Goblin Fruit

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer 2008 Issue of Goblin Fruit is Live!

What it says on the tin! Featuring gorgeous poetry by Sonya Taaffe, Erik Amundsen, Mike Allen, Gwynne Garfinkle, Samantha Henderson, Lon Prater, Joy Marchand, Lydia Towsey, Jeanell Buida Bolton, Wendy Howe, Miranda Gaw, Joshua Davis, Joshua Gage, A. R. Stone, and Lily Yu; further, Midori Snyder and Terri Windling have graciously allowed us to reprint a poem each of theirs to lead us in and out of the issue.

When Jess and I learned that the Journal of Mythic Arts was ending, it took us about three seconds (post-recovery, which took considerably longer) to know that we wanted to dedicate this issue to the amazing people who brought myth and magic to us for twenty-one years. We hope you enjoy it.

A few fun things: first, click on the little blue buttons next to the poems in the Table of Contents to hear the author reading the poem, and know that our very own Oliver Hunter did something rather special to Terri Windling's "Night Journey."

Second, you may have noticed a new link at the top of this issue proclaiming itself to be MISCHIEF: watch that space. It's going to be fun.

Third, if any of you are posting on your various mediums o'bloggery about this issue, we invite you to share links and/or the posts with us! You can either post here or in our Livejournal Community; we're especially hungry for reviews, but any responses you have to any aspect of an issue are more than welcome.

Fourth, and this is very important: our submission guidelines have changed. Specifically, we've shortened our submission periods a bit, because we're coming to terms with the fact that we completely ignore any subs you send your way between the 1st and the 9th of a month in which we launch an issue, since we tend to work on it 'till zero hour. From now on, we open to submissions the day a new issue goes live.

Have a beautiful summer,


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spring 2008 Issue reviewed on Endicott

With apologies for the delay in posting about this, please enjoy this quite delectable review of the Spring issue, courtesy of Terri Windling at Endicott. The first line on its own pleases me rather alot: "The Spring 2008 (2nd Anniversary) issue of the Goblin Fruit poetry webzine is now online, and by god is it a spectacular one."

Our nails are buffed to a high mirror shine, and so too should yours be, contributors! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Spring 2008 Issue of Goblin Fruit is live!

It's up! Go forth and feast on poems by Dana Koster, David R. Sullivan, Anca Vlasopolos, Mary Turzillo, Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzhenry, Beth Langford, Deborah P. Kolodji, Virginia Mohlere, Joshua Gage, Holly Cooley, Erik Amundsen, Julia Rios, Joshua Davis, Sabrina L'Heureux, C.S.E. Cooney, Mary Alexandra Agner, Jasmine Johnston and Anna Marie Catoir. There's also a feature on Catherynne M. Valente, complete with interview and further poems of gorgeousness.

Keep an eye (and ear!) out, too, for a multi-voiced reading of Jasmine Johnston's "Seeds," when, in addition to the author, you'll get to hear a few other mysterious people chiming out her words.

Meantime, enjoy! Wear the stains on your lips and teeth proudly.

Monday, March 17, 2008

2008 Rhysling Nominations!

We have recently secured, through the fiendish finaglings of one Mr. , the list of Goblin Fruit poems that have received Rhysling nominations. There are EIGHT of them, twice what we received last year, which, as you can imagine, pleases us very very much. Also, from the back-patting editorial side of things, we're pretty gobsmacked to find that a poem from every one of our issues last year received a nomination. Sound the trumpets and strum the harps for...

In the Short Category:

- Mike Allen, "Giving Back to the Muse," Fall '07
- A. E. Lowery, "Foodstuff," Spring '07
- Daniel R. Robichaud, "my man come back," Fall '07
- Karen A. Romanko, "They Threw Their Daughters into the Sea," Spring '07
- Rachel Swirsky, "The Oracle on River Street," Summer '07

In the Long Category:

- Mary Alexandra Agner, "The Marian Lee," Spring '07
- Katharine Mills, "Seducing the Crone," Summer '07
- Mikal Trimm, "To Ride in Service of the King," Winter '07

Congratulations to them all, and best of luck with the award!

So, we've bragged about our Rhysling nominees. But what we didn't do is brag about how, now that the official list is up, we have the second most nominations of any 'zine, print or online! Not too bad for our second year of operation, if we do say so ourselves. Mike Allen ()'s Mythic Delirium beat us by one for a total of nine nominations to our eight. To Mr. Allen we offer a hearty congratulations, whilst gleefully rubbing our hands together in anticipation of next year when we hope to do still more to earn our 'upstart' status...

Keep an eye out for the 2008 Rhysling Anthology -- clearly, it looks like it's going to be pretty fabulous. And don't forget to check out the shiny new Goblin Fruit Community on LiveJournal if you feel like frolicking with fellow fruity fans.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Winter 2008 Issue Live, and the Continuing Awesome of Endicott

Rejoice and make merry, for the Winter 2008 Issue of Goblin Fruit is live!

We've stocked up for the winter where poems are concerned, because we've got not nine, not twelve, not sixteen, but twenty-two poems this issue. Featured are Jennifer Crow, JoSelle Vanderhooft, J. C. Runolfson, Sonya Taaffe, Lucinda Lawson, Maureen McQuerry, Anca Vlasopolos, Katharine Mills, Robert Borski, Joshua Gage, C. S. MacCath, Caitlyn Paxson, Stacy Cowley, Clare Walker, Claire Cooney, Sophanny Marin, Ann K. Schwader and Marcie Lynn Tentchoff.

I'd also like to announce that we've started up an LJ community for Goblin Fruit, because, you know, LJ-ers are a talkative lot, and we love to see people talking about the poems. We wanted, in our first issue, to have that be the main purpose of the Forums we've since scrapped, but alas, t'was not to be -- so hopefully, if any of you are full to bursting with delight about the issue (or brimming with blackest rage, who knows) you'll be able to vent your passions there. It is not yet pretty, but it is there to be joined, and shall soon be posted upon.

Further, Midori Snyder has graciously reviewed the issue up on the Endicott Blog. Special mentions go to Maureen McQuerry, J. C. Runolfson, Sonya Taaffe, Claire Cooney and Joshua Gage. Congratulations to you all.

So go forth and feast! Fatten yourselves up for the rest of the winter!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Endicott Mention

Terri Windling's posted a lovely mention of the Fall issue up at the Endicott Blog, singling out poems by Peg Aloi, Jennifer Crow and Corey Mesler as favourites amongst the other "magical offerings." Hurray!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Fall Issue ('07!) Live!

Yes, indeed it is! In the wee hours of the morning, Jess and I toasted the launching of our second Fall issue with cold spicy tea (Pumpkin for her, Soho Spice for me) and much blinking and sighing and glee. It's our biggest issue yet, with poems by Mike Allen, Peg Aloi, M. Robert Bond, Robert Borski, Jennifer Crow, Marlo Dianne, J. T. Glover, John M. Hauer, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Katharine Mills, Corey Mesler, Jamie Lee Moyer, Daniel R. Robichaud, Marcie Lynne Tentchoff and Mary Turzillo. We also really feel that Ollie's outdone himself (again) with this layout, so many mug-clinks to him as well!

Also, now's the time to shout it from the rooftops: Goblin Fruit was mentioned in Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant and Kelly Link's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. We scored a whole paragraph (second one in the Fantasy Poetry overview), and apparently a mantle. This is deeply pleasing, so here's a shout-out to all the fabulous contributors who made it possible!

Happy Fall (enjoy biting those apples!)

Jess and Amal