Thomas Brown on “The Flock”

Here’s what contributor Thomas Brown has to say about his story, “The Flock,” in Issue #9, “transgressions:”

‘The Flock’ explores transgression in a number of ways, conveying the natural transgression of the bird-boy hybrids, the flock’s physically transgressive behaviour towards their classmate, and through this behaviour, man’s disposition to display transgressive qualities. If transgression is a violation of law, it is also an inherently human trait, giving rise to the horrible yet familiar bird-boys. 

Thanks, Tom!  We look forward to reading more from you soon!

Superstition Review: Issue 11 Launch Party to be held April 25th at Mesa Arts Center

by: Rikki Lux Review, the online literary magazine at Arizona State University, is pleased to announce the launch of their 11th issue on Thursday, April 25th. A launch party to celebrate the occasion will take place at the Mesa Arts Center on Thursday, April 25th from 6 to 8pm.

The launch party will feature presentations by s[r]’s section editors discussing their favorite art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction, and poetry featured in issue 11, as well as a reading by issue 11 contributor Cynthia Hogue. Guests will have free access to the museum and to the exhibition “CreatureManNature” by Arizona artists Monica Aissa Martinez, Carolyn Lavendar, and Mary Shindell, who are past contributors to Superstition Review.

The event will be catered by local vegan and vegetarian restaurant The Pomegranate Café, whose owner Cassie Tolman was the Poetry Editor for Issue 1 of Superstition Review.  The menu includes:

  • RAW! Tacos Vivos
  • RAW! Arizona Rolls
  • RAW! Rainbow Wraps
  • Local Hummus Plate with a variety of fresh veggies and dips (baby carrots, snap peas, radishes, golden flax crackers, macadamia basil pesto, cilantro jalapeno hummus, sunflower ranch…)
  • Seasonal Bruschetta
  • Seasonal Fruit Tray with berries, melons & edible flowers
  • Assorted Pastry Tray
  • Beverages: Hibiscus Cooler & Seasonal Lemonade or Pomegranate Green Iced Tea

Since Superstition Review’s founding by ASU professor Patricia C. Murphy in 2008, s[r] has gained national attention, featuring work from over 500 contributors including: Aaron Michael Morales, Anthony Doerr, Barbara Hamby, Barbara Kingsolver, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Billy Collins, Bob Hicok, Chase Twichell, Cynthia Hogue, Dan Chaon, Daniel Orozco, Dara Wier, David Baker, David Hamilton, David St. John, Deborah Bogen, Denise Duhamel, Dick Allen, Dinty W. Moore, Eric Weiner, Erin McGraw, Ewing Campbell, Floyd Skloot, Frances Lefkewiz, H. Lee Barnes, and many more. All content is free to read and is available at

Superstition Review hopes to see a large turnout at the launch party. All members of the literary and arts community are encouraged to attend.

Read about Superstition Review on their website and visit their blogFacebook, and Twitter accounts for more upcoming news about Issue 11’s launch.

Nighttime Hymn by Holly Day

“if I had known this morning that we would
be over and done by tonight I
never would have gotten out of  bed,
I would have stayed asleep, alive”

Read the rest of Issue 8 here.

Coming soon: Issue #9!


We’re getting ready to start work on the Winter 2013 issue, but Issue 8 will stay on the homepage a bit longer, so check out artwork by Mette Norrie, reviews by Joshua Willey, poetry by Holly Day and Jean-Pierre Parra, and fiction by Teri Louise Kelly, Thomas James Brown, and Jenny Glozshtein. Tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

And keep sending us your beautiful!

Happy holidays, friends!

New art! New fiction!

We are very pleased to welcome Mette Norrie and Thomas James Brown to the pages of trans lit mag!

Mette Norrie is a visual artist, illustrator, and writer from Copenhagen, Denmark, with an MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art.  Check out Mette’s cover, “Bird Days,” and five drawings in a series called “Blue Bones.”

Thomas James Brown, whose contribution here is “Wolf Song,” is the Co-Editor of Dark River Press and a postgraduate student at the University of Southampton, where he is studying for an MA in Creative Writing.

Happy October!



Happy anniversary to us!

As of Sept 21, we’ve been doing this trans lit mag thing for two whole years!  It’s been one big learning experience after the next — and there’s a whole lot of wonderfulness in the works, so the learning continues!

