Barstow & Grand Launches Issue #4 Interactive Gallery

in place of release party, local lit journal shares poetry, prose via multimedia gallery

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

If there’s one thing writers know how to do, it’s get creative.

And that’s the inspiration behind local literary journal Barstow & Grand’s pivot from an annual release party to an online gallery, featuring videos, photography, audio clips, and interviews with Issue #4 authors and staff – the type of things that would normally be shared at a release party.

“We’d love to share our fourth issue with you,” the Barstow & Grand team wrote on Facebook. “But in place of our regular release party or a Zoom reading, we’re trying something different. It’s called the Issue #4 Gallery, and it features our authors and staff sharing their work and insights. Stop by for a minute, or hunker down and dig in. You’ll be glad you did.”

The gallery features City of Eau Claire Writer-in-Residence Ken Szymanski dressed to the nines with ’90s-inspired karaoke decor offering his infomercial-like pitch to check out the new issue, as well as photography from Jerome Berglund, which inspired his poetry piece that appears in Issue #4; a fascinating PowerPoint presentation exploring art history with Patricia Williams; authentic photographs from the lives of writers; and so much more.

Check out Barstow & Grand founder and editor Eric Rasmussen explain a little bit about this gallery.

For more about Barstow & Grand, including how to submit your work, visit barstowandgrand.com.