Issue 35, Final Fringe

Tagged: Fringe in the news

Fringe In Writer's Digest

by Fringe Magazine 05.03.2010

Dear Fringe Readers and Writers,

Get thee to thy local news stand and pick up a copy of the May/June Writer’s Digest. Vanessa Wieland, a woman of impeccable taste, has listed Fringe as a Stand-Out Market. We have a full page feature (p. 75) detailing our aesthetic, mission, and stand-out authors. Thanks to Vanessa and to Writer’s Digest for calling us out.

Love and armadillos,

Fringe Magazine
“The noun that verbs your world.”

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Fringe Contributor Amy L. Clark included in Dzanc Book's Best of the Web Anthology!

by Fringe Magazine 07.22.2009

best of the webDzanc Book’s Best of the Web 2009 Anthology was released today and it features a piece from Fringe contributor Amy L. Clark! From Dzanc’s website:

Guest-edited by Lee K. Abbott, this print anthology compiles the best fiction, poetry, and non-fiction that online literary journals have to offer in an eclectic collection in the manner of other broad-ranging anthologies such as Pushcart, and Best American Non-Required Reading. This is the first substantial attempt at creating an annual print compilation of the best of material published online.

Amy’s piece is from the lit journal Juked and is called “Forearm and Elbow.” She writes about her inspiration for the piece here.

Congratulations, Amy! We’re looking forward to seeing more great work.

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Coming VERY Soon...


It’s almost here! Thanks to your generous support and contributions, the new Fringe site will be ready to launch on June 29. Designing and building a brand-new site is a pretty complicated task, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work out the last few tweaks.

As part of the redesign, the blog will be fully integrated with the main site. Stay tuned for specifics and our new address. We can’t wait to show off the new face of Fringe!

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Interview with Chamber Four--Part I


Fringe has been collaborating with Chamber Four on an interview swap to exchange information about digital literature. It’s been an interesting dialogue–the interview with Fringe’s Editor-in-Chief Lizzie Stark can be found here. Now it’s Chamber Four’s turn to answer some questions! Lizzie sat down with Chamber Four founders Sean Clark and Nico Vreeland (Eric Markowsky wasn’t available, due to a little thing called his thesis) to talk about writing and reading in the digital revolution.

Part I now, Part II will be published tomorrow.

Why did you decide to start this site? How did you come up with the name? Who are its founding members and how long did it take you to get the site up?

Sean: The three of us (Eric, Nico, and Sean–all from Emerson College’s MFA program) came up with the idea while discussing books and Nico’s new Sony e-reader. We actually got the first build put together after a long week of work, but some of our planned improvements are still being worked on. I think an enormous disconnect seems to exist between readers (and to an extent writers) and publishing as a business. Since finishing school, I’ve longed for a better way to discuss and share... more »

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Mission: Accomplished!


Thanks to all of you, Fringe has reached our fundraising goal (and then some)!

You can look forward to a hot new design coming to Fringe in June. We hope you’re all as excited as we are.

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New Blood


Along with the approaching redesign,
the gorgeous spring weather, and our interactive Round Robin story project, we at Fringe are excited about a few shakeups going down behind the scenes.

We are pleased to announce two new editors joining the staff with our upcoming June installment! Llalan Fowler has taken the reigns of our nonfiction section from Shuchi Saraswat, who has shifted to fiction editor. Llalan is the editor of the Globe Corner Bookstore blog, writes a weekly column about beer for Bostonist, and also writes weekly for Emerson College’s Writing and Publishing blog, Vernacular. She is also a worthy arm-wrestling opponent and devoted Cleveland Indians fan.

Dara Cerv is helming our (de)Classified section. She has an MFA from Emerson and continues to be a Boston-area poet. Her work is forthcoming in Sixth Finch. She’s currently working on a chapbook of love poems that really aren’t love poems at all.

Please join us in welcoming Dara and Llalan to the Fringe family!

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Chamber Four Interview


Check out this interview with Fringe editor-in-chief Lizzie Stark over at Chamber Four. Later on, we’ll be posting an interview with the minds behind Chamber Four in this space, so stay tuned.

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Fringe Contributors Rock: Poetry Edition


Here’s the third of a series of semi-regular posts that will showcase the fine work of Fringe contributors past. Today we look at the loads of poetry that our former contributors have tossed onto the internet

And please remember: Fringe is still in the midst of a fundraising campaign for our web redesign. We’re so close — only $299 away from success. We need to raise the funds in the next 30, so please consider a $5 or $10 donation. It’d make a big difference to a small literary journal.

Zehra Khan’s The Vinyl Studies, oil on vinyl record covers.
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Fringe Contributors Rock: Prose Edition


Here’s the second of a series of semi-regular posts that will showcase the fine work of Fringe contributors past. Here’s what the Fringe’s prose writers have been up to:

And please remember: Fringe is still in the midst of a fundraising campaign for our web redesign. We’re so close — only $299 away from success. We need to raise the funds in the next 30, so please consider a $5 or $10 donation. It’d make a big difference to a small literary journal.

Art by Zehra Khan: “Diamond (both halves)” ink on paper.
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Fringe Contributors Rock: Art Edition


Here’s the first of a series of semi-regular posts that will showcase the fine work of Fringe contributors past. We’ll start out with the supa-fly visual art by some of Fringe’s former artists:

And please remember: Fringe is still in the midst of a fundraising campaign for our web redesign. We’re so close — only $299 away from success. We need to raise the funds in the next 30, so please consider a $5 or $10 donation. It’d make a big difference to a small literary journal.
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Reading Rodeo--Cowgirls and Couplets Dirty Water Reading Series SUNDAY 3/29


The time has come again for the Dirty Water Reading Series to invade Grub Street headquarters! Join the fun this Sunday as Black Ocean, Quick Fiction, Redivider, and, of course, Fringe, present readings from Zachary Schomburg, Emily Kendal Frey, Blake Butler, and Fringe’s own (de)Classified editor, Dara Cerv.

There will be high-falutin’ fun, like the perennially popular literary MadLibs between each reading, a raffle, Texas-style suds, down home grub, and country tunes. There may even be some square dancing, you never know.*

The Details:
Sunday, March 29th at 7 PM
Grub Street, 160 Boylston St., Boston MA
Suggested Donation: $1

Hope to see you there!

*There will be no square dancing.

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Blogger Spotlight


The Fringe editors aren’t the only ones getting all the buzz: our bloggers are doing pretty well for themselves too!

has had three poems published in the Winter 2008/9 issue of Conversation Poetry Quarterly, and one poem in both the Women. Period (2008) anthology from Spinster’s Ink Press and the Empowering Women Through Literacy (2009) book from the Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network.

Sean’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Exquisite Corpse, Elimae, Diode, In Posse Review, Willow Springs, Taiga, Weave, Willows Wept Review, Oranges & Sardines, RealPoetik, New York Quarterly, Copper Nickel, Juked, Eratio, Ditch, Pineapple War, Redactions, and Quarter After Eight. His book reviews wil be featured in Rain Taxi. He is currently working on two books: a 500-trail hiking guide for Oregon, and a nonfiction manuscript, Smoking Waters. His blog site is

Cat had two Soapbox columns in Boston’s Weekly Dig in 2008: Liberla Schmarts and Broken appendages cause bonding . She has also taken over as Head Copy Editor for Fringe!

Julie also found success in the Weekly Dig, with her Soapbox column in December. She also recently had an article published in Sirens Magazine about the ways in which overly-educated women are coping after a job loss.

Please, no photographs.

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Fringe Editors Get Posted


The Fringe editors have been busy, not just selecting, editing and polishing the new issue, but also getting published ourselves:

Next step: world domination.
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Fringe @ Eco-Libris


Today the Eco-Libris blog gave the environment issue of Fringe a really nice shout out, including an interview with Editor-in-Chief Lizzie Stark.

Watch this space tomorrow for Lizzie’s interview with Raz of Eco-Libris, as well as some commentary on the environment issue.
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Dirty Water Reading THIS Sunday!


Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like lewd mad libs, spiked eggnog, and literary offerings from four Boston lit journals: Fringe, Redivider, Quick Fiction, and Black Ocean.

Hear Sean Lanigan, Oni Buchanan, Pamela Painter, and Fringe’s own Kim Liao as they share tales of family cheer so dysfunctional, you may actually find yourself grateful for your own family this holiday season!

As always, each reading will be punctuated with interactive Mad Libs (in the form of classic carols), a raffle, and free snacks and libations.

Come for the readings–stay for the eggnog.

Dirty Water Reading Series
Sunday, December 14, 2008 7pm
Grub Street
160 Boylston St, Boston MA 02110
$1 Suggested Donation

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YOU Make the Difference


Fringe loves you. You love Fringe. But that’s not all.

Sure, Fringe has a website that looks good, but did you know that each slick issue of Fringe takes more than 20 hours to code and load? We’d like to reduce that time and give you a product that looks even more suave by upgrading our site. But it won’t come cheap — we need $10,000 to get the job professionally done and to get our weekends back from HTML.

We wouldn’t ask you to do anything we aren’t willing to: In addition to lavishing time on our issues, each Fringe editor donates $10 per month, or $120 per year to keep your favorite online journal afloat.

If everyone on our newslist donated $25, we’d have more than enough to get a new website and pay our extra operating costs. We are a federal nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible. You can donate here —

And, if you donate $50 or more by the end of the year, we’ll send you a Fringe shot glass! Guaranteed to start lots of fringey conversations.

As always, thank you for your generous support of Fringe. Keep indie publishing HOT!

The Editors of Fringe

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Copyeditor Needed


Fringe is looking for a few good people who have a dorkily intense love of the English language as expressed through grammar.

We’re in need of:

  • a chief copyeditor to coordinate collection, correction and return of lit work to editors, and to be an extra set of eyes on all copy.
  • 3 to 4 copyeditors to read specific genres, including poetry, and to make sure our issues are grammatical and make sense.

It’s a great way to get involved with Fringe, learn the inner workings of a lit mag and be a part of the literary community.

Want to join the team? Email and let us know which position you’re interested in.

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The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Interviews EIC Lizzie Stark


The staff of Fringe already understands how wonderful our Editor-in-Chief Lizzie Stark is, but we always love to see her honored elsewhere, too. Check out The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur for a little snapshot into Lizzie’s life as EIC.

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