January 28, Valencia, CA—The sixteenth issue of Black Clock exists outside of time, less in some future than a dystopic present-day barely glimpsed behind the veil of our more familiar reality. Crumbling urbanscapes, nomadic rock-and-roll desert rats, genetically cloned children and their forsaken mothers occupy the fiction of Henry Bean, Craig Clevenger, Carola Dibbell, Claire Phillips, and Stephen O’Connor among others, and at the center of it all is Rick Moody’s epic account of the strangest presidential candidate of all time.
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 16 will be available mid-February at both independent bookstores around the country and blackclock.org. There will be a launch event for the issue on Sunday, February 17th at 4 p.m. at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles, featuring readings by Henry Bean, Craig Clevenger Rick Moody and Claire Phillips.
Also included in Black Clock 16 are works by Marisa Crawford, Karrie Higgins, Vyshali Manivannan, Albert Mobilio, Danielle Pafunda, David Rice, Laura Sims, and Larissa Szporluk.
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.