Asphalte Magazine

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(610) 577-6117
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Asphalte Magazine pursues visions of excess and beauty beyond the knowable horizon. Publishers Letter from Issue 1: We couldn’t stop thinking about the ground. It was the slushy end of a quarantined winter, and we found ourselves shuffling along the salt-grey sidewalk, kicking at pieces of trash and half-buried, forgotten things. Our faces were buried in our phones. George Oppen’s Of Being Numerous crept in: “I too am in love down there with the streets / And the square slabs of pavement— / To talk of the house and the neighborhood and the docks / And it is not ‘art’” We couldn’t stop thinking about excess, surplus, waste — what the dirty linoleum floor of the internet might feel like. ASPHALTE was born. Anyway, this letter is subject to change. Mark Fisher said that we have to invent the future. That we publish visions of excess and beauty beyond the knowable horizon has something to do with this desire for invention, for a set of possibilities beyond the limited range offered by this cloudy, content-heavy state of late capitalism. ASPHALTE, think of it as a verb. As of now, ASPHALTE will publish: poetry, visual art, critical theory, essay, fiction, and hybrids. 2 issues per year with an indeterminate amount of Features in between. Digital pavement, slippery, is easily altered. — Emmalea Russo and Michael Newton, 2021

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For our first issue we solicited contributors, but we plan on having submissions for the future. Our plan is to get on to Submittable and to have a rolling open submission period for poetry, prose, essays, visual, and hybrid work. Unsolicited submissions will be accepted. We plan on charging a small reading fee of $3 per submission, and work will be considered for both the issues of the magazine and the Features as well.
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