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Banango usually prefers to review works that have already come out, rather than serving as a promotional vehicle, for which there are other venues (and Banango has qualms about the prevalence of self-promotion in the alt lit scene). Nevertheless, Banango believes there is a time and a place for everything, including bald promotion, and one of us (Rachel) recently completed a fellowship application in which she talked about building a literary community (really!). That means, when it’s appropriate, giving everyone a chance to showcase their work and helping writers disseminate information about such work to a broader community. You could call this boosting, if you’re into that. In a true democratic spirit, Rachel put the question to the ALT LIT GOSSIP (SPREAD) Facebook group. Anyone who had enough information to share (i.e. a title and a description) was included. What follows is descriptions and photos and excerpts and editorial comments (until I get tired or have nothing to say) about upcoming and just-released works. If Banango Lit were a magazine, I think I could publish this in good conscience without appending ADVERTISEMENT at the top. All aboard the alt lit promo train.

Click the links to jump to different works.

cityscapes (Jacob Steinberg, Editor)
Anthology of Etiquette and Terrifying Angels with Many Heads (James Tadd Adcox, Editor)
Richard Chiem-You Private Person
Shaun Gannon-Brown Fuzzy Words
Daniel Alexander-raddddd
Sarah Jean Alexander-goodbye drinks
Rachel Hyman-Lighthouses
Samuel Von Allen-Observations From An Erudite Dubstep Fan
Patrick Trotti-Frayed little toothpicks reaching for the clouds
Jovial Jellyfish and Starfish Jade-The Jovial Jellyfish & Starfish Jade Show
Michael O’Brien-As Adam
Ashley Obscura and John Rogers-Oh, Inverted Universe
John Rogers-the following pages have become unresponsive you can wait for them to become responsive or you can kill them ♥
Lauren Marie Grant-The Things I’ve Done For The Internet
Jakob Maier-Beautiful Mean Things
Chase Kersey-Shorter Story
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cityscapes (Jacob Steinberg, Editor)

The city around me becomes a womb nourishing my thoughts and crafting my words. No matter what topics appear in any of my writing (be they love, or solitude; sex, or rejection), there are always traces that remain lingering in the background: the anonymity of the urban imaginative….Our surroundings affect us….It is well known that people ascribe to different cities their own identities; they most certainly have their own unique way that they are represented in culture, film, or writing. But what interests me in this project is how those identities are so often transplanted onto their inhabitants. And while dispute continues over terminology to define contemporary literature, there is an undeniably shared quality in how we write, publish, and take in literature in the internet era….The “cityscapes” in this project are reflections on the urban environments that we all know and how the current generation of writers relates to them.

Oh boy, I am so excited for cityscapes. Delving into city and what it means for people, what it does to people, is an enormous and noble task. Jacob has an all-star list of contributors signed on, including Ariana Reines, Frank Hinton, CA Conrad, and Cassandra Troyan.

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Anthology of Etiquette and Terrifying Angels with Many Heads (James Tadd Adcox, Editor) (NAP)



Anthology of Etiquette and Terrifying Angels with Many Heads is hot off the e-presses from NAP, so it will be good. This is one of the few things in life or art I’m sure of. Contributors include Michael Czyzniejewski, Matt Bell, Russ Woods, M Kitchell, Meghan Lamb, and Brian Oliu.

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Richard Chiem-You Private Person (Scrambler Books)



I’m looking at an Artifice interview with Richard Chiem where he’s referred to as “the literary antithesis to Steve Roggenbuck’s brand of hyper-positivity” [if I saw that phrase alone I would think it was referring to Guillaume Morissette]. The interview also says he is part of a Pop Serial group of writers whose existence I was not aware of but their existence makes some sense now that I think about it. Richard says that his upcoming short-story collection You Private Person is themed around “the young surviving.” Above is a book trailer with balloons. You Private Person, I like the semantic messiness of this title. It is a good title.

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Shaun Gannon-Brown Fuzzy Words (Love Symbol Press)



Shaun Gannon just released an echapbook through Love Symbol Press which you can read here [PDF]. I have read this and can confirm that it is worth reading. It is in three parts and the first part has black holes and the second has two guys playing a videogame called Shoot Sleeping Soldiers and the third and longest part (which is labeled Addendum) delves into the lurid background of Shoot Sleeping Soldiers and every part has brown fuzzy words. The title does not lie.

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Daniel Alexander-raddddd



Young snack impresario Daniel Alexander has been going hard in the paint to promote his upcoming book, raddddd, a poetry/short story/illustration book. Kickstarter-funded and full of pieces about aliens and pyramids and drawings of the likes of POKEMON BLVCK 666 and a grass monster that eats mailman, raddddd promises to live up to its title. My favorite piece is about an exorcist who cannot keep up with the possessions he is being called to administer to and it is told primarily through voicemail messages.

