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'Black Clock' 11 Makes Mysterious Connections

Cover photo: Janet Sternburg

October 20, 2009, Valencia, California--Forsaken cities and blasted landscapes, characters in exile from their own times, mysterious connections in the air just beyond the grasp of those who barely understand them: Black Clock 11, California Institute of the Arts' (CalArts) acclaimed literary journal, is slated to arrive on the stands mid-November. This issue features work by such prominent authors as Joanna Scott, Chris Abani and Susan Straight, and introduces the usual selection of dazzling new voices.

In Richard Powers' "Over the Limit," freely adapted from his just published novel, a young African woman genetically predisposed to happiness stands at the nexus of a brilliant, narcissistic scientist and the discontented moderator of a TV news magazine.  In Rob Roberge's "Stooge" and Lou Mathews' "Hollywoodski," Vegas drug deals go bad and drunken Tinseltown conversations run wild, and in Antonia Crane's "Rosebud," a self-designated "sexual outlaw" and stripper looking to retire gets caught up in the intrigues of an aging decadent Hollywood couple.  In "This Is How the Past Turns Up" Greil Marcus charts one of his patently revelatory longitudes between Barack Obama's election-night victory speech, the fiction of Philip Roth, and Sam Cooke's perennial contender for the greatest record of all time, "A Change Is Gonna Come."

A reading and reception for the newest Black Clock will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, December 6, at 3 PM.  For the celebration, a selection of the magazine's most prominent contributors, including, Rob Roberge, Chris Abani and Veronica Gonzalez, will read work from issue 11.

Singular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious, Black Clock has become one of America's leading literary journals since its inception in 2004, featuring such authors as Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Miranda July, Jonathan Lethem, Darcey Steinke, Rick Moody, Samuel R. Delany, Lynne Tillman, Geoffrey O'Brien, Aimee Bender, William T. Vollmann and many others, along with a growing roster of striking literary debuts. Work appearing in Black Clock has been anthologized in best-of-the-year collections and nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels have gone on to win National Book Awards.

Black Clock
's staff includes Steve Erickson, acclaimed 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; Managing Editor Michaele Simmering; Production Editor Laura Vena, and Art Director Christopher Morabito.

Black Clock is published semi-annually by the CalArts MFA Writing Program.  One-year subscription (2 issues): $20. Single issue cover price: $13. To subscribe, consult Black Clock subscription agent at fictionondemand.com.

For more information see blackclock.org.

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.

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