I was invited in to the SHARKPACK like a kid to a secret club.
My role? Writer-periodic, correspondent. 'Web architect' by Joseph's naming.
I built out the Annual with a focus on legibility of content and fluidity of navigation.
All sizes, because, who isn't on a bus, reading poems on their phone.
And Issue 3, I realized I was going it alone. So I simplified, learned about templating.
Editor Spece and I detoured into efforts at combining game & poetry in search of art in the digital space;
as well as developing his personal site with similar game-dark aesthetic.
But we created Fathom Books in 2016, publishing biennially.
Swarm Queen's Crown, the first longform publication, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the Lesbian category.
Stephanie's work describes the narrator's wearing of this Crown, an artifact that on wearing, transforms a person into a swarm of insects.
How we can be broken into bits that don't resemble a whole; how we can re-unite into a shape; and where, or in which form, we find power.
Laura Goode's Become a Name is a drilling jagged and strewn thing of female go-jo. It was fulfilling to fabricate and better to read.
Fathom & SPR's websites, because of the creative liberties, allow me to do what I'd do for my own designs: be pushy and simple, and play mostly with size in neat rows and columns.