Thursday, April 27, 2006

new book reviews posted...

check out our new reviews!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006



KGB BAR LIT features cutting-edge writing from literary luminaries and emerging authors of all genres, as well as thought provoking work by visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. The magazine’s premier issue will carry an international theme, highlighting PEN New World Voices through the words of Jhumpa Lahiri, Chris Abani, and Etgar Keret. Also included: music from London-born composer Tarik O’Regan, video from Brazilian artist, Luiz Roque, and artwork depicting the history of 400 Years of Japanese Sex, courtesy of the Museum of Sex . . .plus, LIT will present interviews and stories from Arthur Philips, Tom Bissell, Sam Lipsyte, Daniel Alarcon and many others.

For further information please contact Susan Chi at, 646.765.6045 or Suzanne Dottino at, 212. 255.4569


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

SSN 5 Year Bash! This Thurs!

Listed in this week's New Yorker & Time Out NY, don't miss our smashing event!!! Goodies, freebies, readings, music & art!

*SAVE THIS DATE! 4.27.06*: It's our fifth birthday and we're celebrating issue three on April 27, 2006, at Happy Ending Lounge (302 Broome Street) in NYC 7-10pm. Readers include SSN Contributors Elissa Schappell, Todd Zuniga, Joshua Mandelbaum, Idra Novey, Joan Biddle & Michelle Wildgen. Performances by indie recording artist Summer Pierre & an exhibition of Michael Paige Glover's prints. $10 door fee scores you a copy of issue 3

Sunday, April 23, 2006

new story online! and issue 4 sneak peek!

Preview SSN Contributor (Issue 4) Scott Snyder's short story, Dumpster Tuesday. Want to read the entire story? subscribe to SSN today!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Shari Goldhagen - Family & Other Accidents...

Want to snag the galley of our SSN Contributor's debut novel? Be the first to send an email with your full mailing address to: editor AT smallspiralnotebook DOT com.

UPDATE! CONGRATS Pete Anderson of IL! You have won!

new book reviews posted...

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

SSN Issue 3 reviewed

Writer Clifford Garstang offers up a fine commentary on our latest issue.

Richard Grayson!

SSN Contributor Richard Grayson has got a new book out!, plus he's achieved the pinnacle of writerly success, a rare thing - a glowing Kirkus review.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

5.13.06 SSN attends the Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair

Saturday, May 13, 2006—14+ literary journals will be in a special section of the 2006 Ann Arbor Book Festival Street Fair. The literary organizations represented include: Absinthe: New European Writing, Diagram, Frostproof Review, Hobart, The Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review,, Orchid Literary Review, Prairie Margins, Small Spiral Notebook, The McGuffin, Third Coast, and TWO LINES: A Journal of Translation. Visit for more info and keep checking here for updated info.

SSN Contributor Thad Rutkowski & Tetched!

From Thad:

Just letting you know that my new book, Tetched, will be the subject of a radio show. I'll read from the book and talk with the host. I believe my recorded reading and interview will take up the hour. Here are the details. Hope you can listen in.
Show: Studio A
Host: Anne Cammon
Station: WKCR FM New York, 89.9 FM on the dial,
on the Internet
Time: Sunday, April 16, from 9 to 10 PM

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

O. Henry Short Story Competition for Young Writers

Start winning prizes out of your diapers! All details here. Pretty fabulous if you ask me.

check out SSN Poetry Reader Farrah Field's....

poem in today's ghost road press!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

SSN Contributors with BOOKS OUT!

Check out the following new titles (or forthcoming) by SSN contributors:

Dope by Sara Gran

Family and Other Accidents by Shari Goldhagen

Femme Au Chapeau (poems) by Rachel Dacus

The Dancing Bear (poems) by Laura McCullough

Tin God by Terese Svoboda

This is Not the Tropics (stories) by Ladette Randolph

are you a former Small Spiral Notebook contributor with a book out or forthcoming? Send an email to: editor AT smallspiralnotebook DOT com!

