Issue 8 Feature: Susana Belen

Our 8th Issue is packed full of exciting artists and writers! Our blog is an extension of the issue so we can share even more experimental, beautiful work with our readers!

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Susana Belen is an emerging collage artist who sees her practice as a deep way of interconnection between who we are and who we were, with other eras, cultures, creatures and even to other people’s dreams and intimacy. Her imagery makes use of nature’s shapes to create surreal instants, a blink of time in our life, a not always comfortable piece, but constantly trying to reach delight in what we see, classifying her aesthetics as “pleasant weirdness”.

She works, mainly, with old books and magazines of any kind. For her, is particularly important to use what is already created, especially with materials that belonged to other people before, mainly to connect with others through invisible ties, but also, being conscious that we live in a world overcrowded with objects that we can re-use instead of discarding.

Issue 8 Feature: Kathryn Kenworth

Our blog is an extension of the issue so we can share even more experimental, beautiful work with our readers!
Club Price”
“Cuts Like A Knife”
“Bento and Chair”

Bio: Kathryn Kenworth is based in Oakland California who makes collage work that uses imagery from junk mail to make pieces that question consumer ideas of value and exchange.

Issue 8 Feature: “In Memory of Chills” by Sarah Jane Justice

Our 8th Issue is packed full of exciting artists and writers! Our blog is an extension of the issue so we can share even more experimental, beautiful work with our readers!

Process Note: In trying to clear my house of clutter, I have discovered how many items I keep for the pure sentimental value that they hold. While the most important of them will always have their place, there’s no way I could possibly keep them all.

These gloves came from a time in my life that was characterised by spontaneity and, for a lack of a better word, wildness. I hold them and remember myself running through wind and rain, laughing and tugging on the hands of whatever co-conspirator I had roped along with me. I remember those days with joyful fondness, while still being glad that my life has since settled down. I’ll never wear these gloves again, just as I’ll likely never spend another night running through the elements on a whim. When I found myself struggling to justify keeping them, I decided to turn them into a monument.

Dissected like a bug-catcher’s butterfly, these gloves now stand in memory of the wild nights through which I wore them. I can look at this piece and remember the wind in my hair, the laughter and giddiness of acting on pure impulse. Instead of gathering dust in a box, they are taxidermized and displayed, in memory of the chills.

Bio: Sarah Jane Justice is deeply fascinated with humanity, which has led her to write, speak, sing, and create.

Tiny Spoon’s Workshop Offerings for 2022

This year we are sharing our Patreon workshop series with you ahead of time so you can see which workshops appeal to you! We are offering a lot of exciting classes / topics this year. We hope you’ll sign on for one or all of the 2022 workshops! Register here: https://tinyspoon.org/patreon/

