Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Well Hello There!

It's been a while, I know. We have been pretty busy over in the little Lorraine and James workshop. There are so many things to do, places to go and people to see and so little time to do it (even less when you sit around and tinker with a blog for twenty minutes). But I thought I would drop by and send a hearty hello to everyone who has made it their business to stop by and visit us every now and then. It turns our scrunchy, busy, scowls into silly, happy, smiles.

I am so glad to have exchanged emails with many of you and your comments here at the blog and via email regarding the site are life-affirming, really.

And so the ball keeps rolling and we are reading our eyes bleary for the second issue of L and J. We hope to see/read many more stories of the same caliber as those that made their way on to the pages of issue one. I am betting the family pig that you will be giddy when you finally get to read it.

Subscriptions will be available for purchase online at at the beginning of February. We will be doing an official pre-publication push for subscribers as soon as I can pull my head out from a place that needs no description.

We are also accepting photograph submissions for our fall 2005 cover. Tell all of your artsy photographer friends that this is their opportunity to be a part of something big--or you can say small if the mood hits you, but impress upon them that it will be fun and something to tell their grandchildren when all other unimpressive tall tales have failed.

Okay, I gotta get back to work. You do the same.

See you in the email!

Lorraine and James

*This particular spelling of the word stori is a super shout-out to my baby girl of the same name. hi-yo mami!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Moving day!

Lorraine and James is LIVE. Please visit, take a look around and email me; tell me what you think.

Thank you for your patience.


Lorraine and James

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Everybody put your hands together......

Let’s give a warm welcome to britni d. jackson, Lorraine and James’ new Poetry Editor. In this, her latest creative enterprise, britni might be seen picking great poets like summer fruit, from websites, writing workshops and open mic nights near you.

She will accept your best work* twenty-four hours a day via email, although she is not allowed to stay up past midnight reading it. And on occasion, if the mood strikes her, she will grant you the great wisdom of her years to help you shape up the edges of your brand new poems in order to get them onto the contents page of Lorraine and James.

She will NOT be accepting payments – large and certainly not small – for priority placement, and by no means are you to ask her to read fifteen of your poems for consideration in a single issue (actually, she has requested that you send no more than three, so there you go!) And if you ever, ever ask her to write a poem and simply put your name on it, I will know and find you; though to read her work is to be severely tempted.

Other than that she is all yours. Now, everybody say hello to britni. Come on, don’t be shy.

roll credits please…………………..

britni d. jackson lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York. She is a founding member of The Silent Fusion Collective and is presently nearing the completion of her MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College.

*Please send all submissions as Word attachments.

Friday, January 07, 2005


The previous question is NOT rhetorical people. I am actually asking you to post your favorite word and why? I know you're out there. I can see you. Don't make me name names. Now go. Scat!

Lorraine and James


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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

What is your favorite word?

I ask this question in interviews. It was once asked of me.

"Jasai, tell us your favorite word and why?" My answer was immediate and effortless, "Language."

"Why Language?"

"It's substantial and suggestive of things both relative to, and at the same time far beyond me. And it's what I love."

So -- what is your favorite word? If you tell us then we'll know.

Night, night.

Lorraine and James

Monday, January 03, 2005

Do Something.

Surely we are all grateful that we do not, on this date, own our own horrific accounts of being nearly washed away to our deaths or having had to watch with bewildered terror - because nothing could make us turn away - the sight of a wife or a terrified child being pulled beneath a world of water.

Because these are not our tales to tell, we should take a deep breath of honest gratitude for the uncovenanted gift of life. And if you have not already done so, take time to donate through one of the agencies below, in support of the relief effort.



American Red Cross