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Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America, Release Party, PPOW Gallery

Many warm thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for the Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America Release Party at the PPOW Gallery in Chelsea! Thank you too to all our readers and performers and to PPOW for hosting the night’s events!

The evening featured a performance by Lydia Bell, original work by Sasha Fletcher and Justin Taylor, as well as a series of “surrogate readings” featuring content from the issue: Nina Schloesser reading Ken Sparling, Joshua Cohen reading Joe Wenderoth, Mike Topp reading Brian Beatty, and Kendra Grant Malone reading Deb Olin Unferth. In addition, the gallery hosted the installation of Brooklyn artist David Mahfouda’s 130-foot, handmade American flag, damaged during celebrations after Obama’s election and restored by the Brooklyn-based Fixers Collective.

Thank you to our photographer for the evening, Annabel Braithwaite for Belathée Photography.  For a full slide show of Annabel’s images from the evening please click here. In addition, The Hostess Project has generously posted a slide show on flickr.

Check out Christopher Koulouris of Scallywag & Vagabond’s pithy recap of the evening here. Thanks, Chris! 

It is safe to say, that this lot are onto something and a thorough read of what they have put out certainly had me invigorated and rather charmed […] With their America issue the editors were intent on discovering what it is to be American, where America lives at this moment and where America is possibly heading.  – Christopher Koulouris, Scallywag & Vagabond

Copies of Gigantic Issue 2: Gigantic America are now available in stores throughout the city, as well as these fine independents across the nation. Subscriptions are also available online here.

Stay tuned to our website for companion content to the new issue!

What Gigantic People Have Been Up To
06/02/2010, 5:36 pm
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What Gigantic People Have Been Up To*

Ed Park (Gigantic #1) was a finalist for the PEN-Hemingway award and the Asian American Literary Award for Personal Days.  He has published fiction in PEN America #11 and Significant Objects, as well as nonfiction in Post Road #17, The New York Times Book Review, and The L Magazine.

Kevin Kwan (Gigantic #1) worked on Gore Vidal:  Snapshot’s in History’s Glare, Vidal’s third memoir, as well as on projects with and Nathan Wolfe.  He also began shooting for a film on the subway.

Todd Zuniga (Gigantic #1) launched Literary Death Match in Paris and London.

Pedro Ponce (Gigantic #1) will read at the Oregon Literary Arts-First Wednesday Reading on March 3, 2010 (Blackbird Wineshop, Portland, OR).

Justin Taylor (Gigantic #1) has a book coming out with Harper Perennial on February 9 entitled Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever.  He published in Electric Literature’s blog, The Outlet , New CollAge, Prism Index #1, and The Believer.  He also appeared in the film 60 Writers/60 Places.

Adam Wilson (Gigantic #1) contributes regularly to and The Faster Times.  He has fiction forthcoming in Promised Lands:  New Jewish Fiction on Longing and Belonging.

Shane Jones (Gigantic #1) published  his novel Light Boxes with PGP, which was later picked up by Penguin and Spike Jonze.  His chapbook The Nightmare Filled You with Scary was published through Cannibal.

Yuka Igarashi (Gigantic #1) represented Gigantic at Literary Death Match Ep. 16.

Dan Bevacqua (Gigantic #1) reviewed Ruben Foneseca’s The Taker and Other Stories for Words Without Borders.  His story “Numbers” appears in the current issue (#11) of 580 Split.

Kristen O’Toole (Gigantic #1) published work in Flatmancrooked and She will be reading her story at the Anderbo KGB NYC reading on Wednesday, Feb. 24 @ 7pm.

Lauren Spohrer (Gigantic #1) recently reviewed A.N. Wilson’s Our Times:  The Age of Elizabeth II.

Jerome Jakubiec (Gigantic #1) recently shot a look book for Lizzy Seklir’s Spring 2010 collection.

Nathaniel Russell (Gigantic #1) published a small run of his book Failed Memoires.  He has an exhibition coming up in February at Home Gallery in Chicago.

Anya Yurchyshyn (Gigantic #1) published fiction in Elimae, and the Adirondack Review.

Deb Olin Unferth (Gigantic #1 and #2) was awarded the Cabell First Novelist Award for Vacation, as well as a Creative Capital Grant from the Warhol Foundation.  She published work in Harper’sNoon, and The Millions.

Tao Lin (Gigantic #1) published his novel, Shoplifting From American Apparel, through Melville House.  He was interviewed by Michael Silverblatt, and launched his blog in Germany.  His novel Richard Yates is set to be released by Melville House in the fall of 2010.  He will be reading on February 12 as part of NYU’s Creative Writing Program’s reading series, and is published in the current edition of Noon.

Michael Kimball (Gigantic #2) made two films with Luca Dipierro— I Will Smash You and 60 Writers/60 Places.  He regularly contributes interviews to The Faster Times, and was interviewed himself by Madeleine Brand.  He hosted Baltimore’s recent Literary Death Match, and currently blogs as a guest lecturer at HTMLGiant.

Starlee Kine (Gigantic #2) recently read at Moth at the Met.

Clancy Martin (Gigantic #2) is published in the current edition of Noon.

Stephen O’Connor (Gigantic #2) published work in The New Yorker, Conjunctions #52, The Antioch Review, and Electric Literature #2.   His book Here Comes Another Lesson is forthcoming from Free Press.

Claudette Bakhtiar (Gigantic #2) was published in The L Magazine.

Brian Beatty (Gigantic #2) was interviewed by Peter Schwartz for the Prate interview series.

Blake Butler (Gigantic #2) recently published his novel Scorch Atlas though Featherproof Books.  He has fiction forthcoming in Birkensnake, Puerto des Sol, LIT and The Open Faced Sandwich.

