Monologging.org is an annual online literary magazine and small press. The platform connects writers with artists around the world, prompting collaborative multimedia projects, fiction, poetry and art-related reporting.

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Fading Manhattan

The Spring ’17 edition of Monologging features original writing and artwork by members of the monologging community. Poetry and prose submissions are illuminated by unique photography and illustrations. Artists have also contributed video monologues detailing their artistic processes. Likewise, monologging writers have set out to explore artistic communities, filing critical book, music, film and culture-interest reports. The title story, “Fading Manhattan,” echoes the collaborative impulse that drives the online collective.  

Spring ’17 Contents

 


Editor’s Statement:

Traditional books have only one entry point. Websites, on the other hand, present countless portals. From links scattered across the web, readers are transported into the heart of a story when they visit Monologging.org. Founded in 2011, the “local-global collaborative magazine” and press provides up-and-coming writers and artists with a platform to experiment and collaborate. Uniquely, the premise for Monologging.org derives from my novel, All the Lonely Boys in New York. The speaking game, “Big Echo,” later called, “Monologue,” helps the veteran soldiers portrayed in the book employ free speech and to overcome PTSD-related inhibitions.

For aspiring authors, this is also an excellent writing prompt. By evoking “Monologue” and other interactive models for intensive, two-way, creative communication, Monologging.org seeks to build an international community of writers and artists and to provide a social context for their work. Few experiences are more valuable to a writer or artist than seeing their creations indulged and reimagined by a contemporary.

Collaboration enlarges the scope of the creative works on Monologging.org, establishing a borderless realm for artistic projects. In addition to great fiction and poetry features, the publication provides regular art-related reporting. However you’ve stumbled across Monologging.org, be it by print or by click, we hope that the collected media has enhanced your reading experience, inspiring you to connect.

Jeffrey F. Barken