Monday, April 10, 2006

All Poetry Issue - Fall 2006!

"All Poetry, All the Time... Or at Least for One Issue": Small Spiral Notebook is pleased to announce our all poetry issue coming online this Fall 2006. Our Fall online issue will include the wonderful poetry, reviews and interviews you've come to expect from our contributors as well as a special themed section entitled, "A Conversation Between Poetry and Art". We are looking for poetry which illuminates, complicates, and contemplates the visual arts. Think you can do better than Auden when it comes to Brueghel? Been staring at a Grecian urn lately? Then send us your best ekphrastic poems. Please include in your cover letter if you are submitting for our special theme and please include in your poem's title what the original piece of art work is. As always, we will be accepting normal submissions for poetry, please see our submissions page for guidelines and happy writing!

seeking poet!

If you are the author of the poem "Convalescence," submitted to SSN on 11/27/05, please email editor at smallspiralnotebook dot com ASAP! Regrettably, with our server switchover, we lost your email address!

Support SSN! Issue 3 Now Available!

Small Spiral Notebook issue 3 is has arrived and is available for order!!! Snag your copy today! The new issue is also available in Barnes & Noble, nationwide, as well as Powell's Bookstore, Quimby's and St Mark's Books, Bluestockings, & McNally Robinson in New York!
More bookstores to come.

Contributor News!

SSN Contributors Thad Rutkowski and Terese Svoboda have got a lot going on!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

SSN issue 3: People are Talking...

The amazing Katrina Denza reviews our 3rd issue on the highly popular and incredibly smart


*Literary journal Small Spiral Notebook celebrates five years of publication and the release of issue three, now available in newsstands nationwide. The celebration bash will take place on April 27, 2006 at Happy Ending Lounge, located at 302 Broome Street, Between Forsyth Street and Eldridge Streets, New York, 10002. Publisher & Founding Editor Felicia C. Sullivan will host a spectacular evening of readings from both the online and print issues, as well as the musical stylings of Summer Pierre, and an exhibition of Michael Paige Glover’s prints, Thursday, April 27, from 7:00 – 10:00pm.

Readers include SSN Contributors Elissa Schappell, Todd Zuniga, Joshua Mandelbaum, Idra Novey, Joan Biddle & Michelle Wildgen. Performances by indie recording artist Summer Pierre & an exhibition of Michael Paige Glover's prints.

SMALL SPIRAL NOTEBOOK 5-YEAR BIRTHDAY BASH/ISSUE 3 RELEASE PARTY @ HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 Broome Street. $10 Entry Free (includes a complimentary copy of Issue 3)

Since its launch in 2001, the quarterly online/biannual print literary journal Small Spiral Notebook ( has attracted a loyal readership for its poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction – not to mention for its interviews with authors such as Aimee Bender, Phillip Gourevitch, Kate Braverman, Nicole Krauss, and Jonathan Ames. Small Spiral Notebook has been featured in The New York Times, Flavorpill NY, Utne, Web Del Sol, New Pages, Poets & Writers, The Miami Herald, The L.A. Times (brief mention), Verse Daily, among many other publications and web logs. Small Spiral Notebook’s contributors have been recognized in the Best American Mystery Series, storysouth’s Million Writer’s Award (2004, 2005), been reprinted in Utne & Verse Daily, among other anthologies. Publisher Felicia C. Sullivan has spoken on panels for Small Press Month and AWP, among many other speaking engagements. And with a global readership of over 15,000 unique visitors per month, people are talking!

March 2006

Open Book Press has just released The Dancing Bear, a collection of poems by SSN Book Reviewer Laura McCullough. Click here for more info.

storysouth has announced the Million Writers Notable Stories of 2005. Congrats to Lisa Selin Davis,
Terese Svoboda, and
Beth Ann Bauman. Congrats to our contributors!

Small Spiral Notebook will be at AWP! March 8-12! Look for our lovely table (shared with the fine literary magazine, Quick Fiction.

