Our dear and ever-productive Nicholas Laughlin has just announced Town, a new literary magazine based in Trinidad, which he is co-editing with Vahni Capildeo and Anu Lakhan. A new issue of Town will be published every six to eight weeks, containing four or five pieces of writing— including poems, short fiction, and essays— and three or four images. Town will be published in an old-fashioned format, with broadsides produced in editions of a few dozen and posted in various locations in and around Port of Spain. If you visit the Town website, you will be able to download PDFs of each broadside for your personal reading or to post in your neighborhood, office, school, or library. The Town team will also publish the full contents of each issue online.
Town is an experiment in low-budget, non-profit literary publishing at a time when print periodicals in many parts of the world are under severe financial pressure. The editors are thinking about how to share literary work with unconventional audiences, how to use nearly-free online publishing tools while retaining some of the aesthetic pleasures of ink on paper, and how to enlist their readers in the publishing process, not by asking them to pay a subscription, but by encouraging them to help print the magazine via their own desktop printers.
The first issue of Town is all-Trinidadian. It features poems by the three editors— putting our own work on the line, or up on the wall— plus a very short story by Kelvin Christopher James and images by Nikolai Noel. But for future issues there is no geographical restriction on contributors, and the Town team will publish good work by writers and artists from the Caribbean at large and “indeed anywhere else in the world (though we’ll continue to have a strong bias towards our home base).”
See the first issue here http://cometotown.blogspot.com/
For more information, see http://cometotown.blogspot.com/2009/08/about-town.html
[The photo included here is of seven broadsides from the first issue of Town posted outside Queen’s Royal College, across from the Savannah, October 9, 2009]