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Summer 2011 Edition

We are thrilled with our first edition and grateful for the contributors who dared to share their shimmery muscular work with an unknown entity. We are also very grateful to those authors who were willing to expose their misty beginnings on Scary Bush. Please make sure to listen to the audio versions as the contributors put much time and energy into making their recordings. Thanks to the authors for making us tingle and thank you, dear reader, for reading their wonderful work.

This edition was produced by:

Kelly Boyker: Poetry editor

Martha Vallely: Technical editor and proofreader

Gio Guillemette: Technical director and paperwork dealer-wither

Dickens: Chief of paperwork interference and specialist in rendering all untethered small objects to the Taking Things Place, wherever that is.

We would also like to send special thanks to Scott Summers for allowing us to use his mural "Larva Live" as the introduction and header graphic of this first edition of Menacing Hedge. The mural lives on a wall next to the café in which we first decided to make this literary journal a reality. For sentimental reasons, and of course for the sheer delightfulness of the mural itself, we are glad to be able to share it with you.

Menacing Hedge

Menacing Hedge is a quarterly journal of poetry, fiction and artwork, which is committed to fostering access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose. Ongoing publication is scheduled for the first weeks of July, October, January, and April. Menacing Hedge will carefully archive all its editions to ensure that an author's/artist's work will remain on the web for many, many years to come. Regrettably, Menacing Hedge cannot pay its contributors at this time.

Menacing Hedge accepts only original unpublished literary work; however, it will consider literary work on a case-by-case basis if it has appeared only in print but never on the web. In the case of art and photography, it is acceptable if the piece has appeared on the artist's website or elsewhere.

Upon acceptance of a literary piece, Menacing Hedge obtains first publishing rights and then all rights revert to the author. Menacing Hedge requests that if a published piece is later published elsewhere, that Menacing Hedge will be credited with first publication. Also, Menacing Hedge reserves the right to publish the piece in print.

Scary Bush

If we decide to accept your work, we will also invite you to submit one of your most cringeworthy efforts from the misty past to Menacing Hedge's evil twin, Scary Bush. Please see the Scary Bush page for examples.