Jason Schenheit & I started Gesture when we were both in the MFA program at San Francisco State University, back in 2012. I had wanted to start an online literary magazine, & he had recently started a small press with its own website. He said we should just join forces, so we started releasing Gesture issues through thegorillapress.com. Gorilla Press also started to have readings & make chapbooks (hand-stitched, etc, with the help of Daniel Suarez). We even put together some original video collages of our escapades around the city.
Then I moved from San Francisco in 2013, so Gesture slowed down some. Now I live in Los Angeles & Jason lives in Minnesota. We have released only two issues since our geographical split. He contacted me last year though & said we should release a print issue. I thought that was a great idea, so here it is, full of pieces I love from writers & artists I love. There’s even an interview with one of my favorite storytellers, Scott McClanahan, with an accompanying chapter from his new book, The Sarah Book.
As the site states, we look for writing that makes us potentially cry & laugh at the same time. Hopefully each of these pieces will have at least one of those impacts on you.
Bringing artists and writers together in harmony has been the constant and will continue on these pages as well. Today we are starting a pre-sale for what we want to create a full release IRL. Each copy will be discounted ($10) from the sale price ($12), and will be mailed out upon the books being printed, along with some extra gifts like past hand bound issues, stickers, and our unwavering love. Each dollar earned will help make copies and be used to help make future gesture’s in full print. Without the fans and readership of gesture we wouldn’t even be at the point and we want to thank you for all your support given thus far, so amazing.
Matt Sherling and Jason Schenheit
::: Upcoming writers and artists in the full release issue will be :::
lydia davis michael heald edward mullany
guillaume morissette adam robinson chuck young
daniel daws jeremy hight oliver mol scott mcclanahan
DAN DEMARSE SERJ KIRCHANO
MICHAEL SEYMOUR BLAKE MIA WYATT
mike young kimmy walters jamie j mortara
leah clancy oscar bruno d’artois james ganas
manuel arturo abreu theron jacobs daniel bailey
stephanie m barber rachel bell justin etc
ben noel jakob maier zachary cosby
sb stokes evan leed carabella sands