Short, Sharp Interview: James H. Duncan of Hobo Camp Review

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PDB: What is Hobo Camp Review?

HCR: Hobo Camp Review is a digital/print literary magazine that celebrates the traveling word. We like to think of ourselves as a small, sheltered campfire offering warmth and light to the road-weary storyteller. We like both poetry and prose, something with some sparkle and dust, and while we like to envision Steinbeck, Li Po, McCullers, Bukowski, and Kerouac sitting around a campfire eating hot dogs and beans with a stray dog named Tom Waits wagging his tail at their feet, we don’t want a rehash. We’ve been eating hash here for months and we’re sick of it. Be original. Be honest. Be on the move.

PDB: Who are the masterminds behind Hobo Camp Review?

HCR: James H Duncan founded HCR in 2009, after growing tired of traveling far and wide to find good poetry and stories. Instead, he figured he’d light a fire, cook some beans, and let the tales and wonderments wander in on their own, and thankfully they have. He asked David M Morton to jungle up at HCR to lend a hand with fiction submissions and offer a story from time to time. HCR is mighty lucky to have him around.

PDB: Which authors have been involved in Hobo Camp Review?

HCR: We’ve published the likes of Frank Reardon, Jeff Alfier, Tobi Cogswell, Dena Rash Guzman, Jason Ryberg, Doug Draime, Dylan Mitchell, Aleathia Drehmer, Kevin Ridgeway, John Grey, Kathleen Sparks, Sheldon Lee Compton, and Marcus Speh, among many, many other distinguished transients. We’re open to new and seasoned travelers alike.

PDB: Where can we find out more about Hobo Camp Review?

HCR: Right at the site.

PDB: Is there anything else you think we should know about Hobo Camp Review?

HCR: We’re not a “travel” magazine and we don’t just publish pieces about hobos. It’s about life, new experiences, and open minds. Also, we are slowly starting to publish chapbooks, full-length collections, and smaller “pocket” print editions. We’d like to keep experimenting with that and branch out creatively while keeping things low key. We’re not looking to take over the world, just to keep a small part of it as pure and laid-back as possible.