Myth reveals that it was the dragon-headed turtle, who delivered written word to the mortal world. Fu Xi, a great patriarch, witnessed the turtle rising from the river Luo and noticed eight trigrams inscribed on the awesome shell. He shared these with his people and became the legendary inventor of writing.
A cappella Zoo (ISSN: 1945-7480) is an independent magazine of magic realism & slipstream. From 2008 to 2015, we worked to connect emerging writers with readers of a similar sensibility: those with an appetite for the fantastic in the everyday. We emphasized an aesthetic of surprising imagery, layered storytelling, well-explored ideas & perspectives, and a natural, contemporary sense of place & personhood. We collected stories and poems of various overlapping styles, including fabulist, uncanny, absurdist, cross-genre, experimental, bizarro, modern fairy tale, new weird, and surreal. For our purposes, the combined terms MAGIC REALISM & SLIPSTREAM represented a spectrum between contemporary life and the imagined. To read print or online versions of what we published, please visit our Issues page.
EMERITUS EDITORIAL BOARD
Founding Editor & Publisher:
COLIN MELDRUM established A cappella Zoo in 2008 as a venue for strange and inquisitive stories. He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Idaho State University, where he read on the editorial board of Black Rock & Sage and won the Agnus Just Reid award for writing. His work has appeared in Sideshow Fables and Collective Fallout (stories), Sugar House Review and Weave Magazine (poems), and elsewhere.
ZACH BUSCHER teaches at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA. He recently received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona, where he was a Beverly Rogers Fellow and Poetry Editor for Sonora Review. His own writing has appeared in a variety of online forums, including 42opus, SHAMPOO, 580 Split, Otoliths, tinfoildresses, Wheelhouse Magazine, Sawbuck, Juked, and Spooky Boyfriend. His website.
AMANDA LYN DISANTO holds an MA in literature and creative fiction and studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design. She enjoys reading almost anything, especially works that subvert contemporary myths. She writes art reviews for the Newport Mercury and thinks creative expression is as important as breathing.
ANDREW HENDERSON lives and writes in Birmingham, UK, though hails from the mythical land of Wales. He has a BA in English and Creative Writing and his work has appeared in Nexus (published by Cardiff Metropolitan University) and The C Word: an anthology of writing from Cardiff. His obsessions are horror, magic, and wolves.
LISA McCOOL-GRIME loves to write alone about Sappho and wallflower women and to write collaboratively about anything. She loves to read everything (including tea leaves). Her wallflower women are or will be appearing in Splinter Generation, Phantom Kangaroo, Solo Novo, PANK, and elsewhere. Her collaborative work with Nancy Flynn can be read at Poemeleon. Tupelo press awarded one of her poems first place in their Fragments of Sappho contest.
MICAH UNICE is an aspiring novelist who lives for literature, film, visual art, and any form of pathos, and he has won a handful of creative writing contests. One of his favorite books is Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones.
JEFFREY ALLEN, McKENZIE ALLEN, SYNDIE ALLEN, JONATHAN BRUNS, CHARLENE LOGAN BURNETT, EDMOND CALDWELL, ADAM R. CHARPENTIER, SONIA CHRISTENSEN, MEIRON CRAMER, MARY STONE DOCKERY, CAROL DORF, RYAN FOWLER, EMMA HUTSON, BRANDON IBARRA, GWEN JAMES, DEVORI KIMBRO, EMILY J. LAWRENCE, MICHAEL LEE, JACEK LERYCH, RACHEL LIEBERMAN, JANET McCLASKEY, LAURA I. MILLER, HAYES MOORE, ROLLI, IAN SACKS, GAIL SPENCER, RHIAN WALLER, SONNIE HAZELL WILLS, MICHAEL JAMES WILSON.