I’m so excited that my poem “Quentin Tarantino Loves The Grateful Dead” was just published in Drunk Monkeys special Pop Culture Issue! Happy to say I’m sharing pages with friends and fellow poets Amorak Huey, Cathleen Allyn Conway, Jen Karetnick, and Sarah Nichols.
When I’ve read this poem to audiences, someone always asks me how I know so much about Quentin Tarantino, and the truth is, while I’m a fan of his films, everything in this poem is complete fiction. It’s a long poem, but it was a lot of fun to write and I hope those who read it will be as entertained as I was when putting it to paper!
Drunk Monkeys is an online lit mag with a unique style, dedicated to "use our privileges to protect, defend, and uplift others. To create a safer literary community." They have a clear mission to “be inclusive, to denounce bigotry of all kinds, and to stand up to those who abuse and persecute.” They are currently open for regular submissions of poetry, flash fiction, fiction, essays/creative non-fiction, film essays, music, and art.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Kolleen Carney Hoepfner and she kindly replied. See my interview with Hoepfner and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Drunk Monkeys. How/why was Drunk Monkeys originally started?
HOEPFNER: Drunk Monkeys was started back in 2011 by Matthew Guerrero, to serve as a place to showcase literature as well as film and pop culture critiques. I started with DM in 2016 as the social media coordinator and took over as EIC in 2017. Most our staff went to Antioch University in Los Angeles; we’re all on the same page in terms of what we like to feature. We love the standard literary features as well as the pop culture aspect of it all.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
HOEPFNER: Anyone. Anyone! We have featured writers from high school age to retirement age. I am hoping everyone would find something they love with us.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HOEPFNER: We are looking for original, unpublished fiction and poetry with strong character arcs and immersive description. Build worlds and break hearts. In non-fiction, we prefer pieces that are factual, but not academic. Keep the people in your story front and center.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
HOEPFNER: We lack in essays for sure. I love a good essay and we never seem to get a lot. Send us your essays!
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
HOEPFNER: I love Moonchild Magazine, Cotton Xenomorph, Occulum, Five 2 One, Rabid Oak, Connotation Press. One publication I think people should be reading and paying attention to is Lammergeier. It’s new but it is really solid and I would love to see it succeed.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Drunk Monkeys?
HOEPFNER: I love everything about it. Our staff is the best group of people I’ve ever known; they’re like a family to me. But our contributors make Drunk Monkeys what it is. We would be nowhere without them, and I love featuring their work. We often get messages from readers complimenting pieces that resonated with them– Joaquin Fernandez’s “The Importance of Being Spider-Man” was a recent one that really touched our readers. We got a lot of feedback on that one.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOEPFNER: Our submission guidelines are here: http://www.drunkmonkeys.us/submission-guidelines
and our Submittable page is here: https://drunkmonkeys.submittable.com/submit
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINES: Always open
FORMAT: Digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, flash fiction, fiction, essays/creative non-fiction, film essays, music, and art