The following press release is from Barrelhouse:
GINA MYERS’ "PHILADELPHIA" TO BE FIRST EVER BARRELHOUSE CHAPBOOK
We’re excited to announce that we’re getting into the chapbook game. To us, the chapbook may be the most perfect way to read poetry. It’s short enough that you can read it in one sitting, but long enough to really give you a feel for the poet’s mind and style. They're often only available in short runs and for a short period of time but they can stick with you forever.
Next year Barrelhouse will publish our first chapbook, “Philadelphia” by Gina Myers. This long poem is full of grit, hope, and pragmatic realism. What we love about Gina’s work is that it showcases a sharp, lyrical take on the world--from interactions at work to street harassment to the Black Lives Matter movement. The poem circles around the questions that lie at its center - What does it mean to navigate a new city? What does it mean to try to feel at home? When there are so many reasons to leave, why stay?
Gina is the author of A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013). Her essays and reviews have appeared in Fanzine, Frontier Psychiatrist, Coldfront Magazine, Philadelphia Review of Books, and other places. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Myers lives in Philadelphia. Selections from the poem “Philadelphia” appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Bedfellows.
To make all this a reality, Tony Mancus will join poetry editor Dan Brady on Barrelhouse Chapbooks. Tony Mancus is the author of a handful of chapbooks himself, including Bye Land(Greying Ghost), Bye Sea (Tree Lights Books), and City Country (Seattle Review). In 2008, with Sommer Browning, he founded Flying Guillotine Press, which published nearly 20 chapbooks across its seven year run, including abu ghraib arias, by Philip Metres, which won the Arab American Book Award in 2012.
With our first chapbook release, we’ll also be opening submissions in February 2017.
I've been awful about updating my website, so here are a couple of recent reviews:
Athena Farrakhzad's White Blight (trans. by Jennifer Hayashida) at The Rumpus
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's Oil and Candle at Hyperallergic
Mel Bentley's new chapbook Bucolic Eclogue is now available from Lame House Press. This is the 25th and final chapbook in the press's 11 year run. Thank you to everyone who has supported the press throughout the years, and especially a huge thanks to all of the amazing authors and artists I was able to work with. It's truly been an honor.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, I am hosting four writers at Tattooed Mom. We'll be celebrating the release of Tommy Pico's IRL. Joining Tommy are Lauren Wilkinson, Ryan Eckes, and Mel Bentley. Details here on the Facebook event page.
I also have a few readings coming up this fall, which I've added to my event page.
I'm extremely honored to be included in Barrelhouse's epublication Dig If You Will the Picture: Writers Reflect On Prince, which is available for download here.
Over at the Lame House Press blog, I've announced the final two forthcoming titles: Laura Theobald's edna poems (March 2016) and Mel Bentley's Bucolic Eclogue (May 2016). They are now available for pre-order along with some special combo pack deals. Details here.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Lame House throughout the years. Especially thanks to all the writers, artists, and designers who have trusted the press with their work. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to help get these things into the world.
erica lewis' double chapbook songs for mary / rarities & b sides is now available from Lame House Press.
$10 + shipping
Available for order here.
And if you order it and are so inclined, consider sharing a photo of the book for the gallery at the Lame House Facebook page.
Since moving to Philadelphia this past August, I've been working on- and off-again on a long poem whose title keeps changing but seems recently to be called "Philadelphia (Freedom Song)." Recent excerpts are available online at The Brooklyn Rail and Bedfellows. Mike Ingram also recently wrote about it in an essay on loneliness, gratitude, and the movie While We're Young.
I'm honored to be one of the featured bloggers at the Poetry Foundation during National Poetry Month! My first post was on what I'd be doing instead of going to AWP. You can read it here. My next piece on how I don't know how to live will be up later today. There are a lot of great writers contributing this month and some great pieces to check out. I've been using this URL to easily check what new posts have been added each day.
For Fanzine, I reviewed As We Know by Amaranth Borsuk and Andy Fitch. You can read the review here.
When I started Lame House Press back in 2005, the very first book I published was Sister by Gabriella Torres. I've been so lucky to count Gabi as one of my best friends all these years. Without her, I often think I would not have made it out of New York alive. I was honored to be asked to write a forward to her new book The Emergence of Brood III, which is available now from Delere Press and features artwork by Sharon Yang. This book feels like home. Order here.