Sunday, March 12, 2017



Editors note:
Doing this issue felt like it was a real deal - #1 and #2 were mostly a lucky accidents while this one is a result of hard work and thorough consideration. Love it!

The submission flow was more intense than for #2. I've received 152 submissions in 6 six weeks. There were lots of great stuff. I even started doing #4 with a different focus.

I'm glad to present you the works of the following:


Table of Contents:

  1. Mark Blickley & Amy Bassin - Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes from the Underground
  2. Michael Hetzler - Five poems
  3. Vernon Frazer - Four poems
  4. Joel Chace - Two poems
  5. Devon Balwit - 1 / 1-2-3-4-5 / 1-2-3
  6. Hugh Tribbey - Four poems 
  7. Winston Plowes - Waiting for You on Cloud Nine
  8. Neal Retke - Four poems and one image
  9. rob mclennan - Five poems
  10. Diane Keys - Six visual pieces
  11. Andrew Topel - Eight visual poems
  12. Julie Kim Shavin - Three poems and one image
  13. Matt Margo - Twenty One-word Poems

Neal Retke - Four poems and one image

Neal D. Retke is a veteran of the Mail Art Scene, a casualty of the Art Strike and most recently completed a mini-tour of the USA as an experimental musician. He has a background in many aspects of underground culture, and is a retired facial hair champion

Joel Chace - Two poems

Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as, The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music, Infinity's Kitchen, and Jacket.  Most recent collections include Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, Blake's Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press, Whole Cloth, from Avantacular Press, Red Power, from Quarter After Press, Kansoz, from Knives, Forks, and Spoons Press, Web Too, from Tonerworks, War, and After, from BlazeVOX [books], and Scorpions, from Unlikely Books.

rob mclennan - Five poems

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. In March, 2016, he was inducted into the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour. His most recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair), The Garneau Review (, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (, Touch the Donkey ( and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater ( He is “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, a regular contributor to Open Book and both the Drunken Boat and Ploughshares blogs, and an editor/managing editor of many gendered mothers. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at

Devon Balwit - 1 / 1-2-3-4-5 / 1-2-3

Devon Balwit is a poet/educator working in Portland, OR. She uses the height of her dog's leaps to augur her fortunes for the day.

Vernon Frazer - Four poems

Vernon Frazer lives and writes. 

His poetry and fiction have appeared in Café Review, First Intensity, Jack Magazine, Lost and Found Times, Massacre, Moria, Shampoo, Sidereality and many other literary magazines. He has written six books of poetry. He introduced his longpoem, IMPROVISATIONS (I-XXIV), at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in Manhattan. Frazer has produced five recordings of poetry with free jazz accompaniment and appeared on several recordings with the late jazz saxophonist Thomas Chapin, including their duo release, Song of Baobab. Frazer’s collection of short fiction, finished as a finalist in the 1996 Black Ice/FC2 Fiction Contest. His most recent novel is Relic’s Reunions. He recently finished editing an anthology of Post-Beat poetry for publication in the People’s Republic of China. His newest books are Avenue Noir and IMPROVISATIONS

Julie Kim Shavin - Three poems and one image

Julie Shavin adopted the Rocky Mountains as home in 1993 (and they are still looking for their real mom). She is a classically-trained pianist who began writing music at age 10. Her degrees are in Philosophy and English. Many of her artworks are enhancements of her photographs, drawings and paintings. She has four books of poetry and is working on the next, tentatively entitled "Closet Optimist's Creed." The Pikes Peak Arts Council has conferred upon her its annual Performance Poet and Page Poet awards two years consecutively. In 2016 she won the Mark Fischer prize, out of Telluride, Colorado, and she publishes often in literary magazines. She currently serves as president of Poetry West in Colorado Springs and describes herself as a nihilist/absurdist/synesthete of the best and worst and whatsitmatteranyway sorts. She is way weirder than her stuff and hopes for soonish congruence.

Hugh Tribbey - Four poems

Hugh Tribbey’s experimental verse has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Jazz Cigarette,  Malpais Review, Experiential-Experimental Literature, and Truck. He is the author of eight collections of poetry.  His most recent is Wrinkle and Mechanism published by White Sky E-Books. 

Tribbey holds a Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University and teaches literature and creative writing at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

Michael Hetzler - Five poems

Michael Hetzler is a writer who currently resides in Los Angeles, California.  In 2013, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Linguistics.  He writes for no one and everyone, and usually does so at a snail's pace.

Winston Plowes - Waiting for You on Cloud Nine

Winston Plowes lives aboard his floating home in Calderdale with his lucky black cat, Fatty. He teaches creative writing and was Poet in Residence for The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2012-14. His collection of surrealist poetry Telephones, Love Hearts & Jellyfish, Electric Press was published in 2016.

Matt Margo - Twenty one-word poems

Matt Margo is a person who writes. Their books include yr yr (Ghost City Press, 2017), Blueberry Lemonade (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and When Empurpled: An Elegy (Pteron Press, 2013). They are Founding Editor of Zoomoozophone Review, Editor-in-Chief of experiential-experimental-literature, and Publicity Director for Gold Wake Press. Learn more about Matt and their writing at

Mark Blickley & Amy Bassin - Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes from the Underground

Mark Blickley and Amy Bassin collaborate on text based art collaborations and videos. Our text based art collaboration, Dream Streams, was featured  as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival held at Governors Island. We have published numerous excerpts from this series, including in Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. Our video, Speaking In Bootongue, was recently selected for the London Experimental Film Festival.

Andrew Topel - Eight visual poems

(Andrew is on the left, just in case)

Andrew Topel became involved with visual poetry around 2002.  while studying fine arts in college, he began taking creative writing courses as well and greatly enjoyed the experience. Coming to love both writing and art, he began to wed the two related practices to create visual poetry.  he currently resides in florida and is editing the forthcoming anthology RENEGADE.

Diane Keys - Six visual pieces

Diane Keys' work explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and emotional memories.
With influences as diverse as Caravaggio and Andy Warhol, new synergies are crafted from both explicit and implicit layers.
Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of relationships. What starts out as triumph soon becomes corrupted into a cacophony of power, leaving only a sense of decadence and the possibility of a new understanding.
As momentary forms become frozen through studious and personal practice, the viewer is left with a tribute to the possibilities of our existence.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Announcing Brave New Word #3

Ladies and gentlemen!

Brave New Word #3 is going live on March 12.

I though it was going to take more time to put this one together - but i was lucky to get it done earlier. Maybe i should be more demanding to myself...

Anyway, I'm glad to present you so many amazing works...

Issue line-up:

  • rob mclennan
  • Michael Hetzler
  • Julie Kim Shavin 
  • Matt Margo
  • Vernon Frazer
  • Winston Plowes
  • Joel Chace
  • Hugh Tribbey
  • Diane Keys
  • Mark Blickley & Amy Bassin
  • Devon Balwit 
  • Neal Retke
  • Andrew Topel