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.

Girls with Insurance reviews They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights

They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights is…a punch in the gut. This small collection of poetry carries a spark of imagination in its throat, and reading the language is reminiscent of grit and fire igniting the page….the fantastical tone carries you to a Tom Waits style of readability that grabs your hair and makes you watch the story unfold. Nobody but him has made the carnival so sexy, raw, or appealing until now.” — Zach Fishel, Girls with Insurance

Read the full review here and be at Lorem Ipsum Books on August 25 for the release party!

Release party for They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights

The following list includes factual evidence we gleaned about you as soon as you landed on our site:

You want to go to a party at the end of August.

A bookish party.

A party where people will read to you.

A party where these people will read to you: Gillian Devereux. Carissa Halston. Vincent Scarpa.

August 25. 7pm. Lorem Ipsum Books. We’ll present They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights five hours before the rest of the literate public gets to see it.

Since you’re here, consider yourself invited.

Oh. And Randolph Pfaff is hosting. We figured you’d be into that.

Official: They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights

We’ve been dropping hints about Gillian They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights by Gillian DevereuxDevereux’s forthcoming chapbook, They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights, for months. We now have a release date–on Friday, August 26, you can have your very own copy.

The pre-sale will begin tomorrow (get your wallets ready!) and, to accompany the fanfare, we will unveil AP’s first book trailer.

As a taste of things to come, here’s another shot of the sexy cover, as designed by Randolph Pfaff.

New review for Underlife and Portico

The editors of Neon weigh in on Underlife and Portico:

“In his writing Lynch displays a fantastic eye for detail, constantly throwing out quirky yet effective descriptions which surprise both with their use of language and their wonderful solidity… It’s a wonderfully smart collection, where not only are the individual poems insightful and well-constructed, but the collection as a whole is itself an elegant model of mundanity and the underlife that lies beneath.”

Read the full review here. And when you’re done, buy the book here.

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.

Next Up: They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights by Gillian Devereux

They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights by Gillian DevereuxAforementioned is very proud to present our next title: Gillian Devereux’s They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights. Gillian is a Boston-area poet who received her MFA in poetry from Old Dominion University. Her work has appeared in FOURSQUARE, H_NGM_NOpen Letters, Gargoyle, 32 Poems, and Wicked Alice, among others. We’ve had the pleasure of publishing Gillian’s poetry in apt as well and we’re excited to be working with her on this chapbook. We’ll make a big, splashy announcement as soon as the book is ready and available for purchase.