Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations is a new online literary journal with Editor-in-Chief Laura McCullough, Managing and Translation Editor Michale Broek, Travel Editor Suzanne Parker, and Wine & Beer Editor Kurt Brown. Now any lit mag that has a Wine & Beer Editor has got my readership!
Self described, “At Mead, we pair our literature, like a good sommelier, with a specific libation so that under each drink category you will find a poem or piece of prose that reflects something about the character of that drink… Like Proust’s cup of tea, literature has memory; from memories issue literature. Drink well.”
The first issue includes contributions from Bob Hicok, Paul-Victor Winters, Ben Nardolilli, and Barbara Daniels, poems by Carmelia Leonte translated by Mihaela Moscaliuc, poems by Boris Vian and Jacques Prévert translated by Laure-Anne Bosselaar, an interview with poet and wine connoisseur Marty Williams, a review of works by Amitava Kumar by Ken Chen, “No One Does It Like the Belgians” beer talk by Kurt Brown, “On Food and Drink: Post College, Post-Loaded” by Jamie Iredell, and “single-shot” reviews of Katheleen Graber’s The Eternal City and James Richardson’s By the Numbers.
Submissions are open and, if accepted, poetry and prose poems will appear under one of the drink headings on the homepage:
Coffee & Tea: caffeineted with a kick, oily, roasted, ceremonial
Wine & Beer: ranging from the full bodied to the bubbly to the micro-brewed and yeasty: fermented
Cocktails & After Dinner: hot, sexy, provocative, moody, noirish, offers a toast
Pure Spirits: Isn’t this self-explanatory?