It’s been such an honor to have been able to publish the amazing pieces that have graced our digital pages over the last two years.  Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has submitted their work.  My college advisor used to say that submitting was like giving birth.  He was urging me to do it, and what he meant was that you can’t keep it all to yourself, but I couldn’t help but think (and still do!) that he meant it was painful but necessary.  So another thank you to all of our contributors, past and future, and a major shout out to all of our readers.  We can’t keep doing it without you!

We’re also extending issue 8 through Dec 21, summer and fall all in one place, and we’re still accepting submissions for this issue, “transpire,” until further notice (probably Thanksgiving).  Send us your visual art, fiction, poetry, essays, short plays, reviews, character sketches, or simply drop us a line via email, twitter, or fb.  We love mail.

Sign up for our forthcoming newsletter!  Anniversary party coming in the next few weeks!  Exclamations!

xo — Xtina

“transpire”: naming the issues

I’m writing the letter from the editor for issue #8, as I usually do at the very last minute, and looking up the various dictionary entries on the issue’s chosen title, usage notes and variations and etymology, and thinking about the implications of these things, simultaneously procrastinating and researching and writing, and transpire is a fun word for this because it’s literal meaning – to breathe through – is the same as perspire – to breathe through – so both mean to give off, as waste or water vapor.  To sweat.

Yet, somehow, perspire does little more than make sweat (from Middle English and farther back Proto-Germanic) a little more Romantic (haha!), and transpire over the last few centuries has taken on all these figurative meanings – to be revealed, and even more interestingly: to be revealed as the truth.  But also simply to happen.

Which is apparently still eliciting usage panels’ and language critics’ condemnation 237 years after Abigail Adams used it in a letter (although her usage could be seen in the context of the American Revolution to mean nothing new had been revealed since her last letter, there had been no new developments, so not as simple as nothing new had occurred).

I think there’s something really magical about a word meaning to breathe through and to pass through something like skin and also to be revealed as something that happened.  In my graduate thesis I explored (in part) a theoretical text by Michael Andre Bernstein called “Foregone Conclusion: Against Apocalyptic History.”

In my understanding (and thinking about this in only the most oblique ways because I haven’t read any of these things in several years), backshadowing is narrating events as if they had to have happened.  It’s narrating the events leading up to an Event as if they had to have led to that event.  The Event having occurred removes all other possibe outcomes of the events of the story being told.

Just as what has transpired has revealed itself to be what happened.  But also, what transpires reveals itself to happen.  And what will transpire will reveal itself, will happen.

It’s a funny way of telling stories.

On it’s way: “Stand Alone Girl” by Teri Louise Kelly, the first story in Issue #8.  In the meantime, check out our past issues and send us some of your beautiful.


new art and nonfiction

Check out “Pathogen of Social Misery” by Ernest Williamson III and “Pearl” by Kyle Torke, up just this very minute.

We have quite a backlog of submissions to go through, but don’t let that stop you from sending us your beautiful work.

books by contributors

Some of our very talented contributors have recently had or will shortly have books published, and whether we mentioned them once and those notices have drifted into the ether (due to the old blog vanishing when we moved to FatCow) or the news is slightly newer, I wanted to celebrate them all in one place, so here goes, in no particular order.

Howie Good (issues 3 and 5)’s new book of poems, “Dreaming in Red,” is available on lulu.

Mitchell Waldman (issue 2)- “Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart” is available on Amazon.

Eric Sasson (issue 1)’s “Margins of Tolerance” is forthcoming from Livingston Press.  (Preorder it in the Amazon box on this page.)

And Anna North (issue 2)’s “America Pacifica” came out last May.

If I’ve left anyone out or you are a contributor with news to share, shoot me an email.

Lots more fiction and poetry and reviews and essays and visual art on the way in issue #6, transect.  xo


Update: Issue 5 contributor John Taylor has had four books come out in recent months (four!), three translations and a collection of essays:

Pierre-Albert Jourdan, “The Straw Sandals: Selected Prose and Poetry,” translated by John Taylor, Chelsea Editions; Philippe Jaccottet, “And, Nonetheless: Selected Prose and Poetry 1990-2009,” Chelsea Editions, translated by John Taylor; Jacques Dupin, “Of Flies and Monkeys“, translated by John Taylor, Bitter Oleander Press; and John Taylor, “Paths to Contemporary French Literature,” volume 3, Transaction Publishers.

under construction

trans lit mag is still a little under construction.  Please bear with us, and in the meantime, check out the current issue.  And join us Sunday, October 16, for the first ever trans lit mag transverse the city – a literary pub crawl to celebrate our one year anniversary!