We apologize that our latest issue, Conte 9.2, will be delayed from winter to spring on account of some lingering technical concerns. Look for it to publish in early May. Until then, we appreciate your patience, and let us kindly reiterate that we won’t open our next reading period until later this year.
Last October we were thrilled to publish Roger Weingarten’s poetic sequence "The Four Gentlemen and Their Footman" as part of our ongoing series, Conte Presents. While you can still view the poem’s original incarnation here, we are pleased to announce that the poem is now available as a free electronic chapbook, featuring paintings by Kate Fetherston and an afterword by Marcus Cafagna. We hope you enjoy these wild, kinetic, and expressive sestinas as much as we do. Indeed, several contributing editors for the forthcoming Pushcart Prize anthology have now nominated the project for this prestigious award!
Conte pal and contributor to issue 6.1 Emil DeAndreis has recently had his first novel released by Blue Cubicle press. Titled Beyond Folly, it’s a witty and relentlessly unpredictable chain of short episodes that, strung together, catalog the travails of Horton Hagardy, a formerly budding poet washed aground on the shores of San Francisco’s substitute teaching circuit. Horton is a sort of Sisyphus on a journey that reads like a John Kennedy O’Toole version of The Odyssey; he’s constantly submerged in events, people, and obstacles to his basic sanity that are just outlandish enough to be fascinating, and tethered just firmly enough to the real world as to be deeply hilarious and troubling. He’s a guy who has sort of reached a crossroads that seems both deserted and uncomfortably familiar, in the sense that, if there is a crack, he’s managed to slip into it – an authority figure with no actual authority, in a career with no permanence beyond the end of the day, feeling gumption and talent shrivel on the vine of his advancing past youth into a world increasingly unrecognizable and indigestible. There’s nothing particularly hapless about his character or his tale, but following him down the rabbit hole of increasingly inextricable circumstance, beneath the humor and farce, there is something deeply revealing about our communal human nature being revealed in the telling.
We’re proud to feature one chapter of this fine book in our Conte Presents section, along with a short Q&A with the author. If that stokes your appetite, you can devour the novel in its entirety by ordering a copy from Blue Cubicle’s website here.
We are pleased to announce our nominees for this year’s prestigious Pushcart Prize:
–Mark Cox for his poem "Four Coasts"
–Alexandra Teague for her poem "Many a Goat"
–Lawrence Wray for his poem "Last Effects"
–PD Mallamo for his story "Sun and the Moon"
All four of these selections were made from Conte 9.1, our most recent issue.
Congratulations, writers, and best of luck!