Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Billy Collins Is Fascinated By Micropresses Press

I have good news! I know that usually my blog is a total downer: I'm always keeping a count of dying puppies, drug-addled popstars, and chronicalling my irrecoverable descent into the dark world of fantasy baseball...

However, I'm going to put all those tallies and morbid baseball driven diary entries aside to say:

I'm very happy to that Transmission Press will be publishing Mathias' and my new chapbook, Chugwater. This chappy is a series of poems that hopefully function individually but also pool together to form a swirling landscape of cotton fields, floods, drownings, self-resuscitation (if that's possible), swinging hatchets, and children. Oh, the scampering, knowing children.

And Transmission Press is kick-ass because all the chapbooks look fantastic, are affordable and, well, tight:

Orgie in the Beef Closet by Michael Koshin:

Traceland by Mark Lamoureux:

The Moveable Ones by John Sakkis:

You can buy these and more by going to:

Good day.

also, if you haven't been there already, a blog and a website for you to peruse:

the lovey, giraffe lovin' poet, "Chicky Wang":


Bernard Kravitz's []


Also, this weekend has some serious readings piling up:

The Burning Chair Readings
invite you to experience leap year w/

Buck Downs, Corrine Fitzpatrick & Greg Fuchs

Friday, February 29th, 8 pm
Unnameable Books
456 Bergen Street
btwn. Flatbush & 5th Aves.
north Park Slope, Brooklyn
nearest the 2/3 but easily accessible from almost any train

Author Bios
A native of Jones County, Miss., Buck Downs lives and works in Washington, DC. Recent books include Ladies Love Outlaws and Recreational Vehicle.

Corrine Fitzpatrick is the author of two chapbooks - ZamboangueƱa (Sona Books, 2007) and On Melody Dispatch (Goodbye Better, 2007). She's working on a new set of poems called Minor Crimes and Casualties, and will have other poems out in vehicular number one, a new split-side series from press gang.

Greg Fuchs is the author of several books, including most recently Metropolitan Transit (isabel lettres) & Bored of Education (Rock Heals). He is columnist-at-large for Boog City and with John Coletti co-edits Open 24 Hours Press. His photographs and writing are available online at

I totally have a friend-crush on Corrine.

Man, this reading is killer. I love it when novelists and poets mix it up:

Open Letters Monthly is throwing a one-year anniversary party and celebrating with a reading featuring three of the finest young writers in America.

Joshua Harmon, Sommer Browning, and Adam Golaski will read selections from their work at the Lily Pad Gallery in Inman Square on Saturday, March 1st at 7:30pm. We'll have refreshments, information about the magazine, and readings from some of the best poetry, fiction, and translation we've seen.

Joshua Harmon will read from his debut novel Quinnehtukqut. This from our November issue: "Harmon is a brave writer, and one of the novel's great strengths is its daring mix of narrative styles: from a straight third-person which easily shuttles back and forth through time, to haunting impressionistic monologues, to jagged, folkloric nuggets and parallel narratives that creep alongside one another on the page."

Open Letters Monthly publishes just one poem a month, and Sommer Browning remains the only poet we've published twice. First in April, and then July.

Rounding the bill will be Adam Golaski, whose innovative new translation, Green, miraculously contemporizes the buzz and thwack of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, seamlessly easing the poem into the locus of everyday speech and so making it still more strange.

come join us!

Saturday March 1st, 2008
Open Letters Monthly 1st Anniversary Party & Reading
Joshua Harmon, Sommer Browning, Adam Golaski
Lily Pad Gallery, 1353 Cambridge Street (Inman Square), Cambridge MA

AHH, and this one, too. This makes me especially sad because I thought this reading was during the week, so I could go. I had committed to going in my mind. But it's on the weekend and I'll be out of town, so now I have to break up with my mind:

Thom Donovan's PEACE ON A has invited PhillySound

Saturday, MARCH 1st

166 Avenue A (btwn 10th & 11th)


Mytili Jagannathan
Dorothea Lasky
Chris McCreary
Frank Sherlock
Kevin Varrone

Tell me how these go, please.

1 comment:

Sommer said...

yay for you and m's chapbook!!! why didn't you mention this over piles of meat?