Posts by David Backer

David Backer edits www.fictiondaily.org .



RIP, StoryTime Africa

I hadn’t been to StoryTime Africa‘s website in awhile, and after a recent visit I was saddened to see that it closed its doors last June. For five years, the online magazine published extremely engaging fiction from contemporary African writers.  From editor Ivor Hartmann’s goodbye letter: When I started StoryTime in 2007 it was partly in

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Forgotten Magazines

Someone sent me a huge archive of online magazines last year and I’ve been going through it slowly. There are a lot of dead literary magazines with really interesting titles and descriptions. I just found an entry from 1995 with the following introductory letter by Doug Lawson, the editor of a (I assume dead) magazine

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Interview with Emily Gallo, Co-founder of The Derelict Voice

Could you summarize in a few sentences what The Derelict Voice is? The Derelict Voice is a literary magazine of poetry and prose. It was created as a venue for the writings of the homeless population in Chico, California. Our writing group meets every Wednesday morning at the local homeless resource center. The first volume was

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The Derelict Voice

I found something today; it’s very exciting. Some background: I spend a few minutes every morning trolling for news about living literature. The things I find are mostly local. They happen at community centers and libraries and small writing departments or in high school classrooms. I try not to focus on the Big Famous Writer

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Armchair Shotgun @ Greenlight Bookstore

This past Friday Armchair/Shotgun’s editors premiered their second issue at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. It was an intimate reading, with poetry and fiction from contributors to the first two issues including Nate House, Alanna Bailey, and Zach White. (I might add here that our editor Travis Kurowski had a lovely short story in the first

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Broadcast or Narrowcast?

While reading a brief history of Twitter recently, I was introduced to the idea of “narrowcasting,” which, according to Webopedia, is “To send data to a specific list of recipients.” Normally the term is used in reference to technologies that send out information to specific groups (eg, email lists). But every technology is an extension

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Have We Seen Any Online Literature?

I had an interesting conversation at AWP the other week that I thought worthy of a little post. I was talking to the Nonfiction Editor at Salt Hill Journal in Syracuse about online literature, and we came up with a strange question: If we think of literature, in any form, as something that enhances experience

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More Magazines I Found

http://publishyourstory.blogspot.com/ http://www.fictionuncovered.co.uk/ http://www.fourthirtythree.com/ http://shortstoriesforwomen.wordpress.com/ http://www.litro.co.uk/ http://ponytail-zine.blogspot.com/ http://www.shortfirepress.com/ http://alliteratimagazine.com/ http://www.spiltmilkmagazine.com/ http://spillinginkreview.com/

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The Online Litmags I Recently Found: Links

http://shortzmag.blogspot.com/ http://qarrtsiluni.com/ http://www.otherother.org http://www.penpushermagazine.co.uk/ http://sidebmag.com/ http://www.lightningflashmag.com http://naplitmag.com/ http://willowswept.com http://taintedtea.com http://asymptotejournal.com

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Response to the Online Literary Community

Dear Online Literary Community, I’ve been thinking about what you said. After talking with friends and reading comments here and elsewhere, I want to respond to a few general things regarding my first Duckfoot proposal and then make another one. I’m committed to the idea that creative writing belongs in public discourse. I think we

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