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2019 Year of Authors: 6th – 10th May

Come gather up fiction, poetry and art!  Arrange them in your home in dazzling displays, plant them in your own creative gardens, and gift them to friends, family — strangers, if you like! Our issues are a delight in all seasons, but with spring comes longer hours to spend spread out among the flowers, good book settled in the fresh growth. Welcome to week 18 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — delight in what our authors and artists have to offer!

6th – 10th May 2019

Monday: Joan MacLeodIssue 3

Joan MacLeod is one of Canada’s stellar playwrights. As well as her Governor General Award for Amigo’s Blue Guitar, she has received the Jesse Richardson and Betty Mitchell Awards for The Shape Of A Girl and the Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award for Little Sister, which was also nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Seldom a year goes by in which she isn’t nominated for a prize, and in 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for playwrighting. These days, MacLeod has nine acclaimed plays behind her, as well as a rich history of mentoring dramatists, poets and every sort of storyteller.

Issue 13 cover art by Tais Teng

Tuesday: Joanna Lesher, Issue 8

Joanna Lesher is a freelance writer and editor hailing originally from suburban Detroit, now settled into Farmingston Hills, and has bounced between a couple continents in between.  She writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a humorous touch.

Issue 8 cover art by Mel Anastasiou

Wednesday: John Davies, Issue 17

John Davies was born in Birkenhead, UK, and has had work published in Crannóg, The Manchester Review, RosebudOrbis, The Pedestal, QU Literary Magazine, Apex, and Grain. In 2016 he was runner up in the Cheshire Prize for Literature, and he won the RTÉ Guide Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition. He organizes a regular creative writing group in Navan, Ireland, which can be found on Twitter: @Bulls_Arse.

Issue 17 cover featuring stellar artwork by Britt-Lise Newstead

Thursday: John Henry Friesen, Issue 20

John Henry Friesen began contributing cartoons to the Steinbach, Manitoba paper at age 14. He took a correspondence cartooning course from Ohio, and later one from Art Instruction with Charles Schultz. “John Henry’s” cartooning is affiliated with TV series including Skiddle Bits, Third Story, and Sesame Street. He has illustrated book covers, created magazine illustrations and has operated a thriving sign business since the 1960s. He continues today.

Issue 20 cover with tech-slum cover by Ben Baldwin

Friday: John Meyers, Issue 11

John’s stories have appeared most recently in Spartan, SmokeLong Quarterly, Threadcount Magazine, Lunch Ticket and The Louisville Review. John was a 2018 Best Small Fictions nominee and is online @hammeredinmetal‘Motorbike’ was the winner of the inaugural Bumblebee contest in 2016.

Featured Author: John Davies

Author of ‘Tattoo’ (Issue 17), John Davies was born in Birkenhead, UK, and has had work published in Crannóg, The Manchester Review, RosebudOrbis, The Pedestal, QU Literary Magazine, Apex, and Grain. In 2016 he was runner up in the Cheshire Prize for Literature, and he won the RTÉ Guide Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition. He organizes a regular creative writing group in Navan, Ireland, which can be found on Twitter: @Bulls_Arse. And if you’re interested in what John is up to himself, check him out @Johndavies1978.

Originally published in The Honest Ulsterman, June 2017, please enjoy another poem by John Davies, ‘Tom Waits’.

Tom Waits
After Tom Waits

Has only ever owned one hat,
but repositions it on a daily basis.
He tours according to the phases of the moon.
He once brawled onstage with a two-ton upright piano–
the piano got up on a nine count that was really eleven.
The index finger of Tom’s left hand is a tuning fork.
He wrote Innocent When You Dream inside a derelict Ghost Train.
Tom was cast as one of the original Dead End Kids,
though his scenes were cut from Angels With Dirty Faces,
the negatives burnt in a wicker man
then buried in a landfill near Ghent.
He was kicked out of the Rose of Tralee contest in 1984
for lacing the judges’ tea with poitín.
For showing the Roses his favourite pictures of carnival freaks.
In his refrigerator you’ll find Keith Richards’ lug wrench,
Jesus blood in a rabbit-foot phial,
a jar of artichoke hearts.
Sitting Bull stared into the campfire once,
conjured Tom out of blue flame.
Two parts smoke to one part bourbon.
Slinky for a backbone.
His resting body shape is a question mark.
Homeless he once slept inside an active volcano.
He plays the cement mixer at Grade 7 level.
He lost a game of dominoes to The Black Rider in Singapore
and it cost him that night’s dream in which Tom
trained a pack of junkyard rottweilers to yodel Edelweiss
for the Sultan of Brunei – in town for a Sultans convention.

He once fixed Barry White’s vocal cords
with nothing but a gelding clamp
and holy water (blessed by the Dalai Lama).
The traditional way.
There have been sightings of Tom’s ghost at the Tropicana Motel–
long since a Ramada Plaza on Sunset Strip–
cooking eggs over easy with a soldering iron,
writing valentines to the residents of Hollywood Forever Cemetery,
flinging them into the stove one by one.

– John Davies

 

 

John Davies can be found in Pulp Literature’s Issue 17, along with other brilliant poetry and prose.