Journals & Anthologies

The Way We Sleep: The Book, The Podcast, The Fun!

Beds are the most intimate of places, where you spend a third of your life. They are quiet places, they are rambunctious places. Published by Curbside Splendor in December 2012, The Way We Sleep is an anthology of short stories, interviews, and comics all dealing with how we slumber. Edited by former Monkeybicycle web editor Jessa Bye and Knee-Jerk Magazine co-founder and Arts and Culture editor, C. James Bye, it features some of our favorite indie lit writers, including Roxane Gay, J.A. Tyler, Dakota Sexton, Matthew Salesses, Billy Lombardo, and tons more.

To promote the book, the co-editors are doing a two-week-long blog tour. On this stop, they present the The Way We Sleep podcast. It’s a lot of fun and will definitely make your day brighter. So give it a listen:

The Way We Sleep, in a handsome 10 x 10, glossy coffee table style layout, can be purchased here. (Tip: This makes the perfect holiday gift for just about anyone.)

Follow the rest of the Blog Tour at


Writing Off Script

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you like great writers. And I’m guessing you probably like cinema, too. If so, there’s good news! Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema is an ebook that combines these two things perfectly. Edited by Cynthia Hawkins, this book includes some top-notch contributions from these folks: Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart), Matthew Baldwin (of The Nervous Breakdown), Sean Beaudoin (You Killed Wesley Payne), Ernessa T. Carter (32 Candles), Richard Cox (Thomas World), Elizabeth Eslami (Bone Worship), actor/screenwriter/author D. R. Haney (Banned for Life), film composer and The Dewey Decimal System author Nathan Larson, independent documentary filmmaker Vernon Lott (Bad Writing), Nathaniel Missildine (, Greg Olear (Fathermucker), Neal Pollack (Stretch), Claude Clayton Smith (The Stratford Devil), and interviews with David Small (Stitches), Patrick DeWitt (The Sisters Brothers), Teddy Wayne (Kapitoil), and publisher Simon Smithson.

Pretty great, right? And this will make it even better: The proceeds from Writing Off Script go to JET-14, Joplin High School’s student-run and television network in Joplin, Missouri. This is, of course, the town that suffered incredible devastation at the hands of a tornado one year ago today.

Jet-14 is helping the children of Joplin High School to put that terrible incident behind them, and buying a copy of Writing Off Script is a great way for you to contribute—especially today, on the one-year anniversary. They can still use a helping hand, and you can use a great book of film writing.

The book is available on Amazon. Its trailer is below:


Ninth Letter and Man-Made Lands

I’m a huge fan of Ninth Letter. They always publish really engaging, fun work. And as a graphic designer, I’m always inspired and delighted by the look of the pages in their print issues. Now I’m doubly inspired and delighted because they are releasing their first ever special-edition chapbook, Man-Made Lands.

This book, edited by Scott Geiger (whose amazing story, “Inventory,” appeared in Monkeybicycle8), is a collection of stories and architectural proposals that examine how the ideas and creations of young architects might influence fiction and the literary landscape of the future.

Man-Made Lands includes stories from Joe Alterio, Seth Fried, Luther Magnussen, Micaela Morrissette, Ben Stroud, and Will Wiles, as well as proposals from Bjarke Ingels Group, Family with Office of Playlab, Steven Holl, and Keita Takahashi. The book will be available for purchase (packaged with Ninth’s Letter’s Spring/Summer 2012 issue) through the Ninth Letter website, and in bookstores.

Also, if you’re around New York City on May 23rd, Columbia University’s Studio-X will be hosting a launch party for the book, including some of the contributors in conversation with Scott Geiger and an installation by Joe Alterio. Details are on the flyer below. Just like the book, the party will surely be a very good time.


I’m in this, but please don’t hold that against them.

Available for purchase online August 26th

Release party to be held in Milwaukee 
at Sky High Gallery

2501 S Howell Ave

Friday August 26th, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Cassandra Smith & Jessica Steeber, co-owners of Fine Line Magazine, proudly announce the release party of their fourth issue, Subject to Change. Issue four features 7 artists from 3 countries, including works from earlier and later in their careers to speak to the theme of change. A limited 500 copies of the issue will be available for $10 each.

An exhibition of limited edition fine art prints will accompany the party. The exhibition includes prints by 7 current and prior Fine Line artists, available only in limited editions of 10. Print prices range from $20 to $40. 

Issue Four artists: Nina Nolte (Dusseldorf, Germany), Jesse Draxler (Los Angeles, CA), Angelina Gualdoni (Brooklyn , NY), Sherif Elhage (Paris, France via Beirut), Jaclyn Mednicov (Chicago, IL), David Maisel (San Francisco, CA), J. A. Tyler (Fort Collins, CO)

Prints available from: Jesse Draxler (Los Angeles, CA), Justin Richel (Rangeley, ME), Matthias Heiderich (Berlin, Germany),  Hollie Chastain (Chattanooga, TN), Masako Miki (Berkley, CA), Greg Eason (London, England), Benedetta Falugi (Follonica, Italy)

Fine Line Magazine

Milwaukee, WI

We’ll help right?

