Publisher’s description: Due to the editor being diagnosed with a life-threatening health condition, Skidrow Penthouse is on hiatus indefinitely. Issue sixteen will come out as scheduled, so if you've had work accepted for that issue, it will be published, with a tentative release date of April-May.
Rain Mountain Press/Skidrow Penthouse takes its name from “When The Cicadas Return,” a poem by Bill Featherman, an obscure and homeless Minnesota poet and musician: “This is the night Andromeda crawled / down from your ceiling’s flatland / of shining crickets, // a night to check the leaves / and bring the scarecrows to bed // This is the night cicadas landed on Earth / and set out toward the half-fires // and rain mountains that the people left behind.”
We favor writers who speak the language of storms, the smell of fire after the smoke is gone, styles that are idiosyncratic and grounded, while at the same time suggesting realities far beyond themselves, whether those realities be political, cultural, or of some undefined nature. We want to spread the voice scrawled on the walls of an overpass during a cold Rocky Mountain night, the way Bill Featherman did until the night of his death in 1993.