In the August issue of Oxford American, there’s an excerpt from the unpublished memoir of Harold Hayes, the legendary former editor of Esquire. Hayes says a lot about magazine publishing, but one particular idea really got into our heads over here at Brawler: A magazine (or whatever the hell we are) should strive to have a group of particular writers associated with their publication. These writers should be chosen because they represent some part of the aesthetic, or ideology of the publication itself.
Brooks Rexroat and Chris Austin are two writers whose work has already appeared on Brawler, and we’re thrilled to have them back. We feel that these writers touch on some part of the Midwestern mentality that Brawler strives to represent. In this way, we are members of the Harold Hayes school of publishing.
Monica Thomas is a poet from Milwaukee that we’ve been reading for awhile, and we’re overjoyed that she finally decided to submit to Brawler. Welcome to the stable of writers, Monica. Let that be an encouragement to all you writers and poets out there in the Midwest and wider world. We are always looking for material.
As always, more Mousely. will be up shortly.