PLM Editor Gabrielle David


Back in 2009, I wrote the following about phati’tude Literary Magazine:

phati’tude Literary Magazine (PLM) is back, and with a vengeance! We’re the same publication that premiered back in 1997, but we are better and smarter than ever. . . . >>READ MORE

When we decided to bring back PLM in 2008 and publish using print-on-demand, we had a lot of great ideas. Since our launch in January 2010, we can look back with satisfaction in reaching many of our goals.

We succeeded in rebranding phati’tude and consolidated our programming into our newly designed phati’tude website, as well as updated the IAAS’s website. We published four issues, republished our older issues and succeeded in creating a presence on Facebook and Twitter. We also created and held our first Annual African American Literary Festival in February 2011 and held readings at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City in July 2010 and May 2011. Despite whatever short-comings we may have faced, we’re very happy with these achievements because they come at a time where funding has been extremely difficult to obtain and staying fiscally out of the “red” a real challenge.

We’ve published some phenomenal poets and writers this past year: a number of poet laureates such as Rita Dove, Lawson Fusao Inada, devorah major, and Everett Hoagland; established writers such as emerging writers such as Silas Parry, Aseret Sin, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Devi Lockwood, Anthony Gayle, Samantha Le; established writers such as Patricia Smith, Susan B.A. Somers-Willett, Jaime “Shaggy” Flores, Heid Erdrich, Tara Betts, Richard Kostelantz, Edward Snow, Timothy Liu, Edward Field; and poets from the “phati’tude family,” notably Jesus Papoleto Meléndez, David Henderson, Ammiel Alcalay, Meena Alexander, Tony Medina, Louis Reyes Rivera, Mary McLaughlin Slechta and others. We have featured cover art by our art director Lorraine Miller Nuzzo and artists Ruben Acosta, Edward L. Rubin, Danny Simmons and Kristi Taylor. We produced themed issues: Multiculturalism, LGBT Literature, Ekphrasis and African American Writers. Whew, these are some great accomplishments!

What surprised us the most is that although we had went on hiatus, people still remember PLM and the continued need for an “emphatic attitude,” which writers and artists want to be a part of. While our goal is to bring to light works by Native American, African, Asian and Latino writers, we are of the belief that all writers are multicultural and publish works by writers of all different cultural persuasions. It is in this spirit that we remain dedicated to providing poets, writers and artists the best possible platform to showcase their works.

We recently updated our website to include as much information about PLM and what it has to offer. We created an AUTHORS/ARTIST INDEX which lists everyone and everything published in the magazine. We have provided subscription, bookstore and advertising information; how phati’tude can be used as a teaching tool; and a more thorough submission guidelines that answers writers’ questions and hopefully, help streamline the submission process on our end. We are cultivating our new reading series, “Real Poetry, Real Talk” at the Bowery Poetry Club and preparing for our second African American Festival.  Finally, and probably one of the best things we did is create previews for each issue of phati’tude Literary Magazine. If you are interested in getting involved, feel free to contact us at editor@phatitude.org.

What I’m really excited about is developing phati’tude’s website into a community where people exchange ideas, sort of a literary “HuffPost.” I’m also interested in making phati’tude available on Kindle, Knook, iPad and other devices. Of course, we will continue to figure out creative ways to make money and remain self-sustaining. The challenges before us is as exciting as it is unnerving, but we continue to move forward.

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