2013 Relaunch

It’s been far too long since this site has been updated. So to relaunch the brand (as it were) I’ve nuked the old site and resurrected the blog to be front and center. I will be keeping this site regularly up to date with goings on in my own writing as well as the press’s publishing endeavors.

Ashé Journal #9.1

coverSpecial fiction and poetry edition of Ashé Journal brings Jed Bickman’s meditation on the divine feminine Devi and…

heresies by Raymond Luczak;

poetry by Stefanie Maclin, Lee M. Sloca, Anne Brooke, Raymond Luczak, Jaisyn Yemaya, Stephen R Killeen, Eric Halliwell, Ocean Vuong and Sven Davisson;

new fiction by John P. Hill, Michael P. McManus, Ray Blackwood and Thomas Fuchs.

Plus reviews and more

www.ashejournal.com

Ashé Journal 8.2

cover82The new issue of Ashe Journal includes articles on…

the Occult William Burroughs by Mitch Shenassa

does real Buddhism exist in the West by Brad Warner

encounters with the gods by Eric Scott, and

the Phenomenology of Maya by Manas Roy

plus new fiction by C. S. Fuqua and Terry Sanville:

and poetry by Joseph M. Gant, John Givens, Mary Lane Potter, George Moore, C. N. Bean, Don Phillips, KH Solomon, and J. J. Steinfeld.

Ashé Journal www.ashejournal.com

Ashé Journal #8.1

Ashé Journal 8.1

This new issue of the journal Ashe includes examinations of the Rise of Logos and the Fall of Eros by Dirk Dunbar, Mary in the Qur’an by Chelsea Luellon Bolton, the Sacred Geometry of the Resurrection of Christ by T.C. Eisele; essays on magick by Julian Vayne and Charlotte Rodgers; meditations on suffering and the divine by G. David Schwartz and Robert A. Kezer; new fiction by Clifford Garstang; and poetry by Adam Shechter.

 

 

 

Wilde Stories 2009

My story “Dim Star Descried” was selected in Lethe Press’s Wilde Stories 2009 The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction Edited by Steve Berman. This story originally appeared in Rebel’s surreal anthology Madder Love. The anthology also includes Peter Dubé’s amazing story “Echo” (also from Madder Love).

Wilde Stories At Amazon

New Orleans Reading, May 16

MOJO WORD GUMBO
Queer Poets and Prose-ets Put Out

7 – 8 pm Sat. night at FAB – Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen Street at Chartres Street – 8 Blocks Downriver from Jackson Square, Open Everyday Noon till 10PM, 504.947.3700

The most ecstatically inspired saints and the lowliest down-and-dirty sinners share their best stuff at the funky not-to-be-missed FAB, a queer gathering place, museum, gallery and bookstore. Featured Readers include Lethe Press’ Steve Berman and Rebel Satori authors Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé and Trebor Healey, along with poets Kyle Conner and Steven Reigns. Bring a poem to share!

The Gnostic No. 1

My essay on William S. Burroughs is reprinted in the premiere edition of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality, edited by Andrew Philip Smith and just released by Bardic Press, Dublin.

Also included in this issue are: An interview with Alan Moore, a complete translation of the Gospel of Judas, Time Freke and the second coming, Sethian Gnosticism, Philip K. Dick…

Buy The Gnostic 1 from Amazon.com

Ashé #7.2 Now Available

Fall is the time when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. It is the time when the dead walk among the living and pagan beasts are blurs in the shadows. The final harvest done, the fields are given over to the faery.

This issue of Ashe Journal brings together celebrations of the wild and pagan energies of this time featuring the poetry of Skadi meic Beorh, David Finn, Robert Walker, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Diana R. Thompson, David Finn, Lupercus Pagani and Jess Mann.

Also featured in issue #7.2 are a history of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence by Sister Soami; an essay on becoming yourself through your dreams by Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman and Angela Passarelli; new writing from Raymond Yeo and Sud Ram; and book reviews.

Check out the new issue of Ashé Journal.

Selections available online:
http://www.ashejournal.com

Print edition available from the Press’s online store and Amazon.com

Erotica Revealed Review

Kathleen Bradean recently reviewed Madder Love for the site Erotica Revealed.

Of Peter Dubé’s piece “Echo,” Braden writes:

It crept under my skin and gave me an uneasy feeling, as if I couldn’t quite see enough, but couldn’t get a better look no matter how hard I tried. Even after a third reading, the story seemed to hang in my peripheral vision and disappear when I tried to focus. Absolutely stunning, and unsettling.


Her overall impression:

Madder Love isn’t for everyone. Want some pat story that takes you by the hand and leads you through the familiar plot structure like a docent at the kid’s museum? Then don’t even try. Want a quick wank? Not going to happen here. This anthology may be just too far out there for you. But if you’re willing to try something different and stretch your brain, you may find the erotic possibilities of surrealism.


