The Play

Conduit is a biannual literary journal that is at once direct, playful, inventive, irreverent, and darkly beautiful. Despite common sense and the laws of economics, Conduit has been thwarting good taste, progress, and consensus for over twenty years. Conduit publishes distinctive voices of literary merit—experimental to accessible, established to emerging—in snazzy volumes, featuring work that demonstrates originality, intelligence, courage, and humanity. Conduit champions a fresh mix of writers. If that isn't enough, Conduit reaches beyond the literary by interviewing astronomers, ethno-botanists, artists, graphic artists, and historians, et cetera, believing a vigorous imagination is one that is cross-pollinated by diverse areas of human inquiry.

The Plot

Why an online edition? Primarily, this website is intended to complement and promote the print version and all the writers and artists therein. Although Conduit is now available in bookstores nationwide, it still is not widely distributed. In a perfect world, Conduit would be sold at the supermarket. Hopefully this site will make Conduit that much more accessible here and abroad. This website will also contain new content whose character will evolve in irregular intervals as we see fit and will most certainly include works that cannot be accommodated by the print edition.

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THE CAST: Headshots

Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief

William D. Waltz

William D. Waltz is the kindly czar of *Conduit* and an immigrant from Ohio. He collects canned meats, arrowheads, and fallen stars.


Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor

Brett Astor

Joined forces with Waltz on issue #2. She has served the central role of Rasputin ever since. She left New York for real adventure and found it.

Art Director

Art Director

Randall Heath

Parlayed a gig as Associate Arts Editor into Art Directorship in one issue. Randall likes nice shirts, hot burritos, carnivorous plants, and San Francisco too.

Associate Editor

Associate Editor

Steven Lee Beeber

The Jew-punk of Jamaica Plain, is a Southern gentleman at heart and the new guy, eager to please. He interviews, he writes, he pogos, he cuts hair.

Associate Editor

Associate Editor

William Stobb

The mayor of La Crosse and a part-time riverboat captain, William can often be found along the banks of the Mississippi skipping stones.

Assistant Editor

Assistant Editor

Mary Stein

Rides her bicycle during Polar Vortexes for fun. Mary writes fiction in Minneapolis, teaches poetry in prison, and drinks whiskey in pajamas.

 

Illustrious Hall of Fame

 
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Zoe Anderson

For a few short years, Ms. Anderson, our one and only Web Mistress, made our website go. If it weren’t for Zoe, our first website wouldn’t have been as beautiful, as innovative, or as playful as it was. Heck, it wouldn’t have been at all. Nowadays she writes about food and designs websites and fanciful underwear in Portland. Check her out.

 

Scott Bruno

Before he was king of the bees in the Queen City, Mr. Bruno held the lofty position of Art Director at Conduit. Scott contributed to the cause from the very beginning by designing our logo. He blew more than a few minds with his beautiful designs on the page and on the website for ten issues (6-15). Lucky for us all, he’s still at it. Check him out.