The literary journal of the Henry Miller Library
The Henry Miller Library champions the literary and artistic legacy of Henry Miller.
This cannot mean only the writings of Miller himself.
Miller existed at the peripheries of American literature, but his sources, and his influence, extend far beyond this country, to the international literary avant-garde.
Ping•Pong literary journal sees itself as a current and vital part of that same impulse. It represents a living connection to the centers and margins of contemporary literary culture, both in the US and beyond.
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Given our interest in these peculiar and often-overlooked centers and margins, not everything published in Ping•Pong will be pretty.
Miller himself was not a pretty writer. But he was vital. That is why even when Miller was hardly read in the US, Kenneth Rexroth describes himself meeting “…miners in the Pyrenees, camel drivers in Tmelcen, gondoliers in Venice” who all asked, “Do you know M’sieu Millaire?”
Ping•Pong understands itself as furthering Miller’s legacy by tapping into the contemporary literary and artistic milieu. The writers and artists represented in Ping•Pong are heirs to Miller’s legacy, and were Miller alive and writing today, these would be his peers and contemporaries.
It has been argued, that were Miller writing in 2007, he would be no more a part of the mainstream US literary world than he was in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s.
He was not a writer for the market. He would not appear on Oprah. He would be denounced as vulgar, as obscene, as barbaric as he was then.
The work in Ping•Pong is similarly not written for the market, but for the ages. It is challenging, it asks much of its reader. It’s not easy. It is, though, a vital continuation, and contribution, to Henry Miller’s literary legacy.
We like to be surprised by language and welcome writing that is playful and experimental. We like ideas that are bold and uncensored. Invite us into your world. Shock us, madden us, make us cry and laugh.
We are particularly interested in work with a global/ecological perspective, although we welcome regionalism with a global awareness. Themes we like include, but are not limited to,pop-culture, erotica, and ecology. We like experimental poetry and prose that demonstrates an awareness of the language it uses.
We publish brilliantly crafted writing, but are not interested in work that is clever at the expense of substance. Please don’t send us your grandmother’s slipper poems – you know the ones we mean. Send those to your grandmother. She’ll love you for it, and perhaps bake you some of those cookies you like so much.
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Maria Garcia Teutsch is a poet and fiction writer living in Santa Cruz. She has published well over 20 books of poetry in her lengthy career as an editor. Most recently of the Homestead Review literary journal which she has published for the past 12 years.
She has two recent chapbooks: Chronicles on Violence, which was also made into a Cinepoem, and Pussy. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and artists believing that if you supply a space artists will fill it up with wonder.
She also serves as president of the board of the Henry Miller Memorial Library. For more information please access her webpage at mariateutsch.blogspot.com.
Christine Hamm is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Drew University. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble with Meat.
Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Adirondack Review, Pebble Lake Review, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, and many others. She has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at CUNY.
She has published three books of poetry; Blazevox released her third book, Echo Park. Christine was a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens.chamm.blogspot.com
Joanna Fuhrman: Poet, author of four books: Freud in Brooklyn (Hanging Loose Press 2000), Ugh Ugh Ocean (Hanging Loose Press 2003), Moraine (Hanging Loose Press) and Pageant (Alice James Books 2009), as well as a new chapbook The Emotive Function (Least Weasel Press 2011.) Creative writing instructor and tutor. Joannafuhrman.com
River Atwood Tabor is a writer, photographer, and the Greek chorus for your daily life. He has been published in Shambala Sun’s 35u35 collection for young authors under the age of 35. He is currently in high school, and lives in Penang Malaysia.
When he isn’t in school he is meditating, writing, reading, or doing any host of random yet brilliant activities. He practices Soto Zen Buddhism. He looks forward to getting some of his work out there and being published more, but you know, he’s only just turned 16.
Creative Director – Jerrold Simon
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