FACES AND FIVES by Dan Nielsen!

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AT our table at the big Allied Media Conference in Detroit this weekend we’ll have a variety of publications on sale– including our first NEW POP LIT print issue. But we’ll also have on display and for purchase ample copies of the offbeat chapbook Faces and Fives by Dan Nielsen.

What are Faces and Fives, you ask?

They’re kind-of art and they’re kind-of prose and they’re kind-of poetry, all rolled into one. They’re readable and fun and they’re perfect for a project like ours dedicated to presenting pop lit of a sort which can nowhere else be found. To really discover what Faces and Fives are you’ll have to be at the conference!

(We were so impressed with Dan Nielsen’s Faces and Fives we’ve asked him to join our outfit!)

K.W.

How to Create the New Product

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We say the new product, not a, because we don’t want to put just one more literary journal out on the market. We want a product so different and exciting it’ll blow people away from the moment they see it– let alone read it.

This means starting with a dynamite cover. Our “packaging.” Nearly all lit journals today have professional-looking cover art. Our task was to best this.

We did this by in-depth research of the best artists, of all kinds, in the Detroit area. We preferred having a Detroit artist A.) for the hipness/edge factor B.) because Detroit is the center right now of an arts explosion; fantastically talented artists gravitating to the coming-back city for the opportunity it provides– and the city’s edgy-jagged atmosphere.

We didn’t limit our search to Michigan folks. We perused work online from as far away as Liverpool– which itself seems to be an arts hub right now.

From graffiti artists to designers of comic books or posters or album cover art, we cast a wide net. We desired not simply good art– but trailblazing art. Several very good options were out there. We settled on the best local young artist, in our humble opinion. Or at least, the artist whose work was the most colorful, most pop, most striking. Most attention getting. It grabbed our attention! That artist was Alyssa Klash.

The cover’s a winner. But what of the “product” itself? The literary journal’s contents?

Aha! For that we had no worries. We’d already published on our web site (www.newpoplit.com) several terrific writers– from Thomas Mundt and Jessie Lynn  McMains to Kathleen Crane and Brittany Terwilliger and Wred Fright. We pushed them to send us stories that were even better than those they’d previously given us. They came through big-time.

To those returnees we added newbies (for us) like Robin Dunn and Terry Sanville, and the quirky/crazy lit phenomenon Alex Bernstein. In addition, we had a very strong interview with purveyor of DIY everything Delphine Pontvieux, AND a series of art/prose pieces by Dan Nielsen, who has since joined the staff of this fledgling-but-ambitious project. (More about him in another blog post.) Who are we leaving out? Our token poet, Colin James. One poem– but it’s a good one, holding its own with the dynamite stories around it.

We don’t exaggerate about the stories. You’ll see when you read them. They’re as good as any stories being published anywhere. (We believe two of them are better than any stories being published anywhere.) Moreover, they fit our aesthetic. We designed this journal for the new reader. The stories are fast, fun, and have punch. They are NOT for people with endless time on their hands to dawdle for hundreds of pages over going-nowhere prose from the likes of a Jonathan Franzen or Hilary Mantel. Our stories are too good, too exciting, for the mandarins of a collapsing literary establishment. Our stories are for people on the move themselves, living in the NOW. For people who themselves are creating excitement, and will not settle for less than the best in beer, brunches, styles, or literary products. (Yes, our new literary journal has style.)

Not that we didn’t have difficulties putting our hybrid new animal together. Formatting it took longer than we expected. Not to worry! We WILL have a limited number of preview copies at the Allied Media Conference coming up. A chance to grab an advance look at what the literary future looks like. If you’re attending, get to our table early!

-K.W.

Reinventing the Literary Journal?

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Let’s face it. Even the more hip and renowned literary journals, like n+1 and The Believer, are fairly stodgy affairs. Their writing is designed for a select group– a precociously snobby crowd– those positioned at the inside of today’s insular literary game.

What if a lit journal were created which aimed at an audience of everybody?

A journal, moreover, which contained stories as good or better than anything produced by the mainstream? A better literary product?

This is what we’ll present to the world in Detroit on June 19th. We’ll have a table at the big Allied Media Conference at Wayne State University. Our new literary creation will be on display.

We treat this as an important moment in literary history, because it IS an important moment in literary history. A first step on a new path for an overlooked art.

When you read the stories in NEW POP LIT Issue One you’ll agree.

NEW POP LIT Print Issue #1 Is Coming!

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WHAT will the print version of New Pop Lit look like? We’re not sure! All we know is that Detroit’s most kickass young artist, Alyssa Klash, has done the cover for us. We also know that the issue will contain dynamic– no, nuclear– writing of the like you’ve never seen. We guarantee it!

Underground legend Jessie Lynn McMains has provided a story about two young women that’s stronger than anything by Mary Gaitskill at her best.

Chicago’s best story writer Thomas Mundt has given us as bizarre and well-written a tale as you’ve ever read.

A host of other fantastic writers will be presented; talents like Terry Sanville, Kathleen Crane, Robin Dunn, Colin James, Wred Fright, Brittany Terwilliger, Dan Nielsen– each writer unique; exploring the idea of pop literature in an original way. And more.

We intended our first issue to be unlike any literary journal ever seen. A new direction. Literature produced with a DIY attitude and a zine edge.

NEW POP LIT The Print Version will debut in Detroit June 19th at the Allied Media Conference. Watch for it!

NEW POP LIT in Detroit?

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NEW POP LIT in Detroit?

What is NEW POP LIT  doing in Detroit?

We’ll have a table at the big Allied Media Conference in Detroit from June 19 to 21. Not only that, our appearance at the event will mark the debut of our print version– issue Number One. We can tell you now the issue will be fantastic. Think we’re exaggerating? Wait until you see A.) the dynamite fiction we’ll be presenting; B.) the knockout cover by one of Detroit’s most kickass young artists.

Stay tuned here for more hints, rumors, and updates about what you’ll be reading and seeing. We aim to shakeup today’s complacent literary scene.