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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.
Aforementioned Productions calls Boston our home and we’re very proud to be one of the sponsors of a reading next Thursday to help raise money for The One Fund. We hope that you’ll join us, along with an all-star group of readers including Robert Pinsky, Sue Miller, and Jill McDonough, to support this important cause.
Right before AWP, we received news that we’d been very eager to hear. And now we can share it with you!
Aforementioned Productions is now a non-profit corporation!
This is the first step in what we hope will be a big, official year for AP (which will involve getting distribution and releasing a full-length prose collection!). You can help us start it off right by making a tax-deductible donation here.
Jordan Sanderson has written an insightful review of the second edition of Underlife and Portico at Heavy Feather Review. An excerpt:
Sensual and visceral, Lynch’s poems are “heavy near bursting.” They recognize but see through the ennui of suburban life, and they unveil a natural world in which we see “[t]he rhyming color of lip and areole,” “night’s starred cartwheel,” and “alleys of sunlight.”
Read the full review here and order your copy here.
We’re uber-busy, gearing up for apt’s third print annual, but we’ve never been big fans of free time, so we’re also working on the second edition of Michael Lynch’s chapbook, Underlife and Portico, which will be ready just in time for AWP!
We think Christopher Frost (of Neon) distilled what we love most about the book, and not just because he uses the word apt: “The images are familiar, even friendly: a bowl of oranges on the counter, a cafe, hedgerows and Reader’s Digest. But there’s also another side to this set of twenty poems, in which these ordinary objects and scenes are underlined with a quiet and oppressive darkness. In this way the title of the collection is particularly apt. There’s the beauty of the portico, and the little-seen underlife with all its seething, quiet shadow. The two elements meld perfectly throughout, each balancing the other.”
You can pre-order a copy of Underlife and Portico here and, if you’re coming to Boston for AWP, stop by table M4 at 2pm on Saturday, March 9, when Michael will be there signing copies of the new edition!
Brian Bahouth, one of the great contributors from apt‘s inaugural print issue, caught up with us just in time for issue 3. Listen to the interview as we talk about Literary Firsts, designing apt, Randolph’s visual poetry in The Destroyer, Carissa’s novella, The Mere Weight of Words, and what to expect from us, apt, and Aforementioned in the near future.
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
 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!
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll not only be at AWP next year (it’s in Boston–how could we not?), but we’ll also be sharing a table with Anomalous Press.
See you in March!
“Devereux’s choice of imagery has a rich, arresting quality to it…They Used To Dance On Saturday Nights paints an intriguing portrait of faded grandeur and decayed excitement. It is brief, bright and thoroughly readable.” — Christopher Frost, Neon Magazine
Read Christopher Frost’s entire review here. Afterward, buy your copy of They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights at the AP store.
Videos from the latest Literary Firsts reading are up!
Pushcart Prize nominees from the first print issue of apt have been announced!
J.F. Lynch was the first to write an apt comparison!
We are once again accepting online submissions for apt!
More great news is on the way–AWP news, apt V2: Issue 2 news, book news–just wait and see!