, and people who are willing to respectfully chill together."   “Goddess Morrigan represents the circle of life, the phases of woman, the “phantom queen”. Crow. Crone. Warrior. Protective and nurturing, but spiteful and capable of deep wrongs. Loving deeply, but taking no shit." Originally a play she developed in Berkeley in 2011, Lynn has had a fascination with the archetype and symbolism of the Crow and 'Crone’s Shadow'.    "Her wars, and with whom, are for your pondering.”    The first Lehigh Valley event featured local poets and music- see photos under “Photo Collections” (And in our facebook albums!)   For More Information:   Events are listed on the Full Of Crow Press Facebook Page.  13731504_1102455489829025_7930688934331361659_n13728900_1102455396495701_2387513068890735100_n cleveland and elynn13770430_1102455293162378_5940439619184270138_n13769413_1102455309829043_5514443947447338988_n13767196_1102455409829033_8853284695822059693_o13754254_1102455439829030_1778786325477503509_n13754099_1102455326495708_5621734237902943752_n13668925_1102455546495686_4335512359780531270_o
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“Explorations Of Identity” Poetry Reading

The Lehigh Valley Vanguard hosted a poetry reading a few weeks ago:  "Explorations of Identity",organized by Marlana Eck. The featured poets brought a mix of styles, from confessional to rants, on the questions of identity.  Lehigh Valley Vanguard is an online webzine of political and critical essays, poetry, and nonfiction based in Easton, PA. Photos from that event can be viewed here. 
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Spring News: Readings, Books, More

MiCrow Issue 8, "Luminous" is now online! Michael J. Solender did a great job, as usual. If you like flash fiction and photography, don't forget to check this out. (Go to MiCrow). Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all of the supporters and contributors. Microw8button Readings: Readings and events coming up, with more opportunities coming up all the time. The editors at Crow are going to have a busy 2013! Bitchez Brew in March, and monthly in Oakland. If you are in the SF bay area or plan to visit, check out the website for the Bitchez Brew Reading Series here: Bitchez Brew Review.  Look for Broken Pulpit in Cleveland in April, the Tremont Crawl, Oakland's BEAST Lit Crawl in July and Toxic Abatement followed by another reading in Sacramento.  Info will be posted here in the next few months. Introducing Crow Bookshelf: In progress- adding digital archives of projects, books, zines, and more to the bookshelf.  The goal is to eventually have an archive version of all of our printed chaps and zines since 2010. brokenpulpit
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Winter, 2013 Full Of Crow Updates

Thank you for staying with us through a tough year. Sometimes that damn thing- "real life"- gets in the way of our plans, ideas, dreams, whims. And we have to reckon with reality. I want to apologize for the delays and slow progress on the pile of things to get done. Some health stuff, work stuff, life stuff, etc. have made it difficult to keep at things with the force and diligence of years past. I am adding interviews, reviews, working on the digital versions of our books for our "bookshelf" area. We have new winter issues up of great fiction and poetry. Another issue of MiCrow flash in the works, submissions are open for that. And in a few months we will have new events to share including the next Toxic Abatement, more of the wonderful Bitchez Brew series (link!) in the bay, and of course BEAST lit crawl in Oakland in July. If you made it last year, you know that it was an amazing effort with hundreds of readers, volunteers, curators, community partners and supporters. Look for that info, in July. Here are some links to check out some of these things: Full Of Crow Poetry- Winter 2013 Full Of Crow Fiction- Winter 2013 MiCrow- Open For Submissions, See site. PRATE: Full Of Crow Interviews: Recently added include Michael Grover and Leah Angstman. Crow Reviews: Many on tap, including Zarina Zabrisky, Bud Smith, and more. Please note that after the reviews "promised" the reviews section will be closed to requests. (ok, it has been but we get them anyway and despite being swamped, we feel bad and hate to say no.) Unfortunately, after three years, we are going to end the printed issues of Blink Ink. We are going to send out the final printed Graffiti issue soon. We might revisit the online format that we used to have, but we aren't sure. We will try to make right on the subscriptions but we will not be accepting new subscriptions or submissions for the print issues. Previous issues will start to appear archived in digital format this year on our "bookshelf". We appreciate the support for three years of our printed books. Edited by Doug Mathewson, these have found their way all over the world. We have had these books at book fairs, readings, events, and more. This project has a special place in our hearts here at Crow. We will let you know what happens next. Thank you and please feel free to get in touch. -Lynn Alexander
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What Is A Blink?

