Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. GS was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Philadelphia, and currently lives primarily in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with outposts throughout the US in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, & more. We're known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers. We publish two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter. Our all-volunteer staff helps cultivate a space for writing & art that reaches beyond the printed literary arts & into other parts of our neighborhoods. We aim to be the print literary arts journal on your shelf that starts a lasting conversation. You can't dog-ear the best poem in your favorite online literary journal, so support this independent literary arts venture & others like it.
GS 7.1 Masthead
Editor in Chief | Kimberly Ann Southwick
Contributing Editor | Sophie Klahr
Production Editor | Shereen Adel
Assistant Production Editor | meg willing
Layout & Design | Melissa Middleberg
Poetry Editor | Christine Friedlander
Fiction Editor | Zach Yontz
Assistant Fiction Editor | Becca Pollock
Creative Non-Fiction Editor | Ian Carlos Crawford
Book Reviews Editor | Craig Chisholm
Readers | Lisa Aquilino, Samantha Duncan, Melissa Jones, LaTanya McQueen, Anthony Michael Morena, Joe O’Brien. Adam Sass, Anna B. Sutton, Regina Vigil, Dylan Weir, Michael J. Wilson
Shereen Adel currently lives in Oakland. In ten years she's lived in six cities, and has plans to improve that record. But for now she likes the Far West. She has been with Gigantic Sequins since its inception in 2008, when she was in New York City. The rest is history.
TEEN SEQUINS CO-EDITOR
Robert Auld is an undergraduate at Salem State University in Massachusetts. His poems and other writings appear in BALDHIP Magazine, Soundings East, and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. Follow him on Twitter @robbyauld. Visit him online here.
BOOK REVIEWS EDITOR
Craig Chisholm runs a chicken drop ring in Red Hook, Brooklyn. On his breaks from being the Commander in Chief of Anonymous, he can be found in one of his six hammocks.
CREATIVE NON-FICTION EDITOR
Ian Carlos Crawford grew up in southern New Jersey. He has had his writing featured in Art Faccia and Quixotica and his photography has been published by The Advocate and Next Magazine. He graduated with his MFA in nonfiction writing from New School and currently lives in Astoria, New York. He is currently working on both a fiction manuscript and a nonfiction one. He loves pugs, comic books, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
ASSISTANT POETRY EDITOR
Tafisha A. Edwards is the author of THE BLOODLET, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Offing, PHANTOM, Bodega Magazine, Fjords Review, The Little Patuxent Review, and other print and online publications. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiminéz-Porter Writers’ House, a Cave Canem fellow, and a former educator with the American Poetry Museum. She is the recipient of a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and has received from various other writing workshops and conferences. She is currently writing her first collection of poetry, Confusing the Wind.
Christine Friedlander is writer, student support specialist, and a fresh body of water from New Jersey. She also navigates poetic waters with the Twin Cities-based poetry collective OUR FLOW IS HARD. Her work has appeared in Tarpaulin Sky Press Magazine, First Class Lit, Big Lucks, Gigantic Sequins, The Pinch, Paper Darts, Radioactive Moat, and other places, and her book AVANT GAUZE was a finalist for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Press Book Prize. Follow her on Twitter @friedlanduh, on Tumblr, or visit her at christinefriedlander.com
ASSISTANT FICTION EDITOR
Anthony Michael Morena is a writer from New York who lives in Tel Aviv. He is the author of The Voyager Record (Rose Metal Press, 2016). His writing has appeared in The Normal School, Ninth Letter, Flapperhouse, The Ilanot Review, and Queen Mob’s Tea House. Find him on Twitter @anphimimor and at anthonymichaelmorena.com.
ASSISTANT FICTION EDITOR
Becca Pollock is a recent graduate of Emerson College. Originally from Philadelphia, she now lives in Boston as a bookseller, copyeditor, and amateur pickler. Her writing has appeared in WhiskeyPaper, Hoot Review, and Specter Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @peccabollock.
EDITOR IN CHIEF
Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and EIC of GIGANTIC SEQUINS. Her poetry has been published in a variety of literary journals. She has two chapbooks, EVERY SONG BY PATSY CLINE (dancing girl press, February 2014) & EFS & VEES (Hyacinth Girl Press, October 2015). She lives in Breaux Bridge, LA, where she is pursuing her PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Follow her on twitter @kimannjosouth and visit her website for more.
ASSISTANT CREATIVE NON-FICTION EDITOR
Adam Sass tracked in the forests of filmmaking, improv, and sketch comedy before coming to creative writing. His non-fiction can be found at GeeksOut, Stay On Fountain, and Out2Connect. His Writer’s Digest award-winning story appeared in the anthology Startling Sci-Fi: New Tales of the Beyond. He lives in West Hollywood with two dachshund mixes and one nurse husband. Follow him on Twitter @TheAdamSass.
DESIGNER/ASSISTANT PRODUCTION EDITOR
meg willing is a poet, collage artist, and designer. After a nomadic upbringing, she eventually returned to the sublime foothills of Maine—where she now resides. Find out more at megwilling.com.
Zach Yontz is a photographer, musician, writer, editor and government worker. He lives in Chicago. Find out more at zachyontz.com.