"Black Clock 9" Takes On American Politics
June 11, 2008, Valencia, California--On the eve of the national party conventions at the end of summer, the ninth edition of the acclaimed literary journal Black Clock will arrive on newsstands, in time for the Fourth of July.
Black Clock 9 includes political allegory, subversive satire and secret presidential histories by Jonathan Lethem, Lynne Tillman, Brian Evenson, Jeff VanderMeer, Ben Ehrenreich, Stanley Crawford, Seth Greenland and David L. Ulin among others. It includes Rick Moody's log of the Republican primary race, an email debate between Michael Ventura and Black Clock editor Steve Erickson on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and a mysterious, unsigned missive written at the end of the world by Marilyn Monroe's former bodyguard.
Singular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious, Black Clock has become one of America's leading literary journals since its inception three years ago, featuring such authors as Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, Joanna Scott, Miranda July, Samuel R. Delany, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Aimee Bender, Greil Marcus, Darcey Steinke, Susan Straight, Geoffrey O'Brien, Janet Fitch and William T. Vollmann, along with a growing roster of striking new literary voices. Works appearing in Black Clock have been anthologized in best-of-the-year collections, nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels have gone on to win National Book Awards.
Black Clock's staff includes Erickson, a novelist, critic and member of CalArts MFA Writing Program faculty in addition to being the magazine's Editor; Senior Editor and adjunct member of CalArts Writing Program faculty Bruce Bauman, Editor-at-Large Dwayne Moser, Managing Editor Michaele Simmering and Art Director Ophelia Chong.
Black Clock is published semi-annually by the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) MFA Writing Program.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its BFA and MFA students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.