Monday, May 31, 2010

Pindeldybye (Pindeldyboz)

In December 2007, Pindeldyboz published their final print issue. The issue includes the kind of stories Pindeldyboz gave a home for 10 years: stories that defy classification. It includes ten stories and some essays, and starts with a note from the print editor Kristin McGonigle: ".. Read it any way you like. Go crazy with it. Print it out and give it to everyone you know as gifts. Sit at your desk and lament what once was. It’s a bold issue full of weirdness, fun, lies and truths."

The print issue is now up in the web as free download. Together with a goodbye-note from Whitney Pastorek, the executive editor of Pindeldyboz:

"In celebration of our 10th anniversary, Pindeldyboz will be shutting itself down sometime in the next month or so. Yes, it is very sad. Except for how it's not. Please read our news page for more information, and then join us in cracking open a window and feeling the cold, fresh breath of the future on your face. Refreshing, no? And extra useful for drying tears."

About Pindeldyboz
"Pindeldyboz is an operation run by a small but valiant group of people. We publish creative works here on our website and we used to release a print volume once a year. We have been known to publish much fiction, some nonfiction, and artwork makes an irregular appearance. We released our first and only poetry collection in 2007. The Web Edition of Pindeldyboz has published over 1200 stories by more than 600 authors over the last seven years."

Goodbye, Pindeldyboz. You'll be missed.

Pindeldyboz Seventh (and Final) Print Issue
141 pages
free download (click the footnote title or click here)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Shadow Selves (Conjunctions)

The mirror is human kind's most duplicitous invention. When we look into it do we see ourselves or an other? If we see an other, is that other a lie or some complex extension of a truth we don't quite grasp? And when we set down the mirror and imagine ourselves to be one or the other or some combination of both, who have we become? In this special issue of Conjunctions, the very idea of self is tackled in fiction and poetry that investigates everything from innocent misperception to studied deception, delusion to fraud, crazed misdemeanors to premeditated crime.

Shadow Selves offers a spectrum of permutations on these themes, with acclaimed and upcoming writers such as Elizabeth Hand, J.W. McCormack, Jonathan Carroll, Eleni Sikelianos, Frederic Tuten, Michael Sheehan, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul West, Laura van den Berg, Arthur Sze, Susan Steinberg, Jason Labbe, Jess Row, Rae Armantrout, Melinda Moustakis and Rick Moody.

Conjunctions is edited by Bradford Morrow. The editorial approach is often collaborative, the distinguished staff of active contributing editors includes Walter Abish, Chinua Achebe, John Ashbery, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Mary Caponegro, William H. Gass, Peter Gizzi, Robert Kelly, Ann Lauterbach, Norman Manea, Rick Moody, Joanna Scott, Peter Straub, and John Edgar Wideman.

About Conjunctions
Bard College's literary journal Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, criticism, drama, art and interviews by both emerging and established writers. For nearly three decades, Conjunctions' contribution to the literary community has been to provide a forum for over 1000 writers and artists whose work challenges accepted forms and modes of expression, experiments with language and thought, and is fully realized art.

Conjunctions 54: Shadow Selves
Paperback, 364 pages
release: June 30
ISBN: 978-0941964708

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Other Prohibited Items - Martha Greenwald (Mississippi)

Other Prohibited Items is Martha Greenwald’s first poetry collection. The poems focus on what is banned in American daily life, post 9/11—physical objects, but also the meanderings of the subconscious. Precise, playful language, set against a scaffolding of forms, support the sense that ghost narratives can locate the beauty lost in chaos.

Other Prohibited Items is a winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series.

“Sonic delight in words and word combinations dominate Other Prohibited Items. The poet, almost, not quite, but almost, bows out to let something else think for her..." - Dara Wier, contest judge

Martha Greenwald’s poems have appeared in many journals including Best New Poets 2008, MARGIE, Slate, The Threepenny Review, Poetry, The Sycamore Review and Shenandoah. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she has received awards from the arts councils of North Carolina and Kentucky. Currently, she lives in Louisville, KY.

About Mississippi Review Press
Mississippi Review Press is a spin-off of the Mississippi Review Magazine. The MR poetry series was started last year with a contest to select three collections of poetry for publication, the other selected winners are: Minimum Heroic by Christopher Salerno and Fifty Poems by Liana Quill.
Mississippi Review Magazine also publishes Mississippi Review, one of the oldest and most popular literary magazines on the Web, established in early 1995 as a site for the publication of literary writing.

