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News (newest at the top):

We've moved our T-shirts,bumper stickers, poetry shorts, anthologies, decks, and other gear to our new MERCH STORE. We also have a lot of new merch over there, like POETRY, STORY, ESSAY trucker hats, etc. We'll move our chapbook backlist over there in a bit.

Big news, though, is that the 2023 Chapbook Contest Results are in:

Congratulations to the winner: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram's A BLACK STORY MAY CONTAIN SENSITIVE CONTENT.

They'll receive $1000 and publication in this year's series alongside three other fiinalist manuscripts, each of whom will receive $500 and publication:

  • Stephanie Anderson's BEARINGS.
  • Christopher Nelson's FUGITIVE
  • Steffan Triplett's CONSTRAINTS

Congrats to those three too. Now for the list of our finalists, all of which were outstanding, publishable, killer manuscripts.

  • Allison Field Bell's A IS FOR
  • Paul Cunningham's KNOT A TRAIN
  • Jai Dulani's AMASS
  • Emily M. Goldsmith's ALLIGATOR IS A FISH
  • Emiliano Gomez's TOWNIES
  • Elizabeth Horner Turner's OUR ENNUI REBELLION

Guessing we'll see these out in the world somewhere soon and regret not publishing them, but we can only do a handful a year. Thanks to all of those who entered. Entrants receive a free digital copy of last year's winner and, with a SASE, a free copy of this year's winner.

Seems like some folks are kicking up a bit of a ruckus about the computational poetics of our winning manuscript this year. Find a quick clarifying thread about that on Twitter.

The short version is that we have no objection to writers submitting manuscripts to us that engage large-language-model AI systems or other sorts of algorithmic writing tactics (for instance, just to name a few, found poetics, Oulipian games, cut-ups, collage, autotranslation, or sonnets)

as long as:

  • the writer is up front about their use
  • the project is awesome, interesting, surprising, and fruitful

To clarify: we are not interested in manuscripts that are entirely AI-written and mean to pass as human "stories" or "poems" or whatever. We are also not interested in boring, seamless-seeming AI generations. We want to see the writer's hand, even if the writer is using tools like LLMs.

We think you'll like Bertram's A Black Story May Contain Sensitive Content. We do. It does make use of AI as a tool. It is about that very thing in fact. It kicks ass.

If you'd like to preorder it, head over to the Merch Store. We'll have preorder links for the other 2024 Chapbook Series up shortly too.


The 2023 Series is out! Order below. Order older books (the whole catalog) here.

AWP 2023 Special Buy 2 Chapbooks Get 1 Free Since we're offering this deal to folks at AWP you too on the website should get it too. $18 for any 3 chapbooks + $5 shipping in the US.
Which chapbooks?
AWP 2023 Special Poetry Shorts Special price on the POE TRY shorts: $25 + $5 shipping. Specifiy preferred size and colors in the text field. As inventory allows! Not sure we'll have many of these left.
Preferred size and colors:
AWP 2023 Special DIAGRAM map or MFA oil shirt Special price on the DIAGRAM map (gray or black) or MFA oil shirt (blue or white: see swag page here), as inventory allows: $25 + $5 shipping. Specify unisex or women's fitted and preferred size in the text field.
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2023 Chapbook Subscription (preorder) The 2023 Chapbook Subscription includes W. Todd Kaneko's THE DEAD WRESTLER ELEGIES (CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION), Jed Munson's MINESWEEPER, Eric Burger's SIZZLE, and Julie Marie Wade's FUGUE. Titles will be shipped on publication in early 2023. PDF + print version includes shipping in the US.

