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Lit Crawl LA 2019: October 6, 2019. 2:30-3:15

Bad Ken and the Desert Imaginaries: Join us at Lit Crawl LA on October 6, 2:30-3:15, at the Los Angeles Central Library. Experiment with tropes of the desert imaginary as conceptualized through Joshua Tree’s community of artistic praxis published in Bad Ken: A Journal of Place. Featured readers include: Sean Negus, Ariel Fintushel, Matthew Sherling, Ruth Nolan, Cynthia Anderson, Anne Yale, Nicelle Davis, and Cindy Rinne.


We are interested in work that continues our conversation about the desert, opens old cliches for reinterpretation/reinvigoration, as well as innovative work that presses boundaries of form and experiments with new tropes. Select poetry submissions will be made into a collection of broadsides, so each poem may be honored both individually and collectively. 

Issue #1 was designed by Sara Clemens, creator of Videodame. It features writing by Cynthia Anderson, Ruth Nolan, Matthew Sherling, Ariel Fintushel, Suzanne Im, and Aria Mikkola-Sears, and photography and writing by Sean Negus and Dan Giovanelli.

We held a reading for issue one on November 18th, 2018  at Space Cowboy Books. This special night featured poets Ruth Nolan, Sara Clemens, Matthew Sherling, Cynthia Anderson, Sean Negus, Ariel Fintushel, and singer-songwriter Niki Savage!


Submit by August 1, 2019, email retreatjoshuatree@gmail.com. Send your unpublished art, photography, poems, essays, stories, interviews, manifestos, or videos deriving from the desert, real or imaginary.  Select poetry submissions will be made into a collection of broadsides, so each poem may be honored both individually and collectively

Please attach your work in a format that can be copied and pasted (not a .pdf). Include a brief biograhpical statement and a link to your website(s) if they exist. All questions and queries should be sent to: retreatjoshuatree@gmail.com.

Cover Letter (optional): Use this space to briefly share information with us about your relationship to the desert and how it translates (or not) into your art. We would like to know what role art plays in your life overall, what your current artistic projects or driving questions are, and who/what are your influences.

If your work is accepted, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to The Joshua Tree Experiential Arts & Writing Retreat.