Archive for July, 2012

Issue Thirty-Three!!

Posted in Issue Thirty-Three with tags , , , on July 30, 2012 by mohawko

So soon? WE’VE WAITED TOO LONG ALREADY. We are beyond excitation (hovering at near-sexual levels) to present the Safety Pin Review’s thirty-third issue, brought to you by one of our nation’s most beloved poets. This week’s issue was worn throughout Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and the spaces in between by our lovely operative Erin Crooks. That’s right, we went to the land of green chili. Here goes everything (and there goes the neighborhood):




by Russ Woods

Operative: Erin Crooks (Albuquerque, NM)

About the author: Russ Woods co-edits Red Lightbulbs and Love Symbol Press with Meghan Lamb.  He lives in Chicago and you can find more of his work at  This piece is part of an ongoing series of stories about Sara and her dog that he hopes to someday collect into a book called The Existence of Fire.

About the operative: Erin Crooks is a Sim.

In case you’ve been holding back, it may please you to know that submissions are now open again.

Stay tuned for large punkins and small children later this week. ❤

I Am Trying Really Hard Not to Run Away:Issue 32 Action Shots

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Thirty-Two with tags , , , on July 28, 2012 by mohawko

It is with great pleasure that we present here the products of the little media blitz that Rebecca Haze initiated while wearing David Greenspan’s story for this week’s issue. Kicking up dust around the campus of Skidmore College. The results, in various forms, are as follows:

This post appeared on Facebook, a herald of things to come.

The story was worn in the wherabouts of Skidmore College during a month-long young writers’ conference, where, obviously, each and every attending writer was skooled by the words of Dave Greenspan.

From her shell, Rebecca wrote a preview review before things got going.


For the first time in SPR history, a story was worn on the front rather than the back.

Then she scooped us on our own story.


Finally, she ruminated on the conference and about the nightmares of the phrase ‘popcorn ceiling.’


Meanwhile, she tweeted.

Huge thanks to Rebecca for wearing the story and David Greenspan, as always, for making the words sing so loud.

Brody Dalle would be proud.

Issue Thirty-Two!!

Posted in Issue Thirty-Two with tags , , , on July 23, 2012 by mohawko

Oh man, have we got a story for you. This week, we raise our raw voices to the air in celebration of our thirty-second issue, brought to us by one of our most inimitable poets, and muscling its fearless way through a writers’ conference and elsewhere at Skidmore College and Saratoga Springs by previous SPR contributor Rebecca Haze. TAKE MY TIP GET ON OUT TAKE MY TIP GET ON OUT:




by David Greenspan

Operative: Rebecca Haze (Saratoga Springs, NY)

About the author: David Greenspan is the author of the chapbooks A COLLECTION OF MY GREATEST HITS (panguar ban party 2012), i tried to bear the elephants and lost (NAP 2012), and the forthcoming chapbook THEN (turtleneck press). Find him at

About the operative: Rebecca Haze‘s work has been featured in The Safety Pin Review in the past. She is still confused.

Hoodie Madness: Issue 31 Action Shots

Posted in Issue Thirty-One with tags , , , on July 20, 2012 by mohawko

Joshua Young took Lorrie’s story on the road. We are proud to present here two mammoth photos from our thirty-first issue’s journey across Washington. During its tenure on the back of this operative, Lorrie’s story has seen two rock shows, Yakima, Cowiche, Rainier Beach in Seattle, Kirkland, Juanita, and Bellingham (there, on a film set). We are exhausted from all of this traveling.

Breaking Mirrors


And yet we disobey.


*Dead Kennedys Reference*

Forty thousand hands of applause to Joshua Young for wearing this story to the bone.

Issue Thirty-One!!

Posted in Issue Thirty-One with tags , , , on July 9, 2012 by mohawko

We have jumped the thirty-issue hump and are ready with a sublime piece of civil disobedience. This is where it’s always been and where it will always be. Presenting, without (much) preamble, the Safety Pin Review’s thirty-first issue, born in the streets of Syracuse and worn to the very fringes of Washington by Joshua Young. Here we are:



“Civil Disobedience in America”

by Lorrie Sprecher

Operative: Joshua Young (around, Washington)

About the author: Lorrie Sprecher is the author of the punk, lesbian novel Sister Safety Pin.  She resides in Syracuse, New York with her dog Kurt.

About the operative: Joshua Young studies poetry in the MFA program at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches and serves as an editor for the Columbia Poetry Review. He is the author of When the Wolves Quit: A Play in Verse (Gold Wake Press) and To the Chapel of Light (Mud Luscious Press/Nephew), as well as the forthcoming, The Diegesis, written with Chas Hoppe (Gold Wake Press 2013). He lives in a really cool apartment in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, their son, and their dog.