[pdf only] / $17

[print + pdf, US shipping incl] / $35


Jed Munson, Minesweeper

Jed Munson's Minesweeper, winner of the 2022 Chapbook Contest (ships March 2023)

Minesweeper is not only poetry, but an exceptional piece of art of extraordinary caliber. Minesweeper sweeps us off our feet with its state-of-the-art bilingual-hyphenated, prepotent field of precocity and its intense algorithmic / microchipic tenderness / terseness / ingemination. It's so supremely well-balanced, so playful, so brilliant. While breaking our hearts with piquant line breaks, Jed Munson relentlessly surprises us with his accelerated gravity of recombineable, scrabblic, vulnerable inventions and cataclysmic candidness. It is a chapbook that defies our limitations and flourishes with dynamic, energetic wit. —VI KHI NAO

"Do not forget," Wittgenstein once cautioned, "that a poem, even though it is composed in the language of information, is not used in the language-game of giving information." One would never forget such a thing when reading Jed Munson's ludic lucubrations, which are as razor-sharp as they are full of risk and rambunctiousness. Engaging with Munson's Minesweeper is to get swept up in a poetics of polyglot playfulness. When the odds are stacked against us, it is heartening to know that there is a fine new player in town. Game on. —MICHAEL LEONG

Jed Munson's poems in Minesweeper get the far out present, the present present, the remembered present, & the shadow present, at minimum, together freaking the scene and sensed. They make rhythm and interr- uption be bound to one another as a multi-lingual record of consciousness, and this happens across a range of tones, textures, and forms in space constantly moving. I dig their angry and amused pleasure in handling and unhandling the steady intermittence of listening. —ANSELM BERRIGAN


[pdf only] / $5

[print + PDF, incl. US shipping] / $13

Eric Burger, Sizzle

Eric Burger, Sizzle, preorder (ships Feb 2023)

Oh man, this is a good one. The 19 scenarios in Eric Burger's Sizzle are wild and odd, funny, weird, and lovely. Reading these prose poems, one gets the feeling of punching through the veil between the everyday real and whatever's underneath it, some darkness, some language, much stranger. Ghosts, burning girls, strange beasts, dusk tunnels, holographic universes, goat people, circus freaks, sky piranhas, and mysterious spirals: this book brings the noise.

[pdf only] / $5

[print + PDF, incl US shipping] / $13

Julie Marie Wade, Fugue: an Aural History

Julie Marie Wade's Fugue: an Aural History

Go ahead, tell me-what words do you love? For to love a word is to love the sound it makes. To love a word is to hear the bells in it; to use a word out of love is to become a bell-ringer, which is also to say, a campanologist.

In this book-length essay, Julie Marie Wade writes a sonic autobiography, a gorgeous inquiry into language, sound, and history.

Keywords: lyric essay, autobiography, sound, language, memory

[pdf only] / $5

[print + pdf] / $9 + $4 US shipping

W. Todd Kaneko, The Dead Wrestler Elegies: Championship Edition

The Dead Wrestler Elegies, Championship Edition

It's the Championship Edition of W. Todd Kaneko's The Dead Wrestler Elegies, featuring all the killer poems and drawings in the first and now out of print edition. And, what's more, the Championship Edition includes all new poems and drawings. It's the most badass and tender book of poems you can buy!

W. Todd Kaneko's The Dead Wrestler Elegies is some kind of miracle. There's nothing else like it. The book succeeds as guilty pleasure and love affair, tribute and indictment, myth-making and intervention, a chronicle of obsession and disappointment, and a meditation on everything from gender politics to the points at which we all, eventually, submit. More than a pack of wild horses, more than spray-tanned human biceps confusing themselves for pythons, more than any kind of mania, really, this book is gonna run wild on you. —MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK

When the lights in the arenas go out, the poems and Kaneko's stunning visual work in The Dead Wrestler Elegies honor both these wrestlers and an era. Through Todd Kaneko's fierce but tender elegies, we come to understand that the gods are mortal after all. —OLIVER DE LA PAZ

Sheened with baby oil and juice, these powerful poems explore the constructed and painful nature of masculinity's glory and gory days, where the body's currency is a site of both invincibility and vulnerability, transcendence and decay, Kaneko's lines moonsaulting a muscular parabola between cartoon and icon, kitsch and myth, the timeless cage match between ecstasy and grief. —LEE ANN RORIPAUGH

These larger-than-life portraits are, more deeply, elegies for a lost family: for a departed mother, for a father who shared his love of wrestling through old VHS tapes. W. Todd Kaneko makes the wrestling ring an allegory of childhood, of masculinity, desire, and loss, a landscape of fantasy and dreams. —TIMOTHY YU

[pdf only] / $7

[print + pdf, US shipping included] / $19







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