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Zygote in my Coffee Issue #99 Cover

Zygote in My Coffee (often referred to simply as “Zygote“) was a popular underground literary magazine that published poetry, short fiction, social commentary, political rants, one act plays, erotica, comic strips, comic books, confessional pieces, metafiction/experimental, chapbook reviews, poetry book reviews, novel reviews, photography, artwork, interviews, movie & music reviews.[1] Zygote was published twice a year in print and monthly online. Brian Fugett was the Editor-in-Chief with co-editors Karl Koweski, Aleathia Drehmer and C. Allen Rearick.[2]


[edit] History and Background

Zygote in my Coffee debuted on December 31, 2003. It was founded by poet and cartoonist Brian Fugett. Fugett wanted to create an edgy, progressive medium/forum for independent poets/writers/artists to express themselves. Fugett was the sole editor/designer of Zygote until Karl Koweksi, author of Zygote’s regular column, “Observations of a Dumb Polack”, joined him as co-editor in early 2007. Aleathia Drehmer followed in early 2008 and C. Allen Rearick has been named as a third co-editor.

Zygote in my Coffee was originally based out of San Jose, California and later moved to San Francisco briefly. Fugett later moved and published out of Kettering, Ohio.[3]

The print edition of Zygote in my Coffee was added to the lineup in 2006. Zygote published its 100th online issue on January 1, 2008. A special commemorative print edition was also published.

After five years the magazine announced its defunct status in late 2008 but later resumed publication with a slightly limited schedule.[4]

On May 30, 2010, it was announced that the magazine would be no longer.

[edit] Comics

Zygote has featured comic strips since its early issues. Favorites such as “That Little Prick” and “Danny’s Big Banana!” were created by Brian Fugett.

[edit] Online Chapbooks

Zygote has been the home to many online chapbooks from contributors such as Justin Hyde, Paul Corman-Roberts, J.J. Campbell and Bradley Mason Hamlin.

[edit] Columns

Columns on Zygote in my Coffee have included “Observations of a Dumb Polack” by Karl Koweski, “Zen and the Art of Drinking” by Bradley Mason Hamlin and “Bat Shit Crazy” by Misti Rainwater-Lites.

[edit] External links

[edit] Notes and references

  1. Georgetown’s Catalog of Journals: http://library.georgetown.edu/newjour/z/msg02167.html
  2. http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/80s/zygoteeditorsbfandkk.html
  3. An Interview with Brian Fugett: http://www.laurahird.com/newreview/brianfugettinterview.html
  4. The Zygote Is Dead, Word Riot Magazine (Retrieved 01/08/2009) http://www.wordriot.org/template_2.php?ID=1721
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