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.

AP books in stores and kind words

We’ve been tremendously busy at AP–just wrapped another Literary Firsts reading, and we’re prepping for Gillian’s chapbook and working on the second print issue of apt–but we’ve also been sending out review copies of issue one, as well as getting our titles into stores.

That said, you can now purchase apt at Harvard Bookstore and Trident Booksellers and Underlife and Portico at Brookline Booksmith! These are our favorite local bookshops, so it would thrill us to pieces if you supported our efforts by patronizing their stores.

Also, we now have a Press page! Thanks to all the swell writers/reviewers who’ve said such kind things over the years. It makes us feel loved, if not a little old.

Volume Two, Issue One of apt is Now Available!

We are happy and proud to present the first print issue of apt. It’s a very strong issue filled with fiction, poetry, and art. It features work by Brian Bahouth, David Bartone, Franco Belmonte, Liam Day, Javier Berzal de Dios, Shannon Derby, Cyndi Gacosta, Carissa Halston, Christina Kapp, J.F. Lynch, Seann McCollum, Dolan Morgan, Robin E. Mørk, Pete Mullen, Randolph Pfaff, Vincent Scarpa, Janelle M. Segarra, N. A’Yara Stein, and Curtis Tompkins.

In addition to the issue, there are excerpts, audio, and more art on the apt website. We’ll be updating it pretty frequently, so check back soon.

You can order your very own copy here. The print version is $10 and the PDF is $5.

Happy reading!

Coming very soon: apt

Photo and design credit: Randolph Pfaff

It’s been eight months since the last issue of apt. With our first print issue due out in the next few weeks, we wanted to share a little bit of our progress. The print issue has nearly twenty contributors and runs about 130 pages. We’ve been feeding it a steady diet of granulated pulp magazines from the 60s and shouting intermittent bits of encouragement while watching it run laps. While it likes to think of itself as “issue one,” we like to remind it that it’s actually “issue twenty-five,” and to wipe that smug look off its face. That said, we’d like you to see its face. Just remember, no sudden movements and try to avoid eye contact.