Trachodon Magazine

Trachodon Magazine Trachodon (TRACK-oh-don): A dinosaur of a little magazine.
Trachodon is a journal of lit, art, and culture published twice yearly. Founded by John Walker, and edited by John and Katey Schultz, Trachodon is published twice annually.

Trachodon Publishing LLC was founded in 2010 in order better to serve readers and writers.

Mission: To print the best of contemporary lit, art, and nonfiction about artisan culture in a small, handsomely designed journal, with a nod toward the “little” magazines of nearly a century ago; to stand behind our publication and our contributors by constantly seeking to increase readership; to present the stories that need telling—in ink, on paper—because they’re worth it.

02/28/2013
Joshua Mohr Workshop: Using Character to Drive Plot | Oregon Writers Colony

Portland-area friends: Joshua Mohr will be teaching an afternoon workshop at the Writers' Dojo for Oregon Writer's Colony. Only 55 bucks for all this brilliance!

The best plots aren’t controlled by an authorial presence. Plot springs from the characters themselves. The writer masterminds all of these things, but the more we program ourselves to think of it in this way—that our protagonists are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses from our own—th...

02/11/2013
Joshua Mohr Workshop: Using Character to Drive Plot | Oregon Writers Colony

Joshua Mohr is visiting Portland in March, and will be teaching a workshop at the Writers' Dojo, sponsored by Oregon Writers Colony. Will there be singing? Will there be fighting? Register soon to find out!

The best plots aren’t controlled by an authorial presence. Plot springs from the characters themselves. The writer masterminds all of these things, but the more we program ourselves to think of it in this way—that our protagonists are sovereign beings with independent consciousnesses from our own—th...

12/01/2012
"Bite" by Katey Schultz

BITE: An Anthology of Flash Fiction, goes on sale to the public today! Featuring work by Tom Hazuka, Bruce Holland Rogers, Sherrie Flick, and many more talented writers who have appeared on Cheek Teeth. Use the code QVHHQGHT at our e-store for 25% off!

From a ride in the car with grandpa, to a lover confessing he is from Mars, the stories in BITE zero in on the intimate, often overlooked moments of life that have the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. In these very brief stories, emerging authors such as Lesley Alicia Tye, and...

Cam's Scott's departing words: "I’ve been pondering lately if it is better to teach young crafty minds: ankle dragging, ...
10/17/2012
Cheek Teeth: And So It Goes...

Cam's Scott's departing words: "I’ve been pondering lately if it is better to teach young crafty minds: ankle dragging, hormone spiking, heel dug knuckle bumping minds. Or to sit by a pond watching ducks and philosophizing about life in the form of a poem? When it comes down to it, I don’t need duck ponds. But I do need to teach and write..." (read more)

Columnist Cam Scott is at it again: "Maybe poetry is doing the same thing where you live, or maybe not. Maybe it only co...
09/19/2012
Cheek Teeth: Poetry Density in the United States, Woot Woot!

Columnist Cam Scott is at it again: "Maybe poetry is doing the same thing where you live, or maybe not. Maybe it only comes out at night. Or wears rolled up hipster pant cuffs. Or sits cloistered on the doily of the little old lady who lives down the lane. But more than likely poetry is rawring like the Tawny Scrawny Lion. Making itself heard..." (read more)

New Review online: Jeannette Winterson’s new memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? does not seriously consider t...
09/12/2012
Cheek Teeth: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

New Review online: Jeannette Winterson’s new memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? does not seriously consider the question asked by its title. There is no "normal," and happiness, as Winterson puts it, is "fleeting, dependent on circumstances, and a bit bovine...(read more by our columnist Ester Bloom)

Feel the end of summer, feel the pulse of poetry. New writing from Cam Scott: "Take a poem, and replace every single wor...
08/15/2012
Cheek Teeth: Negative Capability and Inversions

Feel the end of summer, feel the pulse of poetry. New writing from Cam Scott: "Take a poem, and replace every single word in it with its opposite and see what you get. What you might get is a poem with a lot of negative capability, that sits like a stone in a sling, and can bring down giants. And that is sometimes, what a poet needs. To slay, without remorse, that which has crept up silently in the lush forests of intuition..." (read more)

Columnist Mary Emerick on the hard stuff: "Birth, school, a few highlights, survivors. In those few words, you have to s...
06/27/2012
Cheek Teeth: Obituaries: The Hardest Thing to Write

Columnist Mary Emerick on the hard stuff: "Birth, school, a few highlights, survivors. In those few words, you have to somehow tell it all, the entire sixty years of someone’s life, condensed to a few paragraphs. As in flash, each word must count..." (read more)

Cam Scott at it again: "Yesterday I guided a Pro-Bowl NFL’er on a fly-fishing trip...This time of year, I'm a guide and ...
06/23/2012
Cheek Teeth: When Guiding A Certain NFL Pro-Bowler...

