Our fearless leader, Mike Good, has moved away for his MFA program. Even after just one workshop without him we all miss him dearly. Still, we must forge ahead. Many of our journal editors have stepped up to take his place. Lea Bridi is now coordinating the After Happy Hour Review, Christina Ailor will be point person for the workshop, Jason Peck will be taking over the Facebook page, and Charlie Brown has volunteered to distribute our publicity materials. Mike Lambert continues to be our layout and design guru.
This past Thursday’s workshop felt a little empty without Mike Good, but we still had a lovely two hours. Jess McNally submitted more of her autobiographical prose poetry (lyrical prose? She tries not to worry about defining the genre). Melissa Luvisi submitted 3 prose pieces. In one hour we were able to fit in an impressive amount of feedback in on a blog post, an excerpt of fantasy creative writing, and an excerpt from her e-book on social media.
We were also excited to welcome two newcomers to the group – Karla and Dave. They had no problem jumping right into the discussion, which is what we love to see in new members!
We are inching closer to our release of the second issue of the After Happy Hour Review. Although we have already determined which workshop pieces will be showcased in this issue, our call for submissions is still open. Act now!
Next week we look forward to what is sure to be a lively workshop with Charlie Brown and Craig Martin!
At 5:15 pm on April 3rd, 2008, Emily sat in the lobby of State College’s transportation center, waiting for a bus. The transportation center was a proposed solution to the city’s parking and traffic problems. The idea was that people who lived in the suburbs could drive to the transportation center (which was basically a parking garage), park their cars, and take the bus or a shuttle into town. State College’s parking and traffic problems were two things that were wrong with the world, but they were not, by any means, the only things. In fact, by 5:15 pm, on April 3rd, 2008, almost everyone agreed that so many things were wrong that the world was mostly ruined, but no one could agree on what those things were.
For example, Emily’s parents believed that the most important world-ruining thing was changing weather patterns. According to them, increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide were causing extreme droughts and extremes floods, which were, in turn, causing slums and riots and wars. Emily’s parents were both professors of ecology at the University. They had fallen into something almost like love while collecting marsh water samples and had been married for thirty years, but Emily had never seen them kiss. For a long, long time, she had never seen either of them cry, until one late summer afternoon, right before she moved into her college dorm. The talk show that Emily and her mother were watching was interrupted by a cookie dough commercial. As cherubic children wielded rolling pins and gazed at their television mother, Emily’s real life mother had allowed several tears to escape her scientist’s eyes. It had been deeply embarrassing for both of them.
As AHHR editors lay out fall’s edition of the review, we will share selected pieces from March 2014’s debut After Happy Hour Review. This week features poet Steven Klepetar. Read more poems and stories in the After Happy Hour Review.
I’m most pleased to share a piece that recently traversed the workshop by long-time HAHH contributor and AHHR editor Jason Peck, a short fiction piece called, “The Age of Discovery,” in SmokeLong Quarterly.
According to SmokeLong’s guidelines:
“SmokeLongpublishes flash fiction up to 1000 words.
The SLQ aesthetic remains an ever-changing, ever-elusive set of principles, but it most likely has to do with these kinds of things:
language that surprises
narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist
pieces that add up to something, oftentimes (but not necessarily always) meaning or emotional resonance
honest work that feels as if it has far more purpose than a writer wanting to write a story“
As AHHR editors lay out fall’s edition of the review, we will share selected pieces from March 2014’s debut After Happy Hour Review. This week features poet Lois Williams. Read more of Lois’ work in the After Happy Hour Review on issuu.com
Her earrings are feathers of gold, the veins forever fixed. She snaps a match to life. He looks up to find moths everywhere, with names he will never know: Hairstreak, Antler, Pale Grass Blue. Their tiny applause drying out the air, sending in spirals a gasoline smell. You knew it would come to this. And he did.
Andy Chen is a native of the pretty part of New Jersey. He is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis.
As AHHR editors begin to lay out fall’s edition of the review, we plan to use the blog to share selected pieces from March 2014’s debut After Happy Hour Review. This week features poet Andy Chen. Read the more by Andy and additional writers featured in the After Happy Hour Review on issuu.com
Thank you to the artists and writers who’ve contributed to the second After Happy Hour Review. Editors have really enjoyed reading and discussing your work and continue to debate fervently.
If I hadn’t mentioned, the reading period for the second issue of the After Happy Hour Review ends September 12th (6 weeks away). Don’t wait, submit today! The journal will be released on October 30th, with time/location TBD.
Internally, AHHR editors are working to upgrade and reorganize our website and many more aspects of the After Happy Hour Review and ourselves. Many good things to come. Thank you all for reading the very first After Happy Hour Review.
Tomorrow’s workshop will feature two wonderful poets – Bryan McCarthy & Thao Nguyen – still @ Lot 17 every Thursday from 7pm-9pm.