Interview With Crab Fat Literary Magazine

Caseyrenée Lopez PictureAuthorsCaseyrenée Lopez and Ella Ann Weaver

How did you come up with the idea for Crab Fat Literary Magazine? What adjective would you use to describe your journal?

Caseyrenée: I was bored and wanted to put my degree to work. I’d beenElla Ann Weaver Picture out of college for over a year and was struggling to find a community. I wanted to give something back to underrepresented writers, and make my own work experience since no one would hire me. So really, the reasons were both selfless and selfish—but to those that know me personally, that is an accurate description of my personality.

In one word, I would describe Crab Fat as unexpected. I truly didn’t think that Crab Fat would take off in the way that it has.


What sort of qualities do you look for in a manuscript or piece of work that you are considering for publication? Also, what are some pet peeve or things that turn you off when receiving a submission?

Caseyrenée: Originality. Polished work. Emotive. Cool/weird language and approach. Queer—in all senses.

Ella Ann: As the fiction editor, I like prose that flow well and uses language in innovative ways. I love queerlit—that is a hallmark of Crab Fat. Like Caseyrenée, I also love reading prose in the second person—a lot of magazines seem to shy away from this POV, but we embrace it.

Caseyrenée and Ella Ann: Turn offs—not following submission guidelines, and anything that is hateful, homophobic, transphobic, or misogynistic. Copy/paste of text into emails, which goes back to not following guidelines.


Who are some of your favorite writers?

Caseyrenée: Anne Rice, Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Paine, Thomas Morton, Shirley Jackson, Charles Bukowski, Richard Dawkins—I could go on and on…

Ella Ann: Anne Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, Joan Didion, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sarah Dessen


What pieces of advice do you have for writers submitting to Crab Fat Literary Magazine?

Caseyrenée: READ THE GUIDELINES! Also, reading through an issue wouldn’t hurt either. Be familiar with the publication before sending off work all willy-nilly.

Ella Ann: Be authentic, we can tell when you’re not yourself. Don’t try to be someone else in your work, and as Caseyrenée said: READ THE GUIDELINES.


What exciting things are happening at Crab Fat Literary Magazine for 2015?

Caseyrenée: Crab Fat has welcomed Ella Ann as our new fiction editor. We’re also planning for a print “best of” anthology in the summer after issue 4 comes out—we’re so stoked to have something in print that showcases what Crab Fat is after, read: weird.

Ella Ann: I’m just stoked to be a part of Crab Fat, really. But no, seriously, we want to start accepting interviews with writers and artists, and I will be curating these, so that’s another thing I’m stoked about. I am also considering the possibilities with video submissions and spoken word pieces.