Martha Greenwald: Other Prohibited Items
poetry collection
Mississippi Review Poetry Series 2010
64 pages, paperback, $9
ISBN: 978-0-9842652-0-6

Snail - V. Ulea (Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink)

Formed from memories of dreams of memories, Snail is journey of life, introspection, and familial connectitude. Its seven interconnected stories are bonded by mood, plot, a single set of characters, and heart felt emotion; yet separated in a very dream like fashion by time, space, and logic of reality. Beautifully adorned by the artworks of Irene Frenkel, this book is not simply a work to be read and considered, it is a texturized and exhilarating cosmic dance for all the senses

"The stories slip effortlessly and seamlessly from reality to fantasy and back. These made me wonder, for example, whether there is a fairy tale in Russian literature or in Russian folklore regarding the snail, or one (or more) regarding the relationship between mothers and grandmothers, etc." - Harvey Stanbrough

V. Ulea (Vera Zubarev) is a bilingual Russian-English poet, writer, scholar and film director. She has published 14 books of poetry, prose, and literary criticism. She teaches classes on Decision Making in Chess, Literature and Film in the University of Pennsylvania

About Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink
Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink is an independent literary press dedicated to publishing avant-garde, experimental or otherwise unique fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and book art with general idealities similar to those found in absurdism, expressionism, futurism, irrealism, magic-realism, metaphysics and/or surrealism. Our books are richly intelligent and imaginative in their context, and curiously stimulating in the multi-layered subtext and potential interpretations.

V. Ulea: Snail
story collection
94 pages, $19.80
ISBN: 978-1926617060

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

An Island of Fifty - Ben Brooks (Mud Luscious)

"Marsha lays paths & tears them up.

The mill is in sight.

Eyes are wretched chunks of light.

I carry in my palms her heart & it throbs with the pulse of a lion. She drinks oxblood on the island. There is a mill on an island. I am weary but my feet pulse with the throb of a chariot:

Marsha talks of beauty with the Hotelier. He is African-American. Watch his gargantuan jaw swell with words.

They stand beside the marble monolith, beside the mill, beside the chariot, beneath the charioteer."

Ben Brooks is an under-twenty writer from the UK. His previous books include Fences, (Fugue State Press, 2009 - website with excerpt), and The Kasahara School of Nihilism (Fugue State Press, 2010).

About Mud Luscious Press
Mud Luscious Press is an independent small press of aggressive and raw literature, founded and run by J. A. Tyler. The press publishes an online quarterly, a monthly chapbook series, and a novel(la) series. Current and forthcoming titles include: We Take Me Apart by Molly Gaudry (2009), First Year {an mlp anthology} (2010), When All Our Days Are Numbered by Sasha Fletcher (2010), I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur by Mathias Svalina (2011), The Hieroglyphics by Michael Stewart (2011), and The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail by Gregory Sherl (2012).

Ben Brooks: An Island of Fifty
novel(la), June 2010
156 pages, paperback, $12

Monday, May 24, 2010

Nothing Divine Here - Gloria Mindock

Nothing Divine Here is an accumulation of all the problems that people told to Gloria Mindock. No matter where she went, whether it was to the grocery store, clothes shopping or in other places, people would tell her their problems. Gloria decided to write about their experiences in first person. Being a Social Worker, she puts her empathy to good use.

"In a perpetual state of sadness and grief, these poems descend to the very core of the raw discourse of the soul, devoid of artifice and pose. The stark simplicity of their statement disarms us and leaves us vulnerable in front of the bitter reality of life." —Flavia Cosma, poet

Gloria Mindock is the editor of Cervena Barva Press and the Istanbul Literary Review, an online journal based in Turkey. From 1984-1994, she edited the Boston Literary Review/BLuR. She is the author of La Porţile Raiului” (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania), translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma and Blood Soaked Dresses, (Ibbetson St. Press, 2007). Her poetry has been widely published in many journals including Revista de Cultura, Aurora, Citadela, Phoebe, River Styx, Poet Lore, Blackbox, WHLR, Bogg, Pass Port Journal, Arabesques, and others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, St. Botolph Award and was awarded a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council distributed by the Somerville Arts Council.

