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Big Big Wednesday, one of the best literary journals around, never disappoints. Mixing poetry, photography, fiction, paintings, nonfiction, collage and multimedia art, issue five responds to the theme "Stranger." 27 contributors, including Cynthia Cruz, Sara Sutter, Thérèse Soukar Chehade, Beth Wooten, Dara Wier, Elaine Kahn, and Hilary Plum.

124 pages, oversized trade paperback...[ continued ]

Last copy! The fourth issue of our favorite literary journal, Big Big Wednesday, works around the theme "Partial." Poetry, fiction, essays, illustrations, and photography from 24 contributors, including Ben Lerner, Jennifer Williams, Claudia Lars, Haley Rene Thompson, Emily Carr, and Francesca Capone. 

120 pages, oversized trade paperback. Pull-out mini-poster by Maren Jensen...[ continued ]

Martha Grover's observations about life on earth are one-of-a-kind. In The End of My Career, the latest essay collection from the long-running Somnambulist zine author, her eye has never been more honed. It's a book about moving back in with her parents, finding work with a chronic illness, and living as a woman in a changing city. It will make you laugh while feeling the ever-present weight of the world...[ continued ]

From Portland writer and musician Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can is a memoir told in vignettes full of humor and soul-searching desperation. Released on the ever-awesome Perfect Day Publishing.

"When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he’s pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he’s released or tours he’s led, he still can’t shake the feeling that he has failed at life...[ continued ]

Michael Heald's strong voice and humor shine through in everything he writes. Eleven playful essays about insecurities, relationships, and obsessions.

"After a decade of failed relationships, estranged siblings, and abandoned hopes, he may or may not have learned his lesson. Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension is not nearly as depressing as any of this sounds."

192 pages, trade paperback...[ continued ]

The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity + Sound Advice For Writers and Artists is a playful book of great depth. The book version of a mixtape. "Part consoling sourcebook, part cultural commentary, part wry self-help manual, and part inspirational anthology, this slim volume is a celebration of the creative spirit, packed with insights relevant to any creative worker, whatever their field...[ continued ]

In this issue of our favorite Portland photo journal: “Building New Ground." 20 photographers from around the world respond.

With work from: Katherine Akey, Tal Ben Avi, Linda Borst, Craig Buchan, Fergus Coyle, Alexa Cushing, Chris Giuliano, Illesha Khandelwal, Bryan May, Giuseppe Mileti, Svetlana Mladenovic, Azikiwe Mohammed, Paolo Morales, Naveen Naqvi, Kumi Oguro, Joaquin Palting, Rhombie Sandoval, and Jeanette Spicer...[ continued ]

A quiet and haunting issue of the Incandescent photo zine that looks at what it means to be “brittle string in a big storm.”

Work from: Krasimira Butseva, Carmen Colombo, Kristin Dillon, Yael Eban, Lorena Endara, Yoav Friedlander, Juan Giraldo, Juliane Herrmann, Martin Holik, Hannah Nikkelson, Joaquin Palting, Sarah Pfohl, June Tay Sanders, Rhombie Sandoval, Dakota Sumpter, and FeiFan Zhang...[ continued ]

This issue of our favorite photo journal organizes under the banner of the “Slow Read.” And within there are shooting ranges, Mars simulations, fruit harvests, kids in the back of a truck going nowhere. As poet Hajara Quinn writes in her foreword, "A suite of photographs has the quality of a poem with many possible permutations...stirring up the space between the subconscious and conscious worlds...[ continued ]

Parking meters, pensive basketball players, proud dogs, explorative cats, tomatoes in a shirt, a swamp room, a shack. All gathered, figuring out how “to approach stillness,” the latest theme of Incandescent, our very favorite photography journal.

With work from: Poli Blum, Ally Caple, Christiana Caro, Carmen Colombo, Catherine J. Davis, Lisa Gidley, Justine Higgins, Mitchell Hurst, Clay Maxwell Jordan, Nick Kozak, John Murphy, Kelli Pennington, Evan Perkins, Claudio Rasano, Tom Rees, Cody Schlabaugh, and Sarah P...[ continued ]