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.
Boston survived AWP! Even with the snow and the wind and the low visibility!
We, too, survived. See the visual evidence below, including photos from the release party for apt‘s third print annual and our misadventures from the bookfair!
Just in case you’re clamoring for photos and videos from Saturday night’s Literary Firsts reading, all of that is now available at the main LF site.
And, in all the frantic goings-on of the conference and the bookfair, we neglected to mention exciting news. But it’s so important, we feel it really needs its own post. News forthcoming!
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.”
And in The Boston Globe! Monday, Jan 21, 7pm, Middlesex Lounge! See you there!
We’re ecstatic about this book (and these words). We think you will be too:
“Michael Lynch’s poems are pure vision: language becoming image becoming language again. This is a book of poetry you’ll return to as many times as God has names.” — Rusty Barnes
“These fresh, lively poems, with their playfully sexy turns of phrase (“beestung or g-strung”)—surprisingly poignant (and poignantly surprising)—are a pleasure to read. Just look at “Substantial Fascinators,” a wonderfully original love poem, where for a moment we can forgive even monsters when we remember that there was once a time when they too, like other people we loved, wore flowers in their hair.” — Lloyd Schwartz
Order your copy today!
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.
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!
There’s still much to do, but we just scored our venue for the apt release party in March, which is right across the street from AWP!
Thursday, March 7, we’ll be on the second floor of Lir (that’s the space with the library), hosting a bunch of our favorite apt contributors–Dolan Morgan, Steven LaFond, Nicolette Kittinger, Josh Denslow, Denise Warren, among them. So join us at 8pm when we’ll all gather for the great regaling of 2013.