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Alley Cat Books
Alley Cat Books

great weather for MEDIA is super-hyped to be heading to San Francisco for the Small Press Love Fest at Alley Cat Books on Saturday February 23rd, 4-7pm 

There's an amazing selection of poets and writers from four independent publishers. What makes this this event different though is a Q&A with the editors. Got a question about publishing or submissions? Come along to this friendly (and free!) gathering. Here at great weather, we're currently reading submissions (our next open period will be in the fall). It's always nice when someone mentions in their cover letter that they've met us at a book fair or  reading. And these events are also a fabulous way to learn about new print and online publishing opportunities. With the Love Fest, I know and admire Ambush Review (check out my earlier interview with the editors), learnt of Red Bridge Press at the 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference, but Corium Magazine is a new name to me and I'm eager to discover more. Looking at the reader bios below also throws out a bunch of new magazines and journals. This is going to be a really special event and a great chance to meet fellow writers. A full house is expected so please arrive promptly. Admission is free and wine and beer will be available.

Saturday Feb 23 2013, 4-7pm

Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St, San Francisco, CAmap

Here are the readers and the editors who will be in attendance:

Ambush Review is an annual, San Francisco & Bay Area based literary arts publication featuring innovative and experimental poetry, flash fiction, art and photography, translations, essays and critical reviews. We seek both emerging and established writers in a diversity of styles and forms. Our premiere issue was called a “stunning debut.” Editors: Bob Booker, Patrick Cahill

Les Gottesman received an MFA in writing from CCA in 2011. His most recent publication, Misuses of Poetry and Other Poems, was just released by Finishing Line Press, KY.

Tobey Hiller has three books of poetry (Crossings, Certain Weathers, Aqueduct) and one published novel, Charlie's Exit. Her poems have also appeared in various magazines and anthologies.

Ken Saffran says, "Oh-oh, Biohazard Alert: I want to be profound and playful; not reveal too much or say too little. I'm serious about poetry, but don't take myself too serious." He lives in San Francisco.


Corium Magazine is an online literary journal featuring short fiction, very short fiction and poetry that gets beneath the skin. The corium is the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis. It includes connective tissue, blood and an elaborate sensory nerve network. What’s going on beneath the surface. Our contributors come from many countries and many publishing backgrounds. Corium is based in Oakland, CA, and published quarterly. Editors: Lauren Becker, Heather Fowler

Jane Hammons has been published by appeared or is forthcoming in Able Muse, Blink Noir, Brain Child, kill author, Metazen, Opium, Poetry Quarterly, Shotgun Honey,  Verbicide and Word Riot. She's been nominated a couple of times for Pushcart Prizes.

Lauren O'Neal writes for The Rumpus and is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has also appeared in Slate and The Hairpin.

Emil DeAndreis has had short stories and articles published in Apollo’s Lyre, Conte Literary, OCHO Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Windsor Review. He recently received the Editor’s Choice Award for New Writer from Bamboo Ridge Press.


great weather for MEDIA focuses on the fearless, the bright, the dark, and the unpredictable. Our first anthology, It’s Animal but Merciful, showcases poets and writers from the United States, Botswana, the Philippines, Denmark, and Canada. We organize numerous readings and events in our home town of New York City and across the country. Editor: Jane Ormerod

R. Nemo Hill's latest collection of poetry is When Men Bow Down (Dos Madres Books, 2012). He is also editor and publisher of EXOT BOOKS. Interview

Kit Kennedy's most recent book, While Eating Oysters, is published by CLWN WR BKS, Brooklyn.

Richard Loranger is a writer, performer, visual artist, and all around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the author of two books and eight chapbooks. Interview


Red Bridge Press Our first book, Writing That Risks, is an anthology by thirty new and award-winning writers from around the world. Brimming with fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that not only risks but reveals, the anthology is due out April 2013. Following that, we'll publish single-author titles, including novels and collections, in print and ebook formats. We have dual citizenship in San Francisco and the Internet. Editors: Liana Holmberg, Deborah Steinberg

Jenny Bitner's work has appeared in The Sun, PANK, Utne Reader, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among many other publications. She teaches writing at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Olga Zilberbourg's fiction has been widely published in the U.S. and in Russia. Where Does the Sea Flow, a film based on one of Olga's stories, was recently a finalist at the Manhattan Short Film Festival. She is an associate editor at Narrative Magazine.

Jordan Reynolds' poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Louis Liard, The Agriculture Reader, The Offending Adam, zero ducats, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere.