Better late than never.  Originally scheduled for a late September release, KNOCKOUT #1, is NOW ON NEWSSTANDS!  We printed 1000 copies.  The first issue, all poetry, includes work by a number of well-known writers, including Marvin Bell, Thomas Lux, Todd Boss, Aaron Smith, Carl Phillips, Carol Guess, Larissa Szporluk, Laurie Blauner, Lynn Levin, Timothy Liu, Jonathan Williams, Thomas Meyer, Jim Elledge, Christopher Hennessy, Ronald H. Bayes, CAConrad, Gerard Wozek, Jeff Mann,  Michael Montlack, Jeffery Beam, Robert Bly, Ger Killeen,  Denver Butson, Dan Pinkerton, Charles Jensen, Brent Goodman, Theodore Enslin, Alberto Rios, David Mason, Billy Collins, Mabel Yu, Kim Lambright and Joseph Massey, among others.

Issues #2 and 3 are already in the works, so far, we've got the following lined up:

Willis Barnstone, James Bertolino, Erin M. Bertram, Todd Boss, Elizabeth Bradfield, Denver Butson, Elizabeth J. Colen, Luis Cremades, Denise Duhamel, Kelly Madigan Erlandson, Blas Falconer, Sarah Rairden Flynn, RJ Gibson, Jessica Halliday, Christopher Howell, Louis Jenkins, Melissa Kwasny, Rika Lesser, Molli Liedel, Jessica Moll, Kristine Ong Muslim, Kathryn Nuernberger, Stephen O'Connor, Shira Richman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Elisabeth Rynell, Michael J. Rosen, Lawrence Schimel, Reginald Shepherd, Edward Snow, Göran Sonnevi, Stacey Waite, Nathan Whiting, Joe Wilkins, Ruth Williams, Nance Van Winckel, Robert Wrigley, Tim Nolan, Rose Melia, and Maya Jewell Zeller.

We’re happy to announce that KNOCKOUT has made its first cash donation to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities for those in war-torn Southern Sudan. Currently, the project is at work on a school and other facilities for the local residents, and KNOCKOUT is proud to assist this effort with a donation of nearly $700.  In case you don’t know, we’re donating half of the money we receive from our first issue to the Foundation.  This is only our first donation, and the amount of our future donations depends on how many more copies of #1 we sell.

In case you don’t know about KO, our first issue contains fine work by many wonderful established and up-and-coming writers, including Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, Todd Boss, Billy Collins, Thomas Lux, Mabel Yu, Denver Butson, Larissa Szporluk, and many, many others. In addition we have a limited number of signed issues of #1. Marvin Bell was kind enough to sign a number of issues for us, as was Robert Bly.

So please buy an issue; it’ll help Sudan and it’ll help make our next issue possible.  Check us out at http://www.knockoutlit.org.