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Curbside Splendor Issue 1: Spring 2011 [Kindle Edition]

Victor David Giron , Stephanie Waite Witherspoon , Karolina Faber
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Book Description

The debut of Curbside Splendor's semi-annual print journal - Issue 1 - featuring short stories, poems, and or photography by James James Greer, Ben Tanzer, Timothy Gager, Lara Konesky, Ryan Werner, Yovani Flores, Brandon Jennings, Michael San Filippo, Garett Holden, Farah Ghuznavi, Martini Harkert, Anthony Ilacqua, Frankie Metro, Isabel Kestner, Deadbeat Poet, Sondra Morin, Ally Malinenko, Sharanya Manivannan, Eirik Gumney, Karolina Faber, and Gabriel Hurier. This collection features work we've published online, and some new pieces never published before.

We publish work set primarily in urban (and sometimes sub-urban) settings. In this issue you'll find work set in the gutters, the streets, Onida, Bangladesh, India, and the battlefields of Iraq.

ISSN 2159-9475, ISBN 978-0-9834228-0-8

5" x 8", perfect-bound paperback, 162 pages long.

Designed by Karolina Faber.

Edited by Victor David Giron and Stephanie Waite Witherspoon.

Photography by Garett Holden, Michael San Filippo, Eirik Gumney, and Karolina Faber.

Cover based on photograph by Michael San Filippo

Product Details

  • File Size: 4196 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TCLORI
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start July 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This little journal has packed a lot into its pages, and I enjoyed most of the stories. The story about the American military personnel navigating daily life in Iraq was gripping and poignant, and the two stories set in South Asia - by Sharanya Manivannan and Farah Ghuznavi - added a nice international touch. The urban sensibility of the creative work the collection contains mirrors the environment that many of us live in today. All in all, the debut issue of the journal promises more work to look out for by Curbside Splendor press.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Urban Writing is Headed May 7, 2011
By CGombar
Format:Paperback
May I be blunt? I love Curbside Splendor. The founder, Victor David Giron is the son of Hispanic immigrants who doesn't wallow in identity politics and actually works in the real world.

I have almost despaired of university literary journals - I can feel the boredom of the great plains and the drudgery of academic work through every line. Where did the art of engagement go?

These lit mags, coming from rural academic settings, leave unexplored the ordinary working lives of city dwellers. I find myself skimming them and latching on to the two or three stories out of perhaps thirty that cover the urban ground I crave.

Therefore I was thrilled to see this new lit mag describing itself in Poets & Writers as pursuing an agenda of publishing gritty urban stories. It is refreshingly free of political correctness and the strictures academic hot house. It's even run by people with day jobs in the real world -- imagine that!

"Curb" stories, poems, and short shorts are punchy, direct, often hyperbolic - reflecting the mind-set and communication style of city life.

I learned of "Curb" the week after I found out Open City, which professed a similar mission, was shutting down. I am pleased to say that "Curb" is a much better journal, and more closely adheres to it's urban mission statement. To me it harks back to the original "underground" literary scene of New York in the 1980s - publications like "Between C & D" writers like Luc Sante.

As we all know, for at least the past twenty years New York has been all but unaffordable for the non-trusted-funded writer. The scene is dominated by upper middle class young people who attended private schools, and wealthy immigrants. What do they have teach me?
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