Yellow Rake Celebrates 15 Years
by Adam Perry for Westword 8/7/19
Brian Polk, a clerk at the Denver Public Library, plays drums in local punk bands the Simulators and Joy Subtraction and has published two novels. Polk, who grew up in Parker, has seen the Denver area change drastically since he moved to the city as a teenager. Unlike most locals, though, Polk has a fifteen-year record of his experiences here, as he’s run the underground magazine Yellow Rake during that time, editing it and contributing writing of many kinds to every issue.
At one point, Polk took a two-year break from Yellow Rake to help found Suspect Press, but he’s always come back to Yellow Rake, which he calls “a means to express myself creatively and work toward a goal.” He’s about to release issues 33 and 34.
This weekend, Yellow Rake – which takes inspiration from punk in that there are seemingly no boundaries to what kind of prose, poetry, criticism and art Polk will publish – celebrates the release of those two issues and its fifteen-year anniversary at Mutiny Information Café on Friday and hi-dive on Saturday. There will be readings by local writers and performances by local bands, including the Simulators, who are releasing a three-song seven-inch showcasing the experimental trumpet playing of Denver punk-scene veteran Tim Franklin.
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