In Memory of Lynn Conlee

Earlier last week, Lynn Conlee, a former contributor and member of the UofM MFA community, passed away unexpectedly. Lynn was a huge influence in the writing community, and we're deeply saddened by her loss.

Her poem, Notes in a Lunchbox, was published in The Pinch in 2008. We have a limited amount of this issue, and we plan to keep it close to our hearts.

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Beloved Readers,

Here's a look at what's new with The Pinch this week. We're still reading through your submissions, planning more fun things for the website, and making sure everyone knows about our awesome ME

Thanks to our participants in the Flash Fiction Challenge! Here's a shoutout to two stellar tweets from Elizabeth Moura and Chris Tepedino: 

Elizabeth Moura‏ @brevity555  
She belittled people who suffered from paraskevidekatriaphobia and then she ended up in the morgue on Friday the 13th.

Chris Tepedino‏ @ctepster
Bang. Bang. “Step on a crack…” A scream. “Break your mother’s back.” A splintering crack. Maniacal laughter. “Next time...”

And don't forget about issue 37.2!

And don't forget about issue 37.2!

Keep checking back for other contests like this, as well as news about PDFs, past contributors, and, of course, our newest publications

Dramatically yours,
The Online Team

 

Meet Anthony Larry

Beloved readers,

The Pinch aspires to provide a clear idea of who we are, what our journal's looking for, and what it means to be part of The Pinch community. To help do this, here's a "pinch" of our awesome ME, Anthony Larry, discussing his writing, favorite stories, and views on awkwardness. 

Q: Thanks for letting us interview you, Anthony. So let's start this out with an important question--the zombies are coming and you have to leave, now! Where do you go, and what do you use to protect yourself?

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A: Hey, what's the rush? Let's invite them to sit out on the patio with a glass of lemonade and get to know them. They may be the nicest zombie family ever.  

Q: Awesome answer. Unfortunately, the zombies ate you. Now that we have that out of the way, what's your favorite memory of working for The Pinch, and what do you consider "Pinchy"?

A:  I don't think I'll be able to avoid a name drop on this question. The memory I'll probably cherish most is meeting Xandria Phillips (shout out!) at AWP earlier this year. It was so dope because at that time I was questioning my larger place and purpose inside the literary community. Meeting her sort of calmed all my anxieties. I can't wait to get her chapbook.

I'd like for our definition of pinchyness to expand. It should be a conversation. One that pushes against conformity and becomes reflective of a larger communal voice. Right now the word "pinchy" is most used as an adjective. This thing is or is not pinchy. Art should penetrate our subconscious and allow us the freedom to feel without rationalizations. Moving forward, I'd like for "pinchy" to be used as a verb. Marisa, what pinched you today? Does that make any sense?

Q: It does! A lot of your own writing has that pinch-effect. Can you tell us about what you typically write yourself?

A:  I'll give you my canned thesis-ready answer. I write short fiction set in the deep South typically from the point-of-view of black women.

Former contributor Xandria's (37.2) forthcoming chapbook.

Former contributor Xandria's (37.2) forthcoming chapbook.

Q: I'm going to awkwardly insert this into the questions--you talk about being interested in awkward things. A lot! Can you tell us more about this interest?

A: Growing up, I felt the need to disarm folks of their initial perceptions of me. Awkwardness, or honesty, ended up being my best tool for growth. There's a lot of truth hidden in the interactions we try to avoid. I just figured I'd lean in.

Q: if you could enter the realm of any short story or book, what would it be, and what would you do there?

Here's one answer: I'd love to enter anything written by Toni Morrison or Zadie Smith. I'd just find a seat in the margins and gaze up at the prose. Here's another: one of my favorite novels is Yukio Mishima's The Sound of Waves. It's a beautiful coming-of-age story set in post WWII era Japan. I'd like to somehow see the pearl divers in action.

Q: We're having a twitter contest about Friday the 13th. Have you ever had something crazy happen on Friday the 13th? Or anything with that vibe on another day?

A: Let's see. Have you ever been to a frat party? Terrifying! *awkward silence* I remember my childhood friends and I used to play hide and seek in the basement of an old church. That's about as spooky as my life gets.

Q: Except for the zombies, of course.

A: Of course. Except for the zombies.

Does your life get spookier? Or do you have a story/poem that can top Anthony's? If so, tweet it to @pinchjournal, and check back with The Spark this Friday to see our winners. For interviews with our former contributors, look here!

An Interview and a challenge!

Beloved Readers, 

Here at The Pinch, we're always up for a good scare. So let's celebrate this upcoming Friday the 13th by giving us a nice old case of paraskevidekatriaphobia (it's a real word, we promise!). 

Tweet your flash fics of 140 characters or less to @pinchjournal on the subject of Friday the 13th. Engage us, amaze us. Make us too afraid to leave the house. We'll be reading all tweets submitted by midnight on Thursday the 12th, and we'll feature our favorites in our Friday the 13th edition of The Spark.

You must be at least this scary to tweet. 

You must be at least this scary to tweet. 

We will also consider this scary.

We will also consider this scary.

Too scary!!!

Too scary!!!

Also, check back on Wednesday for an interview with our Managing Editor, Anthony Larry. Learn what he looks for in a submission, what he's currently working on, and his views on the complicated topic of "awkwardness." 

Dramatically yours,
The Online Team

Welcome to The Spark!

Beloved readers of The Pinch,

As a thank you for all your support over the years, we welcome you to the official Pinch blog, The Spark. Look back weekly for reviews, updates on our staff, and news about upcoming publications, workshops, and more. 

Sometimes, "more" means puppies!

Sometimes, "more" means puppies!

In the news this week: take a look at Isabelle Shepherd's poem, "We'll Get There Somewhere," and check back Friday for our interview with former contributor Hunter Choate

Also, have a look at our limited edition PDF for issue 36.1. We'll be selling these throughout the month of October, so get yours while they're still available! 

Dramatically yours,

The Online Team