Read the full review
here

White Crane Review

Toby Johnson reviewed The Starry Dynamo in the summer issue of White Crane Journal:

The most interesting and experimental piece, titled “Mutilations,” involves incest and child sexuality and abuse. It’s written in a way that violates all traditional unities: place, time, person. And, in doing so, poignantly and beautifully captures the feeling of being “mutilated” the author means to communicate in the story, whether fiction or non-fiction.

Following is a series of essays about a variety of topics: the Indian guru Rajneesh and the rise and fall of his compound in Oregon, the French Symbolist poets, Oscar Wilde, the Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs and several about the ideas of the French philosopher of sexuality Michael Foucault. I want to especially recommend this book for these specific chapters. I found I understood Foucault better while reading Sven Davisson than I have ever before (i.e. that at any given time and place in human history ideas about sex and sexual orientation are influenced by a vast array of factors of history, politics, culture, economics, etc. and so always have to be understood in context).

This is an interesting and to use Davisson’s own term, experimental book that deserves to be read, written by an important character in the long term history of Gay consciousness.

Click here to read the full review…

Ashé Journal #7.1 Now Available

Ashé Journal 7.1

ISBN: 978-0-9790838-4-6
Paperback, 120 pages, 6×9, $12.95

PUNK BUDDHISM

Features an examination of the Buddhist influence on the artwork of Sylvain Bouthillette by Peter Dubé; new fiction from Riley McLeod; The Sutra of Immeasurable Life and Wisdom translated by Brendan Connell; excerpts from Brad Warner’s Sit Down and Shut Up; and writing from Darin Beasley, Tim Holmes, Iamba, Thomas Fuchs, Girish Menezes, Charles Suhor, Bob Makransky, Stephen Killeen, Toni Fergusson and Farrell Davisson; artwork by Garin Horner; plus books reviews.

With the release of 7.1 come some exciting changes in the direction of the journal. We have decided to expand the Ashé project by increasing our focus distribution of the print edition. In order to make this feasible, the Journal will be issued biannually around the spring and vernal equinoxes. The full table of contents and selected samples of each issue will be presented online immediately. The release of the full online edition will be embargoed for approximately twelve months.

The full print edition is available through your local bookseller or directly from Rebel Satori Press at http://www.rebelsatori.com/shop/

Subscriptions

Many people have asked about journal subscriptions over the past several years. Now, with the move toward full print runs, we are introducing a subscription service.

Introductory subscription rates are $16.00/ year (2 issues) within the USA. That’s over 60% off the cover price and 20% off regular subscription rate.

Subscription information is available on the journal’s website. International readers should contact the journal for a custom quote.

Queer Surrealism

Just out from Rebel Satori Press…

Dreams, desire, darkened streets and the sudden miracles that appear there, the deep places of the mind. Two groups made these the heart of a radical project of liberation: queers and surrealism.

Better than many others, queers understand the power of these dark areas. The rich, complicated culture we’ve created for ourselves is constantly ready to allow us to follow our dreams and fantasies, carried by the surging waves of sexuality into some pretty and magical places. It’s just as clear that the surrealists were chasing similar adventures as far back as the ‘Twenties and ‘Thirties. Given the similarity of their motivations, why have the two so often been in violent opposition to each other?

Madder Love is an anthology of cutting-edge writing that wants to look at that a little closer. It opens up the surreal possibilities of queer literature while simultaneously displacing the historic homophobia of Surrealism.

From dream states to erotic obsessions, from the muttering of the unconscious to parallel worlds (and the weirder cracks in this one) Madder Love tackles why surrealism can be so queer, and why being queer can be so surreal.

Contributions from Will Aitken, Stephen Beachy, Jeffery Beam, Stephen Boyer, Tom Cardamone, Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé, Craig L. Gidney, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Trebor Healey, Kevin Killian, Shaun Levin and Rob Stephenson help make the case.

Peter Dubé is the author of the chapbook Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel Hovering World (DC Books 2002) and At the Bottom of the Sky, a collection of linked short fiction (DC Books, 2007). In addition to writing fiction, he is a widely published cultural critic with essays on books and the visual arts appearing in journals such as CV Photo, ESSE and Spirale, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Mercer Union and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University. Peter lives and works in Montreal.

MADDER LOVE
Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism

Peter Dubé, Editor
ISBN 978-0-9790838-2-2, May 2008
Paperback, $14.95, 146 pages, 5.5 x 8.25.

http://www.rebelsatori.com/shop/

Saints & Sinners Lit Fest

The Saints and Sinners/New Orleans Literary Festival is just a month away… May 8-11.

