Quietly entering the scene, Lo-Ball has all the promise of becoming an established publication. Editors D.A. Powell and T.J. Di Francesco mean to keep the production simple, touting the magazines as a “no frills” publication. This production approach passes no judgement on the magazine’s content, however, which includes in its first issue new poetry by J. Peter Moore, Rachel Zucker, John Casteen, Erin Belieu, Camille T. Dungy, Ely Shipley, Paisley Rekdal, David Trinidad, Katie Ford, Timothy O’Keefe, Ryan Courtwright, Ryan Call, Randall Mann, Kristen Tracy, Kristen Hatch, Luke Sykora, Stephen Elliott, John Beer, Peter Covino, Ash Bowen, CJ Evans, Ilya Kaminsky, Rachel Loden, Derek Mong, Benjamin Paloff, and Alex Lemon.
Published semiannually, Lo-Ball is available by single copy or two-issue subscription via PayPal – at one of the most low-ball prices I’ve seen on a lit mag in a long time ($4.99/issue). Printed by Bookmobile with glossy cover and nice stock, they’re not out to make money on this one (thus the .org, I’m guessing). And my favorite promotional line in the publication, “Lo-Ball respectfully reminds you to have your pets spayed or neutered. Or both.” How can you resist?