Santa Barbara Literary Journal Premiers At World Renowned Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

The maiden voyage of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal will be free and open to the public with an afternoon of readings and songs from its first volume "Andromeda" at the Karpeles on June 9, 2018, from 1–3:30 p.m. at 21 West Anapamu Street
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Santa Barbara Literary Journal
Santa Barbara Literary Journal
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - May 22, 2018 - PRLog -- Edited by Silver Webb, Laura Hemenway, and Ron Alexander, The Santa Barbara Literary Journal is a new biannual publication that will be available on Amazon in both print and kindle format and was inspired by and birthed from the 2017 Santa Barbara Writers Conference which will celebrate its 46th year on the beach in Santa Barbara from June 17th - 22nd.

The brainchild of Editrix Silver Webb, the journal features works from conference alumni Yvette Keller, Matt Pallamary, Stuart Orenstein, Janet Rendall, Max Talley, Reina Warnert, Silver Webb, Lisa Lamb, and Sacha Wamsteker.

A number of other talented artists, writers, and musicians are also contributors along with cover art from a painting titled "Making Tomato Paste" by Mary Freericks.

In this abridged letter from the opening of the journal, editor Silver Webb says, "Who is to say what is literary? In my mind, if it is a story and it is well-written, it's literature. But I find that stories considered genre are often deemed to be a different universe than literary fiction. Just as song lyrics are considered less-than poetry. Is it possible to have a literary werewolf? Would he have to wear a tuxedo and enunciate like Lord Mountbatten before he is considered literary? Can a witch be literary? Only if she goes to Harvard? (Believe me, I've befriended more than one unusual creature with a Ph.D. from that place.) I dislike the idea that literary fiction really means boring fiction, and that it is somehow valued more than anything with a teaspoon of imagination to it.

That was partially the steam in this punk editor's engines when I decided to start SB Lit Jo. I was actually at the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference in June 2017, at an early morning writing group. Meeting so many talented writers at that conference and listening to them talk about the difficulty in getting published, the idea for the Santa Barbara Literary Journal rolled into orbit. And the first volume, which contains a few meteorite shards from that early morning writing group, is named 'Andromeda.' It's my sincere wish that you enjoy every unique contribution to this journal."

Fiction offerings include:

• Emeralds for Andromeda – by T. Lawton Carney
• You Get Used To It - by Mark Bessey
• Walter's Demons – by Reina Warnert
• Andromeda Prime – by Silver Webb
• Petunia's Baby - by Brent Baldwin
• After the Apple – by Lisa Lamb
• Blue Brain Terrain – by Janet Rendall
• Pests - by S.M.C. Wamsteker

Poetry offerings include:

• As I Cannot – by Christine Penko
• Rabbits, Detritus, Rain – by Christine Penko
• Transverse Range – by Marsha de la O
• Invisibility Cloak – by Marsha de la O
• Meteor Display – by Mary Ames

There are also "playful plays" in a section titled AT PLAY:

• I Do-Nut Think That's A-Muse-Ing – by Stuart Orenstein
• All Pets Go To Heaven – by Alessandra Albanese

A Flash Fiction section titled FLASH! includes:

• Desert Dusk Music – by Thomas Timmins
• Flash Trinity – by Ted Chiles
• Love Triangle - by Chella Courington
• Lot 136 – by Yvette Keller

A Memoir section includes:

• Armenian Rhapsody – by Mary Freericks
• The Bombing of Tabriz – by Mary Freericks
• Blue Watermelon – by Mary Freericks
• Interview with Mary Freericks – by Silver Webb

There is also a section for the musically minded titled LYRICS:

• Letter from the Mistress of Song – by Laura Hemenway
• Clubhouse – by Kate Graves
• Ma Petite Chanson Parisienne – by Magali Michaut and Patrick Rydman
• Last Music Store – by Max Talley
• Just Another Daydream – by Sonya Heller
• Desiree – by Kim Michalowski
• Santa Fe - by Dennis Russell
• Lightning – by Bryan Titus
• Mariposa – by Laura Hemenway
• Nothing Else Will Do – by Bill Lanphar
• Pale Blue Dot – by Jen Hajj

The last section of the journal is titled: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE which focuses on the work of Santa Barbara Writers Conference workshop leader and shamanic explorer Matt Pallamary who has been with the conference for thirty years. The offerings here include:

• Interview with the Mind-Expanding Matt Pallamary – by Max Talley
• Excerpt from n0thing – by Matt Pallamary
• The Good Ship Pallamary – by Shaun Sanders

A secondary journal reading event will be hosted by the SB Writer's Night from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday June 12that the Oreana Winery on 205 Anacapa Street in Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara Literary Journal accepts submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, plays, and song lyrics. Works of Science-Fiction and Fantasy are particularly welcomed. The journal aims to build community among the many creatives in Santa Barbara, although writers from any location are free to submit their work. Interviews of the contributors and news about the journal can be found at

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