Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground
edited by Dennis Cooper (Akashic Books)
From Dennis Cooper: "In the early '90s, I edited an anthology called Discontents that documented the amazing creativity of the young writers and artists involved in the then-exploding queer zine phenomenon. The book, now considered a classic, is currently being taught in numerous universities and features a number of new writers who have since gone on to be well-known and important figures: David Sedaris, Dale Peck, Dorothy Allison, Scott Heim, Eileen Myles, and others. With the advent of the Internet, the energy and talent that produced the zine movement gradually moved online, and that same vitality now fuels the similarly grassroots if higher-tech phenomenon of blogging, with individual blogs forming the early-21st-century equivalent of the zine. The blog has provided a new kind of forum for new writers to disseminate their work and form mutually interested and supportive communities outside the major publishing industry, whose conservatism and biases toward university-trained fiction writers is well-known.
Dennis Cooper is the editor of the imprint Little House on the Bowery/Akashic Books. He is author of eight novels, most recently God Jr.,/I. (Grove Press) and ,I.The Sluts,/I. (Carroll & Graf.) His novels have been translated into eighteen foreign languages. He has guest-edited sections of fiction and nonfiction for Bookforum, Nerve, the L.A. Weekly Literary Supplement, the Village Voice Literary Supplement, and other publications. He is a Contributing Editor of Artforum Magazine.