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.

Vote for Aforementioned!

Because you, our wonderful readers, have always been so supportive of our efforts, we wanted to let you know that Carissa has been nominated for the Boston Phoenix’s Best of Boston as best author and apt has been nominated as best “literary gang.” If you feel inclined to vote for her (and us), you can do so at the following links:

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Volume Two, Issue One of apt is Now Available!

We are happy and proud to present the first print issue of apt. It’s a very strong issue filled with fiction, poetry, and art. It features work by Brian Bahouth, David Bartone, Franco Belmonte, Liam Day, Javier Berzal de Dios, Shannon Derby, Cyndi Gacosta, Carissa Halston, Christina Kapp, J.F. Lynch, Seann McCollum, Dolan Morgan, Robin E. Mørk, Pete Mullen, Randolph Pfaff, Vincent Scarpa, Janelle M. Segarra, N. A’Yara Stein, and Curtis Tompkins.

In addition to the issue, there are excerpts, audio, and more art on the apt website. We’ll be updating it pretty frequently, so check back soon.

You can order your very own copy here. The print version is $10 and the PDF is $5.

Happy reading!

Coming very soon: apt

Photo and design credit: Randolph Pfaff

It’s been eight months since the last issue of apt. With our first print issue due out in the next few weeks, we wanted to share a little bit of our progress. The print issue has nearly twenty contributors and runs about 130 pages. We’ve been feeding it a steady diet of granulated pulp magazines from the 60s and shouting intermittent bits of encouragement while watching it run laps. While it likes to think of itself as “issue one,” we like to remind it that it’s actually “issue twenty-five,” and to wipe that smug look off its face. That said, we’d like you to see its face. Just remember, no sudden movements and try to avoid eye contact.