"The Blink is just the glimpse, the snapshot versus the movie." "Blink Ink fiction is not about traditional storytelling. It isn't about a plot set in a town or a bar, with a story arc, conflicts, character development, resolutions. It isn't about a story set in a diner somewhere, it is an exchange between a customer and a waitress about bread choices for a grilled cheese." "Blink fiction can be extraordinary, important moments- but it can capture mundane things as well, stripped of context. Its the lighting of a cigarette, words shared at an intersection, the downing of a shot before returning to a dark home. We don't know where home is, or what waits there. Blinks focus on moments, alone, with the rest left to the imagination. They can be realizations, exchanges, places on the road, an extraction of a scene, the nuance of something we know to be more robust, but whose full story is told elsewhere." "The Blink is just the glimpse, the snapshot versus the movie." "The challenge is to capture something, in about fifty words, and to make those words serve an idea." We want to hear from writers who are open to this challenge, and readers that understand the value of this format. People ask us how a writer can possibly tell an entire story in so few words. Well, we imagine that people look for different things in their reading experiences. Some might ask about the point of a haiku over an epic, or flash over a novel. The point speaks to intention, as the writer chooses a form that suits their objectives- the execution of the concept within that chosen structure. Blink does not mean abbreviated or abridged, an effort to condense, or distill as much as it is a glimpse.
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Blink Ink Postcard Project 2011

Blink Ink, a printed publication of short fiction produced by Full Of Crow Press, is currently seeking submissions for upcoming issues. One of these submissions will be selected by Blink Ink editor Doug Mathewson to be featured on our next postcard! The postcards help us spread the word about what we are doing, and will get your story in the hands of millions! Ok, maybe not millions. We'll print about five hundred. Subscribers will also get a few postcards with an upcoming issue, combining art with practicality. Use a postcard to say hello to a friend, express regret about a missed birthday, or hang them in your cubicle at work.
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Yippie NYC Hosted By Big Mike and Puma Perl

Anyone who has met Puma Perl and Big Mike can probably guess that their events are far from a sleepy "wine and cheese" mixer. I had the honor of taking to the stage at their event this week at the Yippie Museum and Cafe on Bleecker in the village for poetry and performances which also included the flexible (mentally and physically) Amy Uzi, the odd (in a good way) Faux Mo, and more with some performance art, open mic, and even dance tossed in. I finally met Puma and Big Mike over the summer in Kingston at Rebecca Schumejda's reading series at Half Moon Books. After years of corresponding with Puma mostly online, it was pretty cool to see her at last, and even better to see her again in my old stomping grounds in NYC. (I went to grad school at NYU, nearby) In addition to meeting a lot of wonderful people, I was happy to see that Aimee Delong made it, cool to meet her at last. We will have a chap of her poetry in the next few weeks. So anyway, pictures can be found on various facebook pages and also here at the blog. (here) Next event will be in December, track down Puma for more info or the Yippie website in our sidebar.
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Andrew Bowen Interviewed At PRATE

For those of you who don't know about PRATE, it is the interview section at Full Of Crow, and we post interviews with all kinds of people- writers, publishers, comic book artists, and more. This week Lynn Alexander interviews Andrew Bowen, editor of Divine Dirt Quarterly and a familiar name in small press. He is currently working on Project Conversion- documenting his experience with "spiritual promiscuity". Bowen will try to walk the walk and talk the talk of twelve major religions, over the course of this year. Why? Find out. Here.
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