Brian Allen Carr (Gigantic #2) has fiction forthcoming in Texas Review, NANO Fiction, Pank and NOÖ.

Robert Coover (Gigantic #2) will publish his novel Noir in March of this year through Overlook.

Luca Dipierro (Gigantic #2) made the films I Will Smash You, 60 Writers/60 Places and Dieci Teste.  He currently has an exhibition entitled The Art of Coffins on display at the Madison County Arts Council.  He will have a solo show in Berlin in the fall of this year.

Sasha Fletcher (Gigantic #2) will publish his chapbook I Ain’t Asked Any Pardon for Anything I Done through Greying Ghost later this year.  He has works forthcoming in Lit #17 and in Courduroy Mtn’s second print.  His piece entitled “One Day All Your Teeth Will Be Mine,” published in Gigantic‘s Mini Monster Issue, was selected to be included in Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2010.

Innocente Fontana (Gigantic #2) recently published her pieces “See America” and “What the Matter Is” on Spork’s Weekly Fiction series.

Reese Kwon (Gigantic #2) has fiction forthcoming in Epoch and Missouri Review.

Ravi Mangla (Gigantic #2) was a finalist for the third annual Micro Award for his story “Ethics.” His fiction piece “Hair” will be published by Gargoyle.

Meg Pokrass (Gigantic #2) was published by Monkeybicycle, 3 AM Magazine, Unmovable Feast and Elimae.  Her fiction either currently features or will be featured in Gargoyle, Toronto Quarterly, Dogs: Wet and Dry, Ampersand, Kitty Snacks, and Annalemma.

Leni Zumas (Gigantic #2) appears in the current edition of Salt Hill and in Kitty Snacks #2.

Thomas Allen (Gigantic #2) appears in the January 2010 issue of Harper’s.

Thomas Doyle (Gigantic #2) has an exhibition on display through February 26th at the Tower Fine Arts Gallery in Brockport, New York.  It is entitled “There’s No Place Like Here.”

Dylan Nice (Gigantic #2) appears in the forthcoming issue of Noon.

*”What Gigantic People Have Been Up To” is a monthly post on contributors’ publications, readings, etc.  If you would like to add an update, please contact

Congrats to Sasha Fletcher!
03/02/2010, 4:26 am
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Sasha Fletcher’s story “One Day All Your Teeth Will Be Mine,” originally published in the Gigantic Mini-Monster Issue, was selected as a Dzanc Best of the Web 2010! Congrats to Sasha.

Gigantic co-editor James Yeh reading at opium literary deathmatch
17/12/2009, 4:44 pm
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bowery poetry club, nyc 8pm, free:

more about this at the rumpus, vol. 1 brooklyn, and broke ass stuart

we were interviewed
19/10/2009, 6:27 pm
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Gigantic, on who we are, what we’re planning next, and whether we prefer your hair up or down (an interview with Nicolle Elizabeth for Fictionaut).

“You Don’t Know Me!” Benefit Bash Post-Press Round Up

*All photos courtesy of Scallywag & Vagabond.


Check out their recap of the night’s revelry here.  Here’s a snippet:

“BOMB Magazine with Gigantic and Opium magazines hosted an end-of-summer bash at Bowery Electric featuring a musical performance by a drag queen, two short plays, and another musical act that consisted largely of a guy speaking (rhythmically) to the audience about a dream he had, set to music. So of course, this means we need to talk about one thing: wolves. Or, in this case, ‘werewolves.'”       ~ Scallywag and Vagabond



In case you missed our earlier post, the Observer also ran a great review of the night.


Much thanks to our performers and to all who attended!  As well as to those who ran pre-press for the event and helped promote the evening including: HTML Giant, The New Yorker, Black Book, ARTmostfierce, [THING], The Daily News, and anyone who posted who we may have missed.

To join in the next Gigantic literary bash, stay tuned for news about our upcoming Issue II launch party!

27/08/2009, 3:02 pm
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Thank you everyone who joined us in celebrating at the “You Don’t Know Me!” benefit party yesterday evening – guests, sponsors, and performers alike.  Your continued support makes this magazine possible.  All Gigantic funds generated will go directly toward the printing of our second issue, due out this fall!

Thank you also to BOMB and Opium, and everyone who donated their time and enthusiasm toward working at this event.  Dear friends, all.

For an overview of the evening’s events, check out Molly Fischer’s article in the Observer this morning.  Thanks Molly!

*Program design by Andrew Bulger.



You Don’t Know Me!

Gigantic/Opium/Bomb Benefit Bash
THIS Wednesday, Aug. 26th
Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (at 2nd St.)

7:00pm – midnight

An End of Summer Extravaganza and Benefit presented by Gigantic/Opium/BOMB Magazines
Hosted by Bowery Electric


*   *   *   1. ALL PRESALES NOW GET FREE VIP ACCESS!  *  *  *

VIP Cocktail Hour 7-8pm


-a special guest performance by award winning performance artist Kalup

-free open bar!

-Purchase $10 presale tickets here.


General Admission 8pm – midnight


-Short plays directed by Ben Greenman and Bob Powers!

The Dog House Band, featuring bluegrass musician/writers David Gates and Sven Birkerts and special guest John Wesley Harding!

-performance by Joseph Keckler!

-performance by James J. Williams III!

-(NEW!) The Library Is On Fire!

Upstairs: an all-night DJ set by Catherine Pierce of the Pierces!


All donations and ticket sales from the night are considered tax-deductible contributions.

By purchasing a ticket, you will be directly supporting these independent magazines’ mission of furthering the dialogue about literature, film, music, and the visual and performing arts.