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6/4 - Alecia Eberhardt 
(interim Fiction Editor)

        6/11 - Jennifer Lombardo 
(Non-Fiction Editor)

        6/18 - Kay Kerimian
(Fiction Editor)

        6/25 - Bee Walsh
(Poetry Editor)

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Last month, EIC Jordan Rizzieri and Non-Fiction Editor Jennifer Lomabardo met up with regular contributor Kaity Davie at industry event BEA 2014 in NYC. While spreading the word about RPD, our staffers also mingled with industry heavyweights and learned a great deal. Expect great things to come from all our new knowledge!
June 2014
Summer is now in full swing at The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. We're ready for some barbecues, for some sunscreen and a little time at the beach. Make sure you scroll down and check out our "Summer Reading List" section where the staff discusses their beach reads. We hope if you're headed somewhere to relax and work on your tan in the new few months that you'll be sure to bring RPD along with you.

Some things of note for June: first, you'll notice our beautiful new background, courtesy of Tom Smith. Tom also did Spring background and we are wildly grateful for his refreshing and sun-kissed contribution to RPD. Also, Tom's other half and integral component of the RPD staff Alecia Eberhardt now has a sexy new bio on our Editorial Staff page. Make sure to check her out, and rest assured that any fiction you submit is in her capable hands.

As is customary, today we begin accepting submissions for our next issue, July 2014. For this issue, we are looking for works that fall under a general theme that we like to call "The Headlines". We are looking not only for your non-fiction essays, but also your short stories and your poetry that tackle topics ripped straight from today's headlines. But we're also looking for contributors to take our theme and run with it. Showcase a topic that SHOULD be in the headlines, but isn't getting a lot of media coverage. Tell us about a headline that changed your life. Hypothesize about headlines of the future and how we will get our news then. Blow our minds, warm our hearts and chill our bones. For more on our theme and some of our personal relationships with news, check the editorial staff's Current Events section below.

Speaking of the staff, we would like for all of you, or readers and contributors to get to know us a bit better. Therefore, this month, our Tumblr Features will be written by our very own staff: Alecia, Kay, Jen, and Bee, to help you get to know us better. Not only do we want to give you some insight into us as editors, but also as writers and poets. We know how hard it to is to pour your soul out onto the page and then send it off to someone else. We want you to see what we do best. Keep a look out for those every Wednesday at 10am on our Tumblr.

Also in June, keep your eyes out for some new contributors and some old faces. We have a couple of great essays and fiction pieces headed your way, along with some of the most unique poetry works we've ever featured at RPD. And as always, don't forget that you can be a part of our magazine. We accept submissions between the 1st and 15th of every month and look forward to workshopping with all of our contributors.

June is going to pack a big punch. July is setting up to be mighty fine. Get out your wayfarers, and then get ready.

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When we think of summer, we conjure an image of a sturdy beach chair, an oversized towel, a fruity cocktail and a good book. Here's what your editors are taking with them to the shore:

JORDAN: Summer has always been a time for us to read what gives us pleasure, what we enjoy. Whether you're hungry for a murder mystery or desperate for some romance, make sure you go out and find a book that you will hold tightly to your chest after it's over. I most recently finished Jonathan Tropper's "This is Where I Leave You" on a late-night train home from NYC and let to sit, still humming from a powerful last line, in my lap until the end of the line. Now, I look forward to Ransom Riggs' follow up to "Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and a few other YA books. Don't be ashamed to be seen on the beach with any book. Love your lit and let it love you back.

JEN: This summer, the book in my beach bag is going to be one of the advance copies I received at Book Expo America. I'm particularly excited about Lauren Beuke's Broken Monsters, which is about disturbingly altered dead bodies found in Detroit and the ways in which the community deals with the serial killings. Not your typical "beach read," but I liked The Shinging Girls so much that I can't wait to read this new one.

KAY: as a compulsive reader of everything from pamphlets and nutrition facts to a (life)long list of literature, i normally set a goal to read x amount of books per year and never suit my selection to the season. and just as i realized how busy i have been in 2014, it occurred to me: we are halfway through a calendar year, and for the first time, i have not started and finished a single book. needless to say, as a body desperately craves fresh fruit after a junk-food binge, i went and purchased a new book that i've happily devoured in a week. may this be the start of an indulgent summer.

