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Red Fez Publications
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Editor Leopold McGinnis (2003-), Michele McDannold (2007-), R.W. Watkins (2009-), Patrick Simonelli (2010-), Michael D. Grover (2010-), Andy Meisenheimer (2010-), Lynn Alexander (2010-), Frankie Metro (2011-), Judy L. Brekke (2011-), Lindsey Thomas (2011-), Marvic Adecer (2012-), Bruno Souto (2012-), Michelle L. Quinn (2012-)
Former editors Jennifer McCarthy, Editor(2006-2007); Sara Ruffolo, Editor(2006-2007); Nobius Black, Editor(2007-2008); Rob Taylor, Editor(2007-2010); Andrew Rihn, Associate Fiction Editor(1 issue in 2010); Claudia Lamar, Associate Poetry Editor (2010-2011); Paul Corman-Roberts, Associate Fiction Editor (2010-2012); J.A. Tyler, Reviews Editor (2010-2011); Misti Rainwater-Lites, Guest Editor; Jeffery Van den engh, Guest Editor
Staff writers Karl Koweski, Columnist(2010-2011); Paul Corman-Roberts, Columnist(2010-); Michael Filippone, Staff Reviewer(2010-); Robert Kloss, Staff Reviewer(2010-2011); Ani Smith, Staff Reviewer(2010-2011);) Luis Rivas, Columnist (2011-); Nescher Pyscher, Staff Reviewer(2012-); Lynn Alexander, Columnist (2012-)
Categories Online Magazines
Frequency monthly
Founder Leopold McGinnis
Year founded 2002
First issue 2003
Based in Canada
Language English
Website www.redfez.net

Red Fez Publications is an artist-run organization determined to publish and promote creative, meaningful and accessible artistic pursuits. Founded by Leopold McGinnis, Red Fez is based out of Canada with editorial support in the United States. Red Fez publishes an online literary journal featuring literature and art (redfez.net) and has recently ventured into book publications online and in print. Over 450 authors from around the world have been published by Red Fez. Poems and short stories that have first appeared on Red Fez have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, storySouth Million Writers Award, Sundress Publications Best of the Net Dzanc Books Best of the Web and the Micro Award.[1]

Red Fez Publications has concentrated on publishing and promoting non-mainstream, but accessible work. redfez.net is divided into a unique, searchable database style where users can navigate the site by theme, and includes the curious Poem Dervish feature that randomly pulls poetry from the site's collection.


[edit] History and Background

Red Fez Publications debuted online on March 25, 2003. It was founded by author and independent publisher Leopold McGinnis in 2002.[2] Jennifer McCarthy and Sara Ruffolo came on as editors in Winter 2006. In Spring 2007, Red Fez went through a substantial re-design, titled Red Fez 2.0. Michele McDannold joined the Red Fez editorial team in 2007 and eventually became Editor-in-Chief.

The publishing schedule at Red Fez was irregular at first but eventually found its way to quarterly issues.[3] This continued for several years until on January 1, 2011 it was announced that Red Fez would begin publishing issues on a monthly basis. New issues are released on the 13th of every month.[4]

[edit] Content

Red Fez Publications was founded in 2002 by author Leopold McGinnis (with the vital support of his writing group: David McGinnis, Joan Hoekstra, Rita Simpson & Louisa Sunstrum) out of youthful optimism and a desire to break literature out of the wrinkly, old, death-grippy, status-quo-like hands of a tired and insular literary industry.[5] The focus was initially on fiction but quickly turned to poetry as the bulk of submissions would demand. Over time it has grown to include art, comics, non-fiction, audio and video.

[edit] Books

Red Fez released its first online chapbook on December 1, 2010. Vulcan Gang Sign by Bradley Mason Hamlin is a 24 page chapbook consisting of 11 Bradley Mason Hamlin poems, including “Santa Monica Blues,” which recalls Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s early days as a rent collecting bodybuilder.[6]

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In conjunction with Lit Vision Press, Red Fez Publications released a limited print edition of Red Reader #1 in August 2011. A collection of stories, poems and art, Red Reader #1 was the first print publication from Red Fez.[7]

[edit] Columns

Red Fez included its first regular column in Issue #28 (September 1, 2010). The "Observations of a Dumb Polack" column by Karl Koweski debuted in Issue #63 (April 2006) of Zygote in my Coffee and ran there as a regular feature until its final issue in April 2010.[8]

The next column to be added to the Red Fez lineup was "Dispatches from Atlantis" by Paul Corman-Roberts. It first appeared in Issue #29 (December 1, 2010).[9]

"The Last Days of Los Angeles", a column by Luis Rivas debuted in Issue #37 (August 13, 2011).

[edit] Audio/Video

The 28th issue of Red Fez, released on September 1, 2010, featured the addition of audio pieces by Tim Murray and the Corporate Cobras. Expanding the video section is a short video by Cecelia Chapman made in collaboration with Jeff Crouch.

[edit] Red Fez Radio

On November 27, 2010 Red Fez Radio debuted on blogtalkradio. The show is thirty minutes long with new episodes broadcasting live twice a month. All shows are available for on-demand listening after the live broadcast. The host, Tim Murray, interviews a different special guest in each episode.

