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Black Clock 20

Black Clock 20

The 20th edition of provocative literary journal Black Clock will be available in mid-April 2015.

Valencia, CA, March 13—Black Clock 20 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Psychedelic Era  

Editor Steve Erickson cites Black Clock 20’s highlights which include “commentaries by Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Greil Marcus, Grace Krilanovich, Devin McKinney, Howard A. Rodman, Geoff Nicholson, Lynell George and David L. Ulin on 50 works of Essential Psychedelia, along with a mini-history of the time by Jon Savage, road trips to psychedelic America as driven by Tom Carson, “field trips to Mars” as conducted by tour guide Howard Hampton, Ann Powers on the heretofore unknown seductive powers of the Grateful Dead, Claire Phillips on the heretofore unknown  hallucinogenic possibilities of Dragnet (as directed by Jim Morrison), Alan Rifkin’s reflections with Jerry Burgan on Sixties folk-group We Five’s last gasp before the Tie-Dye Tide, and some of the trippiest fiction and poetry in half a century by the likes of Brian Evenson, Shelley Jackson, Rob Roberge and Matthew Specktor."

The cover of Black Clock 20 features a never-before-published photo of Jimi Hendrix taken by Tom Martinelli at Madison Square Garden in 1969.

Black Clock 20 will be available in mid-April  at independent bookstores around the country and at Published by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and edited by Steve EricksonBlack Clock has become one of America’s leading literary journals since its inception in 2004.

Contributors to Black Clock 20 also include Bruce Bauman, Marisa Crawford, Norman Dubie, Becca Shaw Glaser, Steven Paul Lansky, Anthony Miller, Henry Quintero, David Rice and Kyra Simone.

Singular, idiosyncratic and a little mysterious, Black Clock has featured such established authors as Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Miranda July, Samuel R. Delany, Joanna Scott, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Geoff Dyer, Lynne Tillman, Susan Straight, Mark Z. Danielewski, Dana Spiotta, William T. Vollmann and David Foster Wallace, 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 the National Book Award.

Black Clock's staff includes Steve Erickson, acclaimed novelist and critic in addition to being the magazine’s editor; senior editor and member of CalArts’ Writing Program faculty Bruce Bauman; managing editor Orli Low; assistant managing editor Joe Milazzo; production editor Anne-Marie Kinney and art director Ophelia Chong. 

Published semi-annually by California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) MFA Writing ProgramBlack Clock is available in print and PDF formats.  Printing on demand now makes Black Clock greener than ever, with print versions distributed in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia and beyond.

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