BEE: Things I know about beaches: they are a different color when the weather is below 40°, they were in my life as a constant and then they weren't, there is something about the sounds pre-storm waves crashing on shores make that underline all the books I typically read on sandy blankets almost too perfectly. Francesca Lia Block writes about Venice Beach a lot. Simon Van Booy somehow writes about them them and makes them sadder than they already are. Surrounded by that much water and that much earth, I want books with me about magic, about destruction, about attractive people avoiding making eye contact.

ALECIA: This may not seem like a typical "beach read," since it's a little more in-depth, but several summers ago I read Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald and absolutely could not put it down. It's got a lot of family drama and scandal, which is pretty much all I need to capture my attention on a sunny day.


Since July's issue has the theme of "The Headlines", we wanted to clue our readers into how we're getting our news and how we're letting it get to us.

JORDAN: Many of us get our news via social media. But what are we really identifying as news? Not only are we reading BBC's twitter feed for news about Russia and the Ukraine, but we're also checking our Facebook news feed to see which of our friends is pregnant or engaged, who's got a new job or is buying a house. The "news" in our lives is not just political, but it's also personal. Someone's Dad is in the hospital, a co-workers daughter got a scholarship to attend Yale, a neighbor's house was broken into: this is our news, so specific and so effective. I read it on my phone in e-mails and text messages. It rings, I answer. "Hello?" "You will NEVER guess what just happened."

JEN: Hotels always have multiple TVs in the lobby and the majority of them have news running 24/7. When I walk through the lobby of the hotel where I work or sit in the break room, I learn more about what's going on in the world than at any other time during my day. It was how I heard about Edward Snowden, Trayvon Martin, Jay Carney and many more. When I go home for the day, I'm able to get more facts on a story that I only got a passing glance at. But I would never know to look up these stories if I hadn't first seen them at work.

KAY: hash tags and newsfeeds. that's how i get my news. phone calls and emails. that's how i share mine. i am filled to the mouth with ideas to share with you following certain recent current events, both in the news and in my own life. despite how difficult it will be for me to communicate, this necessary essay will make its debut with the grand return of [our] tumblr consistency.

BEE: At 2:03pm on Friday, May 30th, I text the only two women in my life who can quote The West Wing better than I can about White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's resignation. One of them responds from BEA, the other from eating lunch with Fox New playing in the background. Without mentioning it, we all think about what Jay is writing down to put in the flack-jacket. From my desk, I can see the top of the CNN building in the Time Warner Center. The NBC News app on my iPhone reminds me about the push notification about Jay Carney. I am surrounded by information, staying moderately informed, choosing what to care about. 300 Nigerian school girls. #yesallwomen. The comings and goings of industry's who's-who. The spending trends of the wealthy. Construction on the Lower East Side. Uncorrected proofs. Write Bloody tours. How many states have legalized marriage equality. I have seven news apps on my phone, and get three papers delivered to my desk every morning.  I am aligning myself worth with how informed I am instead of how often I do my laundry, unsure which is worse. At 25 years old, I have made a home for sighs in my mouth.

ALECIA: Lately, I've been trying to focus on finding the real "source" of news instead of relying on thinkpieces and op-eds to get me my information. I think it's really important that we access the original source before forming a response or an opinion on the subject's accuracy or moral righteousness based on one interpretation of his or her words or actions, especially in the "outrage blogging" culture that comprises the Internet at the moment. Next time you read a "thinkpiece" on the news—like any of the myriad excellent pieces that analyze the Elliot Rodger case—try to get yourself to the source of the information so that you can also create your own interpretations.


We've started archiving our past newsletters for your reading pleasure. 

Be sure to visit the archive of May's posts, neatly arranged in a digital "glossy" version.

Both can be found under the Archives tab at the top of the site.

Until next time, 
Jordan, Jen, Kay, Bee, & Alecia
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society
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