Charting the crossroads of obsession and the back alleys of eroticism, Black Clock 17 is a topography of forbidden passions--the terrors that lurk beneath what we desire, the attractions that lure us to what we dread--as mapped by authors including Henry Bean, Cecil Castellucci, Scott Bradfield and many others. The afterglow of an afternoon affair leaves a woman to satisfy a more illicit yearning in Dana Spiotta’s “Watch,” a group of teen orgiasts converge in Tom McCarthy’s “Pyramid Party” to recreate the sexual humiliations of Abu Ghraib, and in Aimee Bender’s “Vigilante” a young female police captain intrudes on the psychodramas of strangers to enforce the laws of the heart.
Published by California Institute of the Arts (CalArts ) and edited by Steve Erickson , Black Clock has become one of America’s leading literary journals since its inception in 2004. Black Clock 17 will be available late-August at both independent bookstores around the country and blackclock.org.
A reading celebrating the publication of Black Clock 17 will take place in New York on Thursday, November 14th at 7pm at Bookcourt . Readers include Black Clock 17 contributors Dana Spiotta, Henry Bean and Katie Ryder, as well as past contributor Lynne Tillman. A Los Angeles reading is being planned. Stay tuned for more details.
Also included in Black Clock 17 are works by Ryan Bloom, Saehee Cho, Antonia Crane, Dayna Dunne, Arielle Greenberg, Tara Ison, Doug Matus, Joe Milazzo, Jeffery Moskowitz, Clare Marie Myers, Andrew Nichols, Jay Neugeboren, Katie Ryder, and Erin Brooks Worley.
Singular, idiosyncratic and a little mysterious, Black Clock has featured such established authors as Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Miranda July, Joanna Scott, Samuel R. Delany, Aimee Bender, Susan Straight, 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, 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 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 Program , Black Clock is available in print and PDF. Printing on demand now makes Black Clock greener than ever with print versions distributed in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and beyond. Subscriptions are available at BlackClock.org/Subscribe . Single issue cover price: $17. To subscribe or for more information, visit BlackClock.org .