Sensitive Skin Number 8, on sale at Amazon now!

William S. Burroughs with Shotgun, by Ruby Ray, cover of Sensitive Skin Number 8

Our new issue, Number 8, features a rare interview with William S. Burroughs, by Allen Ginsberg, from the early 90s, with previously unpublished photographs of Burroughs by Ruby Ray, as well as her photos from the original SF punk scene, including shots of X, The Dead Kennedys, and Sid Vicious.

We’re also proud to present writing by:

  • Mike Hudson, founder and lead singer of seminal seventies punk rock band The Pagans;.
  • James Greer, author of the novels Artificial Light, The Failure and the non-fiction book Guided By Voices: A Brief History, a biography of a band for which he played bass guitar;
  • Thaddeus Rutkowski, the author of the innovative novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse;
  • Karen Lillis (aka Karen the Small Press Librarian), author of Watch the Doors as They Close;
  • Chavisa Woods, whose debut collection of short stories, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind was a Lambda Literary Award finalist;
  • Jim Feast, a founding member of the Unbearables writers group;
  • Rob Hardin, author of Distorture, winner of the Firecracker Award;
  • and Mark McCawley, editor of the Canadian litzine Urban Graffiti.
  • Todd Colby, who has published four books of poetry: Ripsnort, Cush, Riot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Writings, and Tremble & Shine, all by Soft Skull Press. Colby has been broadcast nationally on PBS, MTV and NPR for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.

Plus music from:

  • contemporary jazz combo The New Monsters, featuring Steve Horowitz, Dan Plonsey, Scott Looney, Steve Adams and Jim Bove.

And a comic from:

  • James Romberger, the artist for the critically acclaimed Seven Miles A Second, in collaboration with David Wojnarowicz. We're proud to present a brand-new 2-page color comic, They, written and drawn by James.

And artwork from:

  • Tom McGlynn, whose work is represented the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
  • Justine Frischmann, former front woman and guitarist for iconic ’90s brit-pop band Elastica.

With more from Ray Jicha, Su Byron, Jennifer Adams, David West, Les Bridges, Chris Bava, Jeff Spirer, Charlie Homo, Cédric Monot, Kym Ghee, Ted Barron and Marcin Owczarek.

A brief history

Sensitive Skin magazine began as a print venture from New York’s Lower East Side in the 1990s, and published such literary luminaries as Richard Hell, Jack Micheline, Penny Arcade, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, Patrick McGrath, Bob Holman, Maggie Estep, Emily XYZ, Herbert Huncke and Joel Rose, with art by Andres Serrano, Ari Marcopolis, Andrew Castrucci and James Romberger, to name but a few….

Sensitive Skin was reborn in the summer of 2010, and has already presented work by such esteemed artists as Justine Frischmann (Elastica), Craig Clevenger (The Contortionist’s Handbook), Darius James (Negrophobia), Stewart Home (Pure Mania), Michael A. Gonzales (Vibe magazine regular), Drew Hubner (American By Blood), Jonathan Shaw (Narcissa), Melissa Febos (Whip Smart), Max Blagg (Bald Ego), Patricia Eakins (The Hungry Girls), Díre McCain (publisher, Paraphilia magazine), Rob Roberge (Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life), Kurt Wolf (Pussy Galore), Erika Schickel (You’re Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom), John S. Hall (King Missile), Kevin Rafferty (Atomic Café), and downtown NYC avant-garde music legend Elliott Sharp.


Sensitive Skin Books
Full Color on White Paper | 8.5" x 11" | 118 pgs. | ISBN-13: 978-0983927150 | ISBN-10: 0983927154 | List: $24.95 | April 29 2012
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