About U Šoku Štampa
U Šoku Štampa means In Shock Press in Serbian. U Šoku Štampa is a small press that solicits poetry only. The press does not have a Website and likes to stay under the radar. The press is based in Centinje, Montengro and Springfield, VA.

Nothing Divine Here by Gloria Mindock
poetry collection
100 Pages, $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-578-04760-7

Friday, May 21, 2010

Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal)

A wide-ranging gathering of 34 brief essays and 66 prose poems by distinguished practitioners, including Nin Andrews, Joe Bonomo, Denise Duhamel, Arielle Greenberg, Carol Guess, Bob Hicok, Maureen Seaton, Mark Wallace, and many more, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry is as personal and provocative, accessible and idiosyncratic as the genre itself. With its pioneering introduction, this collection provides a comprehensive history of the development of the prose poem up to its current widespread appeal.
Half critical study and half anthology, The Field Guide to Prose Poetry is a not-to-be-missed companion for readers and writers of poetry, as well as students and teachers of creative writing.

About the Editors
Gary L. McDowell teaches writing at Western Michigan University where he is studying for his PhD in Contemporary Poetics and American Literature. His first collection of poems, American Amen, won the 2009 Orphic Prize and will appear in late 2010 from Dream Horse Press.
F. Daniel Rzicznek teaches English composition and creative writing at Bowling Green State University. In 2007, he won the May Swenson Poetry Award for his debut full-length collection, Neck of the World. In 2009 his second collection of poems, Divination Machine, appeared on the Free Verse Editions imprint of Parlor Press. (full bios of both editors are available on the Prose Poetry Field Guide website)

About Rose Metal Press
Founded by Abby Beckel and Kathleen Rooney in 2006, Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.
The press’s upcoming 2010 season includes We Know What We Are by Mary Hamilton (winner of the fourth annual Rose Metal Press short short chapbook contest) and Color Plates by Adam Golaski. Their 2011 season will include The Louisiana Purchase by Jim Goar and the chapbook anthology They Could No Longer Contain Themselves by Elizabeth Colen, John Jodzio, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Sean Lovelace, and Mary Miller.

The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry
essay anthology
224 pages, paperback, $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-9789848-8-5

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sublimation Angels - Jason Sanford (Interzone)

Jason Sanford's novella Sublimation Angels is a hard science fiction story set on the planet whose atmosphere has frozen, leaving humanity to continually mine the frozen air to survive. Into this comes Chicka, a young man struggling with the death of his identical twin and his twin's quest to understand their world--a quest which goes against the rigid nature of their survival-minded society.

The novella was first published in issue 224 (Sept./Oct. 2009) of Interzone. In addition to winning the 2009 Interzone Readers' Poll, Sublimation Angels is also a finalist for the 2009 Nebula Award and has been longlisted for the British Fantasy Award.

Jason Sanford's fiction has been published in Year's Best SF 14, Interzone, Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Mississippi Review, Diagram, Pindeldyboz, and other places. His stories have received a number of awards and honors, including being a finalist for the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novella, winning both the 2008 and 2009 Interzone Readers' Polls, receiving a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, being nominated for the BSFA Award, and being longlisted for the British Fantasy Award. His fiction has also been reprinted in several languages, including French, Russian, and Czech.

About Interzone
Interzone is Britain's longest running science fiction and fantasy magazine. It is edited by Andy Cox. Since 1982, Interzone has launched the careers of a great many SF and Fantasy writers. Interzone often is shortlisted for many awards, and has won the Hugo and British Fantasy Awards. It belongs to TTA Press, and is currently published bimonthly, in alternate months to Black Static.

Jason Sanford: Sublimation Angels
32 pages
the complete novella is available on Jason Sanford's website in a PDF format.
direct dowload link: Sublimation Angels by Jason Sanford - pdf-file

Forked Tongue - Craig Sernotti (Blue Room)

Forked Tongue is Craig Sernotti's first poetry collection. Selected from offerings of the past 12 years, the poems in this collection move from dream-inspired absurdity to bitter reality, and open to the dark corners of our world and our minds.

"In Forked Tongue, Craig Sernotti skirts the sentimental and stares down the taboo. This collection of short pieces is at times surreal and at times nihilistically self-aware. Well crafted and honest, to be appropriately pessimistic without straying into self-pity is a hard fence to walk. Craig Sernotti does so with deft awareness of language and well administered injections of humor." - Outside Writers (full review with excerpts)

Craig Sernotti lives and writes and edits in New Jersey. He is the editor of The.

