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Bitchin’ Kitsch – “The Embarcadero”

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This story is entitled “The Embarcadero” and it’s been published in a lovely little zine called The Bitchin’ Kitsch. It’s to be found in the May 2014 issue, on page 16. “The Embarcadero” isn’t exactly a break up story (though it’s enough of a break up story that an editor or two has informed me they prefer not to publish break up stories). Rather, in my mind, it’s more about a missed connection. I think most people have seen love thwarted by circumstances that would otherwise seem peripheral. We have experiences in which we just can’t seem to get the timing right. The story is also just a moment, and I will never stop being thrilled by the narrative potential of small and insignificant acts.

 The Bitchin’ Kitch lives up to its name. The zine’s progenitors are two people, Chris and Dana Talbot-Heindl. These humans are of nebulous age and origin, but I like to imagine them with dual work stations set up in a basement apartment of some Midwest suburban triplex, living beneath a grandmother (possibly one of their own) and expelling a lot of creative energy. As you can see in their bios below, they cover a broad swath, from graphic design, to creative writing, to dub step, and even from afar their passion is infectious (I want them to be my friends). They also make a bitching calendar (which was, I admit, partly what prompted me to seek publication with them – I still haven’t submitted my photo for consideration, but I intend to.)

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The Bitchin’ Kitsch is a zine for artists, poets, prose writers, or anyone else who has something to say. it exists for the purpose of open creativity.

If you have something you want to share, please email it to chris@talbot-heindl.com. Are you a video or music artist? Submit your YouTube link or original file to dana@talbot-heindl.com. All submissions are due on the 26th for the following month’s issue. Please review the submission guidelines on our Submissions page before submitting your work.

The Talbot-Heindl Experience is just that – an escapade of exposure to the sophisticated knowledge of a Talbot-Heindl.

The background of each Talbot-Heindl is expansive and ever-growing. Feel free to explore the links provided to see just some of what a Talbot-Heindl is capable of.

Contact with a Talbot-Heindl is a unique experience in that there are only two beings in the known universe of that name and when you work with one, you get the complete package – work, personality, and wit.

With each new episode of exploit with a Talbot-Heindl, you are guaranteed a good humored, creative, but also professional job well done.

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Chris Talbot-Heindl: I was born in a relatively benign city to a relatively benign family and should have grown to become a relatively benign person. However, my penchant for reading novels about the downtrodden in America and political/social events in my life has shaped me into an indignant person and artist. As a person whose wool has been undeniably pulled from my eyes, I feel an unquenchable urge to run around pulling the wool from others’ – to help other people realize that the government and society of this nation does not give a rat’s ass about the individual, but as individuals, we cannot afford to conform. The only answer to America’s conformity is disobedience, and I intend to disobey wherever humanly possible.

Dana, aka McFishenburger, enjoys long walks on the beach, David Hasselhoff, and Beavis and Butthead, aheh-heh. He is big into video games, making electronic music, artistic endeavors, and one-upping MacGyver. In his spare time, he beta tests unreleased video games, dismantles and rebuilds computer equipment in a never-ending battle agains the BSOD, creates thumptastic wubwub, and makes sassy comments and art. He hopes to one day become a creative director for EA Games, travel overseas, and to live in a warmer climate on an art commune.

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Bound Off – “Climbing”

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I have another story that is now available for consumption.  This is a piece that I’m quite proud of.  It’s titled “Climbing,” and was picked up by Bound Off, an online publication that I’ve had my sites on for a while.  I’m terrible at describing my own work, but the Bound Off editors responsible for their newsletter wrote this: “In Climbing, Ben Leib’s young protagonists wrangle their way through court dates and friendship.”  I think they got it just right.

While Bound Off is not available to read online, it is available to listen to!  That’s right, I’m officially podcasted.  You can listen to the Bound Off Short Story Podcast: Issue 95 on the publication’s website, or you can download the podcast via iTunes.  I highly recommend investigating past issues as well, as Bound Off has consistently been publishing incredible work for seven years now.


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Bound Off is a monthly magazine of literary short stories, founded in 2006 and based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our mission is to merge the oral tradition of storytelling with new technology to create a digital audio magazine. Bound Off is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to paying authors for their work. All staff are unpaid volunteers. We aspire to showcase work that is compelling and driven by narrative, with a force that keeps the listener listening. We are dedicated to publishing stories by both the established and emerging writer. In our interview on Duotrope’s Digest (an extensive, searchable database of current fiction and poetry markets), we discuss our decision-making process and you can view our average response rates.

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Perceptions – “Nineteenth and Valencia”

“Nineteenth and Valencia” is a rumination in a hip café about what an utter loser I’d become – which essentially means that it’s the story of at least one seventh of my adult life.  It takes place in the wake of graduate school, at a time when I’m really struggling not to be a pile of shit.  But seriously, it’s a really funny piece, I adore it, and you should read it.  More importantly, the magazine, “Perceptions,” is worthy of purchase regardless of my presence.  Not only is my story featured alongside the work of some genuinely talented authors and artists, the book itself is an art piece – hands down the most beautiful periodical that I’ve been printed in.  Issues are $15 a copy.  Checks can be written out to Perceptions, and sent to the following address:

Mt. Hood Community College

Humanities Division c\o Megan Jones

26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97080.

Ask for the 2011-2012 issue.

Perceptions: A Magazine of the Arts has appeared annually since 1969. The magazine is produced by students who register for WR247, The Literary Publication, a three term class.

In the fall, students solicit submissions from the campus community and the outside community. After submissions are received, students read and choose which works would best reflect their chosen vision of the magazine. Working with a student from the graphic design program and the printing technology program, the design, paper and over-all look of the magazine is decided. The students continue to work as a team for the next two terms. During the winter term students work with the printing technology class who take the graphic designer’s plans and implement them. The contributors are contacted and invited to read their works at a reception that the students plan for early spring term. Awards are given for the best poem, best prose and best artwork, and the students choose these award winning works.

Although the staff is small, Perceptions reaches other programs on campus, involving other students not inclined to literature and the arts, to be exposed and participate in literary publication. The graphic design student is given first hand experience in working as part of a team to produce a design for the magazine. Printing technology has always used Perceptions as a project as part of the second year of the program.

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