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December 2022


Dear Reader,

And so, we arrive at 8. Four years in, and Lit Jo remains a beacon of dignity. Ha! But there is something to be said for longevity, for refusing to fold under the vagaries of life. To remain creative, even when it’s not convenient, profitable, or even pleasant. In fact, my most revered writers, musicians, and artists are those who have endured over the course of a lifetime, and continue to create, regardless of where the spotlight wanders. Bob Dylan is still touring for fantastic new songs. Patti Smith still blows my mind. David Bowie recorded and released Blackstar at 69, a few months before he left this dimension. It comes down to this: musicians must play, artists must paint, and writers must write. Anything less that this imperative, and you end up the forgotten member of a boy band, or designing bologna labels, or calling it quits after you self-publish your memoir (Oh, yes, I just said that. Quote me on it.)

Lit Jo occasionally tips its hat to these enduring artists, and Volume 8 continues the tradition. Tom Waits is prolifically creative, and has been since his twenties, as a musician and actor. The gravelly voice, the wildly unpredictable, profane and whimsical lyrics accompany a love affair with the piano that borders on infidelity to his wife. He is the kind of musician who has been playing for long enough that you remember whole decades of your life based off a particular album of his. The really good artists do this; they walk with you through your  life. His song, “Drunk on the Moon,” was released two years after I was born, on The Heart of Saturday Night. The lyrics had me at “And the moon’s a silver slipper / It’s pouring champagne stars / Broadway’s like a serpent / Pulling shiny top-down cars.” Volume 8 is thus titled “Moon Drunk,” in honor of the song and the singer, and also because there is a dreamlike, blurred quality to his music and the moon itself that also describes a kind of story I love to read.


I hope you will enjoy looking for both the moon and the surreal in this volume, which begins with James-Paul Brown’s beautiful artwork on the cover, and winds through a path of poetry, curated by Shelly Lowenkopf  (look for “It is Late and Dark and You’re No Lantern” by Amy McNamara), flash (“And She Lay There in the Moonlight” by Ted Chiles and “Blue Hour” by Chella Courington are favorites), and into short stories like “Destination Unknown” by Max Talley. Be sure to check out our Lyrics section, curated by Dennis Russell, as well as the world-famous “Down the Rabbit Hole” with DJ Palladino, featuring excerpts from his novel, Werewolf, Texas.

Silver Webb
The Editrix


Volume 8

Moon Drunk

December 2022

Le Menu 


Listening to the Moon    
      by Heather Bartos

It is Late and Dark and You’re No Lantern    
      by Amy McNamara

The Rabbit’s Foot    
by Stephen Dean Ingram

Under a New Moon

and Blue Hour

by Chella Courington

Destination Unknown

by Max Talley


And She Lay There in the Moonlight

by Ted Chiles

One Drop of Dew

by Lori Anaya



by Alexis Rhone Fancher



The Visiting Poet,

and Ishmael and me   
by Fritz Feltzer

Demon Nova

and Subliminal Radio Blues

by Christopher Chambers

   Snow Men

by Joe Ducato

November When Dark Comes Early

by Mary Elizabeth Birnbaum

Random Pieces Pilfered from Chapter 17, Last Chance Texaco by Rickie Lee Jones
      by Gary Carter

Cento: A Nation Divided

by Beth Copeland

Moon-Drunk Angel Mine

by Marco Etheridge

La Fille aux Cheveux du Lin

by Shelly Lowenkopf

The Moon

by Rebecca Troon

Relic of a Rose

by Jen Hajj and Laura Hemenway

Melancholy Tattoo

by Steve Werner

That’s What The Whiskey is For

by Tom Prosada-Rao


by Cate Graves, Bob Rea, & Ben Rea

Four Walls and a Murphy Bed

by Dennis Russell

The Night I Met George Jones

by Marty Axelrod

Gasoline & Liquor

by Natalie D-Napoleon & Brett Leigh Dicks

Trouble In a Bottle

by Britta Lee Shain

The Party Goes On

by James Houlahan

 Down the Rabbit Hole

Werewolves on the Mesa:

An Interview With DJ Palladino

by Silver Webb

Werewolf, Texas, Prologue

and Werewolf, Texas, Chapter 3

by DJ Palladino

“The Kiss” and “Piano Player, 1996” 
     by James-Paul Brown

"The Influencer,"

"Front Page,"

and "Untiltled"

by Laura Hemenway

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