So HTMLGIANT, I’ve been told, serves a mostly young male community in its comments sections. I wasn’t sure that was true, but apparently, that’s the hope:
On HTMLGIANT, Blake Butler (who is also the editor of HTML) pimped a new mag, “We Are Champion,” that his work appears in; Elisa Gabbert pointed out that it’s an all male-issue without being publicized as such. I posted a reply to Blake’s post this morning, twice. My comment has not appeared (pasted below tho – miraculously, ten minutes after this post appeared, so did my comment), but what did is Blake’s new antagonistic query:
“When you are reading or editing an issue of a magazine, do you perform a contributor penis and vagina count, to verify a decent mix? Do you perform a race count? Do you verify the range of the letters in the last names?”
Let him know what you think (here). As usual, there is no serious address regarding why folks might “accidentally” publish and award men’s writing in disproportionate numbers, over and over, how this bias could be systemic, buried so that we’re unaware of how we inherit it, etc – it’s all without thought (i.e. thoughtless), or so goes the defense, don’t you know? And because of course, I’m always the bitch, the “last name letter counter” or whatever smarmy-ass pitch gets sent my way for pointing such gross disparities out. No real engagement or consideration; just a call to arms from the young men he hopes will mock the very question.
By the way, here’s my magically-disappearing comment that Blake won’t let through – pick up a copy of PARROT while you’re at it:
I love Gary Lutz and Mike Young, but I ain’t buying this mag. Three women writers in the entire contents of two issues? And it’s a new mag?
I’m sure the editor, or someone, will come along and insult me, call me bitchy names, mock my face, etc in “defense” of the contents and for pointing out such obviousness, but it’s plain and simple: here we go again, repeating the old exclusive boy’s club traditions of what we thought was fading. Shall we all retreat to Black Mountain and sit at Olson’s feet whilst we write poems for Pound? Oh, I’ll shut up; that’s my job.
I’ll post my response in advance so that I don’t have to return for the certain vitriol:
I’m not saying the work in this mag is bad! I’m sure there’s good stuff within. But it’s exclusive. SUPPORT MAGS THAT PROMOTE A VARIETY OF WRITERS, AND SINCE WE’RE AT LEAST HALF THE WRITING POPULATION, THAT SHOULD INCLUDE A FEW WOMEN. MORE THAN THREE OUT OF EIGHTEEN. I just subscribed to Parrot yesterday. Do that. It’s not hard to find excellent, complex, thrilling writing by women published with excellent work by men. It just isn’t. And if you say it is, well, you’re not trying hard enough.
Subscribe to PARROT and receive all the individual titles from the PARROT series for $42.00 or pre-order the Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection, signed and numbered 1-50 for $75.00.
PARROT will print the work of Stephanie Rioux’s My Beautiful Beds, Harold Abramowitz’s A House on a Hill (House on a Hill Part 1), Amanda Ackerman’s I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, Will Alexander’s On the Substance of Disorder, Amina Cain’s Tramps Everywhere, Allison Carter’s All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, Kate Durbin’s Kept Women, Joseph Mosconi’s But On Geometric, Amaranth Ravva’s Airline Music, Mathew Timmons’ Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation, Allyssa Wolf’s Loquela as well as the work of Michelle Detorie, Vanessa Place, Brian Kim Stefans and others…
Subscribe to PARROT for $42.00 and receive each of the individual titles as they are released.
NOW THAT’S A MAG TO WRITE HOME ABOUT.
p.s. Blake, in his efforts to spearhead all good editing practices, has added a classy response for those who don’t like to think but prefer the kind of “humor” that divorces:
- i am going to start asking submitters with names like Jan Richards and A. Wethersby to send pictures of their genitals if they want to have their work read. just so i know what kind of stats their language is carrying.
Good one, Blake.
When Issue #1 offered the work of three women (Blake Butler, Mathias Svalina, Rachel B. Glaser, Ally Harris, Adam Robinson, Jonathan Papas, Carl Annarummo, A. Minetta Gould, Christopher Higgs, Giancarlo ditrapano), Issue #2 of “We Are Champion” got pissed and chose to obliterate any and all female poetics completely.
Issue #2 of “We Are Champion” now stars the All – Live, All- Male nude revue: Jimmy Chen, Chris Oklum, Mike Young, Ben Mirov, Joseph Goosey, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, Miguel Morales, Mark Leidner, Reynard Seifert, and an interview with Ben Marcus.
p.s. The We Are Champs’ editor has changed the contributors’ names to mislead & protect the innocent (of course, into women’s names). Now that is WAC! UPDATE: My bad. The editor did not change the names; I was mislead by a jpeg-look-alike of the mag created by one Jimmy Chen, WAC contributor. I should have found it funny instead of just misleading. Ha. ha. So. Funny.
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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.