Independent film:: A New Year Re:solution

After an incredible 2012 it is time to look forward at the challenges and opportunities of 2013. The story of this new year is yet to be defined. I have spent the last few days thinking about what is to come. I am excited for it. I am more than a little scared by it. Most of all, I have been thinking about how to make the new year important—how to create a unique meaning for the course of this year. What directions do I most want to grow in? How... Read More

Exit Strata: PRINT! Vol. 2 :: Launch & Party!

We are excited to announce the publication of Exit Strata: Print! Vol. 2, coming soon to a bookstore near you. Our second print issue of Exit Strata includes an incredible collection of poetry, fiction, play excerpts, prose, and conceptual work from artists in a wide range of mediums and from all over the world. We couldn’t be more pleased with our wonderful contributors (such as artist Justin Richel, whose oil painting “Unleashed”... Read More

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH :: Tips & Advice for First-Time Fiction Writers

Every November, thousands of aspiring writers from across the world try their hand at writing a novel in a month as part of the National Novel Writing Month. Not an easy feat as you can imagine. Of course, what counts as a novel (according to the NaNoWriMo guidelines) is 50,000 words, or roughly 175 pages. A novella really. But what’s wonderful about the idea is that it gets many potential writers past the first-word threshold and onto the first... Read More

FICTION: Gardens by David Meiklejohn [excerpt]

We stopped going to school after our parents died.  Grieving would distract us from our lessons, we reasoned.  Who could be expected to learn cursive while under such duress?  And because evading the army of replacement parents occupied much of our time, no one could reach us to prove otherwise. Friends were the new enemies.  We spent our evenings locking the deadbolt, checking the peephole, latching the chain. People came by often, and... Read More

Poem: What Great Troubleshot Fauna We’ve Become by Peter Milne Greiner

I boycott his atoms   after a glissade of bunk attempts then laud their inky, mobile   residuum again.   The ingredients of the music are my mimic falsetto   and the sound of a door locking   and unlocking and locking.   This capotasto he handsignals from god knows where is   really a chokechain muffling   what taste I have left of him.   ‘What can I say,’ I picture him saying, ‘I blackball and revere,   make... Read More