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Sarah Jean Alexander-goodbye drinks

Baltimore poet Sarah Jean Alexander, the subject of our inaugural alt lit poetry spotlight, has a chapbook coming out this month entitled “goodbye drinks: 20 poems about you and cops and david lynch.” Sarah does lovelorn/spurned lover really well and this is a big theme in this chapbook. Here is one of the poems:

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Rachel Hyman-Lighthouses (Pangur Ban Party)

Okay. So. I have serious qualms about self-promotion (and hate when people publish themselves in their own journal, etc.) but it seems to be the name of the game so I’m just going to stick myself in the middle here and ignore my own hypocrisy on that point. I have a poetry collection coming out on Pangur Ban Party called “Lighthouses.” Here is one of the poems:

[A revelation, or an epiphany:]

I am not the lighthouse

or the light sweeping across the water

but the body lying prone on the shore


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Samuel von Allen-Observations From An Erudite Dubstep Fan



I’ve really been loving Samuel von Allen’s image macros. He uses his own photographs and the text is persistently but not obnoxiously optimistic. Potential themes for this collection include dubstep, the city in winter, traveling on the road, isolation.

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Patrick Trotti-Frayed little toothpicks reaching for the clouds (Planetary ebooks)



Frayed little toothpicks reaching for the clouds is a short story collection published by Planetary Ebooks, of whose existence I was heretofore unaware. It consists of six previously unpublished short stories and photography from Johnny Lace and deals with childhood memories, disillusionment and fear. The following is a very short story from Frayed little toothpicks entitled “Don’t Ask”:

They issue me a gun, a license to kill.

I’ve been poked and prodded and trained to become a finely oiled machine. My days are long and strictly regimented and my feelings have become detached and departmentalized.

They said I would enter a boy and leave “Army Strong.” I wonder if that still applies if they knew I didn’t have a wife and kid waiting for me at home. I don’t want to know the answer because I’m afraid it would somehow undermine my valor.

I’d like to think it wouldn’t make a difference; that courage and honor are more important than labels.


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Jovial Jellyfish and Starfish Jade-The Jovial Jellyfish & Starfish Jade Show

"Two undersea friends attempt to produce the first ever deep sea broadcast network against heavy currents, total jerkfaces, and a saltload of other obstacles on the Jovial Jellyfish & Starfish Jade Show. It will be a formal exercise in the YouTube Series medium."

Let me also take this moment to remind you that Jovial Jellyfish is the creator of this wonderful Pumped Up Kicks video.

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Michael O’Brien-As Adam

This collection of poems is the first ebook released by UP Literature. As the title would suggest, the pieces have a Biblical bent to them. Here is one of the poems:

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Ashley Obscura and John Rogers-Oh, Inverted Universe



"soon emerging towards you from a forest of tabs: oh, inverted universe

oh, inverted universe is a 22-page digital macro poem which will be available as a pdf download online for free.

oh, inverted universe is a meditation on dualism and balance and was created on a Google Doc between Ashley Obscura and John Rogers.”

This looks pretty. And is now live.

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John Rogers-the following pages have become unresponsive you can wait for them to become responsive or you can kill them ♥

"A 20-page online chapbook of poems, image macros & @internet_poetry. Best viewed full screen. Some of the poems were written in a state of semi-consciousness then edited to combine dream imagery and waking life.”

This is very Internet Poetry. Sample poem:



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Lauren Marie Grant-The Things I’ve Done For The Internet

I think all of us in this community could write an ebook, if not a novel, about the things we’ve done for the Internet. Lauren Marie Grant’s first ebook drops on October 12th and I will leave you with this cryptic story title: “SOME CATS HAVE TO EAT ICE CREAM FOR THE INTERNET.”

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Jakob Maier-Beautiful Mean Things

Keep an eye on Jakob Maier’s Tumblr for an upcoming ebook called “Beautiful Mean Things,” a collection of negative feedback on Jakob’s YouTube videos crossed with Instagrammed flowers. The above macro made me laugh. This suck indeed.

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Chase Kersey-Shorter Story

Chase Kersey has a short story collection coming out called “Shorter Story.” You can read the first 4 on his Tumblr, here. “It is loosely k-mart realism. They are meant to be bleak and emotionless,” exemplified in the following excerpt:

I got home and my door was knocked in. All of my stuff was strewn across my the floor and they had taken all of my electronics.

I left my house and fell asleep in my car. It was cold.


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This concludes your ride on the Banango Lit promo train. It almost felt like an alt lit holiday card, like letting everyone know what all the gang’s up to. Readers: did you enjoy this? Do you want to see more of this sort of thing on Banango Lit?

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    as adam by michael o’brien is mentioned :)))
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    many-headed angels: cityscapes,
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    very nice
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