This is my friend Amos.
Amos is the sort of person who would walk around in suspenders and play you a happy birthday song on his accordion, or become upset with you for not noticing that he had been wearing all green for the last three days, or look at you with immense gratitude because you had just put a dollop of peanut butter on his hand. I know he is that sort of person because those are some of the things that he has done.
I’m telling you about Amos because another thing he did was to run, for years, a literary magazine called the Grub Street Grackle. This involved doing things like knocking on the doors of people on his street and asking them to write poetry so he could put it in his magazine. You know, crazy things! And the magazine was really good. It’s the only literary magazine I’ve ever cared about.
After a while, though, the rest of life got in the way and Amos had to quit making the Grackle.
Anyway, I’m bringing it up because the Grackle, it’s coming backle! Check it out on Kickstarter! He ain’t asking for much, so read some of what the Grackle has to offer and see whether it might not be worth throwing a dollar or two or fifty or whatever in its direction.
Also, I may possibly have contributed an image or poem or story or two to it over the years, so if you maybe pledge a bunch and get the complete set of back issues, you can have fun guessing which bits might be mine.
EDIT: a reader asked about how to go about submitting things to the Grackle. There is some information on that right here.