Also find this calendar in our December newsletter!
Poetic Alchemy of the Triple Goddess: To open the new year, Chris guides a workshop to locate the self in relation to the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone and how we might channel their strengths for poetic harmony.
The Hybridity of Grief: An exploration of hybrid essay and trauma narratives taught and sculpted by Stephanie. Consider the emphasis of hybridity in sharing healing stories. This workshop will incorporate somatic trauma response exercises and essay prompts.
In Delving into the Passage of Time Sam will lean into the creative intuition felt in the turning of time, seasonal exchange, and the writing process.
April’s workshop will feature our VERY FIRST Tiny Spoon Resident for 2022! The Resident will build the workshop through their proposals, which we will choose in February! This workshop will be live on Zoom + recorded for Patrons, who can attend live / watch the audio.
May & June & July offer a three-part series with Chris! Explore the Embodied Unconscious Series, conjuring inspiration through experimentation and feminine language. In this workshop, you will investigate the innate gendering within language and how we might utilize and subvert its intentions.
May & June & July offer a three-part series with Chris! Explore the Embodied Unconscious Series: conjuring inspiration through experimentation and feminine language. Pulling inspiration from the anthology Embodied Unconscious, we dare to create personal myth and align history with alternative expressions.
May & June & July offer a three-part series with Chris! Explore the Embodied Unconscious Series: conjuring language. Pulling inspiration from the anthology Embodied Unconscious, we experiment and play with the serendipitous surprises only surrealism can provide
 Somatic Ecology: Writing Repair in a Time of Collapse with Stephanie! Let’s process the ecological shift together in this expansive space, which is open to grief, questioning, & deep exploration.
Join Sam in September for Liminality – A meditation on boundaries and transition. How we can navigate &/or communicate about spacetime, borders, and the journey between.
October’s workshop will feature our VERY SECOND Tiny Spoon Resident for 2022! The Resident will build the workshop through their proposals, which we will choose over the summer! This workshop will be live on Zoom + recorded for Patrons, who can attend live / watch the audio.
Rooting [Through the Virtual]: Writing online, through multimedia fragments and forms and technologies with Stephanie will explore online platforms and the ways we utilize these tools to challenge our creative drive, expanding deeper and wider than imaginable. We will also work offline.
Tiny Spoon’s Editors-in-Chief lead us in 2022’s conclusion Solstice Surrender: Encircling 2022. This workshop will focus on light in a time of darkness, utilizing multimodal creative practices to nest into the winter season.

Thank you for supporting us! Our Patreon funds allow us to ship internationally, print more color images, print more issues for bookshops, libraries, and community centers, host events, register for festivals, invest in merchandise & more.
We appreciate your continued support! You make us feel like the luckiest small, experimental literary magazine in the world!

Issue 8 Feature: Coco Spencer

Our 8th Issue is packed full of exciting artists and writers! Our blog is an extension of the issue so we can share even more experimental, beautiful work with our readers! This artist is also in our print issue!

Bio: Coco Spencer is a mixed-media artist from California now based in Chicago. @cocozpencer 

Tiny Gift Guide

Tiny Spoon has a talented community, so why not check out what everybody has created this year to find some dazzling gifts for the holidays?

Tiny Spoon Gifts

Subscriptions

Issue/Workshop Combos

Winter Solstice Workshop and Workbook

Patreon Membership, Subscription, and Workshops

Friends of Tiny Spoon

Over the past year, we’ve met and collaborated with other organizations. Check out their recent publications!

Wisdom Body Collective

collective.aporia / *apo-press

Perennial Press

Inverted Syntax

Publications Featuring Contributors

Our contributors have been busy! Many have recent publications and features in other literary magazines. If you’ve liked what you’ve seen in Tiny Spoon, you’ll love their full works!

Full-length manuscripts:

White Card, (photo book), by Guilherme Bergamini

Literary Magazines with Features:

featuring Shannon Gardner
featuring Shannon Gardner
featuring Wilfried Schubert
featuring Wilfried Schubert and Moira Walsh
featuring Moira Walsh
featuring Wilfried Schubert

Gifts for Writers

Hand-bound books by BINDbyBIND

Artwork

Crocodile Reflections Art Print by Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier, appeared in Tiny Spoon Ecology

Tiny Talks with Melissa Eleftherion Carr

Tiny Talks is an interview series with Tiny Spoon’s talented contributors. This week we spoke with Melissa Eleftherion Carr from Issue 3, Consumption! Read her piece “Patriarchy Tonic” in our third issue!

Tiny Spoon: What kindles your creativity?

Melissa: Books. Art. Languages. Traveling. Hiking with my family. Reading about mycelia or birds or bacteria or the tarot. Extreme sadness or immense joy. I’m one of these relentlessly curious people who can’t stop studying things that strike me.  

Tiny Spoon: Are there any artists/ heroines/ idols/ friends that you look up to? 

Melissa: Yes, so many but I’ll just list a few. Lorine Niedecker. Octavia Butler. Remedios Vario. Diane Arbus. Nan Goldin. Anne Carson. Audre Lorde. Diane di Prima. Claudia Rankine. Leonora Carrington. A.S. King. Robin Wall Kimmerer. My Mendo friends: Margo, Joann & Leslie.

