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With most of the entirety of the published journal's contents read aloud by the authors, the FENCE audiobook/podcast continues to push boundaries in literary publishing. In continuous publication since 1998, Fence is a biannual print journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism that redefines the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques. FENCE is committed to publishing ...
 
"An Invitation to THE INVITATION" is a limited podcast series discussing Karyn Kusama's critically acclaimed cult film “The Invitation” (2015) scene-by-scene. Hosted by Jim Penola, each episode starts with a reading of a scene or scenes from the original script, followed by an analysis of those scenes – the resulting experience forming a Radio-Play-meets-Film-Criticism hybrid. Film fans, horror junkies, and podcast listeners: RSVP now.
 
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In series 4, we go off-book, beginning in the previous episode with the recording of a live reading given by Harmony Holliday and Ariana Reines. Here in 4.2, you have the chance to closely listen to three of the works that Fence has published directly to the website -- Christopher Schmidt's work transcends time and space, delving deeply into queer …
 
The time is 6:51 pm, eastern daylight savings time, May 14, 2022, lull in covid, spring. The location is a non-profit library and workspace, Wendy's Subway, located at 379 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206. The speakers you will hear are Rebecca Wolff, Ariana Reines, Sade, and Harmony Holiday. Ariana will be reading from her new manuscript-in-progre…
 
Fence Sounds – 3.5 Season 3, Episode 5, with readings from contributors to the Fence Literary Journal Double print Issue, number 37 slash 38, produced by our Editor-in-Chief, Rebecca Wolff. I’m Jason Zuzga, one of the Nonfiction and Other editors of Fence the print journal, I’m also an editor of one of Fence’s online publication arms, Fence Steamin…
 
Welcome to Fence Sounds, Season 3, Episode 3, with readings from the Fence Double print issue, number 37/38 Spring Summer 2021. I’m Jason Zuzga, one of the Nonfiction and Other editors of Fence the print journal, I’m also an editor of one of Fence’s online publication arms, Fence Steaming, found at fenceportal.org. Online at fencedigital.com we als…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 37/38 contributors. Season 3, Episode 3. In this episode, we open with Erik Kennedy’s prose piece entitled "The Please Stop Killing Us And Destroying Everything that Sustains Us Society." After, Randy Prunty reads poems "Earth Elegy: Low Tide" and "Earth Elegy, Amateurs." Next up is Hillary Plum, reading poems “Canal” an…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 37/38 contributors. In this episode, we begin with the poet Delicia Daniels, reading with the eerie lulling sound of the sea from poems based on chilling research into antebellum law archives. Next up is Jordan E. Franklin, reading the exuberant poem, "Sometime in January (after David Bowie)." Josh May reads a poem. Josh…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 37/38 contributors. The poems "celery" and "What's Wrong with?" by Stine An, "Lover's Trilogy" by Zosia Wiatr, "Lil Miquela," "Sunnyvale," "Bad Actors," and "Confessionalisms" by Caitlyn Tella. poems " The story "As Something Breaks" by Sara Duff. Also including the music of KIKA, whose numerous songs, such as the two in…
 
A special "one-off" bonus episode dedicated to Disney's COOL RUNNINGS (1993). | Original Score by John Penola | Artwork by Joseph Penola | Shout-out to some of my lovely & amazing patrons: Rupa dasGupta, John Penola, Stephanie Pavlick, and Jane Penola. | Receive exclusive/extended/uncut content, early access, and more at Patreon.com/jimpenola | Fol…
 
This unique bonus episode compiles all 15 of the "radio play" portions from the limited series "An Invitation to THE INVITATION" into one seamless aural experience. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this one-of-a-kind re-telling of Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi's superb screenplay –– complete with every deleted and extended scene that didn't make it to the fil…
 
In the 7th (and likely final) bonus episode of the series, Jim Penola sits down for an extended talk with who else? Karyn Kusama. During their conversation from December 2020, Jim and Karyn –– often through the unavoidable-but-revealing lens of Covid –– discuss the ways THE INVITATION remains ahead of its time, as well as the way it thoughtfully ad…
 
In the 6th bonus episode of the series, Jim Penola sits down for an extended talk with prolific indie actor Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher, Easy, Thirst Street, Black Bear) who of course plays Sadie. During their conversation from December 2020, Lindsay and Jim discuss (among many other things) their shared struggle to uphold small talk and social decor…
 
In the 5th bonus episode of the series, Jim Penola sits down for an extended talk with revered character actor John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac, The Founder, American Horror Story, Big Sky). During their conversation from December 12th, 2020, JCL and Jim discuss everything from on-set pull-up contests all the way to the universal need for forgiven…
 
