What are we?
For 10 months, we were a holding pattern. An ambitious
flight plan written by some conspiratorial creative types
holed up in a rusty old hangar.
Now, we're a quarterly online and print journal of fiction, poetry, essays, and art. The miscellany of storytellers far and wide.
Next summer, we'll roll into our first strafing run on the hardened bunkers of conventional narrative and form with the launch of our small press and our first book publications.
And skywriting. Oh, there's gonna be skywriting ....
what are we looking for?
We hold to a simple truth: Story matters. We look for work that's challenging without sacrificing plot, character or action. Stories that blur the line between genre and literature (a line we intend to carpet-bomb, in any event).
We're less interested in the melodramatic or experimental. If it fits the New Yorker, chances are it's not right for Six Three Whiskey. Our writers, poets and artists tend to hang out in saloons, not literary salons. Hell, odds are a couple of 'em live in saloons.
If we've piqued your interest, get flight plan updates by liking us on Facebook, sending us your work or joining us!
Limited Edition copies of Volume I, Issue 1 of Six Three Whiskey are SOLD OUT. We're offering a special, limited-time bonus on orders for our main run.
November 15 - Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! We're showing our gratitude for an incredible six months by putting together our Pushcart Prize nominees! Stay tuned for updates, and have a great holiday.
October 25 - We're excited to announce the addition of two new crew members! Rob Roman is a short story writer from L.A. who comes to us with a background in education and content creation. Steven John is a writer and humorist originally from Washington, DC, with one novel under his belt and another on the way in 2014. See their bios on our Flight Crew and Contact Page. Welcome aboard, Rob and Steve!
September 13 (Updated October 3) - Without a cent of advertising (okay, okay, except for $15 poorly deployed on a Facebook campaign) we have close to 250 pre-orders for Six Three Whiskey, Volume I, Issue 1! Keep spreading the word and thank you for your enthusiasm and support!
beautiful devices: Stories, poems, art
August 13, 2013 - THANK YOU!!! Six Three Whiskey's "pre-launch" party at 826LA was a huge success! We lost count around 75 people, and that didn't include the readers and staff. We'd also like to thank Beckman Vineyards and Ranchita Canyon in Santa Ynez, for providing a terrific wine flight. And of course thanks again to 826LA, and Executive Director Joel Arquillos. Pics of the event here!
July 25, 2013 - CONTACT! Six Three Whiskey is thrilled to announce our first launch party and evening of storytelling, co-sponsored by 826L.A. (part of McSweeny's non-profit arm) on August 8, 2013 at 8pm (doors at 7:30) in Mar Vista, CA (map). The 90-minute program features poetry, storytellers, art, and wine flights (of course) sponsored by Beckman Vineyards and Ranchita Canyon in Santa Ynez. The evening culminates with a public reading of William Faulkner's first published story, "Landing in Luck." The story appears in Six Three Whiskey, Issue 1, its first time in print for more than 50 years! Here's the Facebook invite.
Usually we commit the Beautiful Devices space to short films of an artistic bent (often involving airplanes).
This time, though, we're giving a sneak preview of some of the the extraordinary artwork you'll find in Issue 1! Today we feature work by L.A. artists Fernando Barragan and Jorge Bernal. They're part of a new generation of Chicano artists in the City of Angels.
Their work is at once firmly rooted in tradition and wildly inventive. They draw you in with stories and then keep you with extraordinary execution in detail, color and texture. Six Three Whiskey is excited (and very lucky) to be working with these artists!
Check out the Archived Beautiful Devices.