Tiny Spoon: Are there any natural entities that move your work?

Melissa: Since moving to California from Brooklyn 19 years ago, I’ve tried to learn the names of various native plants and birds & bugs to catch up a bit since that was a big learning gap for me. Now I read field guides for fun which is probably weird but definitely exciting to me personally. For example, I read a lot about insects & arthropods, bacteria, mushrooms, and trees. One element of the natural world that has transformed & reshaped how I want to show up & what I write about is how forests cooperate & thrive as one massive organism by communicating through mycelia.    

Tiny Spoon: We love insight into the creative process. Could you share what it is like for you, either with your work that appears in Tiny Spoon or in general?

Melissa: My process varies from project to project. Some projects are fragmented, and are puzzled together through stray lines and bits that I jotted down while going about my day. For example, I keep a document titled FRAGS where I transcribe these lines & bits from my journal, and later on some of them accrete and form poems, some don’t. 

Often, I find myself writing poems in response to texts I’m reading as a means of working out & integrating the concepts. I have ADD so this is also a means of focusing my attention in an attempt to commit what I have learned to memory.

When I schedule time to write, I usually have strict windows of time where I won’t be interrupted so I find it helps to jolt my imagination by using another text as a prompt (field guides & encyclopedias are favorites). Occasionally, I will get an idea while I’m running out the door to work & will write a whole poem in one swoop, but that has become a rare occurrence. 

Tiny Spoon: Do you have any current or future projects that you are working on that you would like to share?

Melissa: In Dec. 2020, I started a drop-in writing group on Zoom where I draw a card from the tarot as a prompt. We discuss images, ideas, and themes of the card, and then go off and write about it or something related. Each poem in my current manuscript, Witch Biota, is based on a different tarot card, and pairs the themes from that card with various ecological systems, branches of science, and/or life experiences. Working with the tarot has been generative & has also led to some personal discoveries.

Tiny Spoon: What book, artwork, music, etc., would you recommend to others?

Melissa: Two great books I have read recently are My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem & The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture by Emanuele Coccia.

Find Melissa online www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com 

On Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/melissa.eleftherion/ 

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libpoe/ 

On Twitter: @libpoe

Tiny Talks with MA|DE

Tiny Talks is an interview series with Tiny Spoon’s talented contributors. This week we spoke with MA|DE from our seventh issue. You can read their piece “They Eat Them Weeping” in Collaboration: Issue 7!

Tiny Spoon: What called you to collaborate and what was that process like? 

MA|DE: We started writing together to conquer distance, when we were living an hour away from each other. One of us would sketch out a few lines in a virtual document before going to work, the other would respond after getting home from errands; it was our way of keeping in touch throughout the days. Now that we live together, and now that MA|DE — the name we use for all of our collaborative work — has grown into a creature all its own, our collaboration has become much more deliberate and scheduled. 

Tiny Spoon: Why do you create? 

MA|DE: It’s what we do together. Some couples go out for drinks with their friends on weekends, some couples go hiking. We conspire about poetry.

Tiny Spoon: Where do you find most of your inspiration?

MA|DE: The surreality of daily life as it’s reported by the news can often spark ideas for us, actually. We tend to listen to a lot of public broadcast journalism over dinner, and we’re forever saying to one another, as we listen, ‘Oh, write that down, we have to use that in a poem …” If you read our poems you’d probably never notice that their genesis is in new stories, because there’s nothing overtly political, or even topical about them, but that’s our clay.

Tiny Spoon: What is your dream project?

