Monday, January 21, 2013

so cool - Yellow Mama and excellent editor Cindy Crosmus

Yellow Mama and editor Cindy Crosmus - it just doesn’t get any better than this, even if, perhaps, not for everyone (sigh...)

to quote from guidelines:  Needs: cutting edge, hardboiled, horror, literary, noir, psychological/horror.  No fanfiction, romance, or swords & sorcery and no erotica. We no longer publish erotica, but if your story contains graphic sex that is essential to the story, that's fine.  Absolutely nothing glorifying Satanism!  Nothing so sick or perverted that even I can’t read it. Nothing racist or bigoted, anti-religion, nothing blasphemous or sacrilegious.  Nothing either right-wing Conservative or so politically correct the ACLU would love it.  There’s a happy medium somewhere: Write straight from the heart; call it like you see it, but show some control.

Yellow Mama also has an excellent archive system, once archived, ‘until doom freezes over’, visitors/poets/et cetera can easily access past publishing histories - in other words, poems and stories are cared for/cared about even when in archival mode.

Maybe Yellow Mama isn’t for absolutely everyone, but I, one among many, can’t help myself - the artwork, the way one’s creations are presented and cared for, and, especially, the presence, feistiness and exceptional abilities of editor Cindy Crosmus - too cool.

(Lyn Lifshin and bear creek haiku stalwart John Grey (and yours unruly) are among the many within Yellow Mama).  And

see you in a moment

ayaz daryl nielsen
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