BROOKLYN, NY – 4.8.11 – Issue Eight: Creation, will mark four years I’ve been editing and publishing this magazine and, for the most part, enjoying the hell out of it. I love meeting and working with extremely talented writers and artists, collaborating on an undeniably beautiful product and helping to foster and support a community of writers and artists I enjoy being a part of and cherish on a daily basis. What I haven’t always enjoyed is trying to sell the magazine. Creating a sustainable revenue stream (as is the case with most publishers in the literary game) is a complicated, uphill battle, requiring a lot of work for very little reward.

I started this magazine with my own money under the pretense if you create a beautiful product, people will pay for it. Then I learned people need to know about it before they can pay for it. Getting a magazine on the radar requires money. Add that on top of printing fees, contributor fees, web and print design fees, release parties, and the money dries up rather quickly. And if people aren’t buying the magazine in the numbers it needs to sustain itself then you have a problem. So last year we went nonprofit and solicited donors to help pay for the production costs to print Issue Seven. That worked out pretty well and we banked on the idea that we could print Issue Eight if we sold enough copies of Seven. Which brings us to now.

I’ve tried a lot of things. We (meaning the people I rope into helping me out with this project) have tried a lot of things. We’ve tried everything short of directly asking you to buy the book. So here we are, asking you to buy the book.

If you want to see this magazine thrive during a hard time in publishing, click here to subscribe. You’ll receive Issue Seven and, in a few months, Issue Eight, as well as some postcards, buttons and whatever free fun stuff is lying around the office.

This isn’t a plea to support a convoluted Kickstarter campaign, this isn’t a plea to give us money with nothing in return. This is good old-fashioned capitalism. This is a plea to support something you and I both enjoy. You’re paying for a beautiful product you’ll keep for a long time, a product that will enrich and add dimension to your life.

And if you subscribe right now you’ll receive $5 off the cover price.

If you want to help beyond a financial way, please post a link to this message on your facebook/blog/twitter, however you communicate with people who enjoy the things you enjoy. 

Thanks for your continued support and interest in this project. It means everything.

Chris Heavener

Do you know about these? You should.

National Dzanc Workshop Day, or Dzanc Day, will be held on April 9th, and consists of workshops in 20+ cities all over the country (and one in Canada!). Most workshops are just $30, and are being taught by a variety of professional writers and editors, in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition to being a great way for participants to receive instruction, get inspired, and meet other local writers, Dzanc Day also helps to partially fund our many charitable endeavors, including the Dzanc Prize, which recognizes one writer annually for both literary excellence and service to his or her community, and our Writer in Residence Program, which places professional writers into classrooms to provide creative writing instructions to public school students who could not otherwise afford the opportunity.

The Collagist is entering the final weeks of taking submissions for their first chapbook contest, which ends April 15th. Submissions are welcome in all genres, including short stories, novellas, flash fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The winner will be published this fall by Dzanc. For more information on the contest, click here.

Stimulate the Economy

It’s tax time, so why not take that hefty return you’re going to get back and invest in literature? There are a lot of really great projects both from Monkeybicycle and its contributors right now, so in a shameless attempt to shill, we’re going to run down a handful of them for you and hopefully you’ll support the literary community by picking up a few of them.



First and foremost, we’re incredibly proud to offer up our latest print issue. It not only marks the return of one of our original editors, Shya Scanlon, but it also contains 22 brilliant stories and poems from some very original and exciting authors. We expect big things from this book, so get your hands on a copy while you can. AND! If you preorder a copy before March 15th from the site, you can get yourself a free back issue as well. This is too good to pass up.

Here is a list of the contributors: Summer Block, Matt Briggs, Aaron Burch, E. Michael Desilets, Ori Fienberg, Jesús Ángel García, Scott Geiger, Michael Hickins, Steve Himmer, Blake Kimzey, Ben Loory, Annam Manthiram, Laura McCullough, Michael Mlekoday, Dustin Luke Nelson, Ben Nickol, Steve Peacock, Jonathan Redhorse, Vincent Scarpa, Curtis Smith, Rosalynn Stovall, and Andrew James Weatherhead.


Bee-Loud Glade, by Steve Himmer

Monkeybicycle contributor Steve Himmer has a new book coming out in April called The Bee-Loud Glade. An excerpt from it, Rattle My Leaves, appears in Monkeybicycle8 and other excerpts have shown up all over the place (a list is here). If you’ve read any of them, you’ll know that the book is going to be fantastic. And here is a little tease about the book:

Meet Finch, a corporate drone and blogger who creates imaginary lives, but none as surreal as the life he’s about to lead as a decorative hermit.

