So in addition to the by-now fairly well-established hand-made printer-paper 'zine, you've started putting out a bimonthly, free but professionally printed newsprint broadsheet BRD SNG. What are your hopes for this, god forgive me, "expansion" of the birdsong "brand"?
I started making much fancier ‘zines and actually charge money for them now! But I still want to have something free and easily digestible to Hansel-and-Gretel around the city. Also when I'm waiting somewhere, I will literally read anything that's in front of me—so I leave BRD SNG in laundromats and take-out places, cafes, Becon’s Closet... basically any place people are waiting.
You've also just announced a new podcast series that'll feature an artist interview, literary reading, and music performance each month. How's that coming along? Who're you finding to feature so far?
It's hard and frustrating to break in if you don't have a solo show, or a book coming out or a record deal/massive PR machine behind you. Rather than wait for standard approval, I just made my own. So it's to help people showcase their talent and to get artists of different disciplines interested in, and motivated by, each other’s work.
Our first featured reader is actually Sam J Miller, who was a semifinalist in this past L Mag Literary Upstart competition.
You've also just closed submissions for your first ever poetry and prose contest. How's the reading going? How are the submissions
Pretty routine, at this point. I have a few careful readers going through submissions with me, and we've had a review schedule set in place for the past couple of months. With so many irons, if I didn't have a precise schedule I would go absolutely insane.
The contest entries have been promising. We got so many more than I expected, and I think, especially given the sheer volume of submissions, the really strong ones tend to rise up. I have a pretty good idea about which ones are contending for the win!