by Fourteen Hills staff writer, Maxwell Shanley
by Fourteen Hills Staff Writer, Kristina Victoria Bernard
Come be inspired by Sarah's poetry with us - and don't forget to bring cash or check to purchase a signed copy of Niagara Transnational.
Fourteen Hills is proud to announce the inaugural Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. Guest judge is poet Chet Wiener. The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Fourteen Hills. There is no submission fee. Poems not chosen for the award will be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills.
- Submission deadline: January 1, 2014
- Submissions only accepted via Submittable
- No minimum length; maximum 10 pages
- Maximum 1 poem per author
- Students currently enrolled at San Francisco State University are inelligible
- Any poetry submitted for the award will also be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills
San Francisco is about to get quaked. Litquaked, that is. October 11 begins San Francisco’s 11th Litquake, nine days of literary events ranging from interviews with world-renown authors (TC Boyle, Mary Gaitskill, and Anne Perry, among others), readings, workshops, parties, and other less easily classified shenanigans no one’s gonna want to miss. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.litquake.org/2013-festival-schedule. Ticketed events sell out quickly.
The exquisite cap to this week of literary mayhem, is LitCrawl, a massive three-hour string of readings that spans dozens of venues, and showcases San Francisco literary journals, creative writing programs, reading series, and interest groups. The Crawl is divided into three phases, beginning at 6 PM. Each phase lasts about an hour, though crawlers are encouraged to check out one or two during each phase as they desire. Most readings are within walking distance of each other in San Francisco’s Mission district. It’s often too hard to pull away, though, so make sure you check the schedule right here, and carefully plan ahead.
For starters, plant yourself comfortably at the Mission Police Station (630 Valencia) for Fourteen Hills’ Time Capsule Tour. The action begins at 6 PM when Fourteen Hills kicks off LitCrawl by showcasing some of its celebrated past, present, and future. Featured readers span all twenty years of Fourteen Hills publication, including the inaugural Issue1.1 published in 1994. They are Jon Boilard (Fourteen Hills 1.1), Daniel Coshnear (Fourteen Hills 5.1), Lucille Lang Day (Fourteen Hills 7.2), Sarah Heady (current San Francisco State University MFA student and winner of this years Michael Rubin Book Award), Jill Tidman (Fourteen Hills 15.2, where her short story “This is How I Saw It” won her both a Pushcart and the Bambi Holmes Award), and Barbara Tomash (Fourteen Hills 3.2 & 10.2). Fourteen Hills is elated to share with you both one of our first published authors, Jon Boilard, and one of our most recent, Sarah Heady. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate twenty amazing years, and counting, of publishing some of the country’s most provocative and exceptional writing and art.
Come celebrate twenty years with Fourteen Hills as we kick-off this year’s LitCrawl, 6 PM at the Mission Police Station (630 Valencia). Stay current with all of Fourteen Hills’ coming attractions by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and at www.14hills.net.
Welcome to a brand new semester here at Fourteen Hills!
Our graduate student editors and staff are already tirelessly reading hundreds of submissions and eagerly planning for our December issue, Fourteen Hills 20.0. It’s a big year for us here at Fourteen Hills, as we look back over twenty years of publishing some of the country’s best innovative and thought-provoking fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. George Saunders loves us, as do more than one hundred independent and mainstream bookstores across the country that carry us, plus a growing readership that turns to Fourteen Hills for its stimulating art, slick design, interviews with both well-known and up-and-coming authors, and always electrifying fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Fourteen Hills has a few events up its sleeve to celebrate its twenty year birthday. To kick-start the party, Fourteen Hills is excited to present its Time Capsule Tour at this years LitCrawl, Saturday, October 19. Join us at 6 PM at the Mission Police Station, 630 Valencia, where our featured readers include Jon Boilard, Daniel Coshnear, Lucille Long Day, Sarah Heady (winner of this year’s Michael Rubin Book Award), Jill Tidman, and Barbara Tomas.
November 6, Fourteen Hills is throwing a release party for this year’s Michael Rubin Book Award winner, San Francisco State University MFA poetry candidate, Sarah Heady. These parties are always joyful celebrations of outstanding and local new authors. Please stay tuned for details to come.
Also in the works this year is Fourteen Hills’ inaugural poetry award contest. Details to follow.
And finally, Fourteen Hills 20.0, our twentieth issue, will be released at one of our characteristically fantastic release parties in mid-December. This is one you won’t want to miss.
Saturday, July 6 heralds the East Bay’s second annual Beast Crawl, and yours truly will be roaring with the best of them at 8 p.m. at Telegraph Oakland Beer Garden and Cafe. Hundreds are expected to crowd the pubs, restaurants, and galleries of Oakland to celebrate writers reading from their own work. Check the schedule right here and mark your map. Fourteen Hills will be presenting an incredible showcase of its very own home-grown talent: former staff writer Sarah Broderick, current Fiction Editor Juliana Delgado, poet Ivan Hobson (published in Fourteen Hills 18.2), former co-Editors-in-Chief Miah Jeffra and Chad Koch, former Poetry Editor Diana Rosinus, and Fourteen Hills Event Coordinator Jason Schenheit. Read all about them right here:
Sarah Broderick is the recipient of a Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association fellowship for 2013. She is an MFA candidate in fiction at San Francisco State University.
