Metazen is an online literary magazine that publishes a story or a few poems Monday through Friday.
If you love metafiction (and presumably if you’re reading this, you do), be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed for a daily dose of meta. Many of the stories and poems are fairly short, so you can read them on your commute (as long as you’re not driving), or when you’re standing in line at the food store, or when your work e-mail is taking forever and a day to load (like mine always does).
I feel in love with this ezine the minute I read the following words from the “How Metazen Works” page: “metazen does not believe in non-fiction, both in a literary sense and an existential sense.”
As a journalist and as a creative nonfiction writer, I believe that statement is true on many levels. And that is one reason why my hybrid/metafictional travel memoir contains so much fiction. To say it another way, memory is a slippery eel. What I remember, you may not remember. But what’s more, the words we choose shape the reality we create on the page, and there’s no way to avoid that.
I do believe in nonfiction in a literary sense, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in Metazen.
My new literary goal is to get a story published on Metzen. I’ve already got one in mind…