Friday, December 11, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Stuff That's Good and Happens to Me

My chapbook launched at H_ngm_n. You can read it here: THIS RIDE IS IN DOUBLE EXPOSURE


Friday, October 30, 2009

Book Building & Other Tools

So, I've been involved with the online poetry community since about 2005 when alice blue first launched. Weird to think it's really only been 4-5 years. And also weird to think it's already been 4-5 years. And as one who spend a lot of time online, reading lots of poetry blogs, reading lots of online journals, and reading a lot in print too, and being a subscriber of several small/micro presses-- I've seen a lot in the DIY world. In small presses doing small chapbook and journal print runs. I am the proud owner of a fairly sizable handmade chapbook collection which I have garnered from bookstores and writers and the presses themselves.

But I have not, as yet, participated. Or, not made my own. We at alice blue have always planned to have a print element but it always seemed like something we put off and put off and put off-- you know, life happens. Other things got in the way. We didn't have the money. The list of excuses can be quite grandiose.

This summer, I don't know what clicked. I was tired of waiting. I decided I just wanted to do it and screw all else. So I solicited some people, read through a series of really fabulous manuscripts, and picked two for a couple small chapbook runs. 100 chapbooks, 10 art books. All handmade.

And man. It's a mind-boggling lot of work. Ultimately, to me? It's worth it to take the time to make the book a piece worth keeping, something of as much value as what takes place on the inside. I got two of my friends (one with art book making experience, one with letterpress & papermaking skills who is getting ready to attend art school) on board. Hand made paper covers for the 100 print run. Letterpress on the cover. They will be archival. Printed on 30% cotton paper. A vellum inner sheet before the title. Hand sewn. To be uncompromising means everything takes too fucking long and everything runs late. It means it's labor intensive. It means hours in art supply and hardware and office supply stores looking at two different types of paper, both white, and deciding on which one is more appropriate.

It makes me all the more appreciate of the people who run micro presses. These labors of love. These things that are paid for out of pocket, not because you have any expectation of financial reward, but because you think the work itself is worth the time, money and attention. I could have paid for a new HD tv and digital cable? But no. I have stupid bunny ears and a converter that don't actually work. And a lot of time and money invested and nothing yet put together or assembled. But this weekend, the paper should be done. And the printing should be done next week. And then it's just a matter of having a wacky, wild sewing party to get those things together.

The art book is a bit slower. But man-oh-man is it going to be worth it. You'll just have to wait and see.

Either way, every time I see one new facet of this come together, the waiting and the work just seems more worthwhile.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When Life Gives You Lemonade gets tasty...

My readings were glorious and the poets lovely and I was honored to be a part of it.


You can read a poem from what will be my thesis here.

You can read my very first chapbook ever on h_ngm_n with some other really fabulous work, thanks to nate pritts, the lovely gent who agreed to publish it. If you scroll to the bottom of the page here you'll find it in .pdf format. I'm very, very excited about this. And proud. And grateful.

My first print chap is forthcoming (on some elusive 2010 date) from Publishing Genius, which is also of the rad.

And alice blue, my love, my pet, is working on launching itself as a press. Eventually this fall (should have been by the end of October, but man everything is taking longer than anticipated)-- another in the Spring. And then the first official alice blue full-length manuscript open reading period.

Oh yeah. And I'm guest-editing SLOPE. Check it out.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

For reals...

I'm reading. Like. In public places.

Emory University, October 1, with Ken Rumble and Carmen Gimenez Smith
A Novel Adventure, October 11, with Kate Greenstreet

Also, coop renner of elimae was kind enough to publish a couple poems in a smashing new issue.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Read my poem


A selection from this series (including the above linked) will be made into a short, animated film.


Monday, July 27, 2009

alice blue 9!

Check her out here. She's super pretty.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Read my Poems at:

LonesomeFowl... along with some other fine folks.

Take care!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

alice blue is back.

Sorry for any potential freakouts. But, I swear. We're not dead. We're alive, thriving, and moving forward. Look out for Issue 9.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

'09, here I come?

Ok... so, classes start on Tuesday and I don't wanna. Yep. I don't. Freaking. Wanna. For the first time since summer I'm reading things (a lot of things!) that I really like and am interested in. And what's more? Somehow, that finally got me being productive again. I mean, I was writing all last semester, too, but it's different. Here I'm motivated. It's like I can't freaking stop. And I keep starting new things, too, so it's not like I'm working on one thing... right now it's up to three. So I'd like to say thanks:

To my 3 weeks of brainless activity while home with my parents where I read the Twilight series which allowed me to then pursue things I really loved, and also offer thanks: my vocabulary did this to me; the films of Godard and Cocteau and Jarmusch; composers Satie and Debussy and Respighi; Barbara Guest; Jeanette Winterson; Sappho; Steve Martin.

I would also like to thank Tarpualin Sky for including me in their most recent issue, which you can purchase here: