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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

“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!

Gigantic Literary Deathmatch
03/07/2009, 8:46 am
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Gigantic is thrilled to announce that we will be participating in Opium Magazine’s Literary Deathmatch at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Thursday July 30th.

Writer (and Gigantic #1 contributor) Yuka Igarashi will represent the magazine.

Periodically Speaking Reading Series features Gigantic at The New York Public Library
02/06/2009, 10:15 am
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Gigantic is excited to announce that we will be participating in Periodically Speaking, a CLMP/NYPL sponsored reading series.  Writer Adam Wilson will be introduced by co-editor Ann DeWitt on behalf of Gigantic. We look forward to sharing the evening with editors and writers from Habitas and Tantalum.  The readings will be held at the New York Public library next Tuesday night, June 9th, 6 – 7:30 pm. The official press release is below:


The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [CLMP] and The New York Public Library present Periodically Speaking, a reading series providing a major venue for emerging writers to present their work while emphasizing the diversity of America’s literary magazines and the magazine collections of The New York Public Library. Each event presents writers from three influential literary magazines, introduced by their editors.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 6 – 7:30 pm

Habitus: A Diaspora Journal

Habitus is poised to make a lasting impact with its unique global vision, world-class writing, and original translations. While rooted in the experience and language of the Jewish Diaspora, the magazine cannot be limited by the parochial boundaries of any single group. Habitus is not just about cataloguing distinctions. It’s a way of using the whole world as raw material for creating a more complete picture of ourselves.

Editor Joshua Ellison introduces writer Leonid Kostyukov’s fiction and translator Mariya Gusev.


Tantalum, a literary annual, presents the many possibilities of the fictive, exploring a diversity of forms, methods, and ideas. Tantalum is interested in work that cultivates its own expectations, as necessary, moving across the boundaries of known forms and engaging their thresholds.

Editor Yasmine Alwan introduces poet Mina Pam Dick.


Gigantic is a new biannual literary arts journal based in New York that features short prose, dialogues, art and poetry. The debut issue, launched in April 2009, included fiction from Ed Park, Justin Taylor, and Shane Jones along with other new, exciting voices; dialogues with Malcolm Gladwell, Gary Shteyngart, Deb Olin Unferth, Joe Wenderoth and Tao Lin; and artwork including line drawings, collage and photography both odd and beautiful.

Co-Editor Ann DeWitt introduces fiction writer Adam Wilson.


Writer, Adam Wilson

elimae: a reading, featuring 6+ Gigantic coeditors and contributors


elimae: a reading @ kgb bar in nyc

Totally last minute, but if you’re in the NYC area, come check out elimae: a reading tonight at KGB Bar, featuring 6+ Gigantic coeditors and contributors. A “marathon” of “three minute or less readings” from a roster of fine writers including, but not limited to:

Shya Scanlon, Lincoln Michel*, Rozalia Jovanovic*, Kimberly King Parsons, James Yeh*, Justin Taylor*, Nicolle Elizabeth, Tao Lin*, Nick Antosca, Todd Zuniga*, Dennis DiClaudio, John Madera, Timmy Waldron, Forrest Roth, Terese Svoboda, Barry Graham, Dawn Raffel, Sasha Graybosch, Eric Nusbaum and more.

(* denotes Gigantic coeditor or contributor)

Hosted by Shya Scanlon. Admission is free.

Tuesday, May 26th @ KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, NYC 7pm

the blood of the writers and the beer of the bars


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Last weekend’s LitCrawl–which included Gigantic amongst many other fine NYC magazines and was a featured Goings on About Town in The New Yorker–was a great success. If you missed it, you can vicariously live the excitement in Suzanne Pettypiece’s article for Poets & Writers, Lit Crawl: Postcard From New York City. Gigantic‘s tale starts at the bottom of page one and continues for most of page two.

At 8 PM, right on schedule, the thumping dance music softened and the lights dimmed. A disco ball hanging just overhead splattered the audience and walls with red dots. Author Tao Lin—whose new press, Muumuu House, hosted its own event, Cash-Money-Obama Millionaires—stood up from where he was sitting on the floor, just beside the towering DJ booth, and gave us our first sign that we were about to be served from a nontraditional literary menu.

Also check out this video, the second half of which shows Tao Lin‘s Gigantic microreading as well as a short interview with Gigantic co-editor James Yeh.

tao at lit crawl

Gigantic Microreaders for the night included Ben Blum, Andrew Bulger, Matt Di Paoli, Yuka Igarashi, Tao Lin and James J. Williams III.

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Gigantic received a very nice shout out over at the New Pages blog:

The first issue of Gigantic is out, and it indeed holds up to its name (or rather, needs to be held up). This puppy is big, but in a fun-to-read-on-the-bus sort of way, and I imagine the superlarge, four-color image by Nat Russel of dancing cowboys is going to end up decorating a lot of walls.

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Lastly, McNally Jackson has some financial advice for you:

For $3.00, you could maybe buy a small fancy coffee drink, or a half of a pint of beer, or three normal-sized Snickers. You could also buy Gigantic. Gigantic is a brand new literary magazine, very big with many very small, very great things inside–like Ed Park’s story about visiting a nursing home, Jason Morphew’s poem about balls (yes), and lots of drawings that I only want to call “hand-drawn.” You should buy Gigantic with your $3.00.

It’s A Picture. Images from Issue 1 Launch Party.

Gigantic Issue 1 Launch Party and Benefit, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY, April 25th, 2009


For a Full Slideshow of the Evenings Delights, Please See: 1 Launch Party/?albumview=slideshow

Gigantic launch party, April 25th