Wearable Literature Edition Two

Wearable Literature Two is now available.


T-shirts designed by Julie Farstad, Loretta Mae Hirsch, Kenneth E.

Parris III, and Yuanyuan Yang.

Text by Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Junot Díaz, Francine Prose, and George Saunders.

T-shrits are 100% Cotton, Vintage Soft, Crew Neck from Alternative Apparel.




Words by Anne Carson & Robert Currie
Artwork by Julie Farstad

Past our window
Fly scraps of paper and red hats and fish
All then captured in the nets of trees
Past our hats
Fly branches of scrap and fish and capture
All red trees and nets.

Words by Francine Prose
Artwork by Loretta Mae Hirsch

He knew what women wanted was the simple attention a man would give another man talking about his car…

Words by Junot Díaz
Artwork by Kenneth E. Parris III

We found an empty apartment out near the highway, left the dogs and the milk outside. You know how it is when you get back with somebody you’ve loved. It felt better than it ever was, better than it ever could be again. After, she drew on the walls with her lipstick and her nail polish, stick men and stick women boning.

Words by George Saunders
Artwork by Yuanyuan Yang

I go back to my Verisimilitude Evaluation on the Cimarron Brothel. Everything looks super. As per my recommendations they’ve replaced the young attractive simulated whores with uglier women with a little less on the ball. We were able to move the ex-simulated whores over to the Sweete Shoppe, so everybody’s happy, especially the new simulated whores, who were for the most part middle-aged women we lured away from fast-food places via superior wages.











Artwork by:

Julie Farstad was born in Elmira, New York and lives and works in Kansas City, MO. She received an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Notre Dame. She has received a number of awards for both her teaching and her painting and has shown her work in numerous solo exhibitions in Chicago and New York. Farstad’s paintings focus on “themes of childhood, specifically the childhood dramas of girlhood, femininity and feminism.”

Loretta Mae Hirsch is an MFA Candidate at the New York Academy of Art. Her work has been featured in a number of publications as well as group and solo exhibitions. She was born in the American south, has lived in London and Barcelona, and currently resides in New York City. She has studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Atlanta College of Art, and Glasgow School of Art.

Kenneth E. Parris III is a Brooklyn based artist. Born in Philadelphia, PA, 1975, raised in Austin, TX, Kenneth had his first solo exhibition at G Gallery in Houston, TX, March 2007. Since then, he has exhibited in galleries and exhibition spaces in New York City and across the United States as well as in numerous Contemporary Art Fairs. Kenneth graduated with a BFA in Illustration and an AAS in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY and has a professional background in Advertising and Design. Kenneth is also an Art Editor for H.O.W. Journal. His paintings and installations have been critically acclaimed by numerous publications and media including National Public Radio. Blending layers of wood, paper, type, paint and image he explores inter-personal relationships and the effect of an individuals actions on the surrounding human landscape. Kenneth also works in nontraditional ways through his ‘Direct Action’ art and collaborations with musicians and organizations, painting on unique and unexpected surfaces. He is currently working on a series with the dancers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Yuanyuan Yang was born in China. She received her BFA in painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Her time in Beijing and New York have played a vital role in her art, aloowing her to ponder Eastern and Western cultures and helping to build her unique art cognition. Her creative influences include Lucas Cranach, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Henry Darger, and famous Chinese authors Lu Xun and Zhang Ai Ling.

Featuring words by:

Anne Carson is a classicist and writer by trade.

Robert Currie is an artist and randomizer.

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New YorkerAfrican VoicesBest American Short Stories (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), in Pushcart Prize XXII and in The O’Henry Prize Stories 2009. He has received a Eugene McDermott Award, a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Lila Acheson Wallace Readers Digest Award, the 2002 Pen/Malamud Award, the 2003 US-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the fiction editor at the Boston Review and the Rudge (1948) and Nancy Allen professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel—a finalist for the National Book Award—and the nonfiction New York Times bestsellerReading Like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in Fall 2007. Her latest novel,Goldengrove, was published in September 2008. She is the president of PEN American Center and lives in New York City.

George Saunders is the author of the novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil and three short story collections, In Persuasion Nation, Pastoralia and Civil WarLand in Bad Decline, as well as the children’s book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work has received four National Magazine Awards, and has been selected for the O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories collections. In 1999, Saunders was recognized as one of the 20 best young American fiction writers by the New Yorker.

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Wearable Literature Edition One

H.O.W. Journal is proud to announce the first edition of Wearable Literature

“5 esteemed writers + 1 award winning artist = Intelligent Fashion”

Wearable Literature is a new line of t-shirts designed by Marcos Chin, incorporating the literature ofJonathan Ames, Dave Eggers, Amy Hempel, Rick Moody & Honor Moore.

T-shrits are from Alternative Apparel.


Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers – Men’s Shirt
Color: Fatigue, Price: $45



Dave Eggers – Women’s Shirt
Color: Sun, Price: $45



Rick Moody

Rick Moody – Men’s Shirt
Color: Powder Blue, Price: $45



Rick Moody – Women’s Shirt
Color: Peacock, Price: $45



Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames – Men’s Shirt
Color: White, Price: $45



Jonathan Ames – Women’s Shirt
Color: White, Price: $45



Amy Hempel

Amy Hempel – Men’s Shirt
Color: Stone, Price: $45



Amy Hempel – Women’s Shirt
Color: Stone, Price: $45



Honor Moore

Honor Moore – Men’s Shirt
Color: Rust, Price: $45



Honor Moore – Women’s Shirt
Color: Iris, Price: $45



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About Marcos Chin

MARCOS CHIN graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), in Toronto, Canada.

Since then, his work has appeared as surface and wall designs, on book and CD covers, advertisements, fashion catalogues, and magazines. He has received a countless number of awards in the field of illustration, including a gold medal at The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, and has had his work published in such illustration annuals as The Society of Illustrators New York and LA, Communication Arts, American Illustration and Applied Arts. Perhaps the most recognizable work amidst his portfolio are the illustrations he has done for Lavalife’s international advertising campaign which have appeared on subways, billboards, print and online.

Marcos has given lectures throughout the US and Canada and currently lives in New York City, where he teaches Fashion Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. For more about Marcos Chin visit:www.marcoschin.com

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About Wearable Literature

Wearable Literature’s vision is to bring together a harmony of fine art, and quality flash literature. This exclusive H.O.W. Journal line of stylish t-shirts are designed by esteemed artists and printed with fiction, nonfiction and poetry straight from the pens of some of today’s most prominent writers.

The idea behind the line is to play with the different forms literature can be presented in, and to integrate the written word further into our everyday lives. Wearable Literature offers a taste of intelligence within a culture constantly harassed by mediocre art and writing. Wearable Literature will allow a momentary reprieve from it. The t-shirts can be enjoyed while waiting for the bus, sitting on the subway, or standing on the sidewalk waiting for the light to change. In a society that is always on the move, rarely does one have time to curl up with a good book. The new phenomenon of electronic literature such as Kindles and iPads has revolutionized the book industry by allowing us more freedom and access to the written word, and the Wearable Literature t-shirt line simply takes that idea to a new level, allowing for a more ambulatory appreciation of writing.

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