Camera Crew and Contributor Updates

January 31st, 2013
Tim Horvath, Bellevue Literary Press 2012

Tim Horvath, Bellevue Literary Press 2012

 I am often slow to post these updates and certainly don’t post them often enough, leaving major accomplishments to back up. Tim Horvath, friend and charter member of the Camera Crew, has received a host of praise recently for his collection Understories released in May 2012 by Bellevue Literary Press.  If you have not yet read it, or intend to but haven’t had the time, bump it immediately to the top of your to do list.

A couple of years ago, when combing through stories for the journal, I described a story in the submission queue as a Calvinoesque- Spike Lee joint, and Tim took to that description enough to want it someday for a blurb on a novel. While not the intersection of Calvino and Spike Lee, Understories is much more, perhaps even something as wondrous as the love child of Nikola Tesla and an Easter Island head. This collection will not only cause you to look at the world a little differently but see it differently as well. Understories more than lives up to the praise it has received. Congratulations, Tim, from the entire Camera Crew.

 Tamas Dobozy whose story “The Selected Mugshots of Famous Hungarian Assassins” appears in the Autumnal 2012 Camera Obscura, recently won the Rogers Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize (One of Canada’s most prestigious awards) with his collection Seige 13, which was also Finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Fiction. Published by Thomas Allen Publishers in Canada, it will be released by Milkweed Editions in February in the US.

Dzanc Books published Jennifer Spiegel’s collection, The Freak Chronicles, in 2012 containing the story “Killing Castro,” also appearing in  Camera Obscura 5. Congratulations Jennifer.

Rosebud Ben-Oni’s  first book of poems, Solecsim, will be published by Virtual Artists Collective in early 2013. Her story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Camera Obscura Prize in our second issue.  

Peter Tieryas Liu’s collection of twenty short stories, Watering Heaven,was realeased from Signal 8 Press in fall of 2012. Learn more (including a trailer) on his website. Peter’s collection includes the story “A Wolf’s Choice,” which appeared in Camera Obscura 2 and can be read online here.

 

Issue 6 is beginning to take shape. Updates coming soon.

-MEP

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Winter 2010 – Contributors (prose)

October 25th, 2010

Results in the Winter 2010 Photography Competition will be announced soon. While judging for the photography contest is still underway, the prose selections have been made. In alpha order the twelve writers in Camera Obscura’s second issue are:

Amanda Yskamp
E.M. Schorb
Henriette Lazaridis Power
Greg Oaks
K. R. Sands 
Mark Budman
Peter Tieryas Liu
Rosebud Ben-Oni
Scott Nadelson
Sunshine LeMontree
Samantha Stiers
Thisbe Nissen

Amanda Yskamp’s work has appeared in such magazines as Threepenny Review, Hunger Mountain, Caketrain, Redivider, and The Georgia Review. She lives with poet Doug Larsen and their two children on the 10-year flood plain of the Russian River.

 E.M. Schorb’s work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, The Yale Review, The Chicago Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Antioch Review, The American Scholar, Stand and Agenda (England), The Notre Dame Review, 5 AM, Rattle, and The New York Quarterly, among others.  His first novel, Paradise Square, was the winner of the International eBook Award Foundation’s grand prize for fiction at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2000, and later, A Portable Chaos won the Writers Notes Magazine Book Award for Fiction in 2004. His most recent novel, Fortune Island, was published last year.

Henriette Lazaridis Power is a Greek/American writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Salamander, The New England Review, The New York Times online, The Millions, and the blog Beyond the Margins, where she is a regular contributor. A Rhodes Scholar and a Ph.D., she taught English literature at Harvard for ten years. Power is the founding editor of The Drum Literary Magazine, an online literary magazine publishing short fiction and essays exclusively in audio form. Power is currently finishing a novel set in remote Northern Greece.

Greg Oaks’ fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Cimarron Review and Switchback. He has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and an MFA from Texas State University. He currently teaches at Lonestar College–Tomball.

