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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

August 13, 2007

Late Summer...but not too late: News & new releases!

Why yes, this is the aforepromised ginormous post I started before I went on vacation. My apologies for taking so long to complete it. (A few things actually dropped off because they'd already happened or sold out. Whew!) I've got a few more things in the inbox & will try to get those up soon as well. Enjoy!


Michelle Detorie of WOMB & Hex Presse has been busy making/planning handmade sets of cleromancy dice, poetry puzzles in specimen bottles, & a fresh new blogroll of more than 300 women poets. Stop by the Womb blog and/or the Hex Presse blog for more info. Hex has also been added to the press section of the sidebar.


E. M. Bertram of Shadowbox Press believes all good things come in threes. So for a limited time, you can get 3 books for 3 bucks off. The set includes Fuel In Vacant Lots: Essays On Queer Existence by Jen Alabiso, Woody Loverude, Zachary Jean Chartkoff, Jaffa Aharonov, Kim Schneidman, & E.M. Bertram, Flood by Woody Loverude & constellations gathered along the ecliptic by Craig Santos Perez. To order, email shadowboxpress [at] gmail [dot] com. (Please include "Order" in the subject line.)


Jen Tynes of Horseless Press has also been busy. Two new chapbooks are now available: [Summer_insular] by Justin Marks & Fog Quartets by Julie Doxsee.

Each is 5.5 x 8.5, staple bound, with cover art by Conan Kelly, 40 pp. & available for $5 via PayPal or mailorder.


INCH #4 IS OUT NOW! The smallest magazine around is back with microfiction from Michael McFee & Cynