Readings, bus poems, apt 5, and more!

Dear readers, we haven’t updated this space in the past few weeks, but for good reason: scads of great stuff happening at AP HQ.

TWTKCD
Dolan has been reading non-stop—in October, he read in Boston at Carissa’s very own Literary Firsts (video), and in November, he read at Baltimore’s Starts Here! series, and a month or so ago, he read part of “Infestation,” for an episode of The Catapult, which you can listen to here. Just in case you haven’t been able to catch Dolan at a reading, he’s got one more coming up in the Baltimore area: Saturday, December 6, he’ll be reading at Federal Dust in Woodlawn, MD.

Also, TWTKCD has been on the SPD fiction/non-fiction bestseller list since it hit shelves in August, most recently at #6, so if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, go get one!

Afforded Permanence
We’re less than a month away from releasing Liam Day’s debut collection, Afforded Permanence! The collection features thirty poems, inspired by bus routes on the MBTA. The book trailer is on its way and we just got the proof for the cover.

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Also, if you’re in the Boston area, mark your calendar for the release party: Thursday, January 22, 7pm at The Banshee in Dorchester. Hope to see you there!

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We’re putting the final touches on the Long Fiction issue, apt‘s fifth print annual, due out in January. It’s going to be our biggest issue yet (nearly 200 pages!), and will feature work from Colleen Cable, Elizabeth Chandler, Kendra Fortmeyer, William Hillyard, and Matt Jones. The presale will open in the next week or so, but for now, we wanted to share the cover with you.

LONG LIVE LONG FICTION.

Words to live by.

2014 has been a huge year for AP, and it’s not over yet. Looking forward to kicking 2015 off with a bang!

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.

Pushcart Prize nominees

This is shamelessly lifted directly from the apt post made earlier this week, but we want to spread the word to as many corners as we can.

We are thrilled to announce our Pushcart Prize nominees for this year:

Last Party by Lindsay Coleman

Four Variations on a Theme by Lydia Davis by Jaydn DeWald

I Have Been Thinking about the Ocean by Breonna Krafft

[4] Monster by Clayton Michaels

Root, Root by Lauren Nicole Nixon

German for Beginners by Lam Pham

Their work appeared in our second annual issue, which is available in our store. You can also read Lam Pham’s German for Beginners and Lindsay Coleman’s Last Party online. Congratulations and best of luck to our nominated contributors!

 

Since last we spoke…

…so much has occurred.

In late February/early March, we went to AWP and met so many of our contributors (Matt Rowan, Josh Denslow, Meghan Lamb, Russ Woods, Tom Nowak, Thomas Mundt, Courtney Cullinan Robb, Ayara Stein, J.A. Tyler, Molly Gaudry, Nate Pritts (who we already knew, but is always great to see), Anika Fajardo, and on and on) and we read with some of them, plus a group from home (Gillian Devereux, Shannon Derby, we’re looking at you here). We also met no fewer than a hundred absurdly nice people. And the books. Oh, the books. Next year, AWP will be in Boston and we will be there behind a table (likely with the fine editors of Anomalous Press).

In April, Literary Firsts turned two years old! I (Carissa) was so happy and proud of the series and the readers, especially Randolph, who was worried about reading, but then nailed it like I knew he would. Go watch the videos. Go watch all the videos. And then come to Middlesex Lounge on July 16 for the next reading because it’ll be a continuous incredible line of that which has already been incredible for more than two years.

A few weeks ago, Robin put a mini-comic together for MoCCA Art Fest called Shadowland. And, as one would expect, it’s just lovely. Check it out here (and, while you’re there, look at the new stuff she’s working on involving a hybrid of traditional illustration work and her shattered style).

Also, J.F. recently finished a new drawing–a 13′ drawing. It’s called The Distance between Memories, it’s larger than Randolph standing on my shoulders, and it’s beautiful. You can see it next weekend at Bushwick Open Studios.

And three of Randolph’s video poems were part of an event hosted by The Destroyer and Trickhouse!

And my novella, The Mere Weight of Words, is now available for pre-order! Order your copy today! While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch the book trailer!

When you’re finished doing that, go read all the awesome weekly fiction at apt!

AWP, apt submissions, and October’s Literary Firsts

There’s less than a month left until submissions close for the second print issue of apt. Thereafter, we’ll be announcing submission guidelines for forthcoming online content (prose only and 1000 words or less!), but more news on that in October.

Speaking of October, the year’s final Literary Firsts is just around the corner, so be sure to join us at Middlesex Lounge on October 17 at 7pm when Catherine Parnell, Janaka Stucky, Danielle Dreilinger, and Elizabeth Gormley will wrap up 2011 with a bang.

We’ve got a ton of plans for 2012 though–our first appearance at AWP, the second print issue of apt, and announcements about our next book. This one prose? Wait and see, readers. Wait and see.