Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 2016 Update

The press is about to come alive as we settle into the Autumn.  Of course, the Main Event is the promised 2016/2017 Season Open Reading window.  Full guidelines will be announced in a couple days.  The two-week window opens at midnight after Halloween festivities.

Before that, or concurrently, is a very limited-edition chapbook by . . . Scott Sweeney.  Just 25 copies of this one.  It’s called stasis

As the Open Reading submissions pour in, we’ll be getting our next chapbook ready; this one will be from Andrew Brenza, likely to appear around the intersection of November/December. 

More details on everything very, very soon.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

August 2016 Update

We’ve wrapped up our 2015/2016 chapbook season with the release of Genevieve Kaplan’s In an aviary. We’ll be soliciting submissions for our 2016/2017 season this Fall. You’ll still be able to purchase a subscription of the five 2015/2016 chapbooks (for about a dollar off per copy) until the open reading window opens. The open reading window will be announced in the next month or two. In the meantime, we will not be considering any unsolicited submissions.

In between seasons, we’ll be having one “off-cycle” release—a limited-edition chapbook from Andrew Brenza. Look for more about that one toward the end of the year.

One of the regrets here at GBP is we don’t have a regular mechanism in place to pass along items on our poets—where they’re appearing, chapbook reviews, or “where are they now?” items. For instance, Jane Joritz-Nakagawa has an interview at Horse Less Press and reviews of her GBP chapbook diurnal at Galatea Resurrects and Cordite. We’re going to try to make more of an effort to promote those items—both here and in social media.

In appearance news, GBP will be participating in the upcoming 100,000 Poets for Change event in Tallahassee next month and the Florida Literary Arts Coalition conference in St. Augustine in early November.

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In an aviary

The final chapbook of our 2015/2016 “season” is In an aviary by Genevieve Kaplan.

As detailed in her essay at Opon, Kaplan uses a Mina Loy prose poem (“Ladies in an Aviary”) as the source material for this poetic collage. She reworks the language, deconstructs it, and reassembles it into a variety of configurations.  The result is a cohesive, flowing work that’s full of surprises.

From “Holding the sugar higher”:

“the white reaching-up in the breeze, tiny
hummingbird near the purples, for the bees
to take, to grasp the sun (to shake it off), skittish
by the passing of an orange machine, the greens
hazing for what sounds here, for not a love
not, as someone is always stepping. the bird
comes back, the bee, the voices come along. am I
alone here? no. (and the longer, the less so.)”

Check it out and you, too, can be in an aviary.


Up until a couple/few years ago, we used to take the Summers off from chapbook-making because, here in North Florida, it’s hard to summon the energy to do anything beyond merely existing when it’s this hot and humid.  But with Global Warming, everyone’s increasingly in the same boat, so who am I to complain?

Later this week, we’ll be wrapping up the 2015/2016 season with a chapbook by Genevieve Kaplan, In an aviary.  We’re really excited and can’t wait to get it out there.  Here’s to hoping our new production process will be a seamless transition.

We have a few irons in the fire for the remainder of 2016, including a couple chapbooks and our next book-book.  Details and schedules continue to come together, so we have to wait a little longer before announcing anything.  Look for that later.  In the meantime, you can enjoy Genevieve’s poems in a few days.


Clown Machine

The second chapbook of the 2015/2016 “season” is Clown Machine by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens.  The poetry contained within is a lyrical carnival that introduces us to a whole cast of characters—including a contortionist, a bearded lady, a lion tamer, a stuntwoman—who each take their turn in the spotlight, and each of them make an impression, because each is rendered with care and, at the same time, an adventurous, poetic curiosity. 

From “The Contortionist has Damaged Taste Buds”:

“Her feet touch the walls and
ceiling in like eight
different places.

Her favorite pose is back
on the floor legs over
neck and head.

Her spine covets non-elusive hardness.”

We’re really happy for the chance to share these poems with you.  Available now under Titles (scroll all the way down).


As we get ready for the OFFICIAL start of Summer, our next chapbook is about to hit . . . Clown Machine by Jenny MacBain-Stephens.  Production will commence this weekend about the time it goes on sale on the website. 

Also, one of our recent chapbooks, Diurnal by Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, is available for review at Plumwood Mountain, so contact them if you’re interested. 

Once we get into Summer, we’ll know a lot more about the second half of our year.