MA|DE: We’ve actually started working on it now! Tentatively titled Waste Not the Marrow, it’s a book-length series of pieces that combine sculpture, collage, photography and poetry. It’s a big project, and it’ll likely take us a couple of years to complete. The ‘dreaming’ here is not so much the act of creation, which has proven quite doable, but the issue of the project’s future publication. Who might be willing to invest in something that is both literary manuscript and full-colour art book? We’re dreaming up a special thing here, and it’s going to take a special publisher to give it the kind of presentation we’re envisioning. 

Tiny Spoon: Do you have any current projects that you are working on that you would like to share? 

MA|DE: We are currently adapting our recent poetry chapbook, A Trip to the ZZOO (Collusion Books, 2020) into a full-length manuscript, ZZOO [pictured below].

Recently, we received a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete this project, which felt very affirming for our existence as a collaborative entity, because there historically hasn’t been a lot of institutional support for sustained collaborative work in literature the way there is in music or art. We’re happy to be at the edge of this change.

Tiny Spoon: What book, artwork, music, etc., would you recommend to others? 

MA|DE: What a task: recommending work to an unknown reader. Here, modestly, is a sample of things we have read or listened to together in the recent past:

  • Joey Yearous-Algozin’s meditative, post-apoc poetry book A Feeling Called Heaven (2021, Nightboat Books); a personalized/collaged gift copy of Conor McDonnell’s new chapbook In the Museum (2021, Above/Ground Press) … he’s tipped in all kinds of interesting images, which he’s been doing to select copies as he sends them out to friends; and, as Halloween is approaching, we finally got around to reading Shirley Jackson’s seminal gothic novel, The Haunting of Hill House (1959, Viking).

  • Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine’s collection of gentle folk duets, A Beginner’s Mind (2021, Asthmatic Kitty); Gazelle Twin & NYX (a NYC electronic drone choir)’s haunting collaborative album Deep England (2021, NYX Collective Records); German folk singer Sibylle Baier’s Colour Green, a collection of songs recorded in the early 1970s but not released until 2006, after they were shopped around by her son more than 30 years after they were made … we’re so glad this one exists! 

Tiny Spoon: Is there anything else you would like others to know about you, your creations, or beyond?

MA|DE: We have some chapbooks available!

Test Centre from ZED Press: https://zedpress.bigcartel.com/product/test-centre-by-ma-de 

A Trip to the ZZOO from Collusion Books: https://longconmag.com/collusionbooks/a-trip-to-the-zzoo/ 

A Barely Concealed Design from Puddles of Sky Press: https://www.puddlesofskypress.com/ 

Find MA|DE online at http://ma-de.ca and on Twitter and Instagram: @ma_de_projects

Tiny Talks with Jennifer MacBain-Stephens and Sarah Lilius

Tiny Talks are interviews between our editors and contributors. It is just another way Tiny Spoon is growing through community support. We will be sending all contributors from our issues these carefully curated questions.

TS: What called you to collaborate and what was that process like? 

Jenny: Sarah and I first started writing poems together at the Porches: a writing retreat in Virginia in response to the Trump Presidency. This past year, as I went through some employment ups and downs, writing 1-2 lines and then sending them to Sarah and waiting for her response–was one of the few ways I found I could be creative.

Sarah: I think it’s interesting to create art with another writer, to bounce ideas off of each other and make a final piece. The process is enlightening to learn more about yourself and the other writer.

TS: Why do you create? 

Jenny: I feel like I have always written as a form of self-expression. It helps me express emotions that maybe I cannot analyze right away.

Sarah:  It fulfills something in me that I want to share with the world. I write because I can’t not write.

TS: Where do you find most of your inspiration?

Jenny: I notice that I find inspiration when I travel to a new place and see new things and also and Always in art museums and galleries. I also found that I love being in a new place by myself where I can hear my thoughts. That quiet time is such a luxury.

Sarah: I find inspiration in the mundane aspects of life, current events, and sometimes in television shows or books I’m reading.

TS: What is your dream project?

Jenny: One project I have in my head is a future collage project with photos or drawings of rocks and poems imprinted over the rock images. I have created one collage project so far and I really love it!