I will be among the presenters again this year. My panel:

IT’S NOT JUST NEW YORK, BABY
Outside the major publishers in New York, the university presses and the small presses are doing an excellent job of publishing LGBT work, picking up the slack that the bigger presses are dropping. What are the differences between publishing with a smaller publisher? What criterion do they use for selecting what to publish? Is this a better option than the mainstream for a LGBT writer? Join a distinguished panel of editors to see what they are looking for, what their missions are, and if this is the right venue for your work!

Other confirmed speakers include: Dorothy Allison, Mark Doty, Jewelle Gomez, Jim Grimsley, Aaron Hamburger, Stephen McCauley, Val McDermid, Tim Miller, Michelle Tea, and Elizabeth Whitney.

If you were ever looking for an excuse to visit New Orleans, this would be it!

For more information visit: www.sasfest.org

New Release from Rebel Satori Press: My Hero, Tristram Burden

My Hero: A Wild Boys Tale

A Novel by Tristram Burden

ISBN 978-0-9790838-1-5, March 2008
Paperback, $16.95, 269 pages, 6 x 9.

“My Hero is a Jungian tale that combines mythology, science fiction, and eroticism to create a brilliant hybrid unlike anything I’ve read before. Original, exciting, and transcendent. A bloody great read! Very unique.”
—Douglas Ferguson author of The Forgotten Ones

“A brilliant fusion of William Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft set in the post-apocalyptic wilderness of Mad Max…”
—Ashé Journal

2006 Finalist Project: QueerLit

Set in a post-apocalyptic America, Tristram Burden’s novel tells the story of 17 year old Joshua My Hero. The youth lives out a humdrum existence, struggling to find truth and sense in a Christian-fundamentalist trailer park. But his psychic powers and sexual tastes leave him an outsider of his community, and forced to commit patricide in a final and desperate struggle for self-defence against his father’s rage, Joshua escapes into a wasted planet, armed only with an oracular penis, the patronage of an ancient earth spirit sent to rid the planet of all of its ills, and the wisdom of the Tao Teh Ching…

Tristram Burden’s short stories, poetry and articles on contemporary occultism and self-transformation have appeared internationally in a variety of journals and anthologies. This is his debut novel, a finalist in the 2006 Project: Queerlit contest. He currently resides in Bath, England where he’s recording his first album and writing a TV series in-between working on his second novel.

Buy Direct: www.rebelsatori.com

Ashé 6.2 Now Available

Ashe 6.2 CoverThe new issue of Ashé Journal is now online and available.

This special full color art issue features the work of Antonio Roybal, Nemo, Ben Baldwin, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Darrell Black, Tantra Bensko, Janice Lincoln and A.R. Teest. Opening the issue is a essay “Eternity in Ephemerality: An Enduring Enigma” by Patrick Jemmer, Ph.D. and Rachel Jemmer, HND.

multiple-author San Francisco event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–To launch the release of the amazing new novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat by author Stephen Beachy and the collection The Starry Dynamo by author Sven Davisson, Three Roads Press/Suspect Thoughts Press and Rebel Satori Press are proud to announce the following multiple-author San Francisco event August 31, 2007.

Friday, August 31, 8:00
Stephen Beachy (Some Phantom/No Time Flat)
with Sven Davisson (The Starry Dynamo)
Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Phone: 415-282-1901
www.dogearedbooks.com

Some Phantom/No Time Flat
by Stephen Beachy
Fiction, 5×8, 240 pages, $16.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9771582-7-0
Three Roads Press, an imprint of Suspect Thoughts Press

“Henry Miller said that the moment you have an original thought, you cease to be an American. Some Phantom and No Time Flat are great unAmerican novellas.” -Thorn Kief Hillsbery

In Some Phantom an unnamed woman arrives in a strange city, fleeing a violent relationship in her past. Taking a job with disturbed children, her own mental stability becomes more and more precarious. A marriage of The Turn of the Screw and Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Some Phantom poses questions about the line between madness and memory, fantasy and abuse, questions elaborated on in No Time Flat. No Time Flat follows Wade, a young boy who grows up on the American plains in an isolated existence with his elderly parents, as he makes his way through a childhood of playground shootings and mysterious strangers. Becoming a wanderer himself, Wade inhabits a sparse American landscape of fleeting connections, missing children, and possible crimes.

Stephen Beachy is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion. His fiction has appeared in Best Gay American Fiction, BOMB, The Chicago Review, Blithe House Quarterly and elsewhere, and his nonfiction and critical essays have appeared in such places as New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Raised by Mennonites “somewhere in the Midwest,” he now lives in California, where he teaches at the University of San Francisco.

The Starry Dynamo
by Sven Davisson
Spirituality/Queer Theory, 6×9, 264 pages, $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790838-0-8
Rebel Satori Press

“The bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Alistair Crowley-or was he spawned of an orgy involving Rashneesh, Pan, Ginsberg, Foucault and a dozen or so of Burroughs North African wildboys?-Davisson’s vision is a rich distillation of subversive thought.” -Trebor Healey

Spanning over fifteen years of work, The Starry Dynamo presents an eclectic evolution of material running the gamut from the erotic to the divine and the erotically divine to the divinely erotic. The work moves from charged and, at times, provocative fiction and prose-poetry to scholarly and thought-provoking essays on spirituality and philosophy.

Sven Davisson is the founding editor of Ashé! Journal of Experimental Spirituality. A rebel-publishing pioneer, Davisson edited the small, yet groundbreaking, zine mektoub from 1989-1995. During that time, he also received a degree in Queer Theory from Hampshire College and studied photography with Jerome Leibling (of the New York Photo League). In addition to Ashé, his work has appeared in Abrasax: Journal of Magick & Decadence, sneerzine, The New Aeon, mektoub, Lambda Book Report and Velvet Mafia as well as the collection I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage.

“With its wide-open definition of the word queer and fearless publishing choices that ricochet from risky to risqué, San Francisco’s Suspect Thoughts Press has made the book world a more interesting place to inhabit. Suspect Thoughts has swiftly become the hot press for connoisseurs of transgressive, intelligent literature.” -SF Bay Guardian

Ashé Issue 6.1 Now Available

The Spring 2007 issue of Ashe Journal is now available:www.ashejournal.com

This issue features the a lead article by David R. Cole, Ph.D. on Techno-shamanism and Educational Research; fiction by Brendan Connell, Tristram Burden and Christopher Woods; an examination of struggles over sexuality, filth and salvation by Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons; poetry by David Finn, Tim Holmes, Matt Mallon, Andrew T. Cutler, Laurie Corzett, Johnathan Sampson; plus reviews and more.

The issues features the artwork, cover design and artist statement of Jason Kraley.

Enjoy!
Sven

The Starry Dynamo

My new collection The Starry Dynamo: The Machinery of Night Remixed has been released by Rebel Satori Press. The collection includes writing selected from over 15 years of work—fiction, poetry, critical essays and the occasional rant.

Early Praise for The Starry Dynamo
“Davisson is not only an omnivorous reader and spiritual scholar, but he boldly merges the essence of Eastern wisdom with the Western occult tradition, synthesizing the two with extraordinary originality and grace, and providing us all with a glorious body of work all too rare in this decadent and material age. His vision is fresh as newborn myth, as poetry, as well-rendered prose, or the most passionate sex.” —Trebor Healey author of Sweet Son of Pan

Available through your local independent bookseller or through Amazon.

Click here for more details and ordering information

Ashé Issue 5.4 Now Available

The winter issue of Ashé Journal (#5.4) is now live and online. This special issue is guest edited by Jay Michaelson, editor of Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture.

www.ashejournal.com

Jewish spirituality in the last several decades has undergone multiple revolutions. The liberation movements of the 1960s, encounters with non-Western religious traditions and the cosmopolitanism of the Internet have all left their mark, and have created new forms of Jewishness. Today there are feminist Jews and queer Jews; Jufis, BuJus, and HinJus; meditating Jews and psychedelic shamanic Jews; and even a few traditional Jews scratching their skullcapped heads and wondering what it all means.

Thank God for Ashé, because within the established Jewish community, many of the voices represented here would be considered threatening or foreign. I edit a progressive Jewish magazine, which features cultural and spiritual writing, but we’re still sometimes expected to conform to expectations of what “Jewish” is supposed to mean. It’s been truly liberating to curate an issue of Ashé, where the boundaries are more permeable. Here are pot-smoking Hasidim, Jewish priestesses, horny tourists and political poets. A former dean of a rabbinical school, now praising the Golden Calf. A Poet Laureate… of Queens. And, on the cover, Allen Ginsberg meeting Kabbalah: the Hebrew means “Serpent / Messiah,” and plays off the antinomian Kabbalistic observations that the two words share the same numeric value; the drawing personally inscribed in a book for Ashé’s founder, Sven Davisson.

These are the words and images of a Jewish culture beginning to emerge, a new spirituality that, born from the creators of boundary, now seeks the Boundless.

The issue includes the work of Tom Bland, Mordecai Drache, Susan H. Case, Jill Hammer, Rahel Chalfi, Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi, Jacob Staub, Jay Michaelson, Ruth Knafo Setton, Yoseph Leib, Hal Sirowitz and Sven Davisson; and artwork by Darryl Zudeck, Stan Goldberg, Ken Vollario, Orly Cogan, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Rebecca Jay, Bara Sapir and Allen Ginsberg.