The End of PANK

July 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

The editors at PANK magazine announce they are closing up shop (via Facebook):

Dear friends and family,

Please accept this brief note as PANK’s formal notification of resignation, effective as of the end of this calendar year, 2015. We’ll publish one last print issue and two final online issues of PANK Magazine; look for those in the months ahead. We are immeasurably proud of our publications and have boundless gratitude for all the staff, contributors, and each and every reader who has labored alongside us over the last decade. It’s been an immensely gratifying ride. PANK loves you.

Yours sincerely
M. Bartley Seigel & Roxane Gay

I will remember PANK as a fun journal with sass and bite, the fiction about intense characters with few fucks to give, as in Meghan Cass’s “The Hawthorne Dynasty” from Issue Eight:

“Get a load of this chick from my super soccer star days,” Alana said, looking me up and down and laughing again. “Look how cute she is.”

I was suddenly aware of the ridiculousness of my flowered vintage dress, purple tights, and patent leather shoes in a place like this, the clothes of a little girl playing dress-up.

“We’ve got to go,” the man said again. “Set-up’s in thirty minutes, show’s at eight, Taconic’s a shit show.”

“Jesus, Mary, can I finish my drink?” Alana said, sounding for an instant like her mother. Then she pounded the rest of her first vodka tonic, dropped some cash on the bar, stood up, and stretched her arms behind her back. She was taller than I remembered, in her platform shoes. She smelled of smoke and a complicated perfume I couldn’t identify, a combination of sage and lavender and some men’s cologne.

It appears that this also marks the end for Tiny Hardcore Press, which had published Sheila Squillante’s collection Beautiful Nerve, Myfanwy Collins’s I Am Holding Your Hand, James Tadd Adcox’s The Map of the System of Human Knowledge and Robb Todd’s Steal Me for Your Stories.

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