Monday Night began in 2001 as a self-published zine created and edited by a writing group that met every Monday night in Oakland, CA. In its twenty-year history, it published over 250 new and emerging artists in a limited-run journal that ultimately moved entirely online. All works published on the website and some selections from the print issues are still available on the Monday Night archive.
The editorial and production team included:
jessica wickens (editor-in-chief) is a founding member of Monday Night and a poet whose work appeared in many online and offline spaces. For the past thirteen years, she has generated correspondence poetics with Della Watson including co-authoring the collection Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow & Benjamin Letters from Mission Cleaners Books. Her chapbook Things That Trust Us was published by Beard of Bees. She studied at the University of Chicago and California College of the Arts and is currently based in Richmond, CA.
sharon mcgill (design & production), is also a founding member of Monday Night. Her fiction and book reviews have appeared in Opium, New Letters, Harpur Palate and numerous other venues. She lives, writes, draws, and designs in Washington, DC, and her website is sharonmcgill.com.
valerie witte (copyeditor) is the author of a game of correspondence (Black Radish Books) and a number of chapbooks. She is currently collaborating with Sarah Rosenthal on a project related to the work of dancers Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer. Their chapbook The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow was published by The Operating System in 2019. Valerie is a founding member of the Bay Area Correspondence School, and for eight years was a member of Kelsey Street Press. Read more about her endeavors at valeriewitte.com and @shellthief (Twitter). She currently resides in Portland, OR.
marissa bell toffoli (guest editor) is a writer and editor who works for UC Berkeley Student Affairs Communications. She is the poetry editor for Exterminating Angel Press: The Magazine. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online journals (including Monday Night). Marissa holds an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts, and you can find her author interviews archived on Words With Writers. Her Oakland, CA days are filled with what she loves most—family, friends, music, and poetry.
patrick duggan (guest editor) is a writer and the author of the chapbook The City Is Burning (2018 Monday Night Press). He is a National Poetry Series finalist and his poems have appeared in Bay Area Correspondence School, Beeswax Magazine, Emerson Review, Gangsters in Concrete, Ginosko, The Inman Review, Mirage: A Periodical, Monday Night, Noö Magazine, Oranges and Sardines, Parthenon West Review, Shampoo, and 26 Magazine. He lives outside of Boston with his family.
della watson (guest editor) is a writer, performer, editor, and artist. She is the co-author of Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow and Benjamin Letters (Mission Cleaners Books, 2013) and a founding member of the Bay Area Correspondence School, an epistolary arts organization. She has produced and participated in numerous art and poetry events, most recently a collaboration-themed reading at the Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland, CA in 2019. Follow her @Dk_Watson on Twitter.
Monday Night began as a printed journal published and distributed from 2001-2014. It is included in the permanent collections of New York Public Library, University at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and the Library of Congress.