The editors endeavor to keep the literary journal relevant to our global art and literary scene by publishing a vibrant group of poets, writers, painters, and photographers with a bent toward cultural dialogue.
This issue coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1964 overturning by the Supreme Court of an earlier ruling which found the Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller to be obscene, thus allowing for the seemingly free speech some of us enjoy today.
Ping-Pong is an annual publication. In this issue of Ping-Pong we serve up a number of banned Russian writers: Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Daniil Kharms, Alexander Blok, as well as contemporary Russian poet, Ilya Kaminsky. Also featured in this issue is an interview with Alice Notley.
Our Folio project returns with contemporary poets responding to an Alexander Blok poem. This issue also has the 2014 Ping-Pong poetry competition winner Mark Lamoureux’s poem, “Summer Henge, Winter Henge,” as well as 2013 winner Lina Vitkauska, who returns to our pages with a meditation on Jodorowsky’s Fando y Lis.
The Ping-Pong release party: “Speech is not Free,” will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the obscenity trial by featuring writers and artists reading from banned books and also reading original works.
The party will take place at the Coagula Curatorial Gallery on November 7th from 7:00-10:00 pm, 974 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, California. Facebook event page HERE.
Music. Wine and cheese reception. Readings will begin at 7:30 pm.
The event is by donation and open to the public. Also featured will be a Henry Miller exhibit curated by the Henry Miller Memorial Library’s executive director, Magnus Toren.
Ping-Pong Literary Journal,
Henry Miller Memorial Library
48603 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA, October 2014
Paperback, 211 pages, $15.00
Book order link HERE.