We are a non-profit!

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.

Underlife and Portico at Heavy Feather Review

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.

Pre-sale for the second edition of Underlife and Portico

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!

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!

 

Neon reviews They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights

“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.

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.

They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights Presale

You can now buy copies of Gillian Devereux’s forthcoming chapbook, They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights. Eight dollars (plus shipping) for all the carnival delights a sweltering summer demands.

Pre-orders will be mailed Friday, August 26.

Read an excerpt and buy the book here.