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“Bag the Bodies and Burn Them All”: Issue 44 Action Shots from Portland

Posted in Action Photos!, Issue Forty-Four with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2013 by mohawko

We could not be more pleased with these Action Shots, fresh from Operative Robert wearing Joshua Young’s piece. See them below!


This reading took place at the Big Ass Boom Box festival at Floating World Comics in Portland.


A sign, a sign of things to come.

All of These Cars Will Be Crushed by Nightfall

All of These Cars Will Be Crushed by Nightfall

The Safety Pin Review is STREETWISE with Robert Duncan Gray.

Innumerable Casualties in the Name of Something Else

Innumerable Casualties in the Name of Something Else

It gets the SPR all hot and bothered when folks take to spreading the love. We are big fans of Getting the Word Out Via Multiple Operatives.

We Wear These Stories Like Condiments

We Wear These Stories Like Condiments

Here, honorary operative Diana Salier rocks Josh’s poem whilst eating some fries. Jealous types scheme in the background.

The Aluminuminum

The Aluminuminum

In this marvel of photographic composition (those lines! that red door! the coiled hose! – a metaphor for what?!), Rose Tully festoons herself in lovely denim.

Spreading Like Eagles

Spreading Like Eagles

Barn-burner Riley Michael Parker struts his stuff in front of a giant cat’s eye and shows off his shapely legs.



Lindsay Allison Ruoff brings the SPR to the cat-people. Meanwhile, an owl watches from the background. In this case, the owl is the metaphor.

Is there any such thing as too many cats in an SPR photo? No.

What Everything Leads To

What Everything Leads To


Basically, this sums up our feelings towards this set of photos. Tremendous thanks to Joshua Young for providing the killer poem, and Robert Duncan Gray and his gang for spreading the SPR gospel so awesomely around Portland.


And stay tuned. Tomorrow: a newsflash that probably involves all of you.


Issue Forty-Four!!

Posted in Issue Forty-Four with tags , , , on January 21, 2013 by mohawko

Hello! And welcome back! Here, we present the beginnings of our 44th issue, and offer our readers special greetings from New York City, the new base of operations for the Safety Pin Review (rocketing out of the cheery Midwestern environs of Ohio and Indiana and INTO UNCERTAINTY). This week, we bring you fiction from Chicago via Portland, OR, worn by Operative Robert Duncan Gray, himself a transplant extraordinaire. Grab your DIY-weapons and let’s do it up:



“We Can’t Count the Chalk Outlines”

by Joshua Young

issue 44 portrait

Operative: Robert Duncan Gray (Portland, OR)

About the author: Joshua Young is the author of collaborative collection written with Chas Hoppe, The Diegesis (Gold Wake Press), To the Chapel of Light (Mud Luscious Press/Nephew), and When the Wolves Quit: A Play-in-Verse (Gold Wake Press). He teaches writing and co-edits the Columbia Poetry Review. For now, he lives in Chicago with his wife, their son, and their dog. For info on his writing, films, and other projects visit

About the operative: Robert Duncan Gray was born in England, grew up in Germany and currently lives and works in Portland, OR. He is an editor for HOUSEFIRE BOOKS and the author of CABBAGE LANGUAGE (HOUSEFIRE 2013).

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.