Editors David Bowen, Okla Elliott, Jared Schickling, and Art Consultant Dave Myers have unveiled MAYDAY Magazine, a biannual of nonfiction, microfiction, poetry, political/cultural commentary, translation, and visual art. An annual print edition will feature the best work published in the last two online issues as well as longer prose and other work more appropriate for a print medium.
The premier issue features work by writers and translators including David R. Slavitt, Abdellatif Laâbi, Jillian Weise, Dan Beachy-Quick, Steve Davenport, Mark Spitzer, Christophe Casamassima, Gordon Hadfield, Nancy Hadfield, Paula Carter, and Raul Clement. Jared Schickling interviews poet and featured visual artist David-Baptiste Chirot, and Okla Elliott interviews Matt Gonzalez, Ralph Nader's 2008 vice-presidential running mate.
A large roundtable discussion explores the current state of poetry criticism, featuring writers, editors, and reviewers such as Kent Johnson, Ange Mlinko, Eric Lorberer, Don Share, Annie Finch, David Orr, Stephen Burt, Maureen McLane, Mark Halliday, Robert Archambeau, and John Beer.