Image: Nomi Chi

To welcome you to our inaugural issue, we’ve put together a selection of choice tunes, bra! to accompany the poetry and prose of FAUNA for your listening pleasure. Choose your favorite, or collect them all!~


Fauna, part I: Rock ‘n’ roll, kiddies, rock ‘n’ roll.

by Joy

My mix is marked by churning, pulsing beats that sound to me like animals on the prowl. As animals, we chase our needs—food, shelter, company, even solace. Inspired by the submissions we received for this issue, as well as the contributions we accepted, I’ve compiled songs of pursuit.


Fauna, part II: Necky’s Revenge

by Kenzie

You have Savage Garden, Warren Zevon, Owl City, Ylvis, Lady Gaga, A Tribe Called Red, Leila Broussard, and Jack’s Mannequin and more. This is the ultimate in faunal-themed pop jams as well as pieces inspired by the content and construction of our first issue.


Fauna, part III: If you’re not weird, you’re weird…

by Dylan

My musical taste is omnivorous. Here you’ll find folk, rap, electronic, and Fiona Apple. Fauna III contains some lesser-known species – tracks that might not be as familiar but make for a full freakosystem – exploring the breadth and depth of every humanoid emotion.


Fauna, part IV: Free

by Dave

Animal themed, of course, yet also incorporating another aspect of Fauna: time. Save for a few outliers, these tracks originate from an era for which music could have a lasting impact on a generation that is not quite X, but certainly not Millennial. Angst-filled at times, yes, but also discovery and identification; independence and freedom.

And then there’s this rip-roaring soundtrack:

Follow these playlists using the free Spotify app or stream them here on our blog while you read through FAUNA!


Joy E. Allen

Joy Allen is a writer from Virginia who moved to Los Angeles in 2008. She has work published or forthcoming in Post Road Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Revolution House, and Word Riot, among others. Special interests: Comedy, body language, entertainment, and Los Angeles (both as symbol and as city).


Kenzie Allen

Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, and is currently a second-year Ph.D. and Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her work can be found in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Narrative, Apogee, Drunken Boat, SOFTBLOW, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2016, and other venues. She was born in West Texas and tumbleweeds around with frequency.


Dylan Weir

Dylan Weir is a Chicago poet completing his M.A. in English at DePaul University. A semifinalist for the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, his Poetry appears in After Hours, Mobius, H_NMG_N, Literary Orphans, The Legendary, Chicago Literati, Red Paint Hill, and others. Dylan’s a poetry reader for Gigantic Sequins, and a frequent freak flag flyer.


Dave Lu

A native Virginian and part-time Bostonian, Dave currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is an MFA candidate at Otis College of Art and Design. He has been known to write things on occasion, except for when it interferes with trivia night at the bar.

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