TREE Issue 6: Heat is in the works! Thank you all for your wonderful submissions. We expect to have the issue printed before the next Poetry Open Mic at Coffee Bandits, November 27th. The theme of our next issue will be Liquid. Flowing freely, like water. Shining and clear, smooth and pleasant. Rain drops in our new season of Liquid poetry.
Finally, Issue 5 : Summer is here! Check it out! Click the cover below to read TREE for free online!! That beautiful cover photo is the stunning work of Jason Liske. TREE 5 features poems by: Steve Baba, Chanel Weaver, Cookie Laigo, Salvador Padilla, Kwyn Alice Meagher, Dima Medvedko, Mike Plamann, Mark Price, Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco, William Benjamin St. Clair, Shannon Aberle, Ella, and Kika Figueroa.
Hey All! Issue 5 is almost complete! To sate your starving poetic appetites, I have uploaded a chapbook TREE made for the April 20th Art Hop! Poet Devon Batey (Merced, CA) collaborated with illustrator PJ Gaviglio (Dunce Art, Oakland, CA) for this beautiful 20 page booklet, sporting 12 poems and 12 color illustrations! Batey’s poetry is surreal, abstract, dark, and well captured by PJ’s emotional, chaotic yet brooding illustrative style. The cover art portrays the second poem, Clone The Bear. This special edition booklet was limited to just a 40 issue print run, so it’s really awesome to finally have it for all to enjoy! And of course, TREE Issue 5 will be released soon!!!
Issue 5 is set to be released July 31st. Submit your poetry now! This issue, for your muse, we’re introducing themes to TREE! Poems on theme will be clearly labeled within the issue. You are not obligated to submit poems that adhere to the theme for each issue, but we encourage it. We repeat: the theme is optional. The theme for issue 5 is the Merced summer, loosely construed. Anyone who has lived through a Merced summer can tell you there is something special about it. Let that something special inspire you. Please have your submissions in, through our submission form or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Thursday, July 18th!
What are you waiting for… SUBMIT!!
We are pleased to announce that Issue 4 has been released! Some 30 issues were distributed at the Coffee Bandits poetry night. Over the next few weeks, the remaining 170 issues will be distributed throughout Merced. TREE is now up online through issuu! Never again be lost without TREE!
Merced comes alive in the summer. At least, I’ve always felt that way. There’s something about that daily see-saw–that extreme, repeating, dry heat which balances against the pristinity of the night–which calls in an examination of ourselves. The poet Jared Stanley once told his students, “Merced is the most interesting place you will ever live.” I believe him. There is a critical point where the density of life interferes with our ability to appreciate it, and be appreciated. Merced is a town for writing, for elaboration, and for imagination.
As the summer goes on, let our poetry grow and adapt. See within elaborations, between lines, and consider just as the weather comes most temperate. The summer will see two more issues of TREE, issues 5 and 6, mid-summer, and summer’s end. I encourage any and all Merced artists to write, create, document, and scribble throughout the summer–Submit to TREE. Your voice will be heard. Merced will change you.