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The Continental Literary Magazine Launch Party
Chelsea Hotel
February 20, 2022

Photos by Sean Zanni/PMC





On Sunday, New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel - once a sanctuary for authors Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac - was the setting for launching a new quarterly, The Continental Literary Magazine. Underground burlesque, including sword swallowers, flame throwers, and naked human pin-cushions dawned sequins, feathers, and not little else, parading around to sounds of typewriters, with letters, books, and pens as props.

Anna Monoxide

The Continental brings together bylines by the finest writers of Central Europe (in translation) alongside the Americans best authors. The first issue of the magazine, themed Prejudice, features Roxane Gay (The Power of No: A Meditation on Boundaries and Black Womanhood), Noam Chomsky, Native American poet Lance Henson (Indians), Nigerian American Tope Folarin (Big Brother), and Judith Newman (I'm Here, I'm Disabled, Get Used To It). Copies of The Continental are on sale now at Barnes and Noble across the US! The second issue, entitled Crave, is due March 2022, and features an in depth interview with Marina Abramović (born in Serbia).

Heley Grace

Gin Minsky

Skye Ferrante and Lauren Ezersky

Editor in Chief, Sándor Jászberényi, flew in from Kiev where he’s been reporting on the Ukrainian conflict. He was joined by visiting editorial staff and contributing writers including Judith Newman, as well as guests Lauren Ezersky, the new Gossip Girl’s Emily Alyn Lind, Colette Lumiere, Steven M.L. Aronson, Michael Rips, George Wayne, Mark Clearview, Dean Dempsey, Elliott Brakebill, Kristina Allegra, and Anthony Hayden Guest. Entertainment by burlesque dancers Veronica Viper, Gin Minsky and Tansy, sideshow entertainers Anna Monoxide and Sage Sovereign, and atmospheric kink performers Haley Grace and Kim Kerotika.














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