Welcome to issue eight of Feel The Word Magazine.
It’s hard to believe we’re already a mere eight hundred and ninety-two issues away from our 75th anniversary.
Hopefully, we’ll still have the kind of amazing writers we’ve got going now.
We’re going all out this month to get some of the best creative writing, interviews and reviews to you. Melissa Smith once again heads out into the indie music scene to bring back a great interview with another great artist that warrants more than just a passing glance. Coupling her insightful interview with a review of the band’s 2007 album, Tintype, Smith sits down this month was The Pack A.D. to get a handle on what this band has been up to lately in the realm of incredible music that covers more than enough creative ground to keep up with the brutal and often brilliant lyrics that they’re quickly becoming known for. This is not an interview to miss. Same goes for Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Ricard’s interview with the immensely talented filmmaker and Sundance Film Festival stand-out Craig MacNeill. Having already made his mark with a short film adapation of Late Bloomer, Clay Chapman’s Lovecraft-fueled story of the constant (and hilarious) suffering which haunts young man’s dark, maddening journey into his teen years, MacNeill is currently at work on a full-length feature, The Afterlight. Which certainly promises to showcase his talent for crafting some of the most fascinating film work going on right now.
You probably don’t want to skip that either.
Hi-ho, as the late Kurt Vonnegut once wrote.
And it’s just going to keep moving. We’ve got three tremendous short stories lined up for this issue. The common link between our contributors this month, Charlie Morgan, Melinda Wheatley and Marlina Guzman is their seemingly effortless ability to capture a moment determined to prove just how far a human being will go to make sense of the weird world around them. Each story is a testement to the reality that the short story is far from a dead art form. Same with poetry and the seven terrific writers from the field that we’re going to offer up this month. While two of them, Natalie Williams and Nancy Ames have been around these parts before, Kendall Burke, Christina Bruno, Keith McFarlane, David Sarao and Amy Hinrichs all make their debut this month at Feel The Word Magazine. And all seven easily encompass the emotional and physical landscape of what a good poem can do when its heading right for you at a thousand miles an hour. Their imagery and attention to language makes for some of the best poetry you’re going to find. Moving into reviews, you’re going to find that theme repeated in pretty grand fashion. For music, we’ve got the insight of J.D. Butter and William Trinity joining some of our usual suspects. Namely, Davey Boy, Constantine Koutsoutis, Melissa Smith, Michael Tenzer, Ethan Smith and Ben Dugas with a pretty dammed interesting article explaing why The D’Ubervilles just happen to remind him of a really good bag of All Dressed Chips. Our goal in every issue is to cover as much music and as many different concepts and approaches as possible. And once again, we’re pleased to sincerely believe we’ve done that yet again. The same way we’ve nailed a pretty remarkable variety of films for our movie reviews this month. More newcomers on board for that as well, with Kanaka Sathasivan and Andrea Silvers clocking in with some pretty strong stuff indeed. But that certainly doesn’t mean anything against our always essential regular contributors like Amber Vilate, Ben Dugas, Dan Schneider, Norbert Brown, Eric Smith and Gabriel Ricard with the latest Adventures in Netflix article. Each and every one of them are still a pretty big reason why Feel The Word Magazine continues to move forward in its effort to bring together the best in creative writing and general opinions on the film and music that’s floating around out there.
We’ve come a long way since issue one, and it’s probably not possible to thank them enough for that.
Or any of the new writers who come in each and every month with the kind of stuff that reminds us here at Feel The Word Magazine that we’re most certainly not wasting our time or yours.
So, relax, get ready for the not-too-distant future by stocking up on bread and zombie survival kits, and then check out at the latest issue of the magazine that proves sleep is indeed for the weak as long as the price stays right.
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Lord knows we are.