Corey Tazzara is one of the editors of Literary Laundry, a local literary journal that will be available soon in print. The current, second issue is now available online at literarylaundry.com.
When was it founded and for what purpose? It was founded about a year ago. We didn’t like the extent to which the MFA establishment has created a certain kind of regularizing effect on what gets published, and we wanted a journal that would be both professional and open to everybody of different backgrounds who like to write.
What are the long-term goals for the journal? One is to increase the readership of contemporary literature among the educated populace in general, beyond the New Yorker-type reader, especially for poetry and literary dramatic works. We were really interested in engaging with people who love literature but might be-off put by the bewildering amount of literature that’s out there today. Our goal is to bring back into dialogue experimental and intellectual literature with the experiential.
You seem to have a large staff for such a new organization. How does this function? It’s an all-volunteer organization. It’s very much a 21st-century operation, and while the founders all met at Stanford, we are not affiliated with the university. We live all over now, so we do a lot of Skype meetings.