According to myth -- a well-known breed of magic realism -- it was the dragon-headed turtle that delivered written word to the mortal world as it rose from the river Luo.
Fu Xi, a great patriarch, witnessed this and noticed eight trigrams inscribed on the awesome turtle's shell. He shared these with his people, becoming the inventor of writing.
A cappella Zoo (ISSN: 1945-7480) is an independent magazine of magic realism & slipstream. We seek to connect emerging writers with readers of a similar sensibility: those with an appetite for the fantastic in the everyday. We look especially for surprising imagery, layered storytelling, well-explored ideas & perspectives, and a natural, contemporary sense of place & personhood. We collect 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 represent a spectrum between contemporary life and the imagined.
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Editor & Publisher:
COLIN MELDRUM established A cappella Zoo in 2008 as a venue for strange and inquisitive stories. He earned 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. He and his husband currently live in the English countryside, where he teaches English as an international language and daydreams of being a zoologist.
JONATHAN BRUNS has volunteered on the GSBA scholarship board in Seattle and is currently working as an international auditor in Europe. In his spare time, he's a serious reader, passionate story critic, and obsessive antique book collector.
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.
ADAM R. CHARPENTIER graduated from Rhode Island College and currently works as a technical writer in Newport, RI. His favorite stories cuckold genre but honor its legacies.
SONIA CHRISTENSEN lives and works in Denver, Colorado. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Colorado and her stories have appeared in Confrontation, Corvus, Devilfish Review and First Stop Fiction.
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.
EMMA HUTSON has an MA in English and Creative Writing and is about to start her PhD. Born and raised in Gravesend, Kent, dreaming up the origins of her town's name, she's since shimmied around the UK collecting an education. She runs a creative writing workshop in South Wales and has been published in The C Word: an anthology of writing from Cardiff.
EMILY J. LAWRENCE is a bruised paper bag marked "Surprise" sitting in a dollar store. She broke into herself years ago and what she pulled out is what you read in her stories. These can be found in A cappella Zoo #6 (which prompted her to join the editorial board), Hawk and Handsaw, Relief: A Journal of Christian Expression, Glossolalia, and TRACHODON. Her secret identity is a box office attendant in a mideastern movie theater. She's also an assistant editor at Literary Laundry.
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.
LAURA MILLER completed her master's thesis in fiction at the University of North Texas. She has (un)healthy obsessions with magical realism, vegan food (beans!), yoga poses, Lars von Trier, and angry-lady music. Her favorite word is one she stole from David Foster Wallace: horsetwaddle. With each short story she writes, she comes one step closer to untangling all the secrets of the universe. She will share them with you when she can.
IAN SACKS lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and will be attending his MFA in fiction at Oregon State University in fall 2014. His work has appeared online at Pithead Chapel and Jersey Devil Press. He believes in a combination of reading, writing and living, each no more important than the others.
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.
SONNIE HAZELL WILLS has a BA Hons in English and Creative Writing and is working towards her MA in the same. She hoards books with the compulsive nature of an addict and shouts like a flaming banshee at anyone who leaves the fridge open for too long. She has been published in an anthology of Cardiff dwelling writers called The C Word and spends a lot of time scribbling words onto paper, only to lose them immediately.
Emeritus Board Members and Editorial Contributors:
JEFFREY ALLEN, McKENZIE ALLEN, SYNDIE ALLEN, CHARLENE BURNETT, EDMOND CALDWELL, MEIRON CRAMER, MARY STONE DOCKERY, CAROL DORF, RYAN FOWLER, GWEN JAMES, DEVORI KIMBRO, MICHAEL LEE, JACEK LERYCH, RACHEL LIEBERMAN, JANET McCLASKEY, HAYES MOORE, ROLLI, GAIL SPENCER, RHIAN WALLER, MICHAEL WILSON.