Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Blog

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Submissions e-mail: feversofthemind@gmail.com  Twitter: @feversof @davidLONan1 a bio, social media info if any. This will be only for consideration for a general themed print anthology or one of our themed anthologies we plan on doing.

We are always taking submissions to take one of our Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Promo Interviews. Poets, writers, authors, musicians, comedians, actors/actresses and more that have something that they’d like to promote please consider a Quick-9 Interview. For interview we need author photo, bio, social media info, etc. Send e-mail to feversofthemind@gmail.com Subject line: Interview Request.

Upcoming from Fevers of the Mind Press: “Before I Turn Into Gold” our second Leonard Cohen Inspired by Collection. Details soon on contributors for this. The submissions are now closed for this Anthology.

Upcoming from Fevers of the Mind Press: Our 6th Anthology edition which is now closed for submissions early. We will be announcing contributors & many of our past Wolf-Pack contributors pieces will be in this Fall Anthology.

Now taking submissions for: “The Trauma Letters” poetry, essays, short stories, artwork based on traumatic events in your life. Our process for these will be looked at very closely to make sure content will not be let in that shouldn’t be. For now deadline is November 1st for this.

Now taking submissions for “Fevers of the Mind Issue 7 Winter Edition” General submissions/And many invited for our huge end of year issues. This will be multiple issues to end the year. Mostly look at our general themes at this time. Deadline is December 1st. But also could include our Old Hollywood Poetry from contests in past & if you have a poem/writing based on pre-1975 Pop Culture. Please send in. If I get several I will make this a separate Anthology. See our themes below for reference. Old Hollywood Actresses, Actors, music, movies, culture in general.

Submissions for blog only: Book Reviews, culture pieces, rants, pre-published poetry from self-published materials, defunct lit mags, pieces from other lit mags with permissions.

Submissions taking in consideration for blog & anthology include if you are working on a sonnets (aka Paul Brookes at Wombwell Rainbow), a poetry series (such as Kushal Poddar) that you’d like to have on blog and considered in anthologies. See their work for examples. It must be a series of similar style poems/sonnets.

We do not take submissions for Fevers of the Mind Spotlight Series: These are done by suggestions in interviews/or our respect to poets, writers, musicians and more that we want to get more info out there for, or enjoy their creativity.

All submissions with bio. Please let us know if something has been previously published, we will make a judgment call on whether able to include.  Please give us 6-9 weeks for an answer on accepted/rejected pieces. For web submissions only if you send 1 piece and it isn’t accepted we do NOT send rejection e-mails. Just try again...but please just send once a month. We will not accept pieces that we deem racist, sexist, homophobic, or have pornographic themes, photos, or any type of nudity in submissions.

Themes in addition to General Submissions could include,  Social Justice Poetry, LGBTQ Matters/Pride, Mental Health, Anxiety, Culture, History, Old Hollywood poetry, love, broken hearts, pandemic themed, physical health, Influenced by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Leonard Cohen, Jack Keroauc, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, artists, Instrumental music, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Rita Dove, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bukowski, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Keats, W.B. Yeats, E.E. Cummings, James Joyce, Ginsberg, Lorca, Henry David Thoreau, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Ted Hughes, Elliott Smith, Tori Amos, Ani Difranco, Marvin Gaye and many more.

About Editor David L O’Nan (info below will be changing soon, as I am re-working some of my personal works)

