Dolan Morgan in The Believer and Selected Shorts

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Exciting TWTKCD news!

Dolan Morgan talks with Nelly Reifler at The Believer. An excerpt:

“I’m super tired of the sort of traditional, twentieth-century-style void, where people feel a “dead emptiness inside the brain,” and where they get dizzy and sick at the edge of a life without meaning. Blah, blah, blah. Buncha babies. I simply don’t understand what’s so scary about nothingness. In fact, I find it uplifting and invigorating. It makes me happy. And I feel like throughout my life, I’ve always been handed an artificial set of social choices: either 1) “Things are absurd and that’s terrible,” or 2) “Things are imbued with purpose, and that’s fantastic.” But really, what about: Things are absurd, and that’s great? And how about: Purpose is terrifying. Purpose is oppressive. Get that junk out of here. Rather, we’re all flying through a pointless expanse and that’s amazing. Lucky us. Our ability to comprehend the world is imperfect, limited and often incorrectand that’s gorgeous.

You can read the full interview here.

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And, for those of you who live in New York (and its surrounding environs), the roster for next month’s Selected Shorts is as follows: Heather Burns reading a story by Aimee Bender, Alex Karpovsky reading a story by Kurt Vonnegut, and Dave Hill reading a story from That’s When the Knives Come Down! You can (and should!) buy tickets here—a steal at eight dollars! Since this is part of the 30th anniversary of Selected Shorts, it may sell out (so don’t delay, etc.).

And if you still haven’t picked up a copy of TWTKCD, you can order it by clicking the link in the sidebar, or following us through this magic internet portal.

Danielle Jones-Pruett receives a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award!

djpWe have had the distinct pleasure of working with Danielle Jones-Pruett on a number of occasions—we were thrilled to have two of her poems on the apt site last year, and another for this year’s print issue.

We’ve hosted her as a reader at Literary Firsts, and she was among the readers we had at our amazing release party for the Surveillance Issue of apt in January.

A few weeks back, we were so happy to hear that she’ll been included in the 2014 Best New Poets anthology.

And, just this morning, we learned that Danielle is one of six recipients of the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award! Danielle’s work is meditative and wry, honest and captivating—qualities indicative of fine literature. She deserves every accolade she gets, and we’re so proud of her.

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!

TWTKCD giveaway winners!

8126166641_49ff1c7815_zWe’re thrilled to announce the winners of the That’s When the Knives Come Down giveaway!

The winner of the READER PACKAGE, receiving one free copy of the additional ebook, For Promotional Use Only, is Jim Ruland!

The winner of the GENESIS PACKAGE, receiving one free copy of the first print annual of apt (wherein we published the story that launched a thousand ships, Dolan’s “Investment Banking in Reverse”): Lawrence Schwartz!

And the grand prize winner of the IMMATERIAL PACKAGE, receiving the gift of NOTHING (as generously donated by IMMATERIAL Journal): Nancy Dunetz!

Nancy correctly answered our question on Facebook:

Q: What is Jennifer Coughlin afraid her son will someday ask her?

A: What the hell were you doing when the whole world was falling apart?

Congratulations to all our winners!

If you haven’t yet, check out all the great press TWTKCD has received in the past week:

Karina Vahitova interviews Dolan at IMMATERIAL Journal 

Nothing Works Until It Does, works inspired by TWTKCD, at Sundog Lit

“Nuée Ardente,” an excerpt from TWTKCD, published at Recommended Reading

Michael Maiello reviews TWTKCD at Dagblog: “Morgan is a poet and its shows in his prose…[and] Morgan is a true original.”

TWTKCD presale giveaway!

TWTKCD_giveawayToday marks the final week to get TWTKCD for just $13, as well as all the additional presale incentives!

But, just in case that’s not enough to entice you, we’re kicking off the final week with an additional attraction: a giveaway!

Starting today, Wednesday, August 13, anyone who buys any of the presale options will automatically be eligible to win one of the following packages:

For READERS only, one lucky winner will receive a copy of For Promotional Use Only, an ebook that includes dozens of additional stories and illustrations by Dolan!

For all entrants, one lucky winner will receive a copy of the first print annual of apt (originally published January, 2011), wherein we first met Dolan via his story, “Investment Banking in Reverse,” and which includes even more illustrations by the lovely Robin E. Mørk!

For all entrants, one grand prize winner will receive “nothing,” generously donated by IMMATERIAL Journal. That’s right: nothing. Which is exciting, because you can do anything with nothing! Or maybe you can’t do anything with nothing. Let’s find out!

You may be thinking, “Hey, wait a second, I already ordered one of the presale options—what do I get?”

To be as fair as possible, we wanted to include everyone who has invested in Dolan’s book so far. For anyone who’s already purchased the book or one of the presale incentives and wants to be eligible for the giveaway, all you need to do is watch Dolan’s interview with goat farmer, Jennifer Coughlin, and answer the following question via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr:

What is Jennifer Coughlin afraid her son will someday ask her?

That’s it! All winners will be chosen at random, and announced on Thursday, August 21. And while you’re waiting to hear about the big winners, you should check out the interview Dolan recently did at IMMATERIAL Journal.

Nothing Works Until It Does


For the past two years, the fine editors at Sundog Lit have presented new work inspired by forthcoming novels and collections from great indie lit writers, and we’re honored to have Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down among them.

Starting today and continuing through August 22, Sundog will feature stories, songs, poems, and visual art from the following cast of writers:

Amelia Gray | Kyle Hillbrand | James Tadd Adcox | Molly Rose Quinn | Amber Sparks | Mark Leidner | Sean H. Doyle | Chelsea Hodson | Tom Oristaglio | Jess Dutschmann | Emily Raw | Rachel Glaser | Bianca Stone | Jess Mack | Mike Lala | Robb Todd | Sasha Fletcher | Monica McClure | Natalie Eilbert | Eric Nelson | Nelly Reifler | TK Madden

Check out the ongoing festivities here and keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news coming on Wednesday to celebrate the final week of the presale!

AP 2015: Susan McCarty’s ANATOMIES


Susan McCarty

We are very proud to make the following official announcement:

Next summer, AP will publish Susan McCarty’s debut story collection, Anatomies!

We’re longtime fans of Susan’s work, which has appeared in Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, The Utne Reader, The Collagist, Willow Springs, and a slew of others, including apt.

There’s so much we want to say about Anatomies, but for now, we’re going to bask in the announcement glow, and encourage you to check out two of our favorite McCarty stories: “Field Reports” and “Indirect Object.”

Also, we know we’re only halfway through 2014, but from where we’re sitting, 2015 is already looking stellar.

Midnight goings-on

There’s so much happening at AP.

We just had another great Literary Firsts reading.

The fifth issue of apt, dedicated entirely to long fiction, is shaping up to be splendid (but we’d still love to see your work in it, so send us something before Sept 1!).

We’re sending out ARCs of Liam Day’s Afforded Permanence.

Copies of Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down are on their way to us even as I type this.

And we’ll be announcing next summer’s collection very soon.

As in, in less than twelve hours.

Keep your eyes peeled.