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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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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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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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Hello friends,

The second annual print edition of Knee-Jerk Offline(VOL 2) is heading to the printers and will be available soon. As we did last year, we’re running a Kickstarter campaign to help with some of the printing costs.
I hope you’ll more so look at this as a way to pre-order the new issue. All donations over $3 will be rewarded with various tokens of our appreciation. But starting with a donation of $13 you will receive a copy of the new issue along with a PDF version of our recent chapbook publication, The Risk-Taking Gene by Steve Tomasula. For $15, you’ll receive print versions of both books. And so on and so on; the more you’d like to help, the more great rewards we’d like to send you.
You can find all you need to know about the new issue, rewards, and how to help by clicking this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1706005210/knee-jerk-offline-vol-two
Jon, Steve, and I would greatly appreciate any help you can offer and hope that you’ll enjoy the work that we and all of our amazing contributors have put into VOL 2 and Knee-Jerk’s other projects as a thank you for your generosity. We’d also like to ask those of you with social media accounts if you would be willing to help spread the word with a link or a blog post. Of course, if you’re unable to help this time around, we’ll completely understand and will still love you and give you a big hug next time we see you!
For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a website designed to help fund creative projects. Knee-Jerk set a goal ($500) of what we need to cut our out-of-pocket costs to produce the new issue and a date by which we hope to be funded. If we make the goal by midnight on February 25th, we’ll receive funding, minus 5% that goes to Kickstarter. If we don’t reach our goal by that point, the money donated will not be taken out of your account and we do not receive funding.

This volume features nearly 200 pages (including color illustrations) of all new content from some of our favorite writers and artists:

Schuyler Anderson

Kyle Beachy

Tom Bissell

Michael Capozzola

Trinie Dalton

Sarah Rose Etter

Pete Gamlen

Kelsey Heinrichs

Gary Lutz

Adam McOmber

Dinty W. Moore

Hal Niedviecki

Ben Percy

Shann Ray

Rowland Saifi

Adam Schuitema

Drew Shannon

Brenda Sieczkowski

Patrick Somerville

Chris L. Terry

Donna D. Vitucci

Leni Zumas

Your donation will help put a huge dent in our printing costs. In return for your generosity, we have several gift offers (including free print issues and copies of our chapbook by Steve Tomasula), listed to the right. Even the smallest donation will be greatly appreciated and help get this magazine into bookstores and in your hands. Thank you!

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Casey Bye is Memphis-bound! Our Co-Founder, Arts & Media Editor, and Cutie-in-Residence will be taking his talents to the birthplace of Crunk by mid-July. To celebrate the time we’ve spent with our bespectacled human beatbox, Knee-Jerk is hosting a going-away reading, featuring fellow Casey Bye-enthusiasts Noelle Hufnagel, Geoff Hyatt, Mason Johnson, Jacob Knabb, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Simon A. Smith, Leah Tallon, Ben Tanzer, Chris Terry, and Brandon Will! We’ll also have music from DJ Jeremy Alvarez! Feel free to pass this along to friends, neighbors, and whoever else you think might like watching Casey re-enact his tiger pee story. It starts at 7:00 pm Wed. July 6th at

Beauty Bar Chicago

1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Love, The Other 2/3s of Knee-Jerk

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Knee-Jerk is proud to present the first publication on its new imprint, AutoGraft: The Risk-Taking Gene a new visually-enhanced chapbook by Steve Tomasula, author of the novels The Book of Portraiture (FC2); IN & OZ (Ministry of Whimsy Press); VAS: An Opera in Flatland (University of Chicago Press); and most recently, TOC: A New-Media Novel (FC2/University of Alabama Press).

You’ll be able to pick up a copy at Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest this Saturday (the 4th) and Sunday (the 5th). We’ll be at the Independent Publishers Tent: U alongside McSweeney’s, featherproof, Make magazine, Stop Smiling, Drag City Books, Hobart, and Green Lantern/Paper Cave.

That’s a lot of publishers you should definitely be checking out. So when you do, stop by Knee-Jerk and say “Howdy!” and pick up a copy of The Risk-Taking Gene. Purchase the chapbook and a copy of Knee-Jerk Offline Vol. 1 for a discounted price.

Update: If you weren’t in Chicago over the weekend, check back to www.kneejerkmag.com later in the week to purchase the book on our store page.

Check out a sample page below:

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