Shawn Huckins likes painting words.
Most of his pictures contain them. “Words fascinate me,” he says. “They are a code that makes communication possible.”
Shawn painted this issue’s cover image, which he titled Tuesday.
“The word SPAM caught my interest,” he says. “It’s clear, with the yellow lettering and the dark blue background, that this product is SPAM, well, Turkey SPAM in this case.”
But is this art? Shawn can see the comical side of it. “Who paints empty cans of SPAM? People look for a pretty sunset or mountain peaks with the fog rolling around them.
“But who can appreciate an empty can of Turkey SPAM laying back down, lid open, on my kitchen table?”
BARSTOW POOL BY SHAWN HUCKINS, 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 04
SHAWN A HUCKINS
has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Keene State College, New Hampshire. He lives and paints in Connecticut. His latest exhibition was in Newv York City at the Viridian Artists Contemporary Art Gallery 19th National and International Show, juried by Curator Elisabeth Sussman of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
biker, carpenter, father, and writer, lives and works in London. His stories have been published in APT, LitBits, Espresso Fiction, and Twisted Tongue. “I’m encouraged by the thought that the journey is more important than the destination,” Mel says, “for it is taking considerably longer to get wherever it is that I’m going than I anticipated when I first set out.” email@example.com
a New England-born poet whose parents were Armenian, was twice a Fulbright professor of American Poetry and is the author of more than 23 books of poetry and translations. She works as a visiting poet and guest lecturer on American poetry, Armenian poetry in translation, and the literature of human rights at various universities in the US and abroad. She is president of the New England Poetry Club founded by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken 90 years ago.
Her work has been published in Agni, American Scholar, Nation, Paris Review etc. Her latest book, The Second Question, is published by Sheep Meadow Press, New York.
DAVID B ESSINGER
says he no longer walks other people’s dogs professionally. He has just finished writing a novel all about dogwalking, too. He has had stories published in Quarter After Eight, Pindeldyboz, The Pinch, and elsewhere. firstname.lastname@example.org
TAMMY HO LAI-MING
aka Sighming, is the editor of Hong Kong U Writing: An Anthology (2006), a co-editor of Love & Lust (Inkstone Books, 2008) and a co-founder of the first Hong Kong-based online literary journal, Cha.
is an Australian-born poet, and a US resident since the late seventies. His poetry has been published in Slant, Briar Cliff Review, and Albatross.
says he is an ace reporter, produced playwright, and internationally recognized rock’n’roll superstar who is a frenetic enthusiast of all things communicable, infusing chutzpah into all he endeavors despite ardent detractors. He lives, works, and is generally up to no good in the areas in and around Portland, Oregon.
IRA JOEL HABER
used magic marker on textured board, 12 inches by 10 inches, to create this image, Family Day. Ira lives in Brooklyn New York. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
is recent graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego where he majored in Cinema & Screen Studies and Creative Writing. His work has been published in the Great Lake Review, Oswegonian newspaper, and at the 2008 PCA/ ACA National Conference. Jeremy says he spends most of his time on set, and, after long shoots, he relaxes with a pen and a notebook.
KAREN BREMER MASUDA
lives with her family, two teenage kids, husband, father-in-law, cat and dog, in Shizuoka, Japan. Other stories by Karen include Fast Train Slow Train published by Driftwood, Woven Stories published online by Miranda Literary Magazine, and Outstanding published online by Zygote in My Coffee.
TRACI ISADORA NELSON
says she spends her free time worshipping sun gods in the Arizona desert and being educated by two small children. She is the co-founder with Amanda Muir of Next Page, a non-profit organization that runs writing workshops with groups of people in transition, such as women recovering from addiction and veterans returning from Iraq.
originally from Dallas, Texas, now lives in Oakland, California, where she’s a freelance editor and lives with her fabulous cat Henry. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Red River Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Open Window III from Ghost Road Press, and Slant. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
lives in San Francisco and has performed with theatre companies throughout the United States. She says her writing is a natural extension of sensory work developed as an actor.
Her writing is published in The Emry’s Foundation Journal, Flutter Magazine, The Orange Room, Halfway Down the Stairs, 971 Menu, Toasted Cheese, The Rose and Thorn, Thieves Jargon, Eclectica, and Chanterelle’s Notebook.
is an editor of 34thParallel. Her stories and poetry have been published online and in print in the US and UK in literary magazines such as Libbon, Nerve House, Static Movement, 55 Words, blueprintreview, All Things Girl, and Inscribed Magazine. An excerpt from her book, “My Story Begins with...” is being published by University of Texas Press and her poetry is in Scream, an anthology published by EditRed Publishing.
was born in New York and has lived in Israel since 1963, working mostly as an editor and translator. Now writing full time, he recently completed a novel about Israel called The Other Shore and has had a number of short stories accepted for publication. He is the editor-in-chief of the recently published 22-volume second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Medal.