Nickel and Dimed

"The best way to describe this issue," says Jake Adam York, editor of Copper Nickel, "is if you threw a rock into a body of water and watched those ripples move throughout. Where the rock hits is obviously the point of deliberation, and while everything else may seem a little weak, it is nevertheless akin to that."

For the symbolically challenged, the whole rock-water effect represents the eighth issue of Copper Nickel, the semi-annual journal of art and literature put out by the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center; the splash stands for post-Katrina photographs of New Orleans taken by UCDHSC students Theo Mullen and Clinton Sander, as well as essays and poems by a handful of New Orleans writers. And the ebbing ripples? That's everything else.

"Interestingly," adds York, "a lot of the other work has disaster themes and themes about not being able to be at home. There's a ligature that runs throughout."

Celebrate the release of Copper Nickel 8 — and the launch of Counterfeit Press, which will also release its first collaborative visual-literary book — tonight from 7 to 10 p.m. at Matter Studio, 2132 Market Street. For more information, visit
Fri., Sept. 28, 7-10 p.m., 2007

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Drew Bixby