Editor/Founder Felicia C. Sullivan, will take part in an AWP panel: March 11, 2006 9-10:45am DIY Publishing Adventures: Chapbooks, Zines, Webzines, Blogs, Collectives & More. (Gary Norris, Jordan Davis, Felicia Sullivan, James Meetze, Shanna Compton) Five DIY panelists discuss alternatives or supplements to traditional publishing methods, covering both ideology and the technological basics necessary to publish and distribute a book, chapbook, magazine, Webzine, or blog oneself. Jordan Davis of the Hat and Subpress Collective, James Meetze of Tougher Disguises, Gary Norris of Burn Denver Down Press, and Felicia Sullivan of Small Spiral Notebook will join moderator Shanna Compton of Soft Skull and Half Empty/Half Full to present and take audience questions.
Click here for the conference schedule.

February 2006

SSN Contributor, Paul Yoon's (SSN Issue 3) work has been selected for the BASS 2006!

SSN Contributor, Terese Svoboda's latest novel, Tin God is available for pre-order.

SSN Contributor, Rachel Sherman, debut story collection, The First Hurt is available for pre-order.

December 2005

2005 Pushcart Prize Nominees: Small Spiral Notebook would like to announce its fiction nominations for the Pushcart Prize: Judy Budnitz, "Immersion", Rachel Sherman, "Proof", and Lisa Glatt, "What Milton Heard". For poetry, we have nominated: Idra Novey, "To Byzantium by Train", Kira Henehan, "1925 Cypress Station Uprising" and Betsy Bonner, "On a Boeing 757". We are delighted to celebrate such high caliber work.

June 2005

Congratulations to SSN Contributor, Adam Greenbaum. His short story, "Killing Alex" (featured in our premiere issue) was included as one of the Other Distinguished Mystery Stories in the BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2005 anthology.

Small Spiral Notebook is featured in the New York Times!

Article Excerpt...

A Smattering of the City's Eight Million Stories


Published: June 5, 2005

AS hordes of publishers, booksellers and agents descend this weekend on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for BookExpo America, the trade show featuring more than 2,000 exhibits, an enterprising group of 10 New York independent magazines will be pursuing a more homegrown effort, selling their wares around Brooklyn and Manhattan out of a fruit-stand-style vehicle called Truckazine.

May 2005

Small Spiral Notebook and our Poet, Jendi Reiter, are featured in Verse Daily.

Small Spiral Notebook gets a plug courtesy of the Miami Herald.

April 2005

Small Spiral Notebook gets mentioned in the L.A. Times!

March 2005

New Pages gives a wonderful, astute review of our second issue.

This is the second "best of" collection from the small.spiral.notebook website and there is a wealth of excellent fiction here. My favorite piece was "Immersion" by Judy Budnitz, which manages to deal with issues of race, jealousy and sisterhood with subtlety and artfulness. Although, who would expect less from Budnitz? Other fiction highlights include Jill Carroll's "How to Be a Good Daughter" and the delightfully twisted short-short "Oyster" by Ken Foster. The poetry in this issue did not strike me as much as the fiction, but I enjoyed both of Mark Cunningham's prose-poems about confusion and frustration. There are a couple pieces here that simply miss the mark, but for a second issue small.spiral.notebook shows plenty of promise. I can only hope they keep up the good work. [Small Spiral Notebook, c/o Felicia C. Sullivan. E-mail: Year subscription $12.] - Lincoln Michel


February 2005

Check out Web Del Sol's smashing review of your favorite literary journal:

Reading this e-journal is as unexpectedly satisfying as stealing the Goth kid's diary from her backpack and discovering that it's been edited by the staff at The New Yorker. Small Spiral Notebook is everything a small, spiral notebook is not: tight, polished, and conceived with creative authority. And yet, like any small, spiral notebook, this one is personal, desperately urgent, and raw with unsentimental emotion. Open it up. Nobody's looking. (Also, don't miss the annual print version, which should be, but is not titled, Big Fat Paperbound Tome.)


Small Spiral Notebook is featured in the April 2005 Utne. Utne has reprinted Steve Almond's "How to Write A Sex Scene" (SSN Print Annual #1) and wrote up a kind blurb about your favorite literary journal.


The intrepid folks over at StorySouth have just announced the Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2004. Among the assorted notable stories were two from Small Spiral Notebook: "How to Be a Good Daughter" by Jill Carroll & "They Don't Make Nostalgia Like They Used To" by Richard Grayson. Both stories are also available in our second print annual! Congrats to Jill & Richard!


January 2005

Dan Wickett, of the Emerging Writers Network interviewed eight editors, managing editors and founders of literary magazines (including Small Spiral Notebook editor/founder, Felicia C. Sullivan). click here to read more...

December 2004

Felicia C. Sullivan of Small Spiral Notebook will take part in the CLMP Sponsored panel, "Independently Yours: Starting a Small Press or Literary Magazine," at the Small Press Book Fair: Saturday, December 4th at 3:00 PM.
Location: General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, on 20 West 44th Street.
Panelists Include:

Sarah Gorham -- editor-in-chief, Sarabande Books

Beth Harrison -- editor, Spinning Jenny

Lori Shine -- managing editor, Verse Press

Felicia Sullivan -- editor, Small Spiral Notebook

Matthew Zapruder -- editor, Verse Press

November 2004

small.spiral.notebook featured in article!: Corin Cummings samples some fine online literary journals in his article, FICTION SITED: A Look at Fiction Online.

Small Spiral Notebook Spashy Fundraiser! For more info, click HERE!

October 2004

2004 Pushcart Nominees! small.spiral.notebook is proud to announce our 2004 Pushcart Nominees for Fiction, Non Fiction & Poetry:

Katherine Darnell, "Fiji"

Jill Carroll, "How to Be a Good Daughter"

Richard Grayson, "They Don't Make Nostalgia Like They Used To"

Colette LaBouff Atkinson, "The Taxidermist's Making"

Megan Garr, "Verse in A"

Matthew Thornburn, "Even Pliny The Younger Grew Older"

EVENT: 10.5.04 KGB BAR 85 E. 4th Street NYC small.spiral.notebook, along with literary journals, Swink, Story Quarterly, Pindeldyboz, and Ducky will read at the Tuesday Night KGB Non Fiction Series in NYC for the series' annual literary magazine night.

September 2004

EVENT: 9.25.04 4:30 PM at UPENN Kelly Writers House: Magazine Spotlight featuring DUCKY and Small Spiral Notebook: Tom Hartman, Managing Editor of DUCKY, and Felicia Sullivan, Editor of Small Spiral Notebook, host an afternoon reading of poetry from the latest issues of their magazines. (Readers to be announced). Details? Click HERE

August 2004

Small Spiral Notebook wins an overall strong review by New Pages:

The first issue of Small Spiral Notebook is a promising collection. Steve Almond's "How to Write Sex Scenes: The Twelve Step Program" is front-to-back hilarious. It features such cardinal rules as "Fluid is fun" and "Contrary to popular belief people think during sex." There is also an enlightening interview with Aimee Bender, who reveals that she prefers to write in the dark. Many of the stories and poems included embrace subjects odd and curious, drawing out their poignancy. Among the strangely affecting pieces were Tara Wray's "The Not Really Ketchup," a tale whose characters are condiments, and Tim Bass' memoir of his parents' refrigerator. The journal contains a few clunkers and a couple of mildly painful reads, but a first issue deserves plenty of slack. Thankfully, Small Spiral Notebook needs very little. It's a brave, exciting foray, with plenty of momentum. [Small Spiral Notebook, c/o Felicia C. Sullivan, 248 West 17th Street, Suite 307, New York, NY 10011. E-mail: editor AT smallspiralnotebook DOT com. Single issue $10.] ñ TW

