3000 Miles. 12 Cities. 14 Days. And a bunch of other interesting numbers.
September 27, 2013
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
September 28, 2013
“100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE”
2040 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
September 29, 2013
PRESS > PLAY
Peabody Heights Brewery
401 E 30th St. Baltimore, MD 21218
September 30, 2013
Salon at Carmel, NY
October 1, 2013
Pace University at Pleasantville
861 Bedford Rd.
Pleasantville, NY 10570
October 2, 2013
YES! Reading Series
Albany Center Gallery
39 Columbia Street
Albany, NY 12207
October 3, 2013
601 Tully Street
Syracuse, New York 13204
October 4, 2013
Rust Belt Books
202 Allen St
Buffalo, NY 14201
October 5, 2013
Annabell’s Bar & Lounge
782 W Market St
Akron, OH 44303
October 6, 2013
Spudnik Press Cooperative
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60622
October 7, 2013
2541 Bremen St
October 8, 2013
Prairie Lights Bookstore
15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
2003-2013: Ten years, ten books, and numerous other ephemera
2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Furniture Press Books. As a treat for the poets/writers on our roster, and for myself personally, we are touring the nation from September 27 till October 13. That’s 13 cities in 17 days, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Beacon NY, Syracuse, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, Madison WI, Iowa City, Lincoln NE, Omaha and Denver. We’ll have a full schedule of dates/times and venues as they become clear.
As for the roster, a lot of important books and chapbooks coming out this year, which continue to expand the press’ aesthetics and poetics. j/j hastain’s “myrrh to re all myth” will be available at the end of January; Martine Bellen’s “WABAC Machine” in April; Alyse Knorr’s “Annotated Glass”; Jared Schickling’s experimental essays; and, a last minute addition to the catalogue, the WORMS reading series anthology, edited and compiled by Baltimore’s R. M. O’Brien, the host of the series.
In the chapbooks arena, we’re putting the finishing touches on Jessica Nissim’s “Day cracks between the bones of the foot” while preparing Baltimore legend Chris Mason’s “Where To From Out,” which is due out in April; Tyler Carter’s “Chair and Dresser” (w/online audio component) and Jacob Bennett’s “Wysihicken” are due out later this year.
We’re also putting out a few Emergent Poets volumes in the near future, and all copies will be sent out with orders and given away free at events. Crystal Gibbins’ and Lily Herman’s issues (1 and 2) are always in production.
As a benefit to our loyal patrons, readers and friends, we are offering this year a variety of subscriptions for those who would like past books/chapbooks (while they’re still available) and future volumes (annual and lifetime). Please visit the subscriptions page to find out more.
Again, thanks for a brilliant 10 years. Let’s make it ten times ten more. This is for you all.
New Titles for 2012, and…
2011 was quite a time. Not only did we publish two exciting books, Joshua Ware’s Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley, which won the 2010 Furniture Press Poetry Prize, and Ryan Eckes’ witty and sophisticated Old News, we also published, with the generous help and talent of Jodi Hoover, three chapbooks, Nicole Mauro’s Tea Party Poems, a “fauxlaboration” between Emily Dickinson and Sarah Palin, Anne Ashbaugh’s Mythopoesis, and Elizabeth Savage’s Jane & Paige, or Sister Goose, Twenty-Four Women & Girls. And if there’s not enough room in our basement! The Emergent Poets Series took off with excellent reception. We published Lily Herman’s Better than some, not as good as some others. We even pulled off an impressive Cruellest Month Poetry & Performance Festival, our 6th, at the Towson Public Library, complemented with a community-wide “poem walk,” in which local businesses displayed a range of poems (more than 150 by 23 poets) on their store fronts or within their premises. And then we participated in the global 100,000 Poets for Change event, hosting a day-long open reading (on 33rd street in Baltimore) of poets and aspiring writers from the city and county and recording more than 100 emergent poets for the Onthology/audio series.
As might be obvious, a publishing project such as Furniture Press Books is not merely about the production of quality books and textual objects. If not for our reading public, the necessary part of the poetry equation, there would be no press. This is why we hold the local, our communities and our neighborhoods, our citizens and neighbors, in the highest esteem. And we want to give the community a chance to collaborate in the meaning-making venture, not merely absorb it. Books are vehicles. The community is the machine. In 2012, we will continue the tradition of community involvement by furthering our relationships with the local and partner with new and exciting organizations.
