This Friday, a local publication still in the fledgling stages
will host a catered benefit to celebrate the release of their
fourth publication. Four different bands will play at the New
Belgium Brewery Co., 500 Linden St., in Old Town.
Todd Simmons founded “Matter” after he noticed a need for local
writers and artists to express themselves. “Matter #4” is a
132-page book of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photography. It
includes a diverse variety of all of these genres with an eye
toward the experimental. The theme of issue #4 is “Wonder.”
“It’s truly amazing to create something out of nothing,” said
Simmons, who works at Starry Night coffee shop to fund the
“Matter” was first published in March 2003 and the first three
issues were printed in magazine form on newspaper. In November of
last year, Simmons shifted the layout from newspaper to book form
in order to include more pieces of literature as well as
photography. Issue #4 of “Matter” will be launched at the benefit
on Friday and will include 35 submissions from local artists who
vary in ages.
“We have quite a few CSU students who have submitted, as well as
a few that are 50-plus, so it’s a wide range of creativity,”
Simmons and his crew of devoted editors have spent much of their
free time putting out the publication in addition to planning their
inaugural fundraising event.
Erin Morrill, associate editor, who will be donning a tutu at
the event, feels that “Matter,” “enhances the community of writers
present in the Front Range.”
The release party for “Matter” will take place Friday from 7
to10 p.m. at New Belgium Brewing Co. and will mark the magazine’s
launch into the world.
It is $15 to attend the event, which includes a copy of issue
#4, the limited release “Matter” CD, drinks, food and live music by
Gypsy Rhythm and Matson Jones, as well as live spoken word. The
dress code is eclectic swank, and it promises to be a bit of a