June 2004

Small Spiral Notebook won rave reviews from Poets & Writers magazine. In the July/August Literary Magnet issue, Kevin Larimer gives the print edition massive kudos:

Since its launch in 2000, the online literary journal Small Spiral Notebook ( has attracted a loyal readership for its poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction-not to mention for its interviews with authors such as Aimee Bender, Phillip Gourevitch, and Jonathan Ames. In May, editor Felicia Sullivan celebrated the launch of the annual print edition of Small Spiral Notebook at KGB Bar in New York City. Featuring a glossy cover with artwork reminiscent of the "anti-depressed" blob that's just bob, bob, bobbin' along in those Zoloft commercials, the first print issue of the magazine has significantly higher production value than a small spiral notebook. Notable contributors include Gary Lutz, Steve Almond, and Daniel Nester, whose first book, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull Press), is a prose poem meditation on his obsession with the rock band Queen.

Small Spiral Notebook has been chosen to participate in the
MAGATHON, CLMP's annual literary magazine reading

at the New York Public Library, on June 12th. This
event kicks-off the Lit Mag Marathon Weekend,
featuring the Fifth Annual Literary Magazine Fair
at Housing Works Used Book CafÈ, co-sponsored by
Fence and Literal Latte. EIC, Felicia C. Sullivan will be reading selections from the print annual.

small.spiral.notebook will be attending the Lit Magazine Fair at Crosby Books hosted by the CLMP, Fence Books & Literal Latte. Copies of small.spiral.notebook as well as other auspicious literary journals will be on sale for TWO BUCKS!

May 2004

Front Street Review raves about Small Spiral Notebook's premiere issue.
click here for the amazing review.

5.06.04 SAVE THIS DATE!: celebrate the launch of the Small Spiral Notebook print edition at KGB BAR in New York City. 85 E. 4th St. 2nd Avenue. 7PM. $10 snags you get a copy of the print edition and makes you eligible for amazing raffle prizes! readers include: maggie estep, daniel nester, amy benson, felicia c. sullivan, meredith broussard & Jonathan Ames.

Small Spiral Notebook is a proud sponsor of the CLMP's THE BIG PARTY FOR SMALL PUBLISHERS. CLMP promotes vitality and variety in the literary culture
by serving independent literary publishing through technical
assistance and advocacy. MAY 10th, 2004 at 7PM The Mercantile Library
17 East 47th Street, NYC. For tickets, click here.

April 2004

Small Spiral Notebook was selected as "best of the web" by The New York Public Library

the first print annual of Small Spiral Notebook can be located at these fine bookstores

May 2003

Small Spiral Notebook has kudos from both Poets & Writers as well as Random House's Bold Type magazine - they both have posted links to Small Spiral!

November 15, 2002

EIC/Founder Felicia C. Sullivan is interviewed by CLMP's Leslie Schwartz. Her interview was circulated in the CLMP Newswire.

September 2003

Small Spiral Notebook in conjunction with Poets For Peace & In Posse Review have announced the winner of the Anthony Piccione Younger Poet Award. read the press release

Fall 2002

Small Spiral Notebook was profiled on the literary site, The Drunken Boat

August 15, 2002

Small Spiral Notebook was Cool Stop's cool Aortal pic of the day!

August 2002

Anita Bora in her article Canvas Unlimited references Small Spiral Notebook as the place to submit your work.

June 2002

The Slick Indie Mag site, New Pages delievered a favorable review of Small Spiral Notebook. Click HERE to read the full review. Some cool quotes, The website is inviting and fun, yet packed full of news, art, photography, links and, of course, writing; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews and "mind and spirit." and reviewer Chris Bazzett continues, With this inclusive, unpretentious attitude, the writing found here is skillful, interesting and well crafted.

November 2001

Check out the article.interview on EIC Felicia C. Sullivan and SSN in 3AM Magazine Buzzwords