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About Black Clock Issue #16: The 16th issue of Black Clock exists outside of time, less in some future than a dystopic present day barely glimpsed behind the veil of our more familiar reality. Crumbling urbanscapes, nomadic rock-and-roll desert rats, and genetically cloned children and their forsaken mothers occupy the fiction of Henry Bean, Craig Clevenger, Carola Dibbell, Claire Phillips, and Stephen O’Connor, among others, and at the center of it all is Rick Moody’s epic account of the strangest presidential candidate of all time.

The readers:

Henry Bean wrote and directed The Believer, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, as well as many other awards. His novel, False Match, won an LA PEN award in 1982.  Unfortunately, due to the death of his mother Henry Bean will not be able to attend the event.

Craig Clevenger is the author of two novels, The Contortionist’s Handbook and Dermaphoria, and is currently at work on his third. He divides his time between San Francisco and the Mojave Desert.

Claire Phillips is the author of Black Market Babies. She has taught writing at UC Irvine, SCI-Arc, and CalArts, and is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize. “Tubular” in this issue is excerpted from a work in progress.

Rick Moody is the author of five novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and the essay collection On Celestial Music, which includes work first published in Black Clock. He writes about contemporary independent music for The Rumpus and plays in The Wingdale Community Singers. He’s at work on a new novel.

About Black ClockSingular, idiosyncratic, and a little mysterious, Black Clock is one of America’s leading literary journals. Since its inception in 2004, the publication has featured work (by Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Joanna Scott, Jonathan Lethem, Lynne Tillman, Rick Moody, Samuel R. Delany, Aimee Bender, Joseph McElroy, Brian Evenson, Susan Straight, Geoff Nicholson, David L. Ulin, Shelley Jackson, David Foster Wallace, William T. Vollmann, and many others) that has gone on to be anthologized in best-of-the-year collections, to be nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes, and to win National Book Awards. Black Clock is also regarded as one of the country’s most beautifully designed magazines. Edited by Steve Erickson, the journal is published semiannually by the California Institute of the Arts in association with the MFA Writing Program.