Evan Peterson – Minor Arcana Press
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone
Tonight our featured guest is Evan J. Peterson, Editor-in-Chief of Minor Arcana Press and the author of Skin Job (Minor Arcana Press, 2012) and The Midnight Channel (Babel/Salvage Press, 2013).
Minor Arcana Press empowers overlooked and outsider authors and artists through publication, publicity, and community. They specialize in ekphrastic anthologies and single-author books by geek authors, spiritual minority authors (such as mystics, polytheists, etc.), and romantic/gender/sexual minorities such as LGBTQ authors and the fetish community. They are quite interested in and open to meeting anyone dismissed for being “too weird.”
Conversation topics include: weird books, comic book poetry & superhero fiction, monsters, Hans Christian Andersen, and mermaids.
A lot of us are polytheistic, most of us are queer, most of us are geeks; we’re into Sci-Fi, comics, and stuff like that, and we’re really just misfit-y people that have a lot to offer the world creatively.
Michael Martone reads “The Sex Life of the Fantastic Four,” his contribution to the anthology Drawn to Marvel, edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson (Minor Arcana Press, 2014).
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About our guests
Evan J. Peterson is the author of Skin Job (Minor Arcana Press, 2012) and The Midnight Channel (Babel/Salvage Press, 2013), as well as volume editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5 (Minor Arcana Press & Gay City Health Project, 2013). His poetry, fiction, journalism, and criticism have appeared in Weird Tales, The Stranger, The Rumpus, Assaracus, Nailed, Court Green, and Aim for the Head, from which his poetry was excerpted in The New York Times. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Minor Arcana Press, a recipient of a smART Ventures grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. He lives in Seattle. Evanjpeterson.com
Michael Martone participated in the last major memo war fought with actual paper memoranda before the advent of electronic email. Staples were deployed. The paper generated in that war stacks several inches deep, thick enough to stop a bullet. Martone learned that the “cc:” is the most strategic field of the memo’s template, and he is sad to realize that fewer and fewer readers know what the “cc:” stands for let alone have ever held a piece of the delicate and duplicating artifact in their ink stained and smudge smudged fingers. It, like everything else, is history.