Issue 3

April 1, 2008

Happy spring, Muscovites and Pullmantarians and other Palousovics!  And to everyone else, a lukewarm nod.  It’s snowing. 

To celebrate global warming, Gumption Issue 3 was released in early January.  Gumptioneers hopped trains to the frontier hot-spot of Palouse, Washington to celebrate Charlie Sutton’s CD release at the new location of the Green Frog Cafe, which is just down the street from their old location, but bigger, and now with beer.

Gumption is currently available at the Moscow Food Co-op for five increasingly-irrelevant dollars (hey, have ya seen the new five dollar bills?  They’s got pinkpurple fives on ’em!!)  Contents include a fantastic and important story about the reality of life in Haiti by the wonderful Nancy Casey, who spends large chunks of time every year in that impoverished, preyed-upon land; poems by Maria Theresa Maggi, April HeydeJessica Lynch Alfaro, Christopher Rowland, Clark Karoses, James Yeary, Charles Hood, Charles Dickey, and Chris Wall, among others; articles by Clark Karoses, Charles Dagwood, and Amit Sharma; an account of impositions and violations at the border by Sean P. McCoy; surreal, lovely, ultra-hip artwork by Amelia Jurkowska, and artwork and photographs by many other artists and writers!

Gasp.  Deep breath.

All this and more for a mere five imploding dollars!  Money well spent in these interesting times, my friend.


It’s May, it’s almost not May anymore.  Soon it will be June–soon the year will be over!!  Holy Mother of Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!

Well whatever.  Gumption Issue 2 is out.  It’s actually sold out, I believe.  No worries!  We will make more.  Yes indeed.  Gumption has hooked up with Fugitive Press and will be re-issuing the Spring Issue (aka Issue 2, aka Vol. 1 Number 2, aka in some circles… um, nevermind) sometime in the near future.  Meanwhile, we’ll put some hardy, heart-warming samples of wholesome Gumption soup up here on this blizzog.  Aw Yeeeahhh.

The first print issue of Gumption has been kickin’ it for the past two and a half months around the streets of Moscow, Idaho.  A couple of poems and essays were also spotted wandering around Pullman, Washington.  Whispers abound about the release of Issue 2 sometime in April. 

A number of people with Gumption have been speaking their crafty prose, poetic minds, and exercising musical muscle in a series of open mics around Moscow.  The word on the street is that when Issue 2 is born it will be held up to the sun in a ceremony of spoken word and perhaps song at One World Cafe.  We may also rouse our rabbly voices and raise some linguistic fervor at Pullman’s Cafe Moro in April.

We should let those who don’t know know that Gumption is a magazine for people who can read.  If you can’t read, there are some pictures, but then you probably won’t be able to know that because you won’t be able to read this.  Unless of course someone is reading it for you.  Gumption does not mean to make light of illiteracy.  Please come to one of our readings and hear or actively participate in the power of words.

Issue 1 is available at Bookpeople in Moscow as well as the Moscow Food Co-op.  You could also buy directly from the source (some people feel it’s more pure that way).  Leave a comment if you are interested and someone will arrange to hook you up.

The deadline for submitting stuff to Issue 2 has, alas, passed.  Never fear!  Issue 3 will have a totally different deadline sometime in the future.  Stay tuned to this webpage for important updates direct from the source.