Bess by Daphne Gottlieb

The first in our chapbook series, Bess by Daphne Gottlieb is the story of a girl lost in the labyrinth of addiction in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, and the case worker who must go in after her.

Presented with a letterpress cover and color illustrations by Austin Carder.

Price: $6.00


Quasimodo by Mia Gallagher

Mia Gallagher’s story “Quasimodo” is the story of illness and survival, of families and the workings (and not) of the body.

Presented with illustrations by Kirsten Stolle.

Price: $7.00


The Other Half by John Biguenet

John Biguenet’s ‘The Other Half’ is a darkly comic tale about what happens when class lines become blurred and the gates of Eden are left unlocked.

Presented with illustrations by Tona Wilson.

Past Issues

spolia1 Issue 1 | Ballets RussesOur tribute to the travel, music, art, and spirit of collaboration that was the Ballets Russes in the early 20th century. Our debut spans from Russia to Kosovo to San Francisco to the afterlife. It is a colorful issue filled with art and love, and it can be purchased at any price you name. 

with contributions by—Daphne Gottlieb, Peter Vermeersch, Mikhail Shishkin, Leah Triplett, Lightsey Darst, Olivia Cronk, and more.

Price: Pay What You Wish


blackmagic Issue 2 | Black MagicOur contributors get witchy with a literary examination of the hidden, the mystical, and the unknown. From witch trials to ghost stories to a conjuring poem, we plunge into the underworld and return with gifts for our readers.with contributions by—Megan Abbott, Daphne Gottlieb, Mia Gallagher, Lu Xun, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Ella Maillart, Upendranath Ashk, and more.

Price: $5.00



Issue 3 | Casanova

The famous Venetian writer/spy/freemason/traveler/lover serves as the inspiration for a sex-filled romp of an issue. We travel to Venice with Goethe (and some of his dirty companions), to Slovenia with Ivan Cankar, to Ireland with Eimear McBride, and into Casanova’s exile with Stefany Anne Golberg.

with contributions by—

Allen Grossman, Stefany Anne Golberg, Eimear McBride, Gary Amdahl, Paul Stubbs, and more.

Price: $5.00



Issue 4 | The Wife

Spolia goes domestic, if your domestic life happens to include international travel, messages from the beyond, and sex work. As our culture redefines marriage, our contributors investigate the wife’s many possible routes into the future, as well as her history.

with contributions by—

Sarah Joseph, Medbh McGuckian, Laurenn McCubbin, Jessa Crispin, Arnon Grunberg, Kristina Marie Darling, and more.

Price: $5.00



Issue 5 | Medieval

Spolia travels into the distant past, with a focus on Medieval art, poetry, and translations, as well as a selection of contemporary work that plays with Medieval themes like vast economic inequality, magic, and courtly love. We also have a friggin Bestiary for you.

with contributions by—

John Biguenet, Dante, John V. Fleming, Sarah Blackman, Helen Ivory, Patrick Stuart, Viktor Horváth, Azareen van der Vliet Oloomi, and others.

Price: $5.00



Issue 6 | Hysteria

Uncontrollable dancing, uncontrollable contortions, uncontrollable laughter… the unconscious has its say in our sixth issue devoted to Hysteria.

with contributions by—

Rebecca Brown, Sjón, Andrei Codrescu, Ana María Shua, Mats Kempe, Suzanne Scanlon, and others.

Price: $5.00



Issue 7 | Masculinity

Spolia takes on The Man with our Masculinity issue, devoted to other ways of being a man. Action films, murderers and madmen, priests and gay men, the Great Man and the Victorian Dandy, all find expression here.

with contributions by—

Leonora Carrington, Zak Mucha, Anne Boyer, Daphne Gottlieb, Yinka Shonibare, David McConnell, and more.

Price: $5.00



Issue 8 | The Mind

Spolia explores the mysteries of the mind with the help of poets and scientists.

with contributions by—

Curtis White, Edith Södergran, Mojca Kumerdej, Michael Reedy, Joanna Kavenna, and more.

Price: $5.00


Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 12.17.48 PM Tarot Card Consultations with Spolia’s Editor

A special reading combining astrology and tarot specifically designed for writers to help them get their projects back on track, or figure out what the next step in their career might be.

(Standard readings, not writing-specific, also available.)

Price: $20 – 85


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