Come see, handle, and attempt to steal effing titles new and old at the AWP Bookfair in Chicago, next week February 11-14. We'll be at table #774.
We'll be debuting at least two new titles there as well. Come smell the freshness.
We'll be participating in this off site small press affair Friday, Feb 13 at Links Hall :
FEBRUARY 13: Friday Night in Chicago
Red Rover Series presents Experiment #26: A Small Press Showcase
Books, Effing Press, Flood Editions, Futurepoem books, Les Figues
Press, Slack Buddha Press, Switchback Books, & Ugly Duckling Presse.
Jessica Bozek, Amina Cain, Marcella Durand, Bill Fuller,
Gloria Frym, Kim Hyesoon, Alta Ifland, Nancy Kuhl, Dan Machlin, Don
Mee, Mel Nichols, Hoa Nguyen, Kathleen Rooney, Susan Schultz, John
Tipton, & Ronaldo V. Wilson.
40 pages, saddle-stitched w/ letterpress covers This is Baraka's keynote address at the "Ed Dorn Symposium" March o8 at the University of Colorado in Boulder
From the book:
moving out to investigate the real West the Westness of us, that is the
real openness, newness, freshness, innovation of America the promise is
to finally see that this promise has been the threatened future of this
world of European invention and discovery, colonialism and capitalism
and imperialism and always war and this Afro Asian Latino world of
submission and imprisonment and defeat. But it has been that tribe of
Dorn's that has also slipped outside the well advertised virtues of
this hell and to include them in the torture must make Dorn then search
outside the given, outside the relentlessly stated lie of American
democracy to see that America and its place in the world for what they
HERRON / KNOX / COMPTON : minor american reading
hosted by kathryn l. pringle & Magdalena Zurawski
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2008
Location: Ken Rumble's apartment in Durham, NC, US
500 n. duke st., apt. 55-204
Map: http://tr.im/minor (Google map with street view of 500 N Duke St building,
from corner of Duke St & Corporation)
To get there: Come up Duke St. from Main (or the vicinity) and turn
right onto Corporation Drive across from DSA, then take
an immediate left into the parking lot and then find a
parking space there.
About the poets
*Patrick Herron* (http://patrickherron.com) is a poet, artist and information scientist living in Chapel Hill, NC, USA. His doll Lester is
the author of the book Be Somebody (2008, Effing Press, recently
reviewed in the Independent: http://tr.im/lesreview) while Patrick is
the author of several books of poetry including The American Godwar
Complex (2004, BlazeVox) as well as a recent book on text mining and
scientific discovery (2008, Verlag Dr. Mueller). Patrick's web art has
appeared in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and his proximate.org
(http://proximate.org) is part of the permanent collection of the New
Museum for Contemporary Art. You may find some of Patrick's poems and essays in journals such as The Exquisite Corpse, Jacket, Fulcrum, A Chide's Alphabet, and Talisman. He is the founder of the Carrboro
International Poetry Festival, a member of the board of Carolina Wren
Press, winner of the 2005 Triangle Arts Award from The Independent
(Durham NC), and a former Carrboro NC Poet Laureate. Patrick teaches new
media studies, develops serious games, and studies semiotic landscapes
of innovation for the Jenkins Chair at Duke University. He is working on
a new volume of poetry tentatively entited Embedded.
*Jennifer L. Knox* was born in Lancaster, California, where absolutely
anything can be made into a bong. Her poems have appeared in the
anthologies The Best American Poetry (1997, 2003 and 2006), Great
American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present, Free Radicals: American Poets
Before Their First Books, and The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800
to the Present. She has taught poetry writing at New York University and
Hunter College, and is available for children's parties, seances, and
tradeshow booth demonstrations. She lives in Brooklyn. For more
information, see www.jenniferlknox.com.
*Shanna Compton* is the author of For Girls & Others (Bloof Books,
2008), Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005), and several chapbooks, as well as the
editor of GAMERS (Soft Skull, 2004). Her poems and essays have appeared
widely in magazines and anthologies including The Best American Poetry
2005. She teaches at The New School and runs the DIY Poetry Publishing
Cooperative at diypublishing.blogspot.com. She lives in a valley near a
river in New Jersey. For more information, see www.shannacompton.com.
