a VISIONARY PLATFORM for EMERGENT, SLIGHTLY UNHINGED LITERARY VOICES
(the) Squawk Back is not only a periodical but a community, its unique cross-platform ethos facilitating the free exchange of ideas & texts in development
New York, New York
1 Team Member
Greetings: my name is Zak Block. In May 2011, I founded (the) Squawk Back, (thesquawkback.com) a free, semi-weekly e-zine of transgressive literature, for which I am now the editor-in-chief, principal designer and an occassional illustrator. In two years of existence we've published the work of 200+ established and emergent, fringe-dwelling, dazed, confused, unscrubbed, slightly unbalanced, cuddly, lovable literary voices, but all thoroughly and unusually brilliant. In that time, 'SB' has grown into a community, as well as a periodical: its unique cross-platform ethos and approach facilitating the free exchange of ideas, discussions, criticisms, and feedback; in addition to being a home for great works of emergent literature, we are also something of a school: for writers, for written works, for ideas; a visionary space wherein readers, editors and contributors alike may brainstorm ideas, develop, experiment with, hone and refine their respective crafts. While undoubtedly we love the work we publish, and the voices to which we lend a platform; and, while we're sure that the hours upon hours of grunt-work we perform each week are, in a sense, their own reward; yet, despite all of that, we are living in a state of relative poverty, and require some manner of assistance from our beloved and be-loving readers and readers-to-be. Furthermore, we don't particularly want to monetize as we feel it would detract from the aesthetic uniformity and not-suckiness of the site.