The Pop Fic Review – Project Live on Kickstarter

Introducing the Pop Fic Review–a literary anthology that embraces and challenges the idea of popular fiction.

Pop Fic Review Cover Mock-up

Underwords is branching out a little from its status as a literary blog while simultaneously reaching back to its popular roots by publishing an anthology of literature, poetry, essays, and a play that all focus in some way on the theme of popular fiction–all of which are written by members of the Stonecoast MFA community, including faculty, alumni, and current students.

In order to kick off the anthology properly, we decided to post our project on Kickstarter to generate some pre-sales for the printed and the PDF editions of the Pop Fic Review, edited by Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood. As you know, publishing is a tricky business and we’ve been working our way through this anthology since last January when we opened submissions. Now, we’re nearing the final stages of the process, and it’s time to reach out to our friends for pre-sales and financial support in order to meet our production costs. We could also use your help spreading the word.

Please come take a look at the Pop Fic Review on Kickstarter and place your pre-sale book order now.  The anthology will be released in mid December 2011. Also, if you’re able to help spread the word and forward the Pop Fic Review‘s Kickstarter link to your friends and family, you would earn our eternal gratitude.

Thanks again for you support. The Pop Fic Review would not have been possible without the help and assistance of our friends and family.

If you haven’t heard of Kickstarter before, here is a quick blurb from their website:

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.

All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.

Each and every project is the independent creation of someone like you. Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They’re inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse. We hope you agree… Welcome to Kickstarter!

Thanks again from Erin, Hannah, the Pop Fic Review, and Underwords.

Visit the Pop Fic Review’s Kickstarter page.


  • Introduction, Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood
  • Painting the Air, James Patrick Kelly (fiction)*
  • Clockwork Companion, Elsa Colón (poem)
  • Call For Submissions, Matthew Quinn Martin and Libby Cudmore (fiction)*
  • Orbs, Jeff Kass (fiction)
  • Dragon’s Chalice, Michaela Roessner (poem)
  • Dinah, Matthew Quinn Martin (fiction)*
  • She Looks in a Mirror, Julia Gay (poem)
  • Child of the ’80s, Julie L. Martin (creative non fiction)
  • Listen, Elsa Colón (poem)
  • Siren, J M McDermott (fiction)
  • Hauling Them Home, Patricia Smith (poem)
  • Jockamo, Scott Wolven (fiction)*
  • Reruns, Jessica de Koninck (poem)
  • Family Secrets, Linda K. Sienkiewicz (fiction)*
  • Prepared, Sandra McDonald (fiction)
  • The Funhouse, Jessica de Koninck (poem)*
  • Acorns, Michael Kimball (play)
  • SOS Written on the Back of a Zombie, Paul Kirsch (fiction)*
  • In Security (Inanna Meets the TSA), AJ Luxton (poem)
  • Anarchy Becomes Electra, Ellen Neuborne (fiction)
  • Android Growth Process, AJ Luxton (poem)
  • Qin and Snake, Karen Bovenmyer (YA fiction)
  • Where’s Margaret?, Helen Peppe (personal essay)
  • The Exiles, Or Those Old English Vampires, Elsa Colón (poem)
  • Blood Gothic, Nancy Holder (fiction)*

*The Pop Fic Review includes original works as well as to pieces that have been previously published. Items noted with an asterisk (*) indicate that they have previously been published in other venues.

About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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