Our latest edition of Disparate Elements is for a good cause: we are helping to raise awareness (and $$$) for our friends at ICOSA
, who have been forced to relocate. The good news is that they're moving to the Canopy complex, next door to Big Medium! The bad news is that it costs money. To help defray costs, they've launched a Kickstarter, and as of right now, they're a little more than halfway there. We want to help them close out strong with a reading on the penultimate day of their Kickstarter campaign. We'll be selling copies of our brand new spring/summer 2018 issue, and half the proceeds will go to the ICOSA Kickstarter. It's a great way to support your local literary and visual arts communities, and we hope you will join us!
The event will feature readings by (in order of appearance):
Mary Helen Specht
Zoë Miller grew up in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from The New School University, as well as an MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in 12th Street, fields, and Front Porch Journal. Currently, she is working on a novel.
Amanda North currently lives, writes, and teaches in Austin, Texas, though she was born in the border town of El Paso. She lectures in the English Department and Honors College at Texas State University. She has work published or forthcoming in Construction, Columbia Poetry Review, The Open Bar at Tin House, The Learned Pig, and Yew Journal.
Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican-American, raised in East Dallas and in a small town in Michoacán. His current manuscript uses themes from the ongoing drug war taking place along a fictional U.S./ Mexico border town. The manuscript can be described as a Narco Acid Western told in forty five poems. It is written in lineage with Alejandro Jodorowsky's film, El Topo. His work has appeared in Fugue, The Boiler, Hobart, fields, and elsewhere.
Mary Helen Specht's first novel, Migratory Animals, was published by Harper Perennial in 2015. An editors' choice by the New York Times Book Review and the Austin American-Statesmen, an IndieNext Pick, and an Apple iBook selection, Migratory Animals also won the Texas Institute of Letters Best First Fiction Award and the Writers' League of Texas work of Best Fiction. Born and raised in Abilene, Texas, Specht has a BA in English from Rice University and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, where she won the department’s fiction award. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southwest Review, Florida Review, Southwestern American Literature, World Literature Today, Blue Mesa, Hunger Mountain, Bookslut, The Texas Observer, and Night Train, where she won the Richard Yates Short Story Award.