<about wood coin>

Wood Coin Magazine: Art & Lit 2008-2021.

Wallpapers on the About, Contact, Contributors, Edge, Heads, History, Index, and Tails pages each contain a visual image cropped from Found Objects (a pictures-of-objects arts & crafts homestyling book) by Joe Ruggiero, 1981, used with written permission from the author in 2008.

Rights to all prose and poetry in this magazine revert to the writer or artist upon publication.

ISSN: 1946-4320.

BuilderCreatorDesignerEditorPublisher: James K Beach.


<the issues>

For those of you eager to delve in, 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 aspires to call attention to its many contributors. As a neo-beatnik using a "shoot the moon" stragegy I gleaned from Hearts (card game) while growing up, this fringe-mag art-zine has its idiosyncracies. Free to all readers here are Wood Coin's 28 issues (with 8 more slated) plus 3 book proposals on the Edge. This magazine has literary and figurative edges. To put it together please roam the site and consider the measure and pith of each piece.

Important to consider while reading this venue are possibilities of multiple meanings and interpretations of terms, to include multi-tiered usages of words; "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 phonetically it is heard as "would"... And add in the reinterpretation of words such as "co-in (as in COINTELPRO, the Jane Fonda and CIA fiasco of the 1970s)". Lest anyone forget, the Olde English term for "crazy" was "wood," yet prison or gang slang turns "wood" into "white"...

The depth of language, innundo, colloquialisms, double-entendre, pun, allegory, command or joke, etc.! My 28 twisty issue titles are built for mind-teasing. But everything in this magazine can easily be looked at as wholly on the surface and consistently correct regarding English grammar, excepting variation per writer's style, to include "sic (spelling is correct)" intentional innovations or flips in the spellings of words, or new spins on interpretations of old words, and a consistent symbol-use and syntax per writers' particular styles. Wood Coin is uniform regarding its house-style guidelines.

This site was renovated in 2013, 2019, 2020, 2021. The 10 cover images used on all 28 issues 2008-2019 are hereby deleted, as are the few visual art images from a few of the issues' Tables of Contents (TOCs). Also, I've deleted all other background photobin wallpaper images, perhaps to be replaced at a later date; as of now I'm appreciating the absence of those wallpapers from inside of each issue. Literary and poetic content remains almost exactly the same as when initially published, excepting a few instances where a word or phrase or sentence sequence was replaced, or a grammatical error corrected. Check out any online archive or cached page to look at the progression of Wood Coin: a magazine of art & lit. Be aware that some archive sites contain distorted images or only screenshots rather than the actual live capture.

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.

For more info on what this magazine was, is and will be in the future, visit Wood Coin's [history] page which is currently under construction.

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.
Updates completed in St Petersberg, FL (2013), Providence, RI (2019), Vancouver, WA (2020), Chicago, IL (2021).

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

*review quote: Cartwheels Collective, 2009