Review of Queer & Familiar: the trans, gay, and lesbian collection by NewPages: "A cappella Zoo publishes an issue where queer characters are everywhere. Accepted, or not, in their fictional worlds, queerness exists and is legitimized. Despite a few bumps, the issue does what it promises and more. By pairing queer characters with magical realism, the collection normalizes queerness as another fact in an already bizarre world."
Review of BESTIARY: The Best of Zoo by The Future Fire: "Overall, reading Bestiary is a marvelous experience—a journey through a long series of bizarre and beautiful realities that provide a multifaceted examination of the human capacity for wonder. Many of the shortest stories contain ideas enough for entire novels, while even the most minimal poems manage to convey an overwhelming sense of the magical. A cappella Zoo has clearly had a rich and inspiring five years, and it will be exciting to see what it gives us in the future."
Review of BESTIARY: The Best of Zoo by NewPages: "The variety of forms (prose poems, flash fiction, short story, longer story, formal poems, free verse) and subject matter (the afterlife, the end of life, the beginning of life, the time between lives, rewrites of old folk tales, brand-new myths, sex, sex changes, child sex, sexlessness) leaves you gasping. Support this litmag by reading, donating, submitting—this is good work. It moves the cosmos beyond itself."
Review of BESTIARY: The Best of Zoo by Jade Blackwater at Brainripples:
"Ochsner’s choices for the A cappella Zoo Bestiary accordingly transport readers from the pedestrian path to the Twilight Zone with tight, visceral writing. [...] Whether you sail the slipstream every day, or just want to dangle your toe in speculative waters, the A cappella Zoo Bestiary will satisfy with a healthy serving of well-written and willfully discomforting speclit."
Review of BESTIARY: The Best of Zoo by Sabotage: "[The issue's guest editor], Gina Ochsner, sets out the journal’s remit in the introduction – to provide a space where magic realism can be presented as a ‘viable and legitimate form for narrative and image-rich poetry’. In this respect, A Capella Zoo succeeds."
2013 AWP Conference in Boston hosted an A cappella Zoo & Magic Realism reading in the Hynes Convention Center. Thanks to everyone who attended!
Interview, Jan 2012: Lydia Ship interviews our editor at MagicalRealism.info: "...I've had an interest in magic realism of one interpretation or another since the day I was lucky enough to have my parents first read to me. Children's fiction is packed with it. And a lot of us don't grow out of it. Fairy tales, fables, tall tales, myths, legends, superstitions, unsolved mysteries, and the what-if's of daily life all share commonalities that make them not quite real and not quite hard sci-fi or high fantasy either..."
2012 AWP Conference in Chicago: A cappella Zoo completely sold out at the book fair this year! The beautiful cover art by Anna Bron (issue 7) & Cody Seekins (issue 8) certainly didn't hurt, and neither did our big "MAGIC REALISM" sign. Within the literary crowd, there is definitely a hunger for "a hint of the imagined," as we like to call it...
Review of ISSUE 7 by The Review Review: "A cappella Zoo is a lovely change of pace. This journal holds a lot more wonder and strangeness between its covers than most literary magazines."
Review of ISSUE 6 by NewPages: "Provocative syntax; risky images; the exuberant fracture of expectations—these are the hallmarks of A Cappella Zoo and Issue 6 is no exception..."
AWP Conference in Washington, DC: A cappella Zoo made its first AWP appearance at the conference book fair. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table, old friends and new!
Revew of ISSUE 5 by Claire Trevien at Sabotage: "A cappella Zoo #5, like an eccentric sailor, has been craftily winning me over with its rich tales."
Review of ISSUE 5 at Nostalgia for Infinity: "'The Life Story of a Chilean Sea Blob' by Theodore Carter [...] is a touching and sweet story with a gentle humour to it, and is one of my favourites in this issue."
Review of ISSUE 5 by Jade Blackwater of Brainripples: "This completeness is a quality I appreciate throughout AZ5: stories which, while wildly catalyzed, still anchor themselves in some clearly-formed thought. No matter how outrageous our surroundings, each author still affords us a compass with which to navigate the realm."
Review of ISSUE 5 by The Review Review: "I am impressed by the unconventional and multi-layered writing found in the journal’s fifth issue."
ISSUE 5 by The Future Fire: "A cappella Zoo is an engaging and beautifully-presented ‘zine which features some talented authors and poets."
BananaFish's Editor Editions featured a note on what A cappella Zoo looks for in a story, alongside a model story by our editor, Colin Meldrum.
Cover Art Featured, October 2010: The NewPages Blog gave nods to the "stunning" artwork on Issue 5's front and back covers. The artists contributing to this cover were Martha Brouwer and Feng Sun Chen.
Interview, April 2010: Jim Harrington interviews our editor at Six Questions For...: "Why did you start the magazine? What are the top three things you look for in a story? What are the top three reasons a story is rejected? What is it about characters that makes them pop off the page and grab a hold of you?"
Interview, April 2010: Writer and literary critic Karl Wenclas interviews our editor on AttackingtheDemi-Puppets: "How does your journal stand out from the solipsistic hipster pack? ...We're about hybridizing and building bridges, rather than alienating or shocking readers for the sake of defining an antagonistically unique niche for ourselves. We'd like to stand out as adaptable..."
ISSUE 4 featured on DAILY s-PRESS: your daily drip of small presses: "Promiscuous clouds and kitchenware ... a man holding a six-month breath ... a refreshingly darker Cat in the Hat..."
Review of ISSUE 4 on The Review Review: "Wildly imaginative and genuinely funny ... Christina Murphy’s 'Mrs. Sisyphus' could easily be appreciated by a mainstream readership..."
Interview, March 1, 2010: Poet/author Nicelle Davis interviews our editor on The Bee's Knees: "In your editorial opinion, what is the best way for a writer to 'shake up tradition'? ... First be aware of all the stereotypes, clichés, and formulas that end up in your writing and then use them as tools rather than cookie-cutter puzzle pieces ... in order to take a route in writing that is either unexpected or that delivers a unique experience. Here are some examples..."
ISSUES 4 and 5 featured in Short, Fast, and Deadly's Sneak Peaks: "It's always monkeys I think about ... screeching and howling merrily away while they fling generous hunks of crap at their audience ... The real A cappella Zoo is far more refined than my little mental orchestration. Though at least as strange..."