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02.07.16: So we are dropping two more chapbooks on you this fine spring. First up, we've got the frankly epic Nice Things by James Franco, edited by Sean Lovelace and Mark Neely. Trust us when we say that you are going to want to read this one. Comes out on 02.29.16 (but we'll ship preorders earlier). Nicole Walker's Micrograms drops 03.20.16. Also epic, but in a micro way. Micro epic? Epigastric? Microplastic? Whatever: it's great.

      

Well, here is the real Franco, the only true Franco. You need to read what he has to say about McDonalds, plot, teaching, poetry, and voice. Also: being horny for Sleater-Kinney, Gogol, gossamer, Battlestar Galactica, soccer, Subarus, Diet Mountain Dew, nature, Nature, counterinsurgency, the rhetoric of rivers, breasts, damaged heroes, misunderstanding fairy tales, and Nice Things by James Franco.

But first, a disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents have been fed through the elaborate machine of James Franco’s imagination. Though passages relating to health, fitness, and creative writing do draw on the author’s extensive education, they should not be substituted for the medical advice of physicians.

Also this chapbook tolerates no blurbs.

Cool? Cool. In the words of the immortal and horrible Rage Against the Machine, come and play, come and play: forget about the movement!

64pp, ISBN 978-1-934832-53-0, $9 (print + pdf) or $5 (pdf). Preorder below:

Print chapbook + pdf ($9 + $2 shipping in USA):

Or if you just want the pdf, that's cool, who wants to be encumbered? Not Franco. Not you, so it's yours for $5:

 

 

Check out Nicole Walker's Micrograms (shipping the week of 03.20.16; preorder below). Or listen to what the people say:

"Even the table of contents of Nicole Walker's Micrograms is geekily witty, including as it does such fanciful micro-essay titles as "Micromeat" and "Micro Prairie Dogs and Micro Turkey Vultures" alongside the more familiar and even potentially dire "Microbursts" and "Microencephaly." In fact, the table of contents reveals many of the tensions this book explores: between the invented and the real, the wild and the mundane, the grim and joyful challenges at the heart of the smallest events of our daily lives and the fear, humor, and hope with which we encounter these challenges. There is no other writer like Nicole Walker for weaving a fabric that incorporates all the threads of her reality: the scientific and the poetic, the trivial and the dire, the mundane and the apocalyptic, all held together by Walker's deep pleasure in the operations of language itself." —Katharine Coles

"Like Galeano's Book of Embraces or Weil's Gravity and Grace, Nicole Walker's Micrograms portray the force of a keen mind fully engaged with disparate, successive parts of the world, which unify, reconfigure, and become new things in her strange, wondrous prose. These essays are not description or depiction but revelation; they both show and prophesy." —Patrick Madden

"Though I'm tempted to applaud the micro-joys, micro-fascinations, and micro-revelations of Nicole Walker's Micrograms, the truth is that this miniscule
book of micro-essays offers inquisitive readers gargantuan pleasures. A micro-burst of essays, fresh and intriguing." —Dinty W. Moore

"Micrograms by Nicole Walker is a cause for swooning and celebration. I cleaned my glasses and caught my breath. She is a microscope and a telescope, gives us a book writ large, writ small. 'Let's go smaller,' she asks us, but never in import as, in her delightful deadpan, she leads us through life and death. Yes, it's a small world after all. And an extraordinary book about looking close, and thinking far." —David Lazar

80pp, essays, ISBN 978-1-934832-54-7, $9 (print + pdf) or $5 (pdf). Order it below!

Print chapbook + pdf ($9 + $2 shipping in USA):

Or if you just want the pdf, that's cool, for $5:

 

 

 

10.15.15: Hey there, all five new chapbooks have just been released. Links below to buy print chapbooks (with complimentary pdf downloads) or just the pdf, or hey, click [ordering] to order any of our chapbooks.

What's more, buy the new chapbooks directly from us & we'll also throw a digital (pdf) copy with your order. All the new chaps are $9 + $2 shipping. Or if you'd rather, just order the pdf for $5 and skip the hardcopy and the shipping. Personally we like the hardcopies but we get that it's the future etc. So if you want digital, you got digital. If you want the print chapbooks (which you should! totally!) you also get the digital.

