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Information about the magazine, its staff and contributors, and updates to the publication schedule.


January 11

The wait is over! Oyster Boy Review 21 has arrived!

The 6th Poetry Annual features work by North Carolina poets David Need and Kit Wienert, and by Kathleen Hellen, Elizabeth Kirwin, Lyn Lifshin, and David Musgrove.

The issue also features reviews written by North Carolinians Jeff Davis, Sue Farlow, Don Hendershot, Josh Hockensmith, Janet Lembke, Marly Youmans; as well as reviews by Ricks Carson, Patrick James Dunagan, Michael Ferguson, Brian Gilmore, Reginald Harris, Kathleen Hellen, Luisa A. Igloria, Gina Marie LoBianco, John Martone, Christopher Rizzo, and Mark Spitzer.

Poetry Editor Jeffery Beam has written reviews of work by North Carolinians Jeremy Halinen, Michael Rumaker (one fiction, one memoir, and two critical works including one by NC's Leverette T. Smith), and Robert West; poetry by Bob Arnold, Robert Bly, Cid Corman, John Martone, Taneda Santōka (trans. Scott Watson), Gustaf Sobin, and Philip Lee Williams; a play on Alexander the Great by Stanley Barber; critical works by Paul Ebenkamp with Jim Harrison and others (on Gary Snyder), Ross Hair (Ronald Johnson), Thomas R. Smith and James P. Lenfestey (Robert Bly), Helen Vendler (Dickinson); Vaughn Sills' study of southern African-American gardens; and Scott Watson's amazing memoir of surviving the earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan where he has lived for many years.

The first issue of OBR was published in 1994, so this issue marks our 20th year. At over 80 pages, the print issue is available at select bookstores in San Francisco and North Carolina, or it can be purchased via PayPal at the website for $5 (prices go up next issue).

From Jeffery Beam and myself, a big THANK YOU to the contributors, subscribers, and readers for your patience.

We are currently planning to publish issue 22 later this year.

See you then!

Damon Sauve


July 7

"We Are All In This Together": Publication Party for Oyster Boy Review 20 & Retrospective of Selected Cover Art, 1995-2012.

Celebrating the 20th issue of Oyster Boy Review, Big Umbrella Studios presents the work of featured artist Jeremy Novy, plus readings by contributors, and a mini-retrospective of selected cover art, 1995-2012.

Featured artists:

· Gene Bednarek
· Jay Jansheski
· Jeremy Novy
· Lynn Saylor
· Michel Suret-Canale
· Lane Turkle & Tyler Turkle

Scheduled readers:

· Josh Citrak
· Michael Ferguson

Event info:

Saturday July 1, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Big Umbrella Studios
906.5 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA 94115

Visit us on Facebook: Friends of Oyster Boy Review where you can preview the show.

July 2

Issue 20 is out! Find the print version at these SF book stores. Web version to follow soon.

January 5

Submissions received in 2011 have been read and sent a response.

Submissions are closed for 2012. We hope to have the backlog of accepted works cleared out this year.

Issue 20 is in the works! Look for it this spring.


December 1

All submissions sent in 2010 will be responded to by the end of the year.

October 1

Good news! After a five-year hiatus, issue 19 is hot off the press!

The issue features:

· Photographs of post-Katrina New Orleans by Lane Turkle, and Tyler Turkle.
· Poetry by Daphne Athas, Thomas A. Clark, Zheng Danyi, and Mark A. Roberts.
· Fiction by Bryan Banke, Thomas Boulan, Michael Charlton, Joshua Citrak, Joe Franklin, Richard Mark Glover, Brian Kirkpatrick, and Chris Riseley.
· Reviews by Jeffery Beam, Poetry Editor.

Reserve your copy of the print issue by contacting the editors.

Look for the full web version in the coming days!

