Epiphany: Risky Words
Tuesday December 2, 2014
The term ‘blockbuster’ derives from a colossal aerial bomb that has what it takes to destroy an entire block of streets. While our own blockbuster contains words not violence, Epiphany: a literary journal’s Issue 14 will certainly floor you. Vietnamese high school rap, New York pedicabs, transgenderization, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, and a wholly unreliable father’s prayer: all fodder for an Epiphany reading. The editors celebrated the launch of our blockbuster issue, “Risky Words” at The Center for Fiction. George Choundas, Jeffrey Gustavson, Joseph Salvatore, Rachel X. Weissman, and Tally Brennan read.
George Choundas has fiction and nonfiction in over twenty publications including The American Reader, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, and Subtropics. He is author of The Pirate Primer and a former FBI agent. He reported to the FBI Academy at 196 pounds and was dismayed to learn the heaviest weight class in Defensive Tactics was “Over 195.” By week three, even his blood hurt. By week five, his bad ear was his good ear.
Jeffrey Gustavson is the author of Nervous Forces (Alef Books, 1994) and of three chapbooks from the Frolic Press: The Ironic Gaze of Señor Ocelot (2013), Chiral Reefs (2014), and Pinch of the Sprockets (2014). He received an N.E.A. grant for his poems, which he used to fund a residency at the Montana Artists Refuge. His work has been published in Grand Street, The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, Fence, Bomb, and other journals.
Joseph Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume A Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011) and the co-author of the forthcoming college textbook Understanding English Grammar (Pearson, 2015). He is the book review editor for fiction and poetry at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier Journal, H.O.W. Journal, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Rain Taxi, Salt Hill, Sleeping Fish, and Willow Springs, among others. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at The New School, in New York City, where he founded the literary journal LIT. He lives in Queens. www.josephsalvatore.com @jasalvatore
Rachel X. Weissman is writing a memoir of her father, a bohemian artist from a New York City shtetl, who had gender-reassignment surgery in 1978. She wrote a play called “Laugh Red Medusa, Laugh, Laugh!” which was produced in Chicago by Theater Oobleck in the mid-eighties. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Observer, Metropolis, Audubon, OnEarth, Entertainment Weekly, and the Phoenicia Times.
Tally Brennan is a recovering computer programmer, happy to have emerged from the cubicle as a writer of fiction. Her stories have appeared or are scheduled for publication in journals including Rosebud, 13th Moon, PMS/Poem, Memoir, Story, Room of One’s Own, Kaleidoscope, Minetta Review, Meridian and on line at JMWW, Hobo Pancake and Lady Jane Miscellany. A story of hers was selected for inclusion in Writing Aloud, InterAct Theatre’s series of readings by professional actors and nominated by the publisher for the Pushcart Prize. She is grateful to the Leeway Foundation, Astraea Foundation and the Five Counties Art Foundation (PA) for their support.