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Congratulations to Lauryn Allison Lewis, winner of Knee-Jerk‘s 2011 Chapbook Contest. The Beauties, selected by guest judges Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter, will be published in the fall.

Winner
Lauryn Allison Lewis – The Beauties

Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Kate Cantrill – Hello Friends and Neighbors
John Fleming – Lost Tribes
Ravi Mangla – Hear Ye Knives
Pedro Ponce – The Little Book of Conspiracies
Chad Simpson – Open Mic Night at the Fat Fish Pub
Jon Trobaugh – L’Anguille and Other Stories

A big thanks to Mary and Lindsay, and to the many writers who submitted collections.
If our bank account was a bit more Franzen-like, we’d go ahead and publish a bunch of these chapbooks.

In short, we’re incredibly excited to publish The Beauties. We think you’ll love it.

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So Steve and Casey were asked to produce something for HyperText Magazine’s Valentine’s Day love-themed issue. They came up with this…this thing. Dear Steve/Dear Casey

We’ll let it speak for itself.

Take a look, then check out everything else in HyperText’s latest issue.

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Knee-Jerk to Co-Host Two Events at AWP 2012

Pencil these two events into your AWP Trapper Keepers, friends. Join us Thursday, March 1st and Saturday, March 3rd for readings, drinkings, and dancings. Pick up a copy of our brand new print issue, Knee-Jerk Offline, Vol. 2, and challenge C. James Bye to a Rodney-Off.

Everything Will Be OK
Thursday, March 1
Billy Goat Tavern @ 9pm
430 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Presented by Heavy Feather Review, Knee-JerkBig Lucks, & The Way We Sleep

Readings from J. Bradley, Anhvu Buchanan, Chloe Caldwell, Larry O. Dean, Sean Kilpatrick,
Alissa Nutting, Sam Pink, Joseph Riippi, J. A. Tyler, & Brandi Wells.
Poster design by Alban Fischer.

 Before We Go
Saturday, March 3
Beauty Bar @ 7pm
1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Presented by Big LucksGigantic SequinsKnee-JerkMagic Helicopter, and Rose Metal Press.

Readings from Amanda Auchter, Jason Bredle, Adam Drent, Loren Erdich, Adam Golaski, Christie Ann Reynolds, Matthew Siegel, Justin Sirois, Jordan Stempleman, & Ben Tanzer.

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Our Kickstarter campaign for Offline Vol. 2 is just about at the halfway point. So we have a new reward to offer:

For your $50 contribution you can receive signed copies of Knee-Jerk contributor (and all around swell guy), MATT BELL’s HOW THEY WERE FOUND (Keyhole Press) and the forthcoming CATACLYSM BABY (Mud Luscious Press)! Plus a copy of KNEE-JERK OFFLINE, VOL. 2 & The Risk-Taking Gene, mp3’s of the songs we wrote for our backers last year and audio of our Harold Ramis interview.

Cataclysm Baby isn’t even out yet! There’s only one of these sets available, so scoop it up now! Or, if you can’t spare 50 bones, how about pre-ordering an issue of VOL 2? Check out everything that’s available HERE!

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We have a special offer on our Kickstarter right now and only one person will be lucky enough to take advantage of it:

For $40 get an autographed copy of VOL. 2 contributor SARAH ROSE ETTER’s TONGUE PARTY (Caketrain), a copy of KNEE-JERK OFFLINE, VOL. 2 & The Risk-Taking Gene, a phone call from Sarah describing the terrible things she did over the weekend, and mp3s of the original songs.

Go HERE so Sarah won’t feel lonely.

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