About Blue Room Publishing
Blue Room Publishing primarily publishes off-beat, slightly obscure fiction (of all flavors and genres) as well as some poetry. The overall goal at Blue Room Publishing is to offer a new realm for readers to connect with both the kinds of stories they crave as well as the types of books they may not be used to reading. "In short, we're all about opening the eyes of readers from all backgrounds, from the casual Starbucks page-turner to the hardcore two-books-a-week consumer."

Craig Sernotti: Forked Tongue
poetry collection
64 pages, paperback, $9.95
ISBN: 978-0984300617

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Houdini Pie - Paul Michel (Bennett & Hastings)

Houdini Pie is the story of a group of hapless entrepreneurs who mine for a mythical treasure under the streets of Los Angeles during the Great Depression in Los Angeles, 1934. Based on a true chapter of California history, Houdini Pie explores the depths to which a family, and a city, will sink when hard luck comes knocking and there's nothing left to lose.
Young Hal Gates is a celebrated pitcher for an upstart rural ball club, and the son of a notorious booze smuggler who vanished at the end of Prohibition. At his lonely mother's urging, and with the desperate backing of the municipal powers-that-be, he teams up with a crackpot geologist to mine for a Hopi treasure trove buried miles beneath the downtown streets. The deeper they tunnel the more Hal learns about loyalty, treachery, hunger and hope, and mostly--in ways he never would have imagined--about love.

A preview of the prologue is available online: Houdini Pie - prologue peek.

Paul Michel was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Ohio, where he graduated from Kenyon College in the late 1970s. He began writing fiction in the early 1990s, and in 1998 he received an MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers in Swannanoa, NC. He has won several writing awards and been recognized in over 30 national competitions, his work has appeared in over two dozen journals, including Glimmer Train, Southern Indiana Review, Inkwell and New South. Houdini Pie is his first novel.

About Bennett & Hastings Publishing
Bennett & Hastings Publishing is a small press founded by a writer and his wife, an editor, who want to support writers who have a day job. Think of us as an incubator for wordsmiths who want to build their reading audiences while awaiting their big break. We publish fiction and history featuring voices that often fall just outside the bell curve. Under history, include memoir and biography. We have plans to launch an imprint that will focus on short fiction.

Paul Michel: Houdini Pie
212 pages, paperback, $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-934733-55-4

Monday, May 17, 2010

48 Hour Magazine - issue zero: Hustle

"On May 7th the editors of 48 Hour Magazine announced a theme for the debut issue: Hustle. Interested writers and artists had 24 hours to produce and submit work. The next 24 hours were for the editorial team to "snip, mash and gild" the best submissions until they had a magazine. At the end of that period, the magazine was available for purchase at MagCloud. And it's beautiful." - Utne Reader

"We made 48HR Magazine over one weekend in May. From noon on May 7th through noon on the 9th, a team circled up around the original Rolling Stone conference table in Mother Jones' offices to transform 1,502 submissions from around the world into a chorus of voices, all harmonizing around the same theme: hustle. 48 Hour Magazine features 60 pages of writers and artists from your favorite magazines sharing space with previously unpublished new talent, shaped by some of the best editors in the business. You're going to love it." -The Editors

About 48 Hour Magazine
48 Hour Magazine is a raucous experiment in using new tools to erase media's old limits. As the name suggests, the concept is to write, photograph, illustrate, design, edit, and ship a magazine in two days. No long commitments. No pitches. No grinding editing process.
A representative sample of "Hustle" is available online: Selections from Issue Zero.

48 Hour Magazine - "Hustle"
60 pages

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Great Outdoors (Hobart)

The Great Outdoors: Hobart's new print issue takes you right out there. It reaches from "Fun Camp" shorts to "Outdoor Apocylypse", and from "Lake" to "A Deer Big Enough to Show" to "Cold Travel". Also included: "An Encyclopedia of Urban Farming".

Contributing authors: Mike Alber, Lydia Conklin, Lucy Corin, Curtis Dawkins, Matthew Derby, Gabe Durham, B.C. Edwards, Scott Garson, Becky Hagenston, Steve Himmer, Christopher Kennedy, Meghan Kenny, Peter Markus, Adam Peterson, Steven Rinella, Shya Scanlon, Patrick Somerville, Eliza Tudor, Gabriel Urza, Elise Winn.

