“Cut word lines — Cut music lines — Smash the control images — Smash the control machine — Burn the books — Kill the priests — Kill! Kill! Kill!”
William S. Burroughs, The Soft Machine (1961)
Centrifuge is a fledgling publication based in South Texas that is focused on archiving the weird and kinetic forms the written and graphic arts can take. Our interest lies in experimentation and in participating in the development of a culture that welcomes it.
Taking our cues from our work on the overtly political and class conscious South Texas (maga)zine, Strike, we aim to create a platform for artists and writers to showcase their most experimental and ground-breaking work beyond the confines of class, formal education and geography. We welcome material by established, international and first time practitioners.
Centrifuge recognizes the need of artists and writers to create at all cost, to reject convention when necessary and to engage in the sometimes harrowing pursuit of truth. We hope that in the pages of Centrifuge, the reader will find a place as challenging and dangerous as the world we live in.
Fuck the Oxford comma.
Mike Linaweaver is a poet and zine maker originally from Central Kansas. He founded Strike Magazine with a small group of artists and writers in December 2012. His written work has appeared in Red Wedge Magazine, ditchpoetry.com, Sleet Magazine and The Magill Review. His short story, Are You Alright?, was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Currently, he is working on building a small publishing outfit, Strike Syndicate Press. When not thinking about art and literature or fighting capitalism as a socialist super-hero, he can be found drinking coffee, haunting the local Half Price Books or wrestling with his partner, Vanessa de Leon.
Vanessa de Leon is a ubiquitous visualist, (closet) writer and stylist from South Texas. She has worked with local fashion designer, Marcus Orlando, on material appearing in Artistry Magazine. Vanessa’s unique eye for unusual beauty has led her to explore photography and design in her spare time. She also contributed her skills to the Strike Magazine collective. She enjoys playing weird tunes on her keyboards, doughnuts and arguing with Mike Linaweaver about the nature and importance of Aleksandr Rodchenko’s work.