Muse/A Journal (myoo-zay) is a literary journal that developed from the creative efforts of Gregg Murray to share poetic writing of all themes with a wide network of enthusiasts. They have six issues out so far that can be read or bought at their website.
The art and the words of each issue of Muse/A come together at their live events (they’re house parties) adding performance artists to create an immersive environment.
John and Matt were joined in this episode by Muse/A founder and Editor-in-Chief Gregg Murray and Lyric Essays Editor Anya Vostrova.
Gregory Emilio and Jess Bernhart, who both have work published in Muse/A Journal, read and joined in on the conversation.
Conversation topics included:
Making a journal that is like a museum but you can touch the paintings
Trying to define a lyrical essay
How Muse/A sets up their house parties for each print release
Walk out music for poets
Gregory Emilio is a Southern California native whose poetry and essays have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, MUSE/A, Permafrost, Pleiades, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Poet’s Billow, and World Literature Today. Currently, he’s the Nonfiction Editor at New South, and a PhD candidate in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He also works as a bartender.
Jess Bernhart serves as editor of Withal and co-curator of fLoromancy, an online arts mag. She's contributed fic / non-fic / and poetry to Creative Loafing, ArtsATL, Burnaway, Eyedrum Periodically, Muse/A, and others, and has created poetry installations for ArtFields 2017, Sibyl, Performance KUNST, ART Decatur Book Festival, and The Imaginary Million. She serves on the board of Idea Capital, teaches at the High Museum, and lives in southwest Atlanta with her dog, Hattie.
We hope you enjoy the episode.