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Readers, have you been socking some funds away waiting for a great book to read?

Your wait is over! Our dear distributor, Small Press Distribution, has launched a brand new website and a sale to celebrate! For the rest of the month, you can get 20% off Aforementioned titles and free shipping when you order through SPD!

Just use the code SITE when you check out.

As an added bonus, SPD has some titles we’re sold out of: like issue 3 and 5 of apt! So there’s no time to lose! Head over the the Aforementioned page at the new SPD site and check out their other fine titles while you’re there!

Aforementioned at Mass Poetry Festival this Saturday!

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Boston friends, come see us on April 30 (this Saturday!) for the 2016 Mass Poetry Festival!

At 12:15, founding editors, Carissa Halston and Randolph Pfaff, will be part of a panel called Small Press, Big Love.

As the publishing landscape transforms, and the writing population expands, the role of small presses is becoming increasingly more significant. Join us as we talk with the founding editors of three independent presses about the kind of work they’re looking for; the relationships they cultivate with their authors during the revision and publication process; their innovative strategies for getting poetry out in the world; and the ways they’re actively working to increase diversity.

We’ll be talking alongside Liz Kay and Jen Lambert of Spark Wheel Press, and Enzo Silon Surin of Central Square Press. Also, the panel will be moderated by apt contributor, Danielle Jones-Pruett!

And if you can’t make the panel, worry not—we’ll be selling copies of apt, Underlife and Portico, They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights, and Afforded Permanence at the Small Press and Literary Fair! Stop by and see us!

ANATOMIES reviewed in Wellesley Magazine & McCarty interviewed in The Iowa Gazette

For those of you who couldn’t be in Iowa City, Susan McCarty’s reading at Prairie Lights is now online! She reads “Indirect Object,” a story we loved so much, we published it in apt.

Speaking of love, the admiration for Anatomies keeps rolling in!

First, an interview in The Iowa Gazette with Rob Cline, who says the collection “is filled with striking stories told in a variety of forms.”

And an excerpt from a review by Brenda Peynado at Wellesley Magazine: “The book, itself a work of art, asks, ‘Where is the soul located?’ The stories point back to ourselves, our hearts, our stomachs, and respond, ‘Everywhere.’”

Check out the interview and the review and, if you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Anatomies today!

The Long Poetry issue of apt is here!

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We’re thrilled to announce that apt‘s sixth print annual, dedicated entirely to long poems, has officially landed!

Featuring work by Dan Brady, Gillian Devereux, Tracy Dimond, Kurt Klopmeier, Peter Myers, Elizabeth Wade, and Matthew Zingg, our long poetry issue is equal parts narrative, experimental, and atmospheric.

Order it directly through us at the apt site or through SPD.

And, while you’re at it, maybe consider picking up a subscription–thirty dollars will get you three years of long-form literature.

Excerpts from issue six coming soon to the apt site–keep your eyes peeled!

Reviews and readings for ANATOMIES

Susan McCarty’s Anatomies continues to wow critics and readers–it was on the November/December SPD bestseller list again and recently reviewed by Kelsie Plesac at Blotterature: “The stories, impressively diverse, are woven together by one thing: they cannot seem to shake their theme of the body, particularly pertaining to illness and injury. These intimate and personal themes get at the human truths of fear and triumph, and leave the reader as infected as each of the characters.”

Susan also did an interview at Blotterature, wherein she talked about her current project, working with Carissa at AP, and how to best approach the ups and downs of writing.

If you’re in the Iowa City area, stop by Prairie Lights on Friday night or the North Liberty Community Library on Saturday night to see Susan read and pick up a copy of Anatomies!

 

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Forthcoming: HOW HER SPIRIT GOT OUT by Krysten Hill

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Krysten Hill (photo credit: Jonathan Beckley)

We’ve been a little quiet lately, as we’ve been hard at work on the sixth print annual of apt, as well as a project we’ve been very eager to announce!

And here it is:

Next fall, we’ll be publishing Krysten Hill’s chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out!

We’re very lucky to have worked with Krysten many times via apt and Literary Firsts. She’s well on her way to building an urgent, necessary body of work, so we’re honored to have the opportunity to publish her first book.

To get ready for HHSGO, you can read Krysten’s poems at Amethyst Arsenic, Pank, and apt. And you can find more info about her writing on her website.

The Review Review loves our Long Fiction issue!

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“Adeptness is a quality clearly valued by both apt and the writers whose words appear on their pages…these stories are long, but their language is spare, with no word wasted. The disorderly plots need the space to sort themselves out; or to conclude in an even more thought-provokingly entangled manner than they began….In apt, the length of each story has function—the slow building of action and intimate acquainting with character are essential to the sense of dislocation you’ll feel as a reader once the story has ended. Because the experience of reading apt is cerebral, it is visceral, and you will live inside these stories.”

E. Ce Miller has given our Long Fiction issue 4/5 stars at The Review Review! Check out the full review, as well as the kind interview they did last year.

And even though we’re sold out of print copies of issue five, you can still snag one from SPD, or a digital copy directly from us.

ANATOMIES reviewed at NewPages!

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Susan McCarty’s Anatomies has received glowing praise from NewPages! The first and last paragraphs from Katy Haas’s review:

“If bodies are temples, Susan McCarty is an expert demolitionist. In Anatomies, McCarty breaks these temples down, rips through drywall and flesh, tears sexuality and humanity from their hinges, and leaves behind the barebones, the nervous system, the warm, buzzing electrical impulses buried beneath the exteriors of the temples housing her characters. 

Anatomies is not a collection for the reader who doesn’t want to get their hands dirty. McCarty invites us to pick up a sledgehammer alongside her and give it a swing—to break down the walls of her characters while tunneling through our own deconstructed temples where we might find the things we’ve hidden or forgotten in ourselves. So go get your hands dirty, reader. Break your temple down.”

You can read the full review at NewPages.com and order your copy of Anatomies here!

Dolan Morgan’s “Interior Design” read by Wyatt Cenac on WNYC!

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The recording of Dolan Morgan’s funny and exacting story, “Interior Design,” at Public Radio International’s Selected Shorts is finally available to hear at wnyc.org!

Alongside work by Joe Meno and Anne Enright, Wyatt Cenac reads “Interior Design,” a story about love and furniture and “domestic life with a twist,” followed by a brief interview with Dolan about the genesis of the story and how he approaches his work.