The 7th Annuel Cruellest Month Poetry & Performance Festival (CruMoPoPerFest) will be held at the Village Learning Place in Charles Village, Baltimore throughout the month of April (dates/performers/readers to come). This building is the site of an expansive free library, free workshops and events, and a newly established collection of local writers and presses. Partnering with a new organization means expanding our own aesthetics to those outside our small community, and open the way to further inter-community collaboration, which, in our hopes, will foster the talent of emergent as well as established poets.
And, so as not to overlook the overarching goal of the press, great books, we will be publishing a fine collection of poetry of manifest sorts: William Allegrezza and Garin Cycholl’s Aquinas and the Mississippi, Shabnam Piryaei’s A Method for Counting Days, Elizabeth Savage’s Grammar, Magus Magnus’ ReEchoes, and j. j. hastain’s myrrh to re all myth. The Emergent Poets Series will start off with Athena Pappas’ untitled collection. The details I will leave out. For now… But there will be more…
New Year, New Titles, New Directions
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.
New Titles: Magus Magnus, Heraclitean Pride; Anne Ashbaugh, Mythopoiesis
In the last few months, Furniture Press Books has shifted directions (slightly), savoring the exciting new methodologies in philosophical literature.
For milenia, scholars and academics have pondered into the meanings and uses of Heraclitus’ fragmentary insights, usually to inconclusive or self-edifying ends. In the case of Heraclitean Pride, Magnus shifts our interest from the scholarly to the poetic, ascribing a circle around a practice that acts out the fragments in expansive and acoustically penetrative ways. The result is uniquely introspective and global.
Historically, philosophy has sought to explain mythology, describing it as an attempt to make sense of unknown realities. What Ashbaugh practices is a creative work that uses mythology to explain philosophy. In turn, Mythopoiesis critiques eros and psyche from a mythological locus, breaking traditional boundaries and allowing innovativations of philosophizing to flourish.
To read a portion from Heraclitean Pride, please visit Magus’ page.
To read a portion from Mythopoiesis, please visit Anne’s page.
Two New PO25¢EM Titles
Furniture Press Books is happy to annouce the future publication of two titles in the second PO25¢EM series:
#2.1 Seaming, by Dan Thomas-Glass
#2.2 On Foot, by Lars Palm
These titles will be available for dissemination in July. They are not for sale, but will be distributed for free wherever our staff may roam.
If you’d like copies to distribute in your area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris McCreary & Christian Tebordo book release party, Philadelphia
Celebrate the release of Chris McCreary’s Undone: a fakebook (Furniture Press Books, 2010) and Christian Tebordo’s The Aweful Possibilities (Featherproof Books, 2010)!
Christian Tebordo’s book of short fiction, The Awful Possibilities, is just out from Featherproof Books. George Saunders says, “Christian Tebordo shows that it is possible to be, simultaneously, a wise old soul and a crazed young terror.”
Chris McCreary’s book of poems, Undone : A Fakebook, is new from Furniture Press. According to Garrett Caples, “McCreary brings a tender swagger to his line, from popsong semiotics to lyric sequence to the mysterious ‘The Black Book’ mirroring the urban poet’s soul.”
There will be readings by both authors, & there will be free snacks & wine &/or beer. A good time shall be had.
Hosted by Christophe Casamassima, editor of Furniture Press Books.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
B2 Cafe, 1500 E. Passyunk Avenue,
Patience is a virtue, bookish and sly…
Please be patient while the Furniture Press Books website deconstructs itself into/out of its present confusions.
We are currently rebuilding the catalogue and our mission, which is something like the following:
“It’s about time we get back to work on disseminating innovative works of art and sponsoring poets/writers who work closely with texts-at-large, or, in other words, inter-textuality and appropriation. We created a huge catalogue of handmade chapbooks and pamphlets between the years 2003-2005, all of which have disappeared into the hands of the fortunate. The next phase of the press is to expand production.
“Originally, our chapbooks were published in editions of 50, each handsewn with screenprinted covers. Now that we have been given the resurrection treatment via Towson Arts Collective, we finally have our 501(c)3 status, which means better quality works that span a greater universe of new and innovative writing. And the meager 50 runs can move into the hundreds.”