Made in Memphis: The Pinch Literary Journal (Guest Post)
What do Margret Atwood, John Updike, Lucille Clifton, and Philip Levine all have in common? They’re among the thousands of authors whose work has appeared in The Pinch, Memphis’s own award-winning journal of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.
The Pinch was founded in 1980 at the University of Memphis, and since then has been staffed entirely by the university’s MFA candidates in Creative Writing. In 2005, award-winning author Kristen Iversen (author of Full Body-Burden) took the reigns as Editor-in-Chief, pushing the journal towards edgier work and changing its name from River City to The Pinch, named after The Pinch District of downtown Memphis.
The staff of The Pinch, in conjunction with celebrity judges, award three $1,000 prizes for its annual Pinch Literary Awards.
You can buy the journal in local bookstores, but the in-store copies sell out quickly. The Pinch is available for order via its website, which features pieces from the magazine, audio and video from authors and a regularly updated blog.
Twice a year (once in the Fall and once in the Spring), The Pinch hosts a new issue release party. This year's Spring Release Party will take place on Saturday, April 20th, at the David Perry Smith Gallery at 703 New York Street, from 7:00 to 9:00. Food, drink, and live entertainment will be provided. It's open to the public and completely free. Issues of the journal as well as merchandise will be available for purchase, and participants can enter a raffle for additional prizes.
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(ed. note: Made in Memphis is an occasional feature that shows off locally made products and art. A big thanks to Chris Moyer, who submitted this guest post to I Love Memphis If you’ve got something you’d like to suggest for a future Made in Memphis, let me know. If you'd like to write a guest post, let me know that, too. )