Friday, October 10, 2014

Michele’s Letters

Less than a month before we officially kick off the 2014/2015 season, we close the 2013/2014 season with Michele Battiste’s LEFT: Letters to Strangers.

We’d originally thought this would appear during the Summer, but Michele has been promoting her recent book, Uprising (available from Black Lawrence Press). There’s a sort of interwoven narrative in these pieces (all letters) concerning relationships, blurred consciousness/reality, and a mysterious box. Like much of Michele’s poetry, it moves and shakes, soothes conversationally at times . . . and then smacks you (gently).  There’s often beauty coupled with a hint of danger.  Like:

“I could have left
the box outside but I anticipated
rain and also remembered
the riots, how they started
like a single wisp
of stratus gathering mist.“

This chapbook is available now!  Get ‘em while they’re fresh . . . printed in multiple shades of green!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 2014 Update

Years ago, because we (er, I) really hate Summer, GBP adopted a policy that we’d not publish anything during the Summer months (which, in Florida, lasts for a long, long time).  And then we promptly broke that rule because our publication schedule stretched past Spring.  This year, we accepted fewer chapbooks and at least one of those fell off the schedule, so we found ourselves with a break.  (Albeit, mostly unannounced.)

So, now we’re waking up from our Summer hibernation.  First order of business is the last book from our 2013/2014 season . . . LEFT: Letters to Strangers from Michele Battiste.  That will be going into production in the next week or so and available for purchase by the end of the month.  The next solid event will be our Open Reading period, which (like last year) will kick off at midnight of Halloween (interpret that how you like) and end at 11:59 p.m. on Bastille Day (a little less open to interpretation). 

More updates soon.

UPDATE (10/7):  LEFT has been produced and author copies are going out to Michele now.  Look for it in the store later this week!

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In the first years following college, a Southern refugee living in Upstate New York, I could feel poetry slipping away.  As an undergrad, I was writing every day for classes and workshops.  I was submitting regularly to journals.  But after leaving school, things… cont.

Hope everyone’s having a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. 

We’re gearing up for a new chapbook, coming this week.  It’s Seeing You Again by Karen Fabiane.  I’m pretty excited about this one, as we’ve known Karen from back… cont.

For the most recent “open reading period,“ I again opted to fly solo.  On one hand, it’s great to have total control over what manuscripts are ultimately chosen for publication.  On the other hand, there’s more pressure to make sure the chosen… cont.

Just a quick note that some GBP chapbooks are now available at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. Right now, we plan to rotate titles in and out depending on demand, trying… cont.