Announcing TAR Chapbook Series
May 24, 2015
We are so happy to announce our first chapbook series! Publishing under the acronym for our name, TAR chapbook series will open up its reading period on June 1st and close August 1st.
About TAR Chapbook Series
The work we have read for the magazine these past two and a half years has inspired us to crave more and more pages of your voices. We want to impart the same beautiful, design-savvy creations from the magazine to the physical pages of a chapbook. Selected manuscripts will have a small print-run, and they will receive 20 contributor copies plus payment. Maybe that chapbook is yours!
Within each genre of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are three forms of submission, none of which has any extra impression on us. We invite you to submit your manuscript for free, with donation, or with a purchase of one of our issues. To this end, we are humbly putting the readers fee option here so that we may better pay our contributors. That’s right—we will pay our chapbook authors.
The chapbook series will continue with The Atlas Review‘s mission of remaining anonymous. Work should push against the status quo and challenge us. You may submit a manuscript between approximately 20 and 30 pages. Please read all the guidelines specific to each genre. Submissions should include the following:
20 to 30 page manuscript free of any identity-revealing information.
Dress your manuscript up with a title page, table of contents, and whatever else you would like to include. Acknowledgments page optional. Please use a readable font in 12-point. Times New Roman is always master of the house, but an equivalent is fine.
You can include a brief cover letter that describes this particular manuscript’s agenda/thesis/mission. This is absolutely optional. Still, do not include your name or any identity-revealing information here.
While we can’t stop you from including clipart and borders, we ask you to question your motive here: what even is that about?
We hope to have a final selection of manuscripts by the end of August, early September. We can’t promise response time will be this soon, but we will try. We feel ambitious enough about this, but plan to be going to the beach too (except Dolan—he hates the beach). Should there be any delays, we will be in touch with updates!
We’re so excited to read your chapbooks!
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An Interview with Kate Durbin
May 18, 2015
by Eric Nelson
For issue 5, writer and friend Eric Nelson conducted an interview with the furious writer/performer Kate Durbin via Skype while she was staying in London. The extremely talented Emily Raw‘s photos appear both in the print edition and in the conversation below, all taken during Kate’s performance of Hello Selfie! in Union Square, NY. Kate Durbin is the author of the collection, E! Entertainment, available at Wonder Books. Unsurprisingly, she is busily at work on a new performance project on women artists called Cloud Nine. Below is her interview with Eric Nelson.
Photo by Emily Raw
Kate Durbin: Hi Eric!
Eric Nelson: Hi! So good to finally talk to you.
KD: You too! How are you this morning?
EN: Pretty good, surprisingly awake, ha. How about you? How’s England?
KD: England is lovely. I’m in the countryside, so there are llamas and geese outside the window. Did you know geese honk while they are flying?
EN: It’s funny because anytime I’ve seen geese fly I’ve heard them honk but I never put two and two together.
KD: It’s cute.
EN: So what are you doing over in England? I know Miami Basel just happened. It seems you’re traveling a lot lately.
KD: I’m here visiting my parents. I was thinking of doing a version of “Hello Selfie” in London but I decided to spend this time writing (and working remotely—I’m always working, gotta get paid). I’ve been reading a lot too. I just finished The Exorcist, and now I’m starting The Castle.
EN: I totally forgot The Exorcist was a book originally.
KD: There are some very cool priests in The Exorcist. I like it because usually priests are painted in a poor light, like they are all pedophiles.
EN: And in The Exorcist the priest makes the ultimate sacrifice.
KD: Yes, it’s about a love that is larger than life.
EN: I had my photo taken as a child right at that staircase in Georgetown where he throws himself at the end of the film.
KD: Whoa, you were a cool kid!
EN: Haha, nah, I was the kid with a big, fast mouth. It’s funny you brought up how you’re always working because one thing I’m definitely curious about is what you do to get paid. Are you still teaching at all?
KD: I do teach. I teach in person and online. I tutor as well, and I’m getting into acting as another way to make money.
EN: What medium of acting?
Elizabeth Mputu; Photo by Emily Raw
EN: When did your parents move to England?
KD: They’ve been here seven years. My dad was a project manager for the Olympic Park.
EN: I know you attended a Christian high school in Arizona as a teen. What was that like
and has that experience had any effect on your work, like the “Girls, Online” project or “Hello, Selfie?”
KD: I think it has. I had a really awful experience in high school. My school was very small and strict and conformist. And because the Internet was just beginning at that time, with only chat rooms really, I felt very alone. I found my people through going to punk shows at this underground club called “The Nile.” I also read a lot [...] Continue Reading »
An Interview with Valeria Luiselli
May 15, 2015
We had the esteemed honor of interviewing Valeria Luiselli for issue 5, our most recent issue. Luiselli’s latest novel, The Story of My Teeth, published last month from Granta Books. Chief editor Natalie Eilbert visited Luiselli in her Harlem apartment this past winter for the following conversation.
Natalie Eilbert: I first read Faces In the Crowd a couple months ago. I had seen you with Leslie Jamison at Community Bookstore and had already picked up your book and I thought, OK, great, can’t wait to read this, and then I also noticed, Sidewalks. They were both published by Coffee House. It’s really amazing that you’ve had two in one year. And then I read both of them and felt like there was such an overlap of ideas in the novel and in the essays, and I loved that there was this rich intersection between fiction and nonfiction. I love that it made me question which is the real Valeria and which is the young woman in the novel. Do you find yourself having to clarify your identity often?
Valeria Luiselli: I guess I did get that question a lot when the book came out, especially when it came out in Spanish. I wrote Sidewalks in my early twenties, but only published it in 2010. I wrote the novel sometime between then, and Sexto Piso published it in 2011. Here in the US, the two books were published at the same time, for many reasons I guess. My editor at Coffee House Press noticed the continuity and intersections between the two. At first I thought it was really strange to have two books coming out at the same time. But readers have done what you did, which is to read the books back to back and in fact discovered the bridges between the two. And yes I did get the question, especially in Mexico, when the novel came out. People wanted to know if it was autobiographical or self-fiction or what it was. I always rely on my biographical material—more than on my history, on my everyday-ness— to compose what I’m writing. I’m always hearing the sounds around me or just very conscious of the space that I’m writing in. I’m very conscious of my being in space, and that comes into my writing. In that sense, yes of course, all my writing somehow comes and springs from my everydayness, but it’s not autobiographical.
NE: Right, there’s an imprint of truth there, emotionally.
NE: There’s the objective correlative in there, you have the imprints of your story.
VL: I like the way you’re phrasing it. There’s an imprint. There’s a trace or an index, as academics would say. But it’s not the story of my life that I want to tell. I’m too young to say anything of interest about myself.
NE: Right, right. Christina MacSweeney, is that someone you had first contact with or is that someone Coffee House commissioned for you?
VL: Neither of the two. Christina was a reader for Granta [...] Continue Reading »
Issue 5 Launch Party!
May 5, 2015
Put on your thermal goggles and hazmat suit. Issue 5’s mighty awesomeness has leaked into the atmosphere and it is only a matter of time before everyone is affected by the complete and utter wilderness of this issue. Symptoms may include feral tendencies toward flowers, academia, trees, dudes named Bob, marriage, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon, and an ebullient spirit towards the grotesque. Expect otherworldiness, gold light, sudden remarkable club scenes.
Join us at Book Court for a wild night of readers from The Atlas Review’s freshest fifth issue! Friday, May 22nd. Wine and smacks will be served.
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