Liam Day at The Mass Poetry Site

I knew that I wanted to connect that to the changing face of Boston. I chose the view of Charlestown from the top of Winter Hill in Somerville to make that connection, because from that vantage you can actually see the layers of history: from Bunker Hill Monument to Schraft’s factory to the Tobin Bridge to newer plants. Inspiration can also sometimes stem from all of the above, image, sound, phrase, and idea all working together.”

Liam Day talks about Afforded Permanence, Boston, the MBTA, and more over at the Mass Poetry site! Check out the full interview here!



Please join us on Thursday, January 22 to celebrate the release of Liam Day’s debut poetry collection, Afforded Permanence!

Featuring live music by Colin O’Day and readings from Krysten Hill, Danielle Jones-Pruett, Randolph Pfaff, Daniel Evans Pritchard, and Liam Day! Hosted by Carissa Halston.

Thirty poems inspired by Boston’s MBTA bus routes, Afforded Permanence chronicles the travels of a lifelong Bostonian and the passing lives of the people who ride alongside him.

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Liam Day has been a youth worker, teacher, assistant principal, public health professional, campaign manager, political pundit, communications director, and professional basketball player. His poems have appeared in Slow Trains, apt, and Wilderness House Literary Review. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Annalemma, Stymie, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and The Good Men Project, where he is the Sports Editor.
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Krysten Hill is originally from Kansas City, MO, and currently lives and teaches in Boston, MA. She received her MFA from UMass Boston. She has featured poetry at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Cantab, U35 Reading Series, Mr. Hip Presents, Literary Firsts, and The Encyclopedia Show Somerville, among others. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle, PANK, apt, Amethyst Arsenic, ROAR, Write on the DOT, and Oddball Magazine. Her greatest desire is to form a collective of women poets who travel around teaching the power of voice to the girls on front porches who wonder what that aching in their chests is all about.


Danielle Jones-Pruett is a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She received a B.A. in English and psychology from Jacksonville State University, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cider Press Review, Southern Poetry Review, and many others. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her husband and sons, and is program coordinator for the Writers House at Merrimack College.

Randolph Pfaff’s poems and essays have appeared in Poet Lore, Barrelhouse, PANK, and H_NGM_N, among others. He edits a literary journal called apt and runs a small press, Aforementioned Productions.
Daniel Evans Pritchard was born and raised in Quincy, with family roots in Dorchester and Roxbury, and is a graduate of both Boston College and BC High. Poet, translator, publishing professional, and critic, he is the founding editor of The Critical Flame, an online journal of literary criticism, as well as digital marketing advisor to AGNI magazine and a board member at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. His work can be found in Little Star, Fulcrum, The Battersea Review, and elsewhere.

The book trailer for AFFORDED PERMANENCE

A few months ago, we reached out on Facebook to ask our friends in Boston to help us with a project: making a trailer for Liam Day’s Afforded Permanence.

Thanks to Arif Ansari, Jessica Blake, Dara Cerv, Sam Cha, Emily Chaves, Angie Garcia, Lillian Mara Medville, Jennifer O’Connor, Colin O’Day, Daniel Evans Pritchard, and (obviously) Liam Day, we made a polyvocal trailer that includes lines from poems scattered throughout the book.

Check out the video below, then order your copy of Afforded Permanence (order before Dec 20 and we’ll get it to you by Christmas)!

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.

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.


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!

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.


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!

AFFORDED PERMANENCE is now available for presale

Aff_perm_cover_frontIn early summer 2011, we published a group of four poems by Liam Day, each inspired by a bus route in Boston. Since then, Liam has worked to produce a group of thirty poems, encapsulating the city’s history, then expanding beyond it, as the speaker moves within and without Boston’s city limits.

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Liam’s book is now available to preorder, and the array of presale incentives include:

  • a spread of AP poetry titles,
  • a bus ride with Liam,
  • Red Sox v. Yankees poems written just for you,
  • a donation in your name to 826Boston,
  • a one-on-one basketball game with the author (a former pro baller in Northern Ireland),
  • and, for the flush and opulent-minded, a gala at the Boston Public Library wherein Liam will be named Honorary Poet Laureate of the MBTA, and will present a new poem dedicated to the donor. (Because who among us wouldn’t love to spend $5,000 in the name of literature?)

The presale will last through December 17, so get in now, and spread the word!