Sarah: Maybe a book of photographs with poems that go with them.

(Note: Sarah and I came up with this answer separately- but now we are really excited to explore this creative idea together!)

TS: Do you have any current projects that you are working on that you would like to share? 

Jenny: Sarah and I are writing poems where the titles are body parts. We are very open with our flow in what comes and goes into the lines. 

Sarah: I look forward to continue working on the body poems project with Jenny MacBain-Stephens and now we have a future photo/poem project in the planning.

TS: What book, artwork, music, etc., would you recommend to others? 

Jenny: I recently fell in love with the band Of Monsters and Men. And I just began “Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape” by Lauret Savoy, and I am loving it.  I am curious and interested in how humans interact with any sort of landscape and how does it change them?

Sarah:  I just finished OBIT by Victoria Chang and I definitely recommend it.

TS: Is there anything else you would like others to know about you, your creations, or beyond?

Jenny:  I am more and more interested in visual creations with words. I enjoy making hybrid works. My most recent chapbook is from Ethel Press called “Lying Travel Notes from the Desert,” (poems inspired by a trip out west,) and I am working on a full length poetry collection called “Pool Parties.”

Sarah: My first full-length book of poetry was published this summer. It’s called Dirty Words by Indie Blu(e) Publishing, which you can purchase on Amazon.

TS: Where can people learn more about what you do? 

Jenny: insta: @jennycmacb

You can find my work listed here! https://jennifermacbainstephens.com/


Sarah: my website is: sarahlilius.com

twitter: @slilius

Bios: 

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens (she/her) went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in Iowa where she is landlocked. She is the author of four poetry collections and fifteen chapbooks and enjoys exploring how to blend creativity with nurturing the earth. Recent work appeared in The Westchester Review, Cleaver, Dream Pop, and Grist. She also hosts a free, monthly reading series sponsored by Iowa City Poetry called Today You Are Perfect. Find her at http://jennifermacbainstephens.com/.

Sarah Lilius (she/her) is the author of five poetry chapbooks, including GIRL (dancing girl press, 2017) and Traffic Girl (Ghost City Press, 2020). A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her poetry appears or is forthcoming in the Massachusetts Review, New South, Boulevard, Fourteen Hills, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her first full length collection, Dirty Words is now available for purchase. Her website can be found at sarahlilius.com.

Tiny Talks with Beth Kephart

Tiny Talks is an interview series with Tiny Spoon’s talented contributors. This week we spoke with Beth Kephart from our seventh issue, Collaboration! Read Beth’s piece “Overjoy Cruise” in our issue.

*Since Beth’s work in our collaboration issue was an internal collaboration with the self, she conducted the interview with herself and we appreciate that.

TS: What called you to collaborate and what was that process like? 

Beth: As a writer of books I became increasingly obsessed with the art of books. And so I joined the two halves of myself.

TS: Why do you create? 

Beth: Because I am miserable (inside and out) when I don’t. Just ask my husband

TS: Where do you find most of your inspiration? / When do you feel most inspired?

Beth: There is, as Moyra Davey writes in her brilliant INDEX CARDS, no writing without reading. And so I read. And think.

TS: What is your dream project?

Beth: In my dream project I learn some very new things. I am surprised. I am awed. I struggle to put it all down, to share it.

TS: What book, artwork, music, etc., would you recommend to others? 

Beth: Anything Alice McDermott writes. 

Find more of Beth’s work here: bethkephartbooks.com / juncture workshops.com, and the etsy shop noted below.

TS: Do you have any current projects that you are working on that you would like to share?

Beth: I’ve taken my obsession with the art of blank books into the making and selling of blank books, collaborating with my artist husband. Here is our Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BINDbyBIND

I also have a new craft book, created with my husband, called WE ARE THE WORDS: THE MASTER MEMOIR CLASS

Purchase Beth’s journal on her Etsy shop!