<about wood coin>

Beware of hijackers who want this artillery...

"Original and quality magazine.
Heavy on quirk."*

Visual art & text (c) 2008-2019 Wood Coin.

Images on Welcoming pages (c) 1981 Joe Ruggiero, Found Objects.

Rights revert to the writer or artist upon publication.

ISSN: 1946-4320.

Creator Designer Editor Publisher: James K Beach.


<the issues>

For those of you eager to delve in, without further ado, here are links to the three sides of this coin:

TAILS (2008-2013)

HEADS (2018-2019)

EDGE (2018)


Inspired by the concept of a wooden nickle, Wood Coin Magazine was launched in poverty to provide a platform for unknown or overlooked or blackballed or otherwise shadowed artists. Several contributors are quite rich, others almost there, while the majority reside in the middle class, and a few await salvaging via money... For me as publisher, poverty went abject then bounced up and back down... it keeps moving subtly... until... who knows? For me, a person's wealth matters less than his or her intergrity and intelligence and ability to create solid and vital art.

As a credit token the publication aspires to call attention with its unique design and meticulous editing (my "mistakes" were prognosticated, and self-mocked, with one character error on each heading of the now-defunct Editor's Note pages). Also important to consider while reading this magazine are possibilities of multiple meanings and interpretations of terms, to include double-entendre, pun, allegory, plus verbs or nouns or adjectives which are to be read counterintuitively; "coin" for example is a noun or a verb or an adjective, while "wood" stands for tree-product or small-forest or eupemistically a hard-on and even could be substituted phonetically for "would"... And add in the concept of crops of words, such as "woo" or "in"... or, reinterpretation of words such as "co-in (as in cointelpro)"... Lest anyone forget that the Olde English term for "crazy" was "wood," or that prison or gang slang turns "wood" into "white"... The depth of language! My 36 twisty issue titles are built for mind-teasing. But dear reader, everything else in this magazine can easily be looked at as wholly on the surface and consistently correct regarding English grammar and usually uniform regarding style.

This word-puzzle has literary and figurative edges. To put it together please roam the site and consider the measaure and pith of each piece. Getting "lost" while reading is a pleasure sometimes; when flummoxed try using the "back" button on your browser. A note on the PDFs: To avoid malware (however embedded) on any PDF anywhere, you might want to adjust your browser settings to open, rather than download, documents. Or simply verify that your PDF reader is updated if you believe common software to be a step ahead of hackers and therefore trustworthy.

As for the several few instances of page code "hacking" I've found on this site, the perpetrators can be attributed to mind-fucks wearing white or black or tan or whatever hat colors; inexplicable auto-merges of docs; writer editor proofreader errors; webhost glitches; uploading of issues issues. Points of entry include everywhere from site host to public internet to phone or personal computer. You will see a handful of pages noted with what "they" did to the text, for whatever reason, but for the most part I simply deleted the bad coding and replaced corrupted text without making a comment. It's easy now to understand why expert website maintainers get paid such large sums! Meanwhile the writers and artists (in this lit mag anyway) received no monetary compensation...

For bios of artists, poets, writers included in Wood Coin, see the [contributors] list.

Visit the contact page for instruction on how to [submit] prose, verse, visual art to Wood Coin.

James Kevin Beach

Because of my peripatetic nature, Wood Coin was put online in several areas in the United States...

Issues FFI (11/09) - WSSI (02/09): Santa Fe, NM.
Issues HPBB (05/09) - SDSI (05/09): Albuquerque, NM.
Issues YRSM (12/09) - TUNU (03/10): Santa Fe, NM.
Issue PPFI (07/10): Albuquerque, NM.
Issues CBSM (02/12) - NSSP (09/12): Minneapolis, MN.
Issues DEII (08/13) - AFEI (08/13): St Petersburg, FL.
Issues GUNM (01/18) - TTFW (09/19): Providence, RI.

Site was reconstituted (re-upped) 2013 and 2019; Wood Coin's [history] includes links to printable PDFs of full issues, as well as vintage pages.

*review quote: Cartwheels Collective, 2009