New Staff Contributor and Advice Column

Paper Tape is pleased to welcome our new staff contributor, Matt Galletta.

You may remember Matt from “Still Warm from Satan” (August 2013) and “Flooding” (July 2014). He’s agreed to come back starting tomorrow with “If You Ask Me” a semi-regular advice column.

Have a question for Matt? E-mail

Matt Galletta lives in upstate New York with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in Paper Tape, Falling Star, Up the River, and the anthology A Six Pack of Stories: Short Stories To Read With a Beer in Hand. His poetry collection The Ship is Sinking was published by Epic Rites Press in 2014. Find him at


Editor’s Note: Things are changing over on our tumblr!

As you may know, we feature previously unpublished work exclusively at We made the decision to work this way not because we think that self-publishing is “bad” but because we believe that the loudest voices aren’t always the ones who have the most important things to say, that being tech savvy and comfortable with self-promotion shouldn’t be a requirement for publishing on the Internet, and having the time to sift through the firehose shouldn’t be a requirement for reading good essays and fiction.

Of course, there are many artists and writers who participate on sites like tumblr who are not the loudest voices or comfortable with self-promotion and who are not comfortable working with a traditional publishing model, either. Some of them are too busy making art and telling stories to bother submitting their work. Others are avid supporters of Creative Commons and resent the terms of traditional publishing.

We get it, and we want to support these creators, too.

Thanks to our new social media editor, Cai, we have started using our tumblr to share previously published work by artists and writers that is related to our theme. Work that is published on our tumblr will still be vetted by our staff, so you can expect the same level of quality that you find on

So, I hope you will check it out, and if you do, please take a minute to welcome Cai.

PS If you’re reading this on tumblr, this is the last time will repost to tumblr, so you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed or sign up to get new posts in your inbox.

Paper Tape’s New Staff Contributor

Paper Tape is pleased to welcome our new staff contributor, Elizabeth C. Creely.

You may remember Elizabeth from the essay we published in October (“Behold the Egg: Tarin Towers and the Making of Ritual“). Now she’s agreed to come back and write a monthly column for Paper Tape about noise/sound.

Elizabeth C. Creely received an MFA from San Francisco State University in 2005 and has been published in The New Hibernia Review, the Dogwood Journal, and The Mississippi Review. Her essays have also appeared in three anthologies: Manifest West: Eccentricities of Geography, New California Writing 2013, and Extended Family: Essays on Being Irish American from the New Hibernia Review. She blogs at Dinnshenchas and lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Check back in tomorrow for the first entry in her column.

Welcome aboard, Elizabeth!

Paper Tape’s New Staff Contributor

Back in June, we published an interview with Maya Lionne. In the interview, we discussed Maya’s novel-in-progress, There Are No Butterflies in Salem, a story about Tolya Serimanov, a teenager growing up in Salem, Oregon, and his transition from Tolya to Tanya Serra.

Since the interview, Maya has started working on The LaCroix Diaries, a collection of stories set in the Butterflies universe, and has agreed to serialize it for Paper Tape over the next year or so.

Maya is a genderqueer author and professor of writing, currently living in Portland, Oregon. Their work has appeared in The Pitkin Review Literary MagazinePaper Tape, and Soul’s Road: a Fiction Collection (although you might not know it was them.) They enjoy musty old books, giant robots, and model tanks.

Please welcome Maya and check back in tomorrow for the first installment of The Lacroix Diaries.

Paper Tape’s New Contributing Editor

Harmony Button, Contributing Editor

Harmony Button, Contributing Editor

Paper Tape is pleased to welcome our new contributing editor, Harmony Button.

Harmony joins us from Utah where she is English Department Chair of the Waterford School. She has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Web awards, and was awarded the Larry Levis Prize (Academy of American Poets). She attended Middlebury College and has an MFA from the University of Utah. Links to her work can be found at

For Paper Tape, she will be writing a monthly column and editing a new feature that will be open to submissions in December.

Check back in tomorrow for the first entry in her column.

Welcome aboard, Harmony!

Call for Submissions

Paper Tape is looking for art, stories, essays, interviews, and reviews to be published in early 2014.

The theme for this reading period is Epiphanies.

As always, we appreciate work that stretches the boundaries of our theme, so break out your etymology dictionary and get creative!

Deadline: November 30, 2013

For more information, see our guidelines.