On Saturday it was a pleasure and privilege to host the Quaint Digital Launch Party, where a bunch of awesome people shared their work with us–both pieces published in Quaint, and pieces not–and we celebrated the HTML and PDF release of our fifth issue. In addition to being available in print, you can now also read Issue 5 totally for free on the internet, and even download it in PDF to carry with you wherever you go (for free, or by donation as you so choose).

The digital launch was a wonderful way to hear our contributors read in their own voices, and to hang out and get to know one another, all from the comfort of our own homes. It’s definitely a concept we want to explore again in the future, though for various reasons we might shirk TinyChat and explore other options. Despite technical difficulties and an unexpected guest, the launch was truly a wonderful experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

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Some of the crew hanging out and smiling like dorks. Beautiful, beautiful dorks.

Unfortunately, due to technical issues, three of our readers weren’t able to share their work with us. Never content to let an opportunity pass us by, we asked these tremendous folk if they’d do us the honor of recording their pieces to share with us–and they said yes! Hooray!

If you missed out on Saturday, at least you can enjoy this little soundbyte sampling of Quaint 5. First up, Jessie Janeshek reading her poem “The Blame and Shame of It“.

Jessie Janeshek’s first book of poems is Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). An Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Bethany College, she holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an MFA from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008). You can read more of her work at www.jessiejaneshek.net.

We were also fortunate enough to coax Tyrese Coleman into recording the first half of her essay, V-Day, also published in Issue 5 of Quaint.

Tyrese L. Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, and lawyer. She is also a Master’s student with the Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University. Her prose has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, [PANK], the Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @tylachelleco or on tumblr at tyresecoleman.tumblr.com.

Thanks so much for those of you who made it to the launch, and for those who continue to support Quaint by sharing your writing with us, pitching to the blog, reading for free, or buying issues. We love that we’re building such a strong, supportive community of writers! Stay awesome–you’re all beautiful.

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