So. Also, the only way to get the limited edition of Melanie Rae Thon's The 7th Man (which has an alternate cover: see below) is to buy directly from us. Available until they're gone. We only printed 120 of them. It's included in the 2015 Series Subscription, which is an excellent way to get the whole series at a major discount ($20 for digital, $33 including shipping for all 5 print chapbooks).

All of these will ship in October and November 2015.

    cost + shipping  
2015 Chapbook Series Subscription: Print! (Buy all 5 for $28 + $5 shipping in US). $28 + $5
2015 Chapbook Series Subscription: Digital! (Buy all 5 for $20). $20
Melanie Rae Thon: The 7th Man Limited Edition, pdf only $5
Melanie Rae Thon: The 7th Man Limited Edition, chapbook + pdf $9 + $2
Melanie Rae Thon: The 7th Man, Trade Edition, pdf only $5
Melanie Rae Thon: The 7th Man, Trade Edition, chapbook + pdf $9 + $2
Nick Neely: Chiton & Other Creatures, pdf only $5
Nick Neely: Chiton & Other Creatures, chapbook + pdf $9 + $2
Nik de Dominic: Your Daily Horoscope, pdf only; 11/15 $5
Nik de Dominic: Your Daily Horoscope, chapbook + pdf $9 + $2
Colleen O'Brien: Spool in the Maze, pdf only; shipping! $5
Colleen O'Brien: Spool in the Maze, chapbook + pdf $9 + $2
Catie Hannigan: What Once Was There Is the Most Beautiful Thing, pdf only $5
Catie Hannigan: What Once Was There Is the Most Beautiful Thing, chapbook + pdf $9 + $2
     

 

08.17.15: So we have our five new chapbooks nearly ready to debut for you this fall: Melanie Rae Thon's The 7th Man (somewhere between fiction and poetry), Nick Neely's Chiton and Other Creatures (essays), Colleen O'Brien's chapbook-contest-winning Spool in the Maze, Catie Hannigan's What Once Was There Is the Most Beautiful Thing (poetry), and Nik de Dominic's Your Daily Horoscope (poetry).

We're actually producing a limited edition version of Melanie Rae Thon's chapbook with an alternate cover that will only be available through our website (the cover below is the limited edition).

On our website this fall, we'll also be selling, for the first time, these new chapbooks in both physical + electronic versions. You can buy the trade editions through bookstores and Amazon, but the electronic version is only available from us. And if you order a physical copy directly from us, you get a free download of the electronic version. The first couple chapbooks will be released in October. We'll have more details and links to the preorders here presently.

 

 

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12.02.14: Oh! And our last two chapbooks of the 2014 series are just released: Laura Bylenok's a/0 and Khaty Xiong's Deer Hour. Whoa, both of these are phenomenal chapbooks. Order below or on the chapbooks link at the left.

As a reminder, the best way to get them all is to just subscribe to the whole 2014 series. Individually the chapbooks are $9 ea + $2 shipping. If you buy all four, we'll ship them to you when they're out (the first two ship now) for $30, shipping included. So you save $14 on them; that's like getting 1.44 chapbooks for free. So:

   

a/0 is a glorious, terrifying, tender enchantment—an immersion in a world made strange through the alchemy of metaphor—where approaching noon might become a horse, breathing hard, glowering. Here, it is always noon, falling snow forever filthy. Only the body is new: gaining a tooth, losing a vertebra, suddenly old at the wrist where brittle bone too easily crumbles. Through the magical confabulations of language, Laura Bylenok unconceals our infinite mutability and our gorgeously human capacity for kinetic empathy. Compassion alone can break the spell of endless noon: by the grace of fear, a red sweater becomes a woman's body, the fallen woman a vision of our own desperate possibilities. Free to love and die, we are resurrected in time, restored by desire for changing light and changing seasons, joy and loss, the pleasure and grief of our fragile, transient, miraculous world. —Melanie Rae Thon

Laura Bylenok's a/0 loops clockwise and counterclockwise through a quantum gothic tale of loss and transformation. What's its genre? A nonce science of evanescent increments. Newton and Leibniz confer. A vertebra vanishes. Noon is now and null and now again. "If time is infinitely divisible, it must also be infinitely expandable," Bylenok writes. Now replace "time" with "Bylenok's nimble, ruminative prose." Now replace "must also be" with "is also infinitely readable, infinitely pleasurable, and." —Zach Savich

Poems, 5"x8", 72pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-47-9. [press release & order form]

 

   

Luminous and feral, Deer Hour is part creation documentary of the worlds we build for ourselves with language, part elegy for the fact that it is impossible to generate closure without enclosure. In a world where humanity is bound to "red cedars whose secrets keep us logging" as well as "childhood / writing from the front lines," Xiong would guide us through the anxieties of being "bound in sore action, / unable to reconcile / the wild & the not-wild" with poetry that is determined to witness while resistant to the complicities of history. Here, as in other crucial, contemporary poetics, the acts of speaking and writing are not halves of a pristine poetic whole, but yearning, expressive portions that remain troubled by the absence of a bearable relationship to the world. The resulting work is of an important new perspective that would liberate us from the dualism of what is sayable and free us into an argument about what is livable. Read this book if you have ever contemplated the institution of civilization, known the love of language, or taken one step toward the wild and opened your eyes. —Lo Kwa Mei-en, author of Yearling

Poems, 5"x8", 44pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-46-2. [press release & order form]

 

 

Too, we'll be opening up our yearly chapbook contest in November. Details on the contest page when they're ready.

   

The 2014 Chapbook Contest Winner, Jessica Johnson's In Absolutes We Seek Each Other: Poems

Johnson's poems, full of quiet and gracious observation, are acts of kinship-in-strangeness with the natural world. Even the slightest creatures are alive with vision. —Joanna Klink

For a moment, reader, as you orient yourself in one of Jessica Johnson's poems, you might classify a scene as quiet and scientific, or moody, wet, and metrical; then a shift and, god, it's luminous and grief-struck and haunting and it's yours. The linked poems in the book's first section are a feat of beauty: transformation and lost innocence set in a glimmering laboratory. The second section of ocean dwellers, anatomies, and sea-soaked lyrics is equally remarkable. Jessica Johnson is a true discovery. —Kathleen Flenniken

Poems, 5"x8", 60pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-44-8. [press release & order form]

 

   

A finalist in the 2014 Chapbook Contest, Mark Holden's No One Wants to Live Here: Stories

In No One Wants to Live Here, Mark Holden turns fantasy and reality inside out, showing us the frail thread that holds them together and the raw edges that our superegos scrabble to keep hidden—the things we would never want to reveal in a million years. But in this world, to quote one of his characters, "a million years was up." Holden's sharp, deadpan eye is a seam-ripper that lays bare our tattered, basted-together interiors. —Kate Moses

The mundane and the shocking are neighbors in Mark Holden's powerful collection of stories No One Wants to Live Here. So are his characters—neighbors who watch one another. They are ordinary people, farmers, prison guards and waitresses, a new mother, a cameraman for a local news channel. But the normalcy ends there, because these ordinary people sometimes get out their arsenals of weapons and kill one another. But then maybe that is normal, too. Writing in sublimely simple prose, stripped bare of any unnecessary flourishes, Holden paints a picture of bland and lonely, so-called "ordinary" lives in which extraordinary cruel acts transpire, and in doing so he shows us how such extreme acts have become irrevocably stitched into the fabric of American life. —Elizabeth Cohen

The stories in Mark Holden's No One Wants to Live Here are suggestive and sparse, apparently without affect. In conjunction with their startling plots, the effect is one of a dazzling muteness. —Steve Shipps

Stories, 5"x8", 64pp., $9, ISBN 978-1-934832-45-5. [press release & order form]

 

 

 

 

NEWEST CHAPBOOKS & [ordering]

O'Brien [Oct 2015]
Neely [Oct 2015]
Thon [Oct 2015]
De Dominic [Nov 2015]
Hannigan [Nov 2015]
Bylenok
Xiong
Johnson
Holden