January 27

hey friends-

this saturday, @9am, me and my grotto office mate, Teresa K Miller, will be guests of Deviant Ninja on Pirate Cat Radio (87.9 FM). Not sure just how far the signal flies, so some of you getting this will just have listen real hard...or download to the podcast which i believe is made available soon after the show.

we'll be talking about the Grotto (apologies for the out of date site), about slouch, about writing, perhaps we may even read a very short something and we'll be listening to some tunes of our choosing. who knows we may even dig into health care reform and Super Bowl XLIV. go 9ers... uh, never mind.

also new you can follow me + slouch on twitter, all new slouch content is tweeted instantly. thought you knew.

til next time-


January 6

I'd like to invite your attention to an comprehensive online feature on the life and work of Black Mountain poet, publisher, and photographer Jonathan Williams, THE LORD OF ORCHARDS, edited by myself here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and poet/publisher Richard Owens at the State University of New York--Buffalo. As you know Williams, like Whitman, was a cosmos. He was publisher; poet and satirist; book designer; editor; photographer; legendary correspondent; literary, art, and photography critic and collector; early collector and proselytizer of visionary folk art; cultural anthropologist; curmudgeon; happy gardener; ground-breaking gay writer, resolute walker; and keen and adroit raconteur and gourmand.

Finally, all the feature's pieces are public and available at John Tranter's JACKET magazine, located in Australia, and arguably one of the finest online literary magazines around.

Our thanks to John for all of his work in getting our unwieldy collaboration online, and making it available to the world.

It took almost a year. Our feature was conceived not long after Jonathan passed away in 2008. Our plan was to have it appear for what would have been Jonathan's 80th birthday in 2009. However as we began gathering work and commissioning pieces we found the project not only fun and enlightening for ourselves, but also a many-tentacled monster--albeit a happy one.

The feature includes past essays and comments from Basil Bunting, Robert Duncan, Guy Davenport, Kenneth Irby, Ronald Johnson, Eric Mottram, Charles Olson and others. And many new pieces written in response to Jonathan's death or commissioned by us for this feature (writers such as David Anwnn, Robert Bertholf, Vic Brand, Thomas A. Clark, Simon Cutts, Richard Deming, James Jaffe, Tom Patterson, Michael Rumaker, and Dale Smith)--well, just take a look at the contents to see the full list. You'll also discover 26 portraits of Jonathan from the age of about 12 up until 2005--with other images scattered throughout the essays, 24 photographs by Jonathan--a number of which have never been published, works of art in honor of Jonathan, an unpublished interview with Jonathan by editor Richard Owens, a complete Jargon bibliography by Owens, and a selected Jonathan Williams publications bibliography compiled by me from a forthcoming complete bibliography. The essays range in subject from Jonathan as an art collector, photographer, publisher, and poet--to many new appreciations from young poets and publishers, major new essays including one on the role of humor in Jonathan's poetry and articles on Jonathan's work in photography and art collecting, moving elegies including prose by Robert Kelly and the full text of Thomas Meyer's long poem KINTSUGI written while Jonathan was dying. — Jeffery Beam

January 1

All submissions received in 2009 have been read and sent a reply. Submissions are closed for 2010.


October 8

Dear all

The Wilmington, NC born, Duke University educated (his papers are there), and Tucson, AZ beloved poet recently died after a long illness. Although it had been a long time since he lived in North Carolina, Carolinian's should acknowledge him as one of the most individual, socially conscious, and widely acknowldeged poets to have come from our state.

Will and I corresponded for many years. We connected through Winston Leyland's "Gay Sunshine" magazine where I published my first gay poem at the age of 17. Will and I began corresponding and he eventually reviewed/commented on three of my earlier books. I would say other than Winston Leyland's, Ian Young's, Thomas Meyer's, and of course Jonathan William's support my gay-themed poetry would never have taken the course that it did without his encouragement and love.

I published him twice in Oyster Boy Review:

What's So
A Late Tatter of Eden

The message below was fowarded to me by another friend by the person who had been Will's closest friend in Tucson.

Will Inman died last Saturday. He had been in pretty bad shape and I think death came as a relief to him. The Arizona Daily Star ran the following article on Tuesday: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/311993
— Jeffery Beam

[Editor's note: The Star link has become inactive. Read more about Inman in Kathryn Stripling Byer's blog: Will Inman, One Of NC's Own, Has Died.]

August 11

Josh Citrak will be reading at The Goth Hop: Litquake's celebration of Edgar Allen Poe, a fundraiser for Lit Quake, on August 14th at Club Verdi. It starts at 8:30 PM.

