Volume 5, Number 1 – “Winter” 2013 Issue

May 22, 2013


Volume Five Number One now available in print and digital formats from Lulu.com.

Contributors for this volume include:

Gina Bernard holds an MA from Bemidji State University. Her work has appeared in Poetry Motel, Wisconsin Review, The First Line, Voices Magazine, Swell, among others. She won Minnesota Monthly‘s Tamarack Award for short fiction in 2002, and was a featured poet in December 2012 at Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series in Minneapolis. She has work forthcoming in the coffee table book Skin on Skin: Art of the Lesbian. She identifies as a queer trans-woman, a kick-ass English teacher, and a dangerous blocker for the Babe City Rollers roller derby team.

Vivian Bird has more interest in Old Hollywood than in iPads. Her poetry has also been featured in Phantom KangarooCannoli Pie Magazine, and Emerge Literary Journal.

Cody Vander Clute is a student at George Mason University. After he finishes his History and Art History BA, he plans to move north, accumulate cats, and keep writing. This is his first publication.

Ashley Dean is a writer from the American Midwest who focuses on poetry and flash fiction. Graduating from Ball State University, she has been previously published in Inwood Indiana Press and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Ashley likes to experiment with the contrast between every day events and an inclination towards the surreal.

Anthony Feggans is an MFA fiction student at The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He instructs college freshman-level English courses at USC and is an aspiring copywriter. He plays the trombone, pretends to enjoy running, and eats his weight in breakfast food.

Senia Hardwick resides in NYC. She writes poetry and short fiction, where identity and emotionality are translated into landscapes and extremes. She also volunteers at Bluestockings, a collective book store and activist space. This is her first publication. Her website www.headachesanworry.blogspot.com contains both sample writing and reviews of like-minded art.

Justin Holliday is a student at Clemson University who receives inspiration from idiosyncratic narratives. Although he prefers to keeps his private life private, he is a vehement nonsmoker. He has other poetry forthcoming in Main Street Rag and Carnvial.

Thomas Kearnes is a 36-year-old author from East Texas. His fiction has appeared in over 100 publications, including the GLBT venues Velvet MafiaBlithe House QuarterlyWilde Oats, the Best Gay Romance series, Educe Journal and elsewhere. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His first collection of short stories, Pretend I’m Not Here, will publish in 2013 from Musa Publishing.

Nora Olsen is the author of The End: Five Queer Kids Save The World (Prizm Books.) Her next novel SWANS & KLONS is forthcoming from Bold Strokes Books in May 2013. Nora’s previous story in Collective Fallout was anthologized in Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press.) She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her girlfriend and two cats. Visit her at http://noraolsen.com.

Jonathan Rosselli is a Captain in the United States Army Infantry, stationed at Fort Drum, NY. Originally from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, he lived in Greene, NY from 11 until he graduated Binghamton University in 2007 with an English Creative Writing degree. Writing is his passion, especially cyberpunk, crime, and fantasy.

Nathan Tavares is a graduate of Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing. When he’s not writing, he enjoys traveling, photography, and hours-long Wikipedia benders. He likes to write about thieves, love, and the end of the world. You can find more of his work at nathantavares.com.

nzingha tyehemba  /  born & raised uptown  /  hails from a large family  /  teaches english/history  /  writes poetry/songs.

Matthew Travieso Williams reads, writes, and sings incessantly in Sacramento, CA. His poems have appeared in the Sacramento News and Review and Medusa’s Kitchen. His is currently finishing his BA in English at California State University, Sacramento.


Futuristic Art Submission Period Extended

May 17, 2011

The submission period for queer, futuristic artwork for the July 2011 issue of Collective Fallout has been extended until May 31.  We are accepting submission for the cover; blak & white images may also be considered for the interior (though we do not normally publish interior art).  The “Futuristic” theme of the issue includes sci-fi, slternate history, steampunk, etc.  The following is pasted from our Submission Guidelines page:

Art and Photography submissions must contain queer imagery and fulfill one or more of the following requirements: 1) be related in some way to the accepted fiction genres; 2) be of surrealist, dada, or similar style.  Only one or two full-color images will be printed per issue on its covers.  No other images will be published.  Cover submissions should be submitted digitally via email as an attachment (JPG or GIF) at a maximum of 500 x 500 pixels. Upon acceptance, higher quality images will be requested.

The queer focus of this magazine is on the Art, not the Artist.  So long as the work is queer (and speculative), the sexual orientation and/or identity of the artist is irrelevant.  Likewise, if the work is not queer, the sexual orientation and/or identity of the artist is equally irrelevant.

Announcing the Calamus Prize

April 7, 2011

Collective Fallout is pleased to announce the First Calamus Prize for Queer Speculative Poetry.  First prize is $50 and publication in the January 2012 issue of the magazine.  Finalists will also be published in the January and July 2012 issues.  The reading period for this contest begins August 1st, 2011.  Complete details can be found on our Contests page.

Calamus, or Kalamos, was a figure from Greek mythology.  When his friend Karpos (son of spring and the west wind) drowned in the Maeander River while the two were swimming in a competition, Kalamos allowed himself to die as well.  He was transformed into a water reed; as the wind blew across the reed, his sighs of grief could be heard.  He gives his name to a specific species of wetland flowering plant (also known as sweet flag), which has become a symbol of love — partly for its phallic shape, and possibly because of its psychotropic properties.

Walt Whitman included a section called “Calamus” in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. This sequence of poems homoerotically celebrates the “manly love of comrades.”  It is for the Whitman poems and the transfigured lover that this contest is named.  The following poem is Whitman’s:

We two boys together clinging,
One the other never leaving,
Up and down the roads going, North and South excursions making,
Power enjoying, elbows stretching, fingers clutching,
Arm’d and fearless, eating, drinking, sleeping, loving.
No law less than ourselves owning, sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening,
Misers, menials, priests alarming, air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or the sea-beach dancing,
Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feebleness chasing,
Fulfilling our foray.

Congratulations to Sandra Gail Lambert

September 1, 2010

Collective Fallout would like to congratulate Sandra Gail Lambert for the inclusion of her story “The Swamp Goddess” in Year’s Best Lesbian Fiction 2009.   This story was originally published in the very first issue of Collective Fallout.