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Friday, June 15, 2018

Is(sue) 5 is Live (and Some Other Things)

Dear Kinfolk,

AvantAppal(achia) has been through a minor season of change between Is(sue) 4 and Is(sue) 5. We said goodbye to Founding Short Story Ed(itor), Kodi Mullins, as she went on to new endeavors, and welcomed our new Short Story Ed(itor), David Sykes. Dave has taken on the role with zeal! And a new ed(itor) means that the e-zine now has a slightly different format. We now accept two (2) short stories per is(sue). However, only one (1) will be chosen to represent that is(sue) in the Arch(ive). Dave has been added as an admin on AvantAppal(achia)'s Poetry Challenge Group on Facebook as well, so you can get to know him better there.The Kinfolk also lost regular contributor Michael Williams from Tennessee when he died suddenly in March. Is(sue) 5 has been dedicated to his memory. And we have added a Don(ations) page to the website. So if you like what we do and would like to keep us doing it, please consider checking that out. Depending on our need, AvantAppal(achia) may be running a fundraiser on Facebook in the Fall. We'll keep you updated on that.

Is(sue) 5 is now live! HERE. It features some familiar names and some new. There are exciting pieces from Charles A. Swanson, Volodymyr Bilyk, and Jeff Bagato and a humorous audio piece by Craig Kurtz. As always, Bill Wolak gives us some fascinating art and standout works by Corbin Fouts and Katherine Workman compliment in that category. In fiction, we have a mesmerizing sci-fi piece about Appalachia in the future from the mind of Jason Belcher and a character study regarding societal views of disabled or different persons by Cecile Dixon. Philip Kent Church rounds off the is(sue) in the Appal(Trad) section.

Be sure to check out the Arch(ive) to see whose work was chosen to represent Is(sue) 4 for posterity. We will be in touch regarding Is(sue) 6 in due time.

Have a beautiful summer, Kinfolk, and thank you for another rule-bending is(sue)! We couldn't do this without you!


Sabne Raznik
Found(er), Web(master), Poetry/Art Ed(itor)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

SabneRaznikArt Now Open On Etsy

The Etsy shop "SabneRaznikArt" is now open! There you can buy unique hand-painted watercolour or acrylic all occasion cards and hand-crocheted doilies. Go to to see what's on offer. Also check back often as new items will be added at any time!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Job Change

I am no longer with All my artwork, digital and otherwise, is available through me directly for now. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

AvantAppal(achia): Introducing New Short Story Ed(itor) And Final Deadline Reminder

Dear Kinfolk,

I am pleased to welcome into the Kin and to introduce you to AvantAppal(achia)'s new Short Story Ed(itor). Below is his bio and you may see his photo on the website.

David Sykes was born and raised in Elkhorn City, Kentucky just before the boom times of the 1970’s. He got a degree from Harvard University before returning to join the family business. Now living in nearby Pikeville, he works at an IT services firm there. He is involved with the Artists Collaborative Theatre in Elkhorn City and has appeared in productions there as an actor and musician. He serves as the Short Story Ed(itor) of AvantAppal(achia) e-zine.

This is Dave's first adventure with editing and so I am sure he will bring a fresh eye to your submissions. Freshness is possibly the greatest asset that can be brought to an ezine of the avant garde and experimental. So we are very excited to have him aboard.

Because I have been preoccupied with the search for an editing partner, I have not been as communicative as usual. Therefore, I ask the help of all the Kinfolk to get the word out about the upcoming deadline to submit to Is(sue) 5. We can make Is(sue) 5 our best yet! Please, get the word out to anyone and everyone! We need poetry, short stories, and visual art! Audio, video, and HTML code also accepted if guidelines are carefully followed. Send in your weirdest, coolest, most boundary breaking. We need submissions from throughout the states making up Appalachia and from all around the world (keeping in mind that AvantAppal(achia) is in English, please - translations are welcome as is work that displays both the original language and English as long as guidelines are followed).

I really don't like to impose rules at all, but the guidelines help us as editors and webmaster on the practical side of things, so we kindly ask that they be reasonably followed.

Deadline is May 31, 2018; this is your FINAL reminder, so please get those submissions in ASAP. You are the lifeblood of our truly special ezine! Email to


Sabne Raznik

Poetry/Art Ed(itor)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Is(sue) 5 Deadline Looming!

Dear Kinfolk,

As I'm sure you're aware the deadline for Is(sue) 5 is upon us. I need your weirdest, most experimental poetry, short stories, and visual art. Video and audio submissions accepted. PLEASE, READ THE GUIDELINES ON THE WEBSITE and follow them. Deadline is May 31, 2018.

Regular contributor Michael Williams from Tennessee will be acknowledged on the Cur(rent) Is(sue) page at the top.

Please note that deadline and get your work to me at!


Sabne Raznik
Founder and Ed(itor)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Truth On Trial - The Crucible

Come and see me as Goody Proctor in this production of "The Crucible".

At Artists Collaboritive Theatre, Inc. in Elkhorn City, KY. - Truth is on trial. Extremism and mob mentality rule the day - the timeless story of ordinary people choosing between reputation and integrity, life and death. Arthur Miller's classic yet challenging script brought to life with unique set design and tech, yet as historically true to the period as possible. Emotions run high in this drama. Boundary-breaking in that a disabled actor is cast in a leading role and the set is built to be completely accessible. Sabne Raznik as Goody (Elizabeth) Proctor. Runs February 15-March 4 and March 15-18, 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Is(sue) 4 is Live and Volunteer Position Available

Dear Kinfolk,

I am thrilled to announce to y'all that Is(sue) 4 of AvantAppal(achia) is now live! It features work largely from Central Appalachia and a sizable helping from around the world. Among the contributors are Gabriel Rosenstock - the well-known Irish language poet - and Volodymyr Bilyk from Ukraine. Dylan Harris, originally from the UK now residing in Luxembourg, has shared a thought-provoking series of photographs and the perennially amazing Bill Wolak fascinates us with more of his digital paintings as well. Elizabeth Burton provides the chilling prose piece for this is(sue) and Bonnie Gay Patterson-De Hart rounds it out in the Appal(Trad) section.

Be sure to check out the Arch(ive) page to see whose work was chosen to represent Is(sue) 3 for posterity!

Also, our Short Story Ed(itor) Kodi Mullins has moved on to other adventures, so I am currently looking for a passionate self-starting volunteer to fill her place. Look at the Ed(itor) Bio(graphie)s page for details on how to apply if you or anyone you know is interested.
As of now, the submission period for Is(sue) 5 is open!
Congratulations to all of you on a fabulous is(sue)!


Sabne Raznik
Poetry/Art Edi(tor)

Friday, September 1, 2017

"Star" Wins Special Merit Award

"Star", a digital painting I did in honour of the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017,  wins Special Merit Award in the 2017 Open/No Theme Competition at Light Space and Time Online Gallery. It will be viewable on the website throughout September 2017.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017