To accompany this issue online, Hobart put together an Outdoor bonus feature website with all kinds of extras: alternate endings, pie recipes, behind-the-scenes essay, camp conversation, and extra shorts.

About Hobart
Hobart publishes online issues, print issues and minibooks, and is edited by Aaron Burch. The Great Outdoors is Hobart print issue #11. In August, the next minibook will be released: "The Avian Gospels - Book I" by Adam Novy.

The Great Outdoors (Hobart #11)
short stories
paperback, $10

Another Night at the Circus - Rose Hunter (YB)

Another Night at the Circus is a collection of linked short stories that chart the varying fortunes of Alex: hooker, stripper, and massage parlour worker. Making her way through a mix of tragic and comic situations, Alex seeks to keep the emotional impact at bay via a steady diet of drugs, alcohol, and ironic detachment. Along the way she encounters crazed johns, sadistic pimps and brothel owners and cruel coworkers, as well as people who, like her, are just trying - and failing - to connect.

"Rose, as one can easily determine from her webblog, is a poet; a poet with a contemporary and very hard feminine voice. The voice of Another Night at the Circus, Alex, narrates in the poetry of the street, the poetic sensation of night in dirty places, the degradation poetry of the sex trade; a unique voice that I wish were expanded. My complaint about Circus is a compliment: It is too short, there is not enough; after each scene I wanted it to go on, to find out more, what happened next?, is Annika all right?, why is Alex doing this?, why does she let these slobs use her like a tissue?" - Donigan Merritt

Rose Hunter is from Australia originally, lived in Canada for many years, and now lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She blogs at Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home. She is also the editor of the online poetry journal YB, which is currently accepting submissions for its third (June 2010) edition. Guidelines here.

Another Night at the Circus
interlinked short stories
140 pages, $12
ISBN 9781451553819

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Asian American Literary Review - Issue 1

The Asian American Literary Review is a space for writers who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community. In showcasing the work of established and emerging writers, the journal aims to incubate dialogues and, just as importantly, open those dialogues to regional, national, and international audiences of all constituencies. AALR selects work that is, as Marianne Moore once put it, “an expression of our needs…[and] feeling, modified by the writer’s moral and technical insights.”

Published biannually, AALR features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, comic art, interviews, and book reviews.

Issue 1, debuting in April 2010, features poetry by Cathy Song, Oliver de la Paz, Paisley Rekdal, April Naoko Heck, Mong-Lan, Eugene Gloria, Nick Carbo, and David Woo; Karen Tei Yamashita interviewed by Kandice Chuh; prose by Ed Lin, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Sonya Chung, Hasanthika Sirisena, David Mura, Gary Pak, and Brian Ascalon Roley; fourm responses by Alexander Chee, David Mura, and Ru Freeman; and book reviews by Paul Lai, Timothy Yu, and Jennifer Ann Homany other Asian American authors.

About AALR
The Asian American Literary Review was founded by Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Gerald Maa and Larry Shinagawa, and is sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland, College Park. Regular AALR pieces can be found on Discover Nikkei, posted on Sundays.

The Asian American Literary Review - Issue 1
single issue, $12

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

American Junkie - Tom Hansen (Emergency)

American Junkie is the story of Hansen's life as a musician and heroin dealer during the punk and grunge movements in Seattle. It's American. It’s human underground.

If you’ve ever wondered why people do drugs even when it’s killing them and they know it, this book will help you understand. And if you think that all junkies are nothing but degenerates, then this book will change your mind.

In American Junkie, Tom Hansen takes us non-stop into a land of desperate addicts, failed punk bands, and brushes with sad fame. It’s a story that takes us from the promise of a young life to the prison of a mattress, from budding musician to broken down junkie, and ultimately, a ride to a hospital for a six-month stay and a painful self-discovery that cuts down to the bone.

Tom Hansen lives in Seattle and writes for The Nervous Breakdown. He is also an editor at Knock Magazine. His next reading is in New York on May 22nd.

About Emergency Press
Emergency Press is based in New York and publishes explorative books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and emergent forms that fall outside traditional categories. Emergency Press books are available in bookstores across the nation and through major online booksellers. Every year, the press hosts an international contest for book-length examinations of a single topic. Their next book is a story collection called Slut Lullabies by Gina Frangello (more).

Tom Hanson: American Junkie
280 pages, paperback, 15$
ISBN: 978-0975362365

Thursday, May 06, 2010

kari edwards: NO GENDER (Belladonna)

kari edwards (1954 - 2006) was a poet, artist and gender activist, her work has appeared in numerous publications, and inspired others. This anthology follows her mandate of reclaiming the very words we speak and write, beginning with our authorial name:

"kari’s authorial “signature” undid the authorial body in favor of a visible obfuscation—strikethru: kari never just signed, but rather crossed out hir name and wrote “NO GENDER.” The erasure—well no, the palimpsestic remaking of the name into a symbol for the dismantling of enforced gender codes is a profound and provocative gesture—the name is still visible behind the NO GENDER, as if behind bars... kari’s genius moved others to their own words, art, action—following a mandate of reclaiming the very words we speak and write—writing our selves, our other(ed) bodies, into a foundational postgender post-genre state. This book is the start of what hopefully will be a much longer conversation." - by Julian T. Brolaski & erica kaufman

With contributions from Cara Benson, Frances Blau, Mark Brasuell, Julian T. Brolaski, Reed Bye, Marcus Civin, CAConrad, Donna de la Perrière, E. Tracy Grinnell, Rob Halpern, Jen Hofer, Brenda Iijima, Lisa Jarnot, erica kaufman, Kevin Killian, Wendy Kramer, Joseph Lease, Rachel Levitsky, Joan MacDonald, Bill Marsh, Chris Martin, Yedda Morrison, Eileen Myles, Akilah Oliver, Tim Peterson, Ellen Redbird, Leslie Scalapino, Michael Smoler, Sherman Souther, Eleni Stecopoulos, and Anne Waldman

kari edwards: NO GENDER is a Venn Diagram Production, which is the collaborative intersection between Belladonna Books and Litmus Press. This imprint actualizes the mutual commitment to publishing innovative, cross-genre, multicultural, feminist, and queer work by writers and artists working beyond and between borders.

About Belladonna
Founded as a reading and salon series by Rachel Levitsky at Bluestocking's Women's Bookstore on New York City's Lower East Side in 1999, Belladonna so far has featured over 150 writers of wildly diverse age and origin, writers who work in conversation and collaboration in and between multiple forms, languages, and critical fields. As performance and as printed text, the work collects, gathers over time and space, and forms a conversation about the feminist avant-garde, what it is and how it comes to be.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Belladonna's mission to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable, and dangerous with language. Forhtcoming: The Wide Road by Lyn Hejinian & Carla Harryman

kari edwards: NO GENDER
Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards
Edited by Julian T. Brolaski, erica kaufman, and E. Tracy Grinnell
204 pages, $18
ISBN: 978-0-9819310-1-2

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Flesh in the Inkwell - Winona Baker (Leaf Press)

The poems of Flesh in the Inkwell detail what it was like for a child growing up in the ‘29 depression. How sometimes when poverty enters the door, love flies out the window.

Winona Baker’s fascination with words and writing started very early: “On the farm we all went to the crossroads where every two weeks everyone gathered early to gossip, even the children. We waited for a van with drop-down sides to pull up. Stacked behind them was a selection of books. Heavenly! We could take two out every two weeks. It doesn’t sound like many for a budding bibliophile but in a big family that was quite a number. No TV then, but we had a radio, if the batteries weren’t dead.”

Winona Baker published her first poem when she was eleven years old. During a writing career that has spanned a lifetime, her poems have been published all over the world and translated into six languages; she has also received many international honours and awards. Flesh in the Inkwell is her autobiography in verse.

Winona Baker’s work is in more than seventy anthologies worldwide, and has been translated into Japanese, French, Greek, Croatian, Romanian, Yugoslavian. Her work is archived in the Haiku Museum, Tokyo; the Basho Museum, Yamagata; the American Haiku Archives in California, and the Haiku Collection in the Fraser-Hickson Library Montreal. Her other books include Beyond the Lighthouse (Oolichan, 1992) and Even a Stone Breathes (Oolichan, 2000).

About Leaf Press
Leaf Press is an independent poetry publisher located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Other titles include: Huge Blue by Patrick M. Pilarski, Obituary of Light: the Sangan River Meditations by Susan Musgrave, and Precipitous Signs: a Rain Journal by Leanne Boschman.

Winona Baker: Flesh in the Inkwell
112 pages, $18.00