Meet Mr. Crane, an eccentric billionaire whose whims change as often as the landscape outside his employee’s cave.

Meet them both in The Bee-Loud Glade, a postmodern pastoral about the nature of nature and the nature of work, and the limits of solitude in a networked world. Forthcoming from Atticus Books in April 2011.

Learn a more about the book on Steve’s website, and preorder it and its beautiful cover through Indiebound here.


The Iguana Complex, by Darby Larson

Another Monkeybicycle contributor, Darby Larson, has a new book out as well. It’s called The Iguana Complex and it’s the first title from Mud Luscious Press’s new Nephew imprint. There are a limited number of copies available, and only for a certain amount of days. So I suggest you grab one while you still can. Here’s an excerpt to sway your decision:

“Cat walked toward him and peered over his shoulder at the Picazzle. He was working on the yellow hat portion, separating the yellow pieces. But he’d stopped moving, aware Cat was standing behind him. The boy was frozen stiff with the side of his head on the table, on the woman’s puzzled faced, on her wide open eyes, his eyes tightly closed.

Cat lifted the boy and carried him upstairs to the bedroom that seemed most likely his and placed him on the bed. He tucked him in. Fuzzy penguins hung from a mobile above.

Cat sat on the floor near the bed, suddenly exhausted. He closed his eyes and dreamt:

Penguins walking around on an iceberg. There is music, contemporary or easy listening. The penguins huddle together like a football team. Cat walks toward them. Underneath the ice is a frozen kitten wearing blue kittenpants and a white kittenshirt. Cat asks if any of the penguins have anything to break the ice with, and hurry, because the kitten can’t breathe and will die soon. The penguins do nothing except stand around and occasionally bob from one foot to the other. On the ground Cat notices a large hunting knife. He picks it up and stabs the ice near where his feet are. It does nothing. The ice is solid silver. He looks up at the penguins and they are starting to disperse. The music has stopped but the ticking of a clock lingers.”

Good, right? Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy here.



The fine folks at Ampersand Review have a new anthology coming out called Re:Telling. It consists of a ton of incredible authors (including our own Shya Scanlon) recycling, reworking, and rewriting existing things in their own style. Everything from Shakespeare to Law & Order is covered here. And check out this list of contributors: Matt Bell, Alicia Gifford, Michael Martone, Daniel Grandbois, Darcie Dennigan, Peter Connors, Jim Ruland, Samantha Hunt, Blake Butler, Tom La Farge, Shya Scanlon, Pedro Ponce, Crispin Best, Erin Fitzgerald, J. Bradley, Molly Gaudry, Steve Himmer, Josh Maday, Henry Jenkins, Michael Kimball, Corey Mesler, Roxane Gay, Timothy Gager, Heather Fowler, Joseph Riippi, Wendy Walker, Zachary Mason, Curtis Smith, Jeff Brewer, Kathleen Rooney & Lily Hoang.

Nice, right? Why not order a copy!


Decomp One

You’ve probably enjoyed decomP’s online magazine for some time now. They publish great works from great people. Well now they’re diving into the world of print with decomP onE. And while you can’t just order a copy right now and have it delivered to your door, you can back their Kickstarter campaign to help get the project off the ground. As a journal that deals with printers and the costs associated with them on a fairly regular basis, we understand how hard it can be to raise the money, especially in this economy. So, if you have a few bucks to spare, help decomP out. We’re sure that, just like the web edition, the print issue is going to be fantastic.

That’s it, we’re done pitching products now. Go forth and spend!

The Way We Sleep: SUBMIT!

Do you have a story or comic that involves a bed that you’ve yet to find a home for because there aren’t a lot of places that publish stories or comics involving beds? Well rejoice and send it to The Way We Sleep, an upcoming anthology that is co-edited by Monkeybicycle web editor, Jessa Marsh and Knee-Jerk Magazine co-founder/Arts & Media editor, C. James Bye.

Here are the guidelines:

We are looking for fiction, non-fiction, comics/sequential art- basically any form of story-telling that isn’t poetry (sorry poets). The only caveat is that your work must somehow include sleep or beds. Now, this doesn’t have to be what the story is all about. It can be a tangent or a major theme, just as long as it gets in there somehow. Beds are a major part of life, and lots of different experiences can happen in or around them. We are looking for writing that explores that in non-cliche and interesting ways. Be clever and surprise us.

Prose should be under 5,000 words, for the love of God.

We are open to traditional stories and experimental forms. Don’t be afraid to send us a list of your top five favorite bed partners (# 3- Your dog from grade school who slept over your legs no matter how much you kicked him in your sleep).

Don’t delay. Submit your sleepy work now.