As human beings we’re constantly pulled by the gravitation of those people and things around us: Art, Humanity, Lovers, Family, the Divine, the Unknowable. I remember, as a child, looking at a map of our solar system marked out with the paths of the plants and their various moons. There was so much going on that I could barely handle it. Paths and gravitational pulls overlapped and competed. This months issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets is dedicated to these cosmically human forces that push and pull against us everyday, and to the painfully beautiful moments when they all line up and, for a moment, the universe makes perfect sense.
At long last, our 1 year anniversary issue is here. Sorry for the wait but we hope, as you enjoy Blake Palmer’s art and the poetry of Bryan Thomas Rice, you will find that it was well worth it. Thanks to both our artist and our poet, and all of our patient readers! Click on the photo to be redirected to Issue #9.
Memory is a tricky and often unreliable thing. I always admire when essayists acknowledge this in their writing rather than pretending that their recollection of things is perfect, or the only version that matters. In her essay “Black and White” Jesse Carty gives us a great example of how a writer can smoothly clue the reader in on these “tricky” moments of memory, and she does it in a way that only adds to the overall style of her essay. When you pair that with the disjointed, yet lovely, feel of Michelle Montrose Larsen’s painting, this issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets provides readers with unique picture of memory in action.
Is it possible to be walking down a city street and suddenly find yourself in the middle of a forest? We hope so. As the 7th issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets makes its way up around town, we hope it will provide a moment of pause and reflection that can be hard to find in modern life. So, rest, put your feet up, and enjoy the incredible work of Russ Beck, and Elise Beck Brundage.
The new graffiti Publishing staff is pleased to present you with the 6th issue of new graffiti: Literature on the Streets! We hope that we’ve presented the work of Jesse Parent and Adrienne Petersen Taeoalii in a manner that not only does them justice, but possibly–by combining them–deepens the already profound ideas they bring forth. Click on the photo to be redirected to the issue, or head on over to the downloadable page to check out all three versions (sizes) of this months issue.
Here at new graffiti we decided that the best way to get ready for 2011 was to get a little twisted. In that spirit, we bring you our first fiction issue featuring a short story “Decidedly So” by Chadd VanZanten and the “Zombie” art work of Dave Borba. As a special gift to our readers, we have linked a video of Chadd reading “Decidedly So” to the picture on his bio. Also, click on Dave’s picture to see his personal website. Enjoy!
new graffiti’s third issue is now up and ready for your reading pleasure. We are lucky to have some fantastic poetry by C. Cuthbertson, and some beautiful landscape photography by Jacqueline H. Harris. Also, I want to offer special thanks to Ashley Christensen, and Elizabeth Benson for their help on this and all of the past issues of new graffiti. Without their work new graffiti simply wouldn’t happen.
new graffiti Issue #2 is done and on its way to a telephone poll near you! The second issue of new graffiti features poetry by USU Writing Center Director Star Coulbrooke, and photography by Cameron Card. Click on the image to be redirected to the Issue.
It’s official, new graffiti’s first issue is back from the printer and out on the street! If you want a chance to look at/read the first issue you can stop by any of our sponsors: The Coffee Pod in Provo, Mo’s Neighborhood Grill in Salt Lake, and The True Aggie Cafe in Logan. Out of gas? Don’t have a car? Broken legs? Don’t worry, you can also check out new graffiti issue #1 right here on the new graffiti website, simply mouse over the issue tab and click on Issue 1.
new graffiti issue #1 should also be up all over Utah in the form of 8 1/2 x 11 and 1/4 sheet flyers. Look for them on telephone poles, community and University message boards, or under your car’s windshield wipers. If you happen to catch a copy of new graffiti put up in a particularly cool place or way, take a picture and send it to us and we’ll post it on the website!
Thanks to everyone who helped in getting the word out about new graffiti, and everyone who helped in the production of this first issue, especially our artist Trevin Prince, our poet DeAnn Emett and our copy editor Ashley Christensen.