bricks and indies

November 20, 2016

Chin Music Press, Seattle

“Why Indie Presses Are Opening Bookstores” was published in LitHub back in June, but we’re big fans of independent bookstores, so we thought we’d give it a mention. As the title suggests, the article talks about the recent opening of bricks-and-mortar bookstores by independent presses. Not mentioned in the article is Seattle’s Chin Music Press and one of the originals, City Lights Books in San Francisco.

For more on this encouraging topic, see articles on Milkweed Books (Minneapolis) and Pages (the first Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul). A twist on this approach is POST, a bookstore in Tokyo that offers titles from one publishing house at a time (more here).
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photo: Chin Music Press, Seattle

APRIL’s in March

March 17, 2014

APRIL Festival 2014

Yes, April is National Poetry Month, but APRIL is also a festival of literature that happens in March! Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL) sees “literature as an indispensable element of our shared culture” and sets out “to connect readers with independent literature and the authors and publishers of this relevant and vitalizing work” over the course of one short week, March 24 through March 29, 2014.

There will be readings, artwork, food and drink, parties and an expo taking place in a variety of locations around Seattle. See the complete schedule on the APRIL Festival website and follow the links there for event details. APRIL’s on Facebook, too.

Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize

As long as we’re on the subject of chapbooks, here’s a hot-off-the-press announcement from Two Sylvias Press: the first Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize opens for submissions on March 1, 2014. You may submit 17 to 24 pages of poetry along with a small reading fee. The winner’s chapbook will be published in print and as an e-book (along with assorted other treats). Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 16, 2014.

Peruse the guidelines on the Two Sylvias Press website.

poets, submit!

August 19, 2013

Copper Canyon Press

Do you have a book-length poetry manuscript? Copper Canyon Press is accepting submissions during their open reading period, which runs through August 31, 2013. As Executive Editor Michael Wiegers said in his open letter to last year’s submitters, “…it is a brave and vulnerable act to submit a manuscript for consideration.”

Be vulnerable. Be brave. Learn more.

poetry projects

June 18, 2013

Tupelo PressTupelo Press, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, “is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry and literary prose by emerging and established writers. What we look for is a blend of urgency of language, imagination, distinctiveness, and craft.”

In addition to publishing books, Tupelo Press has a couple of ongoing projects that might interest you.

One is the 30/30 Project in which nine poets each write a poem a day for 30 days. New poets are selected each month and the results are printed online, with fresh poems appearing each day. The project will continue through 2013 and culminate with an anthology of selected poems. If you are interested in making the 30-day commitment, contact with your offer, a brief bio, and three sample poems.

Tupelo Press is also creating an “open source” poem: The Million-Line Poem, now in its 434th day. The poem is “being written couplet-by-couplet by readers and writers around the world, and published online by Tupelo Press.” Each day, Tupelo posts two lines to inspire contributors and then assembles and posts the day’s submissions. Find the guidelines here and the Million-Line Poem (so far) here. To see each day’s prompt, follow the Tupelo Press blog.

Visit the Tupelo Press website, find them on Facebook and if you’re inspired by their projects, buy a book or make a donation to keep the nonprofit in ink and pixels.

Richard Hugo HouseOnce you’ve turned in your poem for the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest, what will you do with all that free time?

Why not whip down to Seattle and take in Recto Verso: an Independent Press Expo at Richard Hugo House? Just one of the events scheduled as part of Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature (APRIL), here’s a little more on Recto Verso: “Dozens of the finest small presses from the Northwest and beyond converge on the epicenter of Seattle’s literary world for a one-of-a-kind book fair. Book-buyers’ best chance to see a bevy of small press books rarely seen on bookstore shelves. The first twenty people get a free APRIL tote bag. Readings throughout the day in the Hugo House Theater. The Hugo House bar will be open.”

Sounds pretty tasty!

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