The latest edition of Black Clock, CalArts’ literary journal, will hit bookstores on Black Friday (Nov. 27). The biannual magazine, edited by Steve Erickson, novelist, critic and member of CalArts MFA Writing Program faculty, is dedicated to fiction, poetry and creative essays that explore the “frontier territory of constructive anarchy.”
The upcoming issue (No. 11) features a number of prominent authors such as Joanna Scott, Chris Abani and Susan Straight, and introduces a number of new new voices.
An overview of the content:
In Richard Powers’ “Over the Limit,” freely adapted from his just published novel, a young African woman genetically predisposed to happiness stands at the nexus of a brilliant, narcissistic scientist and the discontented moderator of a TV news magazine. In Rob Roberge’s “Stooge” and Lou Mathews’ “Hollywoodski,” Vegas drug deals go bad and drunken Tinseltown conversations run wild, and in Antonia Crane’s “Rosebud,” a self-designated “sexual outlaw” and stripper looking to retire gets caught up in the intrigues of an aging decadent Hollywood couple. In “This Is How the Past Turns Up,” Greil Marcus charts one of his patently revelatory longitudes between Barack Obama’s election-night victory speech, the fiction of Philip Roth, and Sam Cooke’s perennial contender for the greatest record of all time, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
To celebrate the release of Black Clock 11, there will be a reading of selected works at MOCA on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 pm by contributors Rob Roberge, Chris Abani, Veronica Gonzalez and Michaele Simmering. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.
Black Clock is published semi-annually by the CalArts MFA Writing Program. A one-year subscription (two issues): $20. Single issue cover price: $13. To subscribe, consult Black Clock subscription agent fictionondemand.com.