Octave Magazine is an online literary journal that features poetry and fiction by musicians who write and writers who make music. We know there are many of you out there. We’ve seen you at the writing retreats, the workshops, the residencies, the conventions. Banjos pulled from cases, guitars strummed on lonely Adirondack chairs, mandolins appearing from backpacks as if by magic. And we’ve seen you on that Greyhound bus, in green rooms, in hotel lobbies while your bandmates are still sleeping—beginning the next chapter, the next poem. We started this magazine because we respect what you do. We want to hear from you.
About the Editors:
- Sarah Green is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Ohio University. Her poems have appeared in Forklift Ohio, The Gettysburg Review, H_ngm_n, Redivider, FIELD and other magazines. She recently won an Iguana Music Grant and will record an album with Andy Cambria as the duo “Heartacre” in 2011. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Find out more at her website.
- Chris Tarry is a Canadian musician and fiction writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, The G.W. Review, PANK, The Drunken Boat, Opium Magazine, and elsewhere. Chris is a three-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and makes his living playing bass in New York City. His most recent album Rest of the Story, is a book of short fiction and a jazz album rolled into one. Find out more at his website
A Little History:
Chris and Sarah were randomly seated next to each other in a van one night during the AWP conference in Washington, DC in 2010. This van was being driven to a cold-as-hell (but awesome) guerilla poetry reading on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. At some point, during a polite conversation only initiated to stave off carsickness, one stranger said to the other, “I’ve always wanted to start a magazine featuring music by writers and writing by musicians.” The other said: “No kidding. Really? Me too.” It was during this short ride, and on those oh-so-cold steps, that Octave Magazine was born.