Juliana Delgado, a Colombian writer, has various publications and her stories have been performed at Action Fiction! Juliana runs a Queer! Spanglish! zine, Plastic Panties, with her partner, is Fiction Editor at Fourteen Hills, and writes for SF Weekly.
Ivan Hobson earned an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. He is also a fourth generation machinist. His poetry has recently appeared, or is forthcoming in publications including The North American Review, The Fourth River, South Dakota Review, and California Quarterly.
Miah Jeffra's work appears in Fifth Wednesday, Educe, Edge, and A Cappella Zoo, among others. He is Chair of Humanities at the Art Institute of California, and Artistic Director of culture jamming collective ShadowLab.
Chad Koch received the 2010 Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship. His first published story won the Leo Litwak Short Story award. He was most recently Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills.
Diana Rosinus, recipient of the Myna Brunton Hughes Award, holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she served as Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills. Her poetry has appeared in Poecology, Floodwall, and Foundling Review.
Jason Schenheit is a founder and editor for thegorillapress.com, an online and print zine machine. He is the Event Coordinator for Fourteen Hills, and co-curates a reading series called the Grinder.
Beast Crawl is an electric festival of writers and their words; the worlds that they conjure; the places to which they take us; the questions they pose and let fly to the wind. Delicious food, fine drink, and impeccable company never hurt either. Join Fourteen Hills, July 6, 8 p.m. at Telegraph Oakland Beer Garden and Cafe. Visit our Facebook page for all the details. Make sure you "like" us for your chance to win a prize!
Fourteen Hills is pleased to announce Sarah Heady as the winner of the 2013 Michael Rubin Book Award for her collection of poems, Niagara Transnational. The book will be published by Fourteen Hills Press and distributed by Small Press Distribution November 2013.
The Michael Rubin Book Award is a contest open to students of San Francisco State University. It is held annually, alternates between prose and poetry, and the winning manuscript is chosen by a different guest judge each year. This year's contest was judged by poet Stephanie Young. The winning manuscript is published by Fourteen Hills Press in a limited one-run printing.
Stay tuned for information about Niagara Transnational's release party coming this fall.
It's So Nice to Meet You, Issue 19.2!
Over 120 people graced the 60s-era hall of the magnificent Verdi Club for the Fourteen Hills 19.2 release party Wednesday, May 15. Large, round tables were set with tablecloths and flickering candles; some with trays of cheese, fruit, and crackers; others with homemade cupcakes towering with beehive icing (thank you, Miah Jeffra!). Each place was set with a glossy, full-color program designed by Fourteen Hills co-editor Miah Jeffra, detailing the night’s events, and, to whet everyone’s desire, the full list of raffle prize gift packages. People entered the main hall, stage ahead draped with thick velvet curtains, lights dim and candles glowing orange, and simply stopped. Took it all in. Soon they were finding friends and strangers, and saving their seats to visit the bar. They came back with cocktails, beer, and glasses of wine, as musician Michael Mullen of Pocket Shelley began playing the piano on stage and singing poetry into the microphone. Before anyone knew it, the celebration had begun.
Fourteen Hills co-editors, Chad Koch and Miah Jeffra, took the stage and warmly welcomed everyone. They thanked the incredible and tireless Fourteen Hills editorial staff, and drew everyone’s attention to the Fourteen Hills 19.2 cover: a photograph by world-renown photographer, Michael Wolf, who graciously and astoundingly offered the piece from his Tokyo Compression series.
The readers then took their turns on the stage. The Fourteen Hills’ editorial staff was excited and honored to have past contributors read from current and old work: Dana Teen Lomax (Fourteen Hills 6.1), Ron Nyren (8.2), Daniel Langton (5.1), Elizabeth Treadwell (4.1 and 11.2), and Zara Raab (16.2). The editors were especially excited to also have two 19.2 contributors read from their work: fiction writer Hobie Anthony, and poet Lisa Cattrone.
Before intermission, the co-editors and faculty advisor, Matthew Clark Davison, got the raffle draw going. Lucky winners hopped up and ran or embarrassedly wound their way down to claim their gift packages, which included such delights as a massage, hair style and make-over, a basket of dark chocolate treats, golf at the Richmond Country Club, yoga from Funky Door Yoga, SFMOMA tickets, and travel gear from Humangear.
After the last reader, Lisa Cattrone, had read her last poem, and Michael Mullen had played his last song, people lingered to finish their drinks, snatch that last cupcake, and buy extra copies of Fourteen Hills 19.2. Outside, the night was full of stars and refreshingly crisp. Inside, the dance music was just beginning.
Add Fourteen Hills 19.2 to your summer reading list. We all admit it: this one blew our socks off. Some say it is the best one yet. Buy your copies, until they sell out, right here.
The next issue, Fourteen Hills 20.0, will release in December 2013. Pencil this into your mental calendar. Until then, be well, enjoy the summer, and keep reading. Also, say "hello" every once in a while on our Facebook page.
From all of us at Fourteen Hills, thank you! We love you. We really do.
- Photos by Fourteen Hills staff, Dev Bhat