Since August 14th is Edgar Allen Poe's birthday, the theme for the night is thriller, horror, and twisted intrigue. Josh will be reading a little-known work--favored by zombie children everywhere--by Dr.Neuss (aka Josh) called, "Oh, the People You'll Eat!" (not to be confused with Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" which is a direct and obvious plagiarization). Their will also be a DJ spinning, and a short story contest.

June 18

Jeffery Beam, Poetry Editor, has a limited-edition chapbook titled An Invocation forthcoming from Country Valley Press. The handmade chapbook, limited to 100 copies and priced at $15 each, will be available in late summer 2009.

Josh Citrak, Contributing Editor, reads this Friday, June 19th, at The Knockout in San Francisco. The show, which starts at 7 pm, is part of the "Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll" Rebel Reading Series. Josh will read another one of his stories on Tuesday, June 30th, 7 pm, at the Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission Street. This is the official release of Farallon Review #2.

Issue 19 is moving along. The publication date has been extended to mid summer. Keep the faith!

May 27

A quick update to let you know that issue 19 is still in the works for a summer release. Production has taken longer than expected, but the issue is moving along. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

April 21

I thought you should know that Richard Owens (editor, Damn the Caesars literary magazine and publisher of Punch Press books) has just published a exquisitely designed and printed limited edition of Tom Meyer's poem Kintsugi, an elegy for Jonathan Williams, written while Tom nursed Jonathan through his last days and weeks at the hospital.

This is an excerpt from Robert Kelly's intro:

"Tom calls the 48 threnodic pulses observation of Jonathan's dying, his own surviving, by a curious Japanese world, 'kintsugi', which he describes as the 'practice of repairing ceramics with gold-laced lacquer to illuminate the breakage.' So the very rupture is what is highlighted . . . Tom's 'presence' to the dying and the death and the after is the golden line that holds all this together . . . the reader . . . feels embraced too a little in the amative circle of that attention."

The book also includes lovely images by Erica Van Horn of Coracle Press, Ireland—long time friend of Jonathan & Tom.

I, myself, am deeply moved by Kintsugi's Grecian grace, its hand-in-hand heart-breaking walk to the frontier to which Tom could only enter as margined partner and no longer darling substantial friend. Tom has taken us so generously into his grieving river—so as to offer himself up into all grieving, saying, "Come. Here's the interior of what you have felt, are feeling, are wanting bared."

The poem and the book are so vital in the hand, thus bringing life to Jonathan's passing and Tom's grieving and recognitions. I hope you'll consider ordering your own copy. — Jeffery Beam

March 8

After a 5-year hiatus, issue 19 is in production. More info soon.


December 30

All submissions received in 2008 have been read and processed. If you submitted work and have not received a reply, please contact the editors.

Issue 18 is still scheduled for release in January 2009.

November 14

We are in the process of replying to all submissions received in 2008. While submissions are closed, we do read every every manuscript. Fiction and poetry submissions will be closed in 2009. We are accepting submissions for artwork. Please see the art guidelines.

Issue 18 is scheduled for release in January 2009.

March 17

Jonathan Williams died yesterday evening (Sunday) around 9:30 PM.

Please join me in remembering an extraordinary individual who gave so much, oftentimes being ignored more than he should have been. A true "complete man of letters" as Ron Silliman describes him. — Jeffery Beam

See the New York Times obit for Jonathan Williams.

January 16

Submissions are closed for 2008. The publisher intends to resume a regular publication schedule this year.

To limit spam, our email address has changed. Please see the contact page for details.


September 7

As of yesterday, we have read and responded to all submissions received since January 2007. The publisher plans to start working on the next issue later this month.

August 1

A reminder that all submissions are closed for 2007. However, the publisher is in the process of reading all submissions that were received since January and should respond to each within the next few weeks.

June 15

Our email and mailing address has changed. Please see the contact page for details.

If you're wondering, OBR has been on an extended hiatus for the last three years. The publisher intends to resume a regular publication schedule this summer. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


July 7

Our email address has changed. Please see the contact page for details.

May 22

A general reminder that our post office box address changed as of November 2005. Please update your contact info with our new address.

May 17

Because of professional and other obligations, the magazine has been on extended hiatus since January 2004. The publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this has caused to the magazine's readers, contributors, and subscribers. For more information, please contact the publisher.

Issue 19, due this spring, features essays and stories from authors living and writing in San Francisco in the 1970s. Check back here for more details in the coming weeks.