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David L O’Nan has been writing poetry & short stories for 20 years.   He is founder and editor in chief of Fevers of the Mind Poetry & Art Press with his wife HilLesha.  We have released 5 Anthologies of poetry & art since 2019.   He has also Curated & edited “Avalanches in Poetry: Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen” which he’s about to work on a 2nd Leonard Cohen Inspired Anthology “Before I Turn Into Gold” coming in late September 2021.   His books include the Revised version of “The Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers” and his other self-published works are available on Amazon. “New Disease Streets”, “The Cartoon Diaries”, “Taking Pictures in the Dark” “Lost Reflections” “Our Fears in Tunnels” The original Famous Poetry Outlaws are Painting Walls and Whispers is also still available. His work has appeared in Icefloe Press, Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine, Royal Rose Magazine, Dark Marrow/Rhythm & Bones Lit, Truly U, Spillwords, Punk Noir Magazine, Eat the Storms Podcast, Cajun Mutt Press features, Ghost City Press, 3 moon Publishing, Elephants Never, Nymphs Publishing, and of course at www.feversofthemind.com

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Sascha Engel

with Sascha Engel:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Sascha: I started writing for publication in 2011. My initial writing experience, amateurish though it was, was in an academic context and heavily influenced by the reading I had done in philosophy for a few years prior. Particularly, I’ve always been fascinated by Jacques Derrida’s work (especially his Grammatology), arguing that speech and ultimately everything that has meaning is an instance of a form of writing – or writtenness. Teasing this out has been my project ever since; first in academic publications and now in experimental writing. You could say that Dada/Letterism is as big an influence, although it was indirect, and a strange, anarchically refracted Hegelianism.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Sascha: In terms of my experimental prose, I think I am most influenced by reading manuals and handbooks for computing machines – that is, for 1950s and 60s computers. There’s something laconically inhuman about their precise prose that influences me every day. (To what extent it shows, though, I can’t say.)

Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer?

Sascha: In undergrad, when I first encountered philosophical thinking. The idea that the whole world and everything we perceive is irreducibly broken down by a prism of language made me realize that that’s what I want to do: make such a prism of my own, and maybe share it with others.

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Sascha: Every time I have a conversation, however short, with anyone who shares my interests, that helps a lot. The latest of these was with Jonathan Deasy, my good friend and co-editor in Strukturriss, who helped me past an impasse and so contributed to finishing my work on artificial intelligence.

Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your writing & have any travels away influence your work?

Sascha: I’m originally German, and due to my parents’ occupation moved about all over the place, from Bavaria to the Netherlands, to West Germany and then to former East Germany, and then back to West Germany. I think this has led to the realization that there isn’t really a ‘home’ per se, nor a ‘place’, but only a set of identities that shift about. When I went to the U.S. to teach in academia, and then again when I returned to Europe after dropping out of that, I think that reinforced this.

Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Sascha: The “Twenty-One Computations” that just came out in Beir Bua Press are the culmination of five years of reading ‘ancient’ computing manuals and thinking about the humans projected by them. I think both in terms of experimental prose and philosophical statement, that’s my most meaningful work to date, not least because it helps me grapple with the existential meaning of being tethered to a smartphone all day every day…

https://amzn.to/3yTRTdA

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Sascha: I have a place a few kilometres from home where I go to turn everything off and unwind. And I am unreasonably obsessed with the Star Wars universe.

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a poem/writing of yours or others?

Sascha:

Very difficult to choose from so many, but I think pride of place belongs to a passage from Derrida’s Writing and Difference, which guides how I conceive of what I do: “Wanting to say the miraculous overcoming, from which thinking announces itself, terrorizes itself and, at its height, attempts to insure itself against its destruction and drowning in madness and death. At its highest point, the hyperbole, the absolute opening, the uneconomic expenditure is always surprised by, and taken back into, an economy. This constitutes a relation between reason, madness, and death,” and that relation is writing.

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?

Sascha:

My “Twenty-One Computations” are out from Beir Bua Press: https://beirbuapress.com/2021/07/25/twenty-one-computations-by-sascha-engel/

I also publish ruminations on artificial intelligence on a regular basis at the Centre for Experimental Ontology: https://centreforexperimentalontology.com/author/thinkcontinuum/

And I’ve just launched a website! http://thinkcontinuum.eu/ This has forthcoming work as well.

Twitter: @Thinkcontinuum

Linktree:

https://linktr.ee/ThinkContinuum