“Chthonic Cinema” by Gregory Rapp (September Web Feature)

I know you’re busy with studying and jerkin’ off to the stuff you found on 4Chan, but I’ve got somethin’ for you, bro. It’s a real sweet place few people know about. I’m tellin’ you because you’re a friend. That’s what friends’re for. You interested? Of course you are, so hear me out.

It’s about the closest thing to entertainment in this little town on the Llano Estacado. I heard about it from a guy I know. He was in my British lit class I took last summer. The guy wasn’t much of a reader, but he knew a thing or two about film. He’s a film major—I guess that explains things. Put a camera in his hand and watch ‘im make goddamn magic.

Anyways, it’s the talk of the campus but only a few people know where it’s located. True cinephiles know that it’s located in the basement of the Rough Rider Student Success Center (formerly the Rough Rider Library). Don’t believe me? Fine. But I’ve seen it. How would you know? You’re too busy jerkin’ off. It’s a goddamn beaut, man.

The person who runs the place is a forty-something grad student who refuses to graduate before she comes up with a unifying, all-encompassing theory of film. Ain’t that shit crazy? Anyways, she calls it the Chthonic Cinema. No one else calls it that. I don’t think half of the people on campus can say, “Chthonic.” Apparently the “Ch” is silent. Who knew? Everyone I know calls it the Basement Theater, the Underground Cinema, or the Place. Call it what you like. It doesn’t really matter to me—or to anyone, for that matter.

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ENMU Writers’ Retreat 2015 (Portugal)

ENMU Writers’ Retreat and DISQUIET International are pleased to announce this year’s Lisbon writing workshops. They will take place June 28 to July 10, 2015. Please join us and many of the finest North American and Portuguese writers in Portugal this summer.

2015 Faculty include Mary Gaitskill, Eileen Myles, Sally Ashton, Elaine Avila, Jordan Bass (executive editor, McSweeney’s), David Caplan, Alexander Chee, Erica Dawson, Arthur Flowers, John Frey, Noy Holland, Mikhail Iossel, Leslie Jamison, Cyriaco Lopes, Catherine Tice (associate publisher, The New York Review of Books), Stephanie Timm, Terri Witek. Portuguese writers include Teolinda Gersão, José Luís Peixoto, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Patrícia Portela, Patrícia Reis, Gonçalo M. Tavares, and many more TBA.

THE PROGRAM

The 2015 program will include core workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir & nonfiction, and playwriting, with afternoon workshops on a variety of subjects, including experimental poetry and Portuguese culture. There will also be literary walks, day trips, craft talks with leading editors, manuscript consultations, and readings with North American and Portuguese writers, in one of the world’s most unforgettable cities.

DISQUIET is currently accepting program applications. Apply now to secure your spot for 2015.


For more information on the program and how to apply, see our website at http://www.disquietinternational.org or contact disquietinternational@gmail.com for a spot on our mailing list.

Or you can go to http://www.enmuwritersretreat.com.

SCHOLARSHIP

Ruidoso Casino and Racetrack is offering a $500 stipend to an ENMU Writers’ Retreat applicant. Please send ten pages of prose or three poems to stefan.kiesbye@enmu.edu to qualify. Deadline is April 15, 2015.

ENMU Writers’ Retreat (Lisboa, Portugal)

To all those who’d like to attend our Writers’ Retreat in Lisbon, Portugal. Starting now, we’ll be accepting submissions for the Ruidoso Casino and Racetrack stipend in the amount of $500. Please send ten pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction), or three poems to ENMU Writers’ Retreat, Station 19, 1500 S. Ave K, Portales, NM 88130. The deadline is April 15, 2015. All applicants to the retreat qualify.