  • Red Fez Radio #1, Nov. 27, 2010 with special guest Michele McDannold
  • Red Fez Radio #2, Dec. 11, 2010 with special guest J.D. Nelson
  • Red Fez Radio #3, Jan. 8, 2011 with special guest Misti Rainwater-Lites
  • Red Fez Radio #4, Jan. 22, 2011 with special guest John Dorsey
  • Red Fez Radio #5, Feb. 5, 2011 Call-in Show (Snoetry)
  • Red Fez Radio #6, Feb. 19, 2011 with special guest Brian Fugett
  • Red Fez Radio #7, Mar. 5, 2011 with special guest F.N. Wright
  • Red Fez Radio #8, Mar. 19, 2011 with special guest Michael D. Grover
  • Red Fez Radio #9, Apr. 2, 2011 with special guest Paul Corman-Roberts
  • Red Fez Radio #10, Apr. 16, 2011 with special guest J.A. Tyler
  • Red Fez Radio #11, Apr. 30, 2011 Call-in Show
  • Red Fez Radio #12, May 7, 2011 F.N. Wright saves the day
  • Red Fez Radio #13, May 21, 2011 with special guest Aleathia Drehmer
  • Red Fez Radio #14, June 4, 2011 with special guest Kim Wu
  • Red Fez Radio #15, June 18, 2011 with special guest Lynn Alexander
  • Red Fez Radio #16, July 9, 2011 with special guest Scott Wannberg
  • Red Fez Radio #17, July 23, 2011 with special guest Luis Rivas
  • Red Fez Radio #18, July 30, 2011 call-in zygote in my fez anticipation party
  • Red Fez Radio #19, August 6, 2011 Zygote in my Fez after-after party [10]
  • Red Fez Radio #20, August 20, 2011 with special guest Timothy Gager
  • Red Fez Radio #21, August 27, 2011 A Tribute to our departed brother Scott Wannberg
  • Red Fez Radio #22, September 3, 2011 Call-in Show
  • Red Fez Radio presents: The Meth Lab Radio Extravaganza, September 3, 2011
  • Red Fez Radio #23, September 9, 2011 Phreestyle Fone Jam II
  • Red Fez Radio #24, September 17, 2011 with special guest Josh Olsen
  • Red Fez Radio presents: The Meth Lab Radio Extravaganza, September 21, 2011 Hosted by Red Fez/Meth Lab editor: Frankie Metro with special guest A Razor
  • Red Fez Fiction/Non-Fiction Debate Team, October 22, 2011 hosted by Lynn Alexander and Frankie Metro on the topic of the Occupation Movement
  • Occupy Blogtalk, October 28, 2011
  • 1st Anniversary Show!, November 27, 2011
  • Garnish O'Hara or not to Garnish O'Hara, December 10, 2011
  • Red Fez Radio presents A Very Roger Christmas!, December 23, 2011
  • Red Fez Radio visits with Frankie Metro, January 8, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio experiments with Underground spooning, January 14, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio visits with Frank Reardon, January 21, 2012
  • Painting by numbers with Jason "Juice" Hardung, January 28, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio meets the very boring Shawn Misener, February 11, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio interviews John Ashbery, March 3, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio meets a 7000lb squid, March 10, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio: The F.N. Wright Memorial Show, March 16, 2012
  • Red Fez Radio: The All Sports Addition, March 30, 2012

[edit] Events


In July 2011 Red Fez Publications and Zygote in my Coffee announced the upcoming event Zygote in my Fez 2011. The poetry feztival was held on August 6, 2011 in Toledo, Ohio at the Collingwood Arts Center and was sponsored by the Toledo Free Press. Michael D. Grover served as host for the event with special help in organizing from John Dorsey. Over twenty past contributors to Red Fez and Zygote performed.[11]

[edit] Staff

The current Red Fez editorial team consists of Executive Director: Leopold McGinnis, Director of Print and Special Projects: Michele McDannold, Web Editor-in-Chief: Patrick Simonelli, Head Fiction Editor: Lynn Alexander, Head Poetry Editor: Michael D. Grover, Head Nonfiction Editor: Frankie Metro, Associate Fiction Editors: Frankie Metro and Andy Meisenheimer, Associate Poetry Editors: R.W. Watkins, Judy L. Brekke and Lindsey Thomas, Graphics Editors: Marvic Adecer and Bruno Souto and Copy Editor: Michelle L. Quinn.

Red Fez currently has three Staff Reviewers: Michael Filippone, Nescher Pyscher and Rebecca Schumejda. Paul Corman-Roberts, Luis Rivas and Lynn Alexander are the Columnists, Tim Murray is the Red Fez Radio Host, Brian Fugett is the Janitor and J. D. Nelson is the Doorman.

Past staff members have included Jennifer McCarthy, Sara Ruffolo, Chris Deal, Nobius Black, Sergio Ortiz Rivers, Aidan Hailes, Claudia Lamar, Ani Smith, Robert Kloss, J.A. Tyler, Karl Koweski and Andrew Rihn. Misti Rainwater-Lites and Jefferey Van den engh have guest edited.

[edit] Contributors

Contributors included as of July 13, 2011:[12]

[edit] External Links

[edit] Notes and references

  1. Red Fez Press Releases
  2. Red Fez:About [1]
  3. Red Fez:Issues
  4. "Red Fez Publications to Release New Issues Monthly"
  5. Red Fez:About
  6. "Red Fez Publications Releases Vulcan Gang Sign"
  7. The Literary Underground--Red Reader #1
  8. "Karl Koweski Joins Red Fez Publications as Columnist"
  9. "Paul Corman-Roberts Joins Red Fez Publications as Columnist"
  10. Hosted on blogtalk by [http://www.blogtalkradio.com/zygote-in-my-coffee/2011/08/07/zygote-in-my-fez-after-after-party Zygote in my Coffee
  11. Zygote in my Fez 2011
  12. Red Fez:Authors [2]
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