In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded the literary electronic magazine Unlikely Stories at http://www.UnlikelyStories.org/ . Since then, UnlikelyStories.org has grown into a contemporary multimedia journal of sociopolitical and cultural essays, reviews, interviews, criticism, poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, movies, visual art, music, cross-media work, and first-hand tales of political and cultural activism, now known as Unlikely Stories: Episode IV. It has spawned a print and e-book subsidiary, Unlikely Books, which has published, among other things, the 418-page anthology (CD and DVD attached) Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind.
Jonathan has participated in, organized, and promoted literary and arts events throughout north America, in places like New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, New Orleans, El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. His own poetry chapbooks are Last Chap (Vergin’ Books, 2004), Painting Rust and Blood and Salsa (bound together by Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (Winged City Chapbooks, 2008). He has worked as an editor and webmaster for a number of arts organizations.
Jonathan currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Unlikely Stories: Episode IV and Unlikely Books, Associate Editor, Creative and Design for MadHat, Inc., and the organizer for Acadiana Wordlab.
In December of 2012, Jonathan Penton and Su Polo performed an excerpt from Felicia’s Nose, by Carol Novack and Tom Bradley (illus. Nick Patterson, MadHat Press, 2012) at the Carol Novack Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa