We enjoy the combination of poetry and post-ironic graphics in CA Conrad's video magazine Jupiter 88. Conrad has been spending some time in southern California recently, and the latest installments of the magazine provide a fabulous overview of what writers in Los Angeles and San Diego have been up to. Recent posts include readings by Ben Doller, Jose Antonio Villaran, Brett Zehner, Kendall Grady, Jeanine Webb and many others.

We'd always wondered about the name of the magazine. Fortunately an interview from last July with Conrad in Coldfront helped us clear up this mystery. In it, he says:

I love the planet Jupiter, and I have always been in love with the number 88. So I put them together. And I LOVE and value poetry and believe that poets deserve to be reading with the planet Jupiter – the largest planet in our solar system – behind them, you know, Jupiter has our backs!

More Jupiter 88 southern California installments are forthcoming, so stay tuned.

Originally Published: March 15th, 2013