Monday, August 20, 2018

August 2018 Update

In just a few days, we’ll be wrapping up the 2017/2018 Open Reading Season with a chapbook from Mike Sikkema.  This one is titled [crawdads skitter on river dildoes], and I think it’s his best one yet.  (For the record, this will be his third Grey Book Press chapbook, not counting the collaboration with Elisabeth Workman [Terrorism is What Whale] in 2014.)  I think with one more chapbook, we have to change the name of the press to Grey Book Press: Home of Mike Sikkema’s poetry. 

After that, we head into “off cycle” work from Cat Conway . . . and others . . ?  Speaking of, I’m rethinking the Open Readings.  Yes, our next one is still planned for the two weeks that kick off midnight of Halloween, but I think we’ll be limiting selections to two chapbooks to give us more flexibility in choosing other manuscripts through the year.  (Typically, we select four or five and just one or two “off-cycle” manuscripts.  I want to flip that around somewhat.)  I have a couple manuscripts in my email, along with a poet or two I’d like to solicit for future projects.  By October/November, we should have our schedule set through Spring 2019, and by January 2019, we should have a schedule set for most of that year.  The goal, as I see it, is to have a manageable backlog of manuscripts (but, generally, not longer than six to nine months) with lots of flexibility built in. 

Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah . . . see you in a few days!

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