'Black Clock' 14: Same Great Literature with a Whole New Look
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CalArts' literary journal features a redesign by award winning designer Andrew Haug.
September 7, Valencia, California – Following last fall’s acclaimed “mix tape” edition of Black Clock, which summarized the magazine’s first seven years, issue #14 introduces a new look and design even as it continues to press beyond the creative barriers that the national literary journal already has broken. Black Clock 14 is available on the Black Clock website and iTunes. It will arrive in bookstores and on newsstands at the end of September. Advance copies in PDF form are available upon request.
For seven years, Black Clock has published renowned authors such as Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Joanna Scott, Jonathan Lethem, Aimee Bender, Samuel R. Delany, Susan Straight, William T. Vollmann and David Foster Wallace, and issue 14 maintains this tradition with the appearance in its pages of Rick Moody, Geoff Dyer, Lynne Tillman, Joseph McElroy—along with an exciting line-up of emerging writers. Black Clock continues to evolve into a forum for new voices, with virtually a third of issue 14 devoted to authors for whom the magazine represents an introduction to national and international exposure.
“Both in its contributors and subject matter Black Clock 14 finds women on the verge: of revelation, euphoria and madness,” comments Black Clock editor Steve Erickson. In Katherine Min’s “The Fetishist,” a comatose cello player drifts back to a destructive love affair in Venice that ends in sexual abandon. In Jazmin Aminian Jordán’s “Out From Under Mirrors,” a woman on the move across the Southwest negotiates the frozen images of women from Sunset Strip billboards to Vegas ceiling mirrors. In Tom Carson’s “Daisy Buchanan’s Daughter,” the progeny of one of America’s greatest novels lives out the rest of the Twentieth Century, while plotting her suicide-as-protest on the other end of a phone line from George W. Bush.
Singular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious, Black Clock has become one of America’s leading literary journals since its inception in 2004, featuring established authors 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.
Beginning with issue 14, Black Clock will be available in print, ePUB and PDF. The ePUB edition will be available on BlackClock.org and through iTunes. Printing on demand now makes Black Clock greener than ever with print versions distributed in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and beyond.
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 faculty member of CalArts’ Writing Program faculty Bruce Bauman; Managing Editor Michaele Simmering; Deputy Managing Editor Kyoung Kim, and the latest addition, Art Director Andrew Haug.
Black Clock is published semi-annually by the CalArts MFA Writing Program. Subscriptions are available at BlackClock.org/Subscribe. Single issue cover price: $17. To subscribe or for more information, visit BlackClock.org.