We’re a small staff, which means we become well-acquainted with all the lovely work you send us. Get to know us as much as we’ve gotten to know you through your writing and art submissions:
Founder / co-Editor-in-Chief: C. M. Chady
Creating and running my own literary magazine has long been one of my goals, as I’ve previously worked for River Styx and other magazines. I’ve always loved the collaboration and community that goes into its production, and I hope that Tiny Spoon becomes an eclectic blend of wondrous voices. I’m currently pursuing my MFA Creative Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and I work in poetry, fiction, and hybrid forms.
For this magazine, I want to see work that is daring, provocative, and innovative. I’m interested in work that subverts or transcends traditional forms and breathes new life and perspective through clever use of language and aesthetic. General soft spots for my vote: social justice, absurdism, wit, experimentation.
Founder / co-Editor-in-Chief: Stephanie Hempel
I am deeply curious about the vast world of publishing. I worked with my college press as an undergrad and fell in love with the process of settling into the backbone of a book. Tiny Spoon is an open window in my life–the creative haven I’ve been longing for in my time of transition through grad school. I’m an MFA candidate at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and I write in all genres. I am interested in/ inspired by most things within/ without the organic world. My hobbies include collecting teacups, dismantling the patriarchy, reading, writing, and traveling.
For this publication, I am seeking work that does the following: provides fidgety details; engages in the bizarre plot twist; wraps illuminating prose that sneak around under my feet; breaks love ballads; layers meaning, curiosity, transcendence in a poem; moves into itself, moves out of itself. My dead heroes are Richard Brautigan, Allen Ginsberg, Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, and Flannery O’ Conner. My living heroes are my best friends, Margaret Atwood, Anne Waldman, Andrea Gibson, and you; I can’t wait to read your writing.
Contributing Editor: Sam Cook
Working with Stylus Literary Journal, & serving as co-founder of VoidLife Records has given me multiple opportunities to engage with the arts, promoting creativity & self-expression. I’m a poet currently enrolled in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing.
In Tiny Spoon I am looking for work that transcends or subverts the status quo, writing that provokes, makes uncomfortable, or comforts, eliciting feelings that serve as an affirmation of our collective humanity; feeling a rhythm & singing a song. We’ve all got something to say, and a voice through which we can say it– I’m excited to hear yours.
Contributing Editor: Lori Dantuma
A couple pesky state-lines couldn’t keep me from getting involved with this cute little magazine. I am currently finishing up my BA in Creative Writing at Augustana College in Illinois, where I also work as a tutor in the Reading/Writing Center on campus. Prose is my happy place, whether that means quirky flash fictions, engaging essays, sentimental personal reflections, or anything in-between.
At Tiny Spoon, I am looking for artists who not only have neat ideas but clean execution as well because a story is only as engaging as the storytelling. I’m a sucker for beginnings that pique my interest, middles that keep me on my toes, and ends that stick the landing. Simplicity and attention to detail go a long way for me, but I’m open to surprises!