K. R. Sands is creating a collection of short fiction inspired by the displays of pathological human anatomy and other medical exhibits at the famous Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. Her fiction has appeared/will appear in Joyland, Inkspill, ShatterColors, EarthSpeak, Wanderings, Fringe, Literary Mama, Milk Money, Prick of the Spindle, and The Tangled Bank: Love, Wonder, and Evolution. Her major nonfiction publications are Demon Possession in Elizabethan England and An Elizabethan Lawyer’s Possession by the Devil: The Story of Robert Brigges. A recovering academic, she has taught literature and writing for ten universities, including Temple University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Maryland. Her nonacademic jobs have included dog groomer, animal laboratory technician, zoo keeper, and environmental regulation writer. She has lived in Arizona, Scotland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Mark Budman’s works have appeared or are about to appear in such magazines as Mississippi Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The London Magazine, McSweeney’s, Turnrow, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, the W.W. Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, and elsewhere. He is the publisher of a flash fiction magazine Vestal Review. His novel My Life at First Try was published by Counterpoint Press to wide critical acclaim. He co-edited the anthology You Have Time for This from Ooligan Press; a new anthology is forthcoming in 2011 from Persea Books. 

Peter Tieryas Liu has recently had short stories accepted for publication in the Binnacle, Gargoyle, Prism Review, Quiddity International Literary Journal, and
ZYZZYVA. He’s worked as a technical writer for Lucasfilm and is a character technical director for Sony Pictures, where he’s worked on features like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I Am Legend.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a writer for New Perspectives Theater, which is producing her play Quimera on the Pedernales, and has been the recipient of a Horace Goldsmith Grant, given so she could complete her first novel, which deals with her experiences as a Jew of mixed race. She has had recent work in Slice Magazine, J Journal, Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers, Arts & Letters, Identity Envy— Wanting to be Who We Are Not and The Texas Poetry Review. Recently produced plays include Owless of Santa Clara (Snorks and Pins, Roy Arias Studios, July 2010), Nikita (Shotgun Theater Festival, the Gene Frankel Theatre, Jan 2009 and Thespian Productions, Producer’s Club, May 2009); Nary a Bodega (Leah Ryan Benefit, Producer’s Club, November 2009); The Amaranthine Thread (Leah Ryan Benefit, Producer’s Club, November 2009 and Where Eagles Dare, February 2010). She is currently finishing her first novel, which is entitled The Imitation of Crying.

Scott Nadelson is the author of two story collections, The Cantor’s Daughter, recipient of the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize and the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Fiction Prize for Emerging Jewish Writers, and Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories, winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Alaska Quarterly Review, Post Road, Arts & Letters, American Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere.

Sunshine LeMontree’s work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, Steam Ticket Journal, Weave Magazine, Word Riot, and Eclectica. She is a recent graduate of the MFA Writing Program at The New School in New York and is currently the Editorial Prose Coordinator at LIT Magazine.

 Stories by Samantha Stiers have appeared in Conjunctions, elimae, The Bitter Oleander, and one is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol.

Thisbe Nissen is author of two novels, The Good People of New York, and Osprey Island; a story collection, Out of the Girls’ Room and into the Night; and co-author/co-collagist of The Ex-Boyfriend Cookbook. She teaches Creative Writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and has recently published short-shorts in NANO Fiction, Quick Fiction, and TriQuarterly Online.

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Energy of Change

August 18th, 2010

 

Given its philosophical underpinnings and esoteric nature, almost to the point of mysticism for the uninitiated, mathematics can be a great tool around which to build a story. However, despite my personal mathematical leanings, I would be leery of any suggestion to begin a story with an actual mathematical equation. Slated to appear in the Winter 2010 issue of the Camera Obscura Journal, “The Wolf’s Choice” by Peter Tieryas Liu, excerpted below, is an exception that I will gladly make. 

v= Hd was the equation for the rate at which galaxies sped away from one another, the H standing for Hubble’s Constant, the v, for the vapid volume of velocity. The third variable was d, representing distance, the diametrical disposition of difference. And somehow, these three digits summarized the universe into a trinity of letters, simplicity exemplified. It struck me, when I first learned the variables, how it would have taken a thousand times more energy to resist change than to accept it.

 I’d spent eight months wandering through the honeycomb of Asia, shifty Bangkok, grand Beijing, contemporary Shanghai, futuristic Tokyo, all convicted in the nexus of modernization and unshackled faith. I was adrift, tugged and pulled by the gravity of solitude, a festering hunger driving me like a relentless martinet.”

Peter Tieryas Liu has recently had short stories accepted for publication in the Binnacle, Gargoyle, Prism Review, Quiddity International Literary Journal, and ZYZZYVA. He’s worked as a technical writer for Lucasfilm and is a character technical director for Sony Pictures where he’s worked on features like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I Am Legend. This story is dedicated to Leza.

 Much more to comes as the issue unfolds – MEP

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