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Urban Graffiti - Call for Submissions
Is your skull starting to bubble again? No worries. After 18 years as a paper-based litzine, Urban Graffiti is now online and is still "the antidote to all the precious, crapola lit mags out there, home to the ugly, the depressing, the sexy, the funny and the fucked up." (Broken Pencil #12) What UG did in print, UG now does online, and more. Instead of just an irregularly published litzine publishing an issue whenever the number of contributions warranted, UG online publishes "transgressive, discursive, post-realist writing, comics, b&w artwork, photography, and music concerned with the struggles of hard edged urban living, alternative lifestyles, deviant culture – presented in their most raw and unpretentious form" on a regular basis.
Is it possible that Canadian literary culture is just too damn polite to sustain an ongoing transgressive online magazine such as Urban Graffiti? I think not. There are vastly too many exceptional writers, poets, artists, and photographers in Canada doing exceptional work (and some of it, yes, even transgressive and post-realist). Someone recent wrote about the UG site: "Build it and they will come." I built it and they came. Now I make the same call for submissions I made almost 18 years ago to those writers, poets, and artists (new, emerging, and established) I served with the paper-based zine.
Join the likes of Phillip Quinn, Angela Hibbs, Bill Brown, Neale McDevitt (from UGX) and Matthew Firth, Catherine Owen, Amanda Earl, Bart Plantenga, George Amabile, and Mandie Lopatka (from UG 11) as Urban Graffiti begins its online adventure.