Cam Scott at it again: "Yesterday I guided a Pro-Bowl NFL’er on a fly-fishing trip...This time of year, I'm a guide and all of life’s easier things are put on the back burner while I try to save enough money in order to say I’m a poet the other the eight months of the year..." (read the full story)

Nicol Stavlas asks the hard questions about community art and censorship in part 1 of her graffiti essay: "I remember th...
06/13/2012
Cheek Teeth: What Art Means When It's Gone (Part 1)

Nicol Stavlas asks the hard questions about community art and censorship in part 1 of her graffiti essay: "I remember the day I found geese stenciled on the bridge. Then a tree, a poem, a hand. Then cut silhouettes of bodies, icons and images, politics and dreams. Stencils mapped over stencils, a conversation. In the evenings, on my way home, I would pause on the Third Street Bridge, above the rush of traffic, struck always by the gift of this hidden gallery..." (read more)

We need ONE MORE flash fiction story to round out 2012. Will it be yours? Send us your flashiest flash, your zip-lightni...
06/11/2012
Trachodon Submission Manager

We need ONE MORE flash fiction story to round out 2012. Will it be yours? Send us your flashiest flash, your zip-lightning prose, your wham-bam words...

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Our book reviews are back! Ester Bloom writes, "Maybe the most important thing Mantel's continued success will do is con...
06/09/2012
Cheek Teeth: Review of Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Our book reviews are back! Ester Bloom writes, "Maybe the most important thing Mantel's continued success will do is continue blasting away at traditional notions of genre until all well-written books are taken seriously, regardless of whether the stories they tell involve wizards, detectives, or Tudors..." (read more)

Guest blogger Beth Bigler on revision: "We can always save those great lines for later! Theodore Roethke was notorious f...
06/06/2012
Cheek Teeth: Redefining Revision

Guest blogger Beth Bigler on revision: "We can always save those great lines for later! Theodore Roethke was notorious for this. His phrase, 'a sidelong pickerel smile' was written in 1938 and nested in several poems before it landed in "Elegy for Jane" in 1950." (read more)

05/30/2012
Cheek Teeth: Submissions Utopia: A Thought Experiment

Publisher John Carr Walker argues for literary community: "To writers, I’m saying: be smarter about your submissions. Get to know the publications first, and think about them not as notches on your CV, or as stair-steps toward literary stardom, but as a community you’re applying for admission to..." (read full article)

"Now eight-year-old use iPads. No typing class for them, no quick brown foxes jumping over lazy dogs. I’m like one of th...
05/26/2012
Cheek Teeth: Typewriter Dreams

"Now eight-year-old use iPads. No typing class for them, no quick brown foxes jumping over lazy dogs. I’m like one of those old-timers sitting on the porch of the general store, telling all the young writers that they don’t know real adversity..." (read more)

Columnist Cam Scott says it all: "...I may never end up with a book of published poems. Which in the grand scheme of thi...
05/23/2012
Cheek Teeth: Beats, Bards, and Barbarians: It's a Group Thing

Columnist Cam Scott says it all: "...I may never end up with a book of published poems. Which in the grand scheme of things is alright. Like your grandma just died and it is alright. A better kind of place alright. The book pie in the sky place. The Bookie-Wookie-Chelsea-Handler crowd isn’t here kind of place. Writing, and in particular writing poetry, is often that thing that pushes me to be a better person..." (read more)

Damon McLaughlin is at it again, and oh, do we love it: "If you think Poetry is a place, then I confess—there is an old,...
05/19/2012
Cheek Teeth: Poetry, U.S.A.

Damon McLaughlin is at it again, and oh, do we love it: "If you think Poetry is a place, then I confess—there is an old, shot-gunned sign for Poetry near River Road on route 77 just north of Mammoth. Turn left at the saguaro with two broken arms. For the rest of us? Break out your hammer and awl, your mortar and pestle, your mango-juice and peppered-fat poems..." (read more)

"Of course, when we yearn for the old days of things made by hand, we do not picture underage workers lined up alongside...
05/13/2012
Cheek Teeth: Artisan Culture: Made By Hand

"Of course, when we yearn for the old days of things made by hand, we do not picture underage workers lined up alongside conveyor belts..." (read more from our columnist Ester Bloom)

FLASH FICTION! Send us your best, we'll respond within 4 weeks. All submissions also considered for our print anthology,...
05/09/2012
Cheek Teeth: Flash Fiction Call for Submissions

FLASH FICTION! Send us your best, we'll respond within 4 weeks. All submissions also considered for our print anthology, forthcoming Fall 2012. Share the link with fellow flashers and spread the word!

What do ghost ships, memoir writing, & Japan's tsunami have in common? Columnist Mary Emerick offers her two cents (read...
04/28/2012
Cheek Teeth: Ghost Ships

What do ghost ships, memoir writing, & Japan's tsunami have in common? Columnist Mary Emerick offers her two cents (read more).

Today on Cheek Teeth, a reprint of the editor's note from Issue 4, plus links and coupons to buy the print edition of ou...
04/22/2012
Cheek Teeth

Today on Cheek Teeth, a reprint of the editor's note from Issue 4, plus links and coupons to buy the print edition of our dinosaur of a little magazine.

When asked which of her characters she would most like to become, artist Kreh Mellick replied, "I would be the woodcutte...
04/18/2012
Cheek Teeth: Short and Sweet with Artist Kreh Mellick

When asked which of her characters she would most like to become, artist Kreh Mellick replied, "I would be the woodcutter’s sweetheart and bake him pies and tell him stories when he returned home from work. Or I would be the hiker and walk along that fat coast up and down. Humming." Read more, laugh more--it gets even better...

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