BANG OUT Volume XIV: Apocalypse, Now?

“Untitled” by Geraldine Kim

“Apocalypse Oasis” by Ken-win Jung

“Be Eggplant” by Zarina Zabrisky

“Home for the Holidays” by Sean Labrador y Manzano

“the fragility of we” by Maya Weeks

“Stories of the Apocalypse” by Scott Lambridis

“Leather Versus the Stadium Disaster” by Madison Davis

BANG OUT Volume XIV: “Apocalypse, Now?” was on Friday, January 13th from 7-9 pm at Amnesia in San Francisco.

“Apocalypse, Now?” is a theme to celebrate 2012, the year to end all years. Arguably. We chose the best new apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, anything-apocalyptic poetry, fiction or essays that were banged out especially for this event. As always, we welcomed any and all interpretations of the theme, and the pieces that made the final cut displayed some very unusual and compelling interpretations of the End of Days.

We heard fresh new work banged out by these readers on January 13, 2012:

Madison Davis is a poet from New York City. She is currently an MFA Poetry candidate at Mills College. Her work has recently appeared in The Yalobusha Review and Leaf Garden Press. She enjoys art projects that utilize magazines from the 80’s, putting poetry to music and riding the bus in her newly adopted Oakland.

Ken-win Jung is the author of “Sumatran Sutras: the Durian Connection” published in Transfer Magazine (100th Edition). He just finished banging out B.A. at SF State. After flying under the radar for decades, he finally landed on Creative Writing in the “Over 60 Degree Program” before it was suspended due to budget cuts. Ready to start anew, but the Apocalypse could definitely put a dent in it. But if the end is nigh, at least, we all get the last laugh.

Scott Lambridis‘ stories have appeared in Storyglossia, Black Static, received the Leo Litwak award in Transfer, and are forthcoming in New American Writing. He earned a degree in neurobiology at UVa before founding Omnibucket.com. While completinghisy MFA at San Francisco State, he’s working on a novel about the scientist who discovered the end of time. Read more at scottlambridis.com.

In 2010-11, Sean Labrador y Manzano appeared in Conversations at a Wartime Café (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/authors/sean-labrador-y-manzano), Fag/Hag, Tayo, Beeswax, Our Own Voice, Try, Volt, The Walrus, Tarpaulin Sky (http://www.tarpaulinsky.com/issue-17/index.html), The Poetry of Yoga, Poetic Labor Project (http://labday2010.blogspot.com/2011/10/sean-labrador-y-manzano.html) and else where, and has edited JS Waters’ novel, The Modern Primitives, and the Altered Barbie 2010 anthology. He edits the annual anthology, Conversations at the Wartime Café. Forthcoming are the chapbook, The Gulag Arkipelago (Tinfish, January 2012), and poems in Aufgabe and The Encyclopedia Project.

Named for a fictional character, Maya Marie Weeks writes to prove that she actually exists. Born and raised in California, she has lived as far away as Copenhagen, Denmark, but Oakland is the farthest she has ever lived from the ocean.

Zarina Zabrisky started to write at six. She earned her MFA from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. She wrote and traveled around the world as a translator, kickboxing instructor, street artist, and a model. Her work appeared or is forthcoming in Full of Crow Quarterly Fiction, Lip Service West: True Stories, Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, Blinking Cursor anthology, and Wicked East Press anthology. Zarina lives in San Francisco.

Geraldine Kim is the author of Povel (Fence Books, 2005) which was featured in the Believer and Village Voice’s top 25 books of the year. She also wrote the play Donning Cheadle and has been published in Kitchen Sink, Big Bell, 2nd Avenue, 14 Hills, and others. She is part of the band, two boobies and a vagina, where she is not the vagina.


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