Dear Readers, Contributors and assorted Mad Hats,
We hope you slipped well into this New Year and had a chance to catch up on your artistic endeavors over the holiday season. Something tells us that 2013 promises a multitude of new beginnings – notwithstanding we’re now in the newest cycle of the Mayan calendar (you thought we’d missed that, eh?).

We’ve many new and exciting ventures to report.  For those of you not in attendance, The Carol Novack Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa-Solstice-and-Atheists-Who-Love-to-Party Tribute Party was an unqualified success.  One poet told us that he expected Ginsberg and Bukowski to walk in the door any minute.  Please feel free to check out some of the inimitable and illuminating readings online.

MadHat Press

MadHat Press’s first two books were launched, Felicia’s Nose by Carol Novack and Tom Bradley and Hugh Fox’s last poetry collection, Primate Fox.  Please support the press by ordering both of these little gems from either the brand-spanking-new press website:

MadHat Lit

And now, in an effort to further the eccentric and eclectic in art and literature, we would like to present you MadHat Lit, a new on-going, weekly project in the MadHat vein. We call her “the smaller, yet equally rambunctious sibling to MadHat (Mad Hatters’ Review), the annual on-line publication.” We’ll be kicking off this new venture with the wry eloquence of Howie Good, whose new chapbook of prose poems, The Complete Absence of Twilight, will be coming soon from MadHat Press. Submissions to MadHat Lit are open year-round.

MadHat Annual (Mad Hatters’ Review)

Submissions for the 2013 issue of MadHat Annual are now open (for those of you counting, this would be Mad Hatters’ Review Issue 14).  In addition to featuring an amazing selection of contemporary German-language literature in translation, curated by talented Berlin-based literary translator and editor, Lucy Renner-Jones, and Back from the USSR part II, featuring Contemporary Writing from the Baltics, Caucuses, Central Asia, and Siberia, edited by Alex Cigale, MadHat will feature more of the brilliant and bold literature and art we’ve come to expect from its predecessor, Mad Hatters’ Review.  Please send us your gems!

MadHat Press Contests

And finally, submissions are also about to open for our annual chapbook contests. We are thrilled to announce that The MadHat Press 2013 Wild and Wyrd Poetry Chapbook Prize will be judged by National Book Award finalist and founder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady; and The 2013 Carol Novack Memorial Short Fiction Chapbook Prize will be judged by acclaimed writer, Terese Svoboda. We will inform you of all the details very shortly.

And keep an eye out for more rambunctious adventures from the MadHat team very soon.


Yours in wide brims and quetzal plumes,

Marc Vincenz and Susan Lewis


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