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E. Despard

Good evening. I am writing to inform you that I am not wholly pleased with my inclusion as a “contributor” on you little online “blog” series. As you can no doubt tell from my usage of “internet” terminology, I have clearly excelled in my new position at Durmstrang.

We are now a shining example of technological enlightenment, including such advances as wireless fidelity waves that permeate the air with muggle codes and scripts, a machine capable of “faxing” documents in mere minutes, and most importantly I have reached 150 lines on your “Tetris” virtual simulation.

Finally I would like to address Emily. I am sure that you find great humor in the “gift” that you bestowed to me before my departure. I’ll have you know that the spell that hexed that device was easy to reverse, and I only have two discolored toes and a spot of purple behind my left ear to remember it by.

anonymous asked:

i just saw the contributor list for the yolo pages and it's pretty obvious that steve roggenbuck and boost house operates on a nepotistic basis - that's why it's so hard for other writers to get involved in the alt lit scene - people only care about the same rotation of names

i want to address this briefly (this is steve). we took open submisions in february, and all 300 submissions we got were read by at least me and one other person. most anthologies don’t even have a submission process, but we wanted to give an opportunity for new people to be considered. we found ~8 new people we wanted to publish in YP from the submissions, and a bunch more we plan to share on tumblr. i thought that was really fruitful. we immediately solicited ~25 others for YP who we already knew and found essential to this collection. then to stretch to our goal of 50 contributors, we scoured online lit mags for a couple weeks, especialy focusing on finding more female-identified contributors and more political poetry.

one of the main purposes of the anthology is to introduce people to these communities (“alt lit,” “weird twitter,” etc) and what’s been happening there, so of course it’s going to have a lot of “greatest hits” from those communities. could you really expect an anthology to have mostly new writers? it’s the nature of an anthology to republish stuff from other publications . also, many of these are underappreciated writers i feel. we intentionally passed on some of the bigger names in “alt lit,” and accepted several lesser known poets under the premise of how exciting it’ll be to get them more exposure.

also i want to say, “nepotism” is one way to interpret the “same rotation of names,” but what about the value of community building? in my opinion too many publishers fail to establish an aesthetic and shared community memes. i love that there are so many wacky and lovable characters in “alt lit” and i wanted to introduce more readers to them . i still love when exciting new figures arise in this scene ; probably it’s harder to get noticed in the current scene than in the past, because it’s a much larger scene now. but if you make an honest effort to become frends with almost any of us, this seems like one of the warmest, most accepting scenes i could imagine.? but maybe my perspective is skewed or it’s changed in the past couple years.?

does anyone else want to discuss this: “it’s so hard for other writers to get involved in the alt lit scene” ? does that seem true to you? Internet Poetry specifically takes pride in giving chances to new, differently styled work.. other publications are more selective, but often with good reason (anytime you’re getting hundreds of submissions you need to be selective). recently there’s been more discussion about the visibility of people of color and other marginalized voices in the “alt lit” community, and those discussions were definitely in the front of my mind while editing YP. we were very picky about the white men we accepted for this book.

i’d be interested in more discussion about this.. as is, i feel good about our contributor list.. we don’t mean it as any kind of “ultimate” “definitive” list or anything, but i think we’ve put together a very exciting book, which simultaneously presents a lot of “greatest hits” from a community that we want to showcase , tints it in a particular direction that i think is positive, and it does provide exposure for some lesser-known writers  .. im very excited about the yolo pages

[i started an open discussion about this in the “ALT LIT GOSSIP” facebook group, click here to check that out. also tao lin emailed me this response]