Flint-Based Literary Press Publishes Art Journal


Flint-Based Literary Press Publishes Art Journal

Contact: Connor Coyne


Flint, MI / 26 August, 2016 – The Flint-based Gothic Funk Press has today published the fourth issue of its online arts journal The Paramanu Pentaquark. The journal features art conceived in a “gothic funk” style and can be viewed in its entirety at http://gothicfunkpress.com/parapenta/04/.

The Paramanu Pentaquark features poetry, painting, photography, and music by artists from the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. Featured artists include Jessica Fogle, Graeme Gerard Halliday-Hallidonto, Sarah-Jean Krahn, Esther La’Montagne, Lisa M. Land, and Lumumba Mthembu.

Submissions were reviewed by a panel of three editors: Gothic Funk Press Director Connor Coyne (Flint, Michigan), Elisabeth Blair (Kalamazoo, Michigan), and Skylar Moran (Chicago, Illinois). The journal was designed by Sam Perkins-Harbin (Chicago, Illinois) of Forge 22 Design (http://forge22.com).

Gothic Funk Press, which is based in Flint and specializes in innovative writing, defines “gothic funk” as “contemporary or experimental work featuring degrees of romanticism, darkness, depth, and swagger.” Gothic Funk Press has previously published Hungry Rats (2010) and Shattering Glass (2013), both by Connor Coyne, as well as Mark’s Hat (2014), an anthology of innovative fiction by Flint natives. Gothic Funk Press also organizes community events such as the Flint Area Scavenger Hunt and the Flint Order of Orpheus.

More information on Gothic Funk Press is available at http://gothicfunkpress.com.

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Connor Coyne is a novelist living and working in Flint, Michigan. His first novel, Hungry Rats has been hailed by Heartland prize-winner Jeffery Renard Allen as "an emotional and aesthetic tour de force." His second novel, Shattering Glass, has been praised by Gordon Young, author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City as "a hypnotic tale that is at once universal and otherworldly." Connor represented Flint's 7th Ward as its artist-in-residence for the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town grant, through which artists engaged ward residents to produce creative work in service of the 2013 City of Flint Master Plan. Connor's work has been published in Santa Clara Review, Moria Poetry Zine, East Village Magazine, Flint Broadside, Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, The Saturnine Detractor, and Qua. Connor lives in Flint's East Village, less than a mile from the house where he grew up.

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