TWTKCD in The Great 2014 Indie Press Preview

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That’s When the Knives Come Down got a great write-up on the Electric Literature site, thanks to Michael Seidlinger (for curating the list) and Eric Nelson (for writing about Dolan’s fantastic book):

If any book could compare to a twelve-ring circus with its author in the roles of ringleader, barker and headlining clown it would surely be Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down, a story collection that uses the absurd to show us what truly makes us human. While some authors pose questions to the reader through thinly veiled narrators, Morgan’s work burrows into the reader’s psyche only to linger long after the last page asking not only “What else is behind this?” but “What else is behind you?”  The unparalleled voice of this debut is surely one that will be copied, but not replicated by future writers.

Check out the entire list, which has tons of other books that sound sensational, and many familiar names, including apt contributors Russ Woods and Molly Gaudry.


We’ve been talking about it and working on it for months, our first full-length collection: Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down.

And now, thanks to the ever-talented Alban Fischer (and with art by Eric Amling), we have a beastly cover to show off!

Blurbs forthcoming.

Presale in April.

But for now, bask in the glow:


Upcoming events (and working on TWTKCD)

Sexy margin checking.

Sexy margin checking.

Sometimes, the main AP site gets neglected since we’ve got regular schedules for apt and Literary Firsts, but we’re hoping to change that this year. We’ll soon be posting news about Dolan Morgan’s collection, That’s When The Knives Come Down (due Aug 20, 2014) and Liam Day’s collection, Afforded Permanence (due late fall, 2014).

But first, a little news about the book that helps us kick off every year: apt‘s print annual.

We spent a lot of 2013 working on apt‘s fourth installment, which turned out to be our first themed issue. You can get the lowdown on The Surveillance Issue, and read some excerpts, here. And if you’re in Boston, you should join us next Saturday when we’ll be celebrating the latest issue at Brookline Booksmith!

Also, just two days later, we’ll be at Middlesex Lounge for the next installment of Literary Firsts! Featured readers include Alysia Abbott, Rodney Wittwer, Carolyn Zaikowski, and our very own, Carissa Halston.

If you’re not in the Boston area, worry not—you can still score a copy of apt‘s fourth issue from SPD or directly from us, and keep your eyes on this spot because we’ll soon have the first glimpses of the cover of TWTKCD, info on the presale, and all sorts of other exciting news.

Distribution and titles and a sexy new colophon

We’ve got a ton of great news to share, dear readers, so sit back and we’ll get right to it.

Earlier this year, we announced that AP is officially a non-profit organization (we even bought to celebrate). With that announcement, we mentioned that we hoped to have a bigger announcement about our next project: releasing full-length books. We spent a good portion of the summer waiting for/fretting over the news that would allow us to start that next project.

So, finally, here it is:

We have nationwide distribution!

Our books will be distributed through SPD, which means our titles will be available in bookstores across the country. And, speaking of titles, that brings me to the most exciting piece of news: our forthcoming catalog.

In 2014, we will publish three books. In late January, we’ll bring you the fourth print annual of apt, and in summer and fall, respectively, two full-length debuts: Dolan Morgan‘s  short story collection, That’s When the Knives Come Down and Liam Day‘s poetry collection, Afforded Permanence.

You may recognize Dolan’s and Liam’s names from their work in apt (they were both in our Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 10.48.59 PMfirst print annual and they’ve since had work online with us as well). We’re immensely proud to have them help us usher in AP’s next endeavor. To celebrate, we’ve designed a slick new colophon that will dress up all our future books (see right).

So keep your eyes on this spot in the coming months for updates about our 2014 catalog, and if you’re a bookseller, librarian, or reviewer interested in getting an advance copy of any of our forthcoming books, you can contact us directly at info AT aforementionedproductions DOT com

Underlife and Portico Receives Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award


Underlife and Portico


We are very proud to announce that Michael Lynch’s Underlife and Portico has been awarded the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award by the New England Poetry Club. This is a great honor and we sincerely appreciate the recognition for Michael’s work from the NEPC and judge, Mary Buchinger Bodwell.

Underlife & Portico Release Party Tonight!

We hope you’ll join us tonight at 7pm at Brookline Booksmith to celebrate the release of Michael Lynch’s Underlife and Portico. Michael will be reading alongside Nicole Terez Dutton and Erica Anzalone. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Underlife and Portico release party and reading!

U&P release party

What are you doing May 31?

A poetry reading? That’s cool. Which one?

Oh, you’re going to Brookline Booksmith to celebrate the release of Underlife and Portico (2nd ed)?

That’s great! We love Brookline Booksmith!

See you there!

Staged reading of THE DAUGHTERS


Aforementioned Productions proudly presents a staged reading of “The Daughters,” an original play about women, family, and war, premiering at the Dorchester Fringe Festival!

Portions of the play have been published in CONSEQUENCE, Newfound, and The Massachusetts Review.

The reading will be at 5pm on Saturday, May 18, at the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The cast will include Lillian Mara Medville, Carissa Halston, Jennifer O’Connor, Timothy Hoover, and Randolph Pfaff.

The play is written and directed by Carissa Halston.
This all-ages event is FREE and open to the public.

Brass tacks details:

Saturday, May 18 at 5pm
Erick Jean Center for the Arts
157A Washington Street
Dorchester, MA

Accessible via public transit on the 16 and 23 bus lines.

A Reading for The One Fund


Aforementioned Productions calls Boston our home and we’re very proud to be one of the sponsors of a reading next Thursday to help raise money for The One Fund. We hope that you’ll join us, along with an all-star group of readers including Robert Pinsky, Sue Miller, and Jill McDonough, to support this important cause.

We are a non-profit!

Right before AWP, we received news that we’d been very eager to hear. And now we can share it with you!

Aforementioned Productions is now a non-profit corporation!

This is the first step in what we hope will be a big, official year for AP (which will involve getting distribution and releasing a full-length prose collection!). You can help us start it off right by making a tax-deductible donation here.