New Year, New Titles, New Directions

February 9, 2011

First we have to congratulate the winner of the 2010 Furniture Press Poetry Prize, Joshua Ware, whose manuscript Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley was chosen by the incomparable crypto-Hellenist, Magus Magnus, out of a stunning variety of noteworthy submissions. We’re proud (and honored!) to publish the collection later this year, which will be available by the first of the Cruellest Month.

In the next year, Furniture Press Books will also publish a variety of both playful and challenging texts, including Elizabeth Savage’s Grammar, a tripped up nursery of shifting rhymes, rhythms and intricate lyrics, and Ryan Eckes’ Old News, a well-crafted collection of places, receipts, headlines and stories – a most welcome offering in light of today’s often distanced (and distancing) reportage. We also have some fantastic news from j. hastain and Johannes Goranssön, who will be releasing their pages to us in the coming months.

In chapbook news, we have just finished pressing Nicole Mauro’s Tea Party Poems, a faux-llaboration between Sarah Palin and Emily Dickinson, designed and printed by the marvelous Jodi Hoover. Palin says of the collection, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of Nicole Mauro’s Tea Party Poems. Such a system is downright evil.” William Allegrezza, editor of Moria Books, and Garin Cycholl unleash their version of the Mississippi, Aquinas, which will be our first large format collection with a soft cover. And! More loosy goosery from Elizabeth Savage: Jane & Paige or Sister Goose, an urgent take on image and its schizophrenic counterpart. And when all is said and done, David Stone, editor of Blackbird, an international anthology of art, poetry, prose, visual poetry and media art, will unveil something sensuous, sinuous, Stone-y.

Thanks to all who have invested energy, time, resources, capital and sweat into making Furniture Press Books what it is.

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