In the 4th bonus episode of the series, Jim Penola sits down for an extended talk with THE INVITATION's co-star, Mike Doyle. During their conversation from December 4th, 2020, Mike discusses his long history with Logan Marshall-Green, his hilarious/fortuitous introduction to the film's screenplay, and the important ways THE INVITATION side-steps cl…
 
In the 3rd bonus episode of the series, Jim Penola sits down for an extended talk with THE INVITATION's star, Logan Marshall-Green. During their conversation from November 28th, 2020, Logan and Jim discuss a wide variety of topics including what made THE INVITATION's on-set family so special, the dilemma of waking up to societal grief, and much mor…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: "Dog Eaters" a story by Angie Sijun Lou, A poem presented by Anna Morrison entitled "Approaching Sleep," "Racquet Theory" a song by Normal State, Adam Kinner talks to Cove Blue of Normal State. Opening and Closing noise by Jason Zuzga. More on Normal State: Bandmember Covelline Blue's Art and Music Websi…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: Nonfiction on music by Adam Kinner, Poetry from Gabrielle Jennings, and a phone conversation between Adam Kinner and Gabrielle Jennings about music, art practice, and appropriation. Opening and Closing noise by Jason Zuzga. More on Normal State: Bandmember Covelline Blue's Art and Music Website. A HISTOR…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: Poems ”The bar in my neighborhood," "Wounded Deserter" read by Raquel Guttiérrez, Poems "A Coin Purse of Krona," A Hurtful Angel with a line from Austin Osman Spare," "Heart Failure" read by Matthew Kosinski, Song "forsythia" from the album "cloudy, like your head" by Normal State. Poem "Red Armor" read …
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: Poem "Sphynx of black quartz, judge my vow!" and Song "Cross-Hatched Class War" by Chris Stroffolino, Two Short Stories by David Schuman "Small Best Man" and "Ring Bearer," Story by Suzanne Scanlon "The Ghost of Things," A Conversation between David Schumann and Suzanne Scanlon about writing and life dur…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: Ava Hoffman Poetry from leechbook, Charles Legere Poem “The Coppices of Pleasure ," Isaac Pickell Poem :"The Stories that Aren’t Told," Kathleen Heil Story “You Disappoint Me”, Normal State from album "the weather "- "tdfw" Opening and Closing noise by Jason Zuzga. More on Normal State: Bandmember Covell…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: Poetry from Matthew Broaddus, Poetry and boyfriend's commentary from Strummer Hoffston, Poetry from Zebulon Huset , A poetry telephone conversation between Zebulon Huset and Paco Márquez. Music by Cove Blue of Normal State. Opening and Closing noise by Jason Zuzga. More on Normal State: Bandmember Covell…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors: Microstories embedded as Amazon Reviews by Kevin Killian, curated and introduced by David Buuck, Poetry from Jamie Thomson, Music by Cove Blue of Normal State- cloudy, like your head - reconstructed, Fiction from Alyssa Claire Greene, Fiction by Kirstin Kashock, Poetry by Michelle Taransky, Poetry by Don…
 
In the 2nd bonus episode of the series, Jim Penola sits down for an extended talk with THE INVITATION's co-writer/co-producer—and 1st gentlemen to director Karyn Kusama—Phil Hay. During their conversation from November 21st, 2020, Phil and Jim cover the pervasive nature of grief, the purpose of creating art, and the connection & dialogue each can c…
 
In the first bonus episode for "An Invitation to THE INVITATION," Jim Penola welcomes his first ever guest, Matt Manfredi (DESTROYER, RIDE ALONG 1 & 2, etc.), co-writer and co-producer of THE INVITATION. In this full-length conversation recorded during November 2020, Jim and Matt touch on the film's deeply personal nature, the benefits of studio mo…
 
In the final episode of the series, host Jim Penola insists that the THE INVITATION’s unforgettable ending transcends its inherent bleakness and offers a universal solidarity within its depiction of great loss. | Original Score by John Penola | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2Invitation | Email us: Invitation2Invitati…
 
In the penultimate episode of the series, Jim Penola celebrates THE INVITATION's cathartic subversion of genre cliche´ while acknowledging the potential cost of those choices. Similarly, the film's deliberate and measured use of violence comes to the forefront as a career-long theme of internalized trauma emerges. | Original Score by John Penola | …
 
In episode 13, Jim Penola finally tackles the brutal and stunning climax of THE INVITATION––touching on the film's long-gestating turn towards the horrific, Karyn Kusama's increasingly destabilized camera, as well as her striking, painterly visuals. | Original Score by John Penola | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2Inv…
 
In episode 12, Jim Penola explores THE INVITATION's sinister & inextricable ties to Los Angeles, the necessity of rigidly adhering to Will's (Logan Marshall-Green) point-of-view, and the striking deleted scene revealing Claire's (Marieh Delfino) fate. | Original Score by John Penola | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2I…
 
In episode 11, Jim Penola addresses Will's (Logan Marshall-Green) climactic meltdown at the dinner table––discussing how the conspicuous absence of Choi (Karl Yune) functions as a terrific red herring but also gets to the heart of what Will's real issue is with his hosts: their erasure of his son, Ty. | Original Score by John Penola | Follow us on …
 
In episode 10, Jim Penola contrasts the differences between Will's (Logan Marshall-Green) interactions with Sadie (Lindsay Burdge) and Tommy (Mike Doyle). These memorable exchanges bring Will's only trusted instinct to the foreground: survival. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @A…
 
In episode 9, Jim Penola highlights THE INVITATION's unflinching-yet-cathartic depiction of isolation––using Will's internal meltdown at the dinner table as a means to examine the ways emotionally posturing can often do more harm than good. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInv…
 
In episode 8, host Jim Penola continues his discussion around the unsettling party game introduced in the previous installment – addressing, in detail, the complicated wants and relative moral ambiguity of the film's antagonists. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and…
 
In episode 7, host Jim Penola breaks down & analyzes the party game presented by David (Michiel Huisman) and its stealthily insidious goal of obliterating personal boundaries. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2Invitation | Email us: Invitat…
 
In episode 6, host Jim Penola discusses the double meaning of the film's title, the complex discomfort of David's recruitment video, and the "false promises of beauty" expressed by the script. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2Invitation | …
 
In episode 5 – focusing on pages 26 through 30 of THE INVITATION's screenplay – host Jim Penola highlights the aching, self-destructive, Man-versus-Self conflict on display during this section of the film. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2…
 
In episode 4, host Jim Penola analyzes pages 21 through 26 of THE INVITATION's original script and corresponding final cut – discussing the notable arrival of Pruitt (John Carroll Lynch) and the subsequent verbal parrying between Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and David (Michiel Huisman). Furthermore, the way social decorum and the fear of offending c…
 
In episode 3, Jim Penola breaks down pages 15 through 21 of THE INVITATION's script and its on-screen counterpart––putting an emphasis on the film's cutting depiction of memory. | Original Score by John Penola | Additional Audio Production by Brandon Sheer | Follow us on Twitter: @AnInvitation and Instagram: @Invitation2Invitation | Email us: Invit…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors. Poetry from Wayne Koestenbaum, Poetry and Music from Jackie Clark and Ryan Anselmi, Poetry from Makmak Faunlagui, Fiction from JoAnna Novak, Poetry from Paco Márquez, Poetry from Kristin Bock, and a Nonfiction Essay from Matthilda Bernstein Sycamore. Music by Cove Blue of Normal State. Opening noise by J…
 
Featuring the work of FENCE 36 contributors. Poetry from Brandon Downing, Nonfiction from Adrienne Walser, Music by Cove Blue of Normal State, Poetry from John McShea, Fiction from Robert Lopez, and Poetry from Peter Giebel. Episode Three coming soon! More on Normal State: Bandmember Covelline Blue's Art and Music Website. A HISTORY OF FENCE: Inclu…
 
Featuring the following FENCE Issue 36 Contributors: Poetry from Damon Moore, Phyllis Peters, Lesle Lewis, Colleen O'Brien, Sarah Heady, a conversation between Collen O'Brien and Sarah Heady, poetry from José Luis Moctezuma, and music from Cove Blue of Normal State. More on Apollinaire: "La parole au timbre juste": Apollinaire, poetry audio, and ex…
 
In episode 2, host Jim Penola continues his deep dive of THE INVITATION with a reading of pages 6 through 15 of the screenplay––exploring the indelible score by Theodore Shapiro, the introduction of the ensemble cast, and the way those supporting players might amplify Will's (Logan Marshall-Green) grief instead of relieve it. | Original Score by Jo…
 
"An Invitation to THE INVITATION" is a limited podcast series discussing Karyn Kusama's critically-acclaimed Suspense/Drama THE INVITATION (2015) scene-by-scene. Hosted by Jim Penola, each episode starts with a reading of a scene or scenes from the original script, followed by an analysis of those scenes – the resulting experience forming a radio-p…
 
In the inaugural episode of "An Invitation to THE INVITATION," host Jim Penola recites and breaks down the first 6 pages of the shooting script for 2015's THE INVITATION (the acclaimed suspense/drama directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi). As per the structure of the series, Penola contrasts the selected pages with the fi…
 
This single podcast contains nearly the entirety of the works in the print edition of FENCE Magazine 35, Winter/Spring Issue of 2019. You can listen to the entire issue in one long and luxurious literary binge, or, instead, you can, on your own time, not all at once, listen to the contents via any sequence of the navigable chapters that you choose.…
 
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