I soon discovered that GAMBA was a literary magazine, reading series, and artist residency based in Greenpoint and Bushwick. Ever the starry-eyed nearly-but-not-quite-New Yorker, I immediately wanted to join GAMBAZine's menagerie and, by extension, its mythology. So I treaded lightly, as many of us do now, by sending an email. I submitted a few samples of my art and explained that I was based in the Washington, D.C. but planned to move to Brooklyn soon. I rolled off a list of my New York credits, from lit mags to museum and festivals. Then I clicked 'send' and waited.
A month or two later, my art was accepted into Issue 5. My piece was published alongside writing by Dallas Athent, who I knew from Luna Luna Magazine, which I knew from Lisa Marie Basile, who I knew because our poetry had appeared in some of the same lit mags for the past decade. (The world of female writers and artists is small but strong.)
When GAMBAZine arrived in my P.O. box, I squealed. Print is such a rarity these days; print dictated by creative curation, not advertising, is even rarer. Not long after I tore often that manila envelope, my dream of moving to Brooklyn had come true. During my second week in my new habitat, I read my fiction with GAMBA at Lucky Luna in Greenpoint. (I chose two short stories that had appeared in Jimson Weed.)
This past weekend, GAMBA released Issue 6. The celebration took place at Ange Noir/Hell Phone in Bushwick. My friend and I fished some binder clips and wire from the depths of my messy car and displayed a few pieces of my art near the stage. I read one of my short stories from Potluck Magazine. Performers graced the stage with folk punk, beatboxing, poetry, electric guitar, and more. I enjoyed the art, the company, and my meal: a savory crêpe, tiramisu, and an apricot Bellini.
Now I am part of the GAMBA menagerie. In time, I hope to become part of the mythology. Long live Gambazini and long live Brooklyn. This is where dreams begin.
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