Feel free to bring beer, wine, crackers, cheese, chips, dips, carrots,
celery, ice cream, bread, soup, apples, tomatoes, brazil nuts, religious
iconography, a table cloth, root beer, toilet paper, salt & pepper,
water, pita bread, some cds, a couch, your "issues," a sandwich, bacon,
walnuts, a comfy chair, pillows, a sleeping bag, your nail file, a
hatchet, peanut butter, a fruit log, the way that you walk, a camera, a video-camera, a voice recorder, a baby, your cell phones, extra
shoelaces, some spaghetti, an onion, a tray of delicious cured meats,
forks, a spare tire, a friend, jewelry, donations, refrigerator magnets,
a light bulb, other assorted paper products that could include napkins,
several feathers, a cucumber, sake, a dingo, a McCain supporter, a copy
of your diploma, a copy of a picture of your refrigerator, a
refrigerator, a stamp with "Texas" on it, an extra pair of sneakers, an
overweight balloon operator, a nice rabbit stew, a map, a picture of our
lord jesus christ, your "schtick," that ass, a clown, fall leaves, a
cabbage, mango, avocado, steak tartar, sushi, a boy named Sue, the woman
crossing the street, a copy of an issue of Carolina Parent, flowers,
\candles, body oil, apple sauce, and a bicycle helmet.
The Frank Stanford festival was a lot of fun. Great to see so many people paying tribute to the man and his words. F-ville treated us nice with its smallness and friendliness and its cold and delicious beers.
And props to Choctaw Nation and you know why. you know.
I owe many books to several people who ordered last week and the week before. Those will go out in tomorrow and Friday's mail. If you have a problem with that please write your congress woman then come smell the ink on my hands.
I received the following emails today. Feast.
"In the galaxy where all is beauty i fine it necessary to approach your Platform these way, well i apologies for the inconvenient it will take you to listen to my magistrate,i got your contact when i was searching for business partner,one fact to know is that, the essential sadness is to pass through life without experience, yet is also sad to pass through life without sharing once experience and weakness to others,if this is true of me."
"No not wearing costume to work,too much work involved, and too sexy for work also. By time you wear all day it wd put you in damper for night, wears off excitement too."
After 4 days and nights of printing I'm off to Fayetteville, AR for the Frank Stanford lit fest (with some damn fine looking broadsides tucked under my arm). Effing book and magazine orders will ship next week (and sorry some of you have had to wait an extra week - it's been nuts in this here studio).
If you are in Austin there is this happening next week hosted by POETRY TEXAS:
Poet and Critic John Taggart "A Night of Poetry at UT's Joyne's Room" Thursday, October 23 at 7:00pm
Took a much needed breather from press work and book slinging these past few weeks / months and have been laying low, living large, hanging with friends, not quitting smoking, lovin, steaming mussels, printing, reading, poetrying, neglecting, ignoring, supporting, hiding, loafing, bathing, braying, driving all over this city and fighting the police.
Ramping up with the good work now and proclamate labor and salvation in the form of collectible, sexable literary pap from the effing press to your mailboxes and hands. Your pretty pretty hands.
The summer was slow and dusty. Book orders and printing jobs were little and the money was none. It's still dusty in central T but the orders and printing work are starting to flow in again (and out) so there is fuel for the engine of bookmaking. Praise Ganesh. Fearhimlovehim.
The effing website will be updated shortly as well.
In the works (to repeat myself from months ago):
An Amiri Baraka essay in booklet form called "Ed Dorn & The Western World" (co-published with Skanky Possum Press).
A two poem flip book by Marcia Roberts.
a new collection from Hoa Nguyen called Kiss a Bomb Tattoo.
a wry beaut from Dale Smith called Cosmograph.
and finally, the David Meltzer collection Angelize that has been difficult (for no good reason) to produce.
Currently working on some fine printing for the upcoming Frank Stanford Literary Festival in Fayetteville, AR -- a broadside of a Frank poem as well as the program cover, both designed by Katy Henriksen of Cannibal. Just about ready to order the plates and papers.
I'll be at the festival as well and am looking forward to the poems/poets and the Ozarks in autumnal chaos.
Finishing up a piece of mine own lingua to be published as booklet in this year's Dusie Kollective chapbook swap. Punching the keys. Staring into space. Poet labor.
Also, the craftmaster Friedrich Kerksieck of Small Fires Press has put out a second edition of my poem Some Bridges Migrate with artwork by Austin artist Cherie Weaver. Bound and letterpress printed as nicely as the first edition, but for this run Friedrich The Wizard has made the cover paper with his own two hands. And it's great, this Friedrich-made paper. Supporthimpraisehim.
There is more news and talking from our heads. There will be more.