H.A.L. joins Shanghai Burning Man Decompression

Burning Man Decompression Shanghai

The H.A.L. crew joined the Shanghai Burning Man Decompression (put on by the people behind the Dragon Burn) at Inferno this past Sunday. From afternoon and into the evening, H.A.L. solicited lines for a massive collaborative poem (see the full poem below) and mad H.A.L. poets targeted members of the crowd for spontaneous poetry performances.

More photos (and a giant poem) after the jump….

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ISSUE 05 of FAR ENOUGH EAST launches on the 15th in the West and the 16h of May in the East. Issue 05 of FEE features Photographer Ren Hang’s stunning photos as well as Illustrator Eric Robertson’s whimsical artwork for the first story in our new Serials section. Check out our cover for Issue 05 here.


Incubator Project returns

IncubatorProj-posterThe Incubator Project returns, inviting Shanghai denizens to a bilingual celebration of creativity. Writers, poets, storytellers, photographers, painters, etc., are invited to bring their works or come listen.

Interested in presenting or performing? Contact Mark Talacko at xiamenkid(at)yahoo(dot)com.

The Incubator Project
Poems. Stories. Art. Photography. Beer. Magic.
Open stage for the 申’s Creatives
Thursday 18 July, 8:00pm
Café la Mer, 677 Julu Rd. (near Shaanxi S. Metro lines 1 & 7)  131-2265-5521 


Dena Rash Guzman poetry in convenient book form

 The poetry and stories of Dena Rash Guzman should be no stranger to anyone who’s followed links of literary delight to/on or Unshod Quills (among many other publications). From the wry, the whimsical, the titillating, this lady’s got a way with words.

Her collection of poems, Life Cycle, is now on sale at Powell’s Books, where it’s made its way up the top-seller chart, and at St. Johns Booksellers.

Expect Life Cycle in Asia soon via H.A.L. Publishing.


The XX Factor: Women telling stories

This Saturday, join mamagushi and H.A.L. for a night of storytelling at 390 Panyu Lu. Featured previously in H.A.L. LiT, mamagushi brings together Shanghai storytellers for performances of their own real life stories.

Stories by Charlene Liu, Johanna Hoopes, Lindsay Redifer, Robin Silver, and Chelsea Stone.

Happy hour at Panyu 390 includes a 2-for-1 special on wine, Stella Draft, and Sailor Jerry Rum drinks.

Panyu Lu 390
Near Fahuazhen Lu
7:30 sharp, RMB 100


Shanghai prefers H.A.L. Publishing to Batman

As seen in popular media, H.A.L. Publishing. To purchase a copy of Middle Kingdom Underground, send an email to




The new literary quarterly Far Enough East by H.A.L. Publishing is live as of today.


Visit Far Enough East now. That’s all we have to say.


Storytelling event for charity: Giving Thanks – Dec 6, 8pm

Join Mamagushi and HAL for an evening of storytelling December 6th at 8pm at City Bull with performances by Lindsay Redifer, W. M. Butler, and Danny Hwang.

Proceeds from the evening go to providing holiday care packages to orphan girls in Qinghai.

City Bull
Metropolitan Building, 2nd floor
Nanjing Dong Lu near Henan Zhong Lu
(Above the Apple Store)
RMB 200, all proceeds go to charity


Every Age We’ve Ever Been

by Renee Reynolds 

We’d plowed deep into another night of beer, whiskey and chatter. It was two or three or four when the others had gone. There we sat, B and me, the last peopled table, swaying like child-sailors in dread of our imminent docking.
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FAR ENOUGH EAST: A New Literary Journal from H.A.L.

We here at H.A.L. Publishing are proud to present our newest foray into venture literature. Far Enough East is an online publication that will showcase work from emerging and established writers breaking barriers and crossing borders. H.A.L. is  firmly rooted in Shanghai’s independent literature community, but are now turning our eyes towards the international community, seeking exceptional literature and poetry that captures the world we live in today.



1) All submissions must be in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Fiction and non-fiction entries are not to exceed 3,000 words. Poets may submit up to five poems at once; no single poem should exceed 100 lines.

2) Submissions should be attached as a word document.

3) A short, 50 word factual bio can be included in the body of the entry email.

4) Special formatting discouraged.

5) Selected writers grant H.A.L. Publishing first serial rights; all rights revert to the author upon publication, which will occur within six months of acceptance. Selected writers grant H.A.L. the right to indefinitely promote the author’s work online and in print, including by excerpting the work online and in print for promotional purposes.

6) Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify the editors immediately if chosen for publication elsewhere. Previously published material not allowed.

8) By act of submission, submitters verify that the work they submit is their own and does not infringe on the copyrights of any other author, story or work, published or unpublished.

9) Failure to follow or agree to these terms will result in disqualification.

10) Subject of e-mail should include name of author, name of piece and genre you are submitting to. (ex: Author Name/ Title/ Genre)

Please send all submissions to Editor Robin Silver at by midnight (Shanghai time) Oct 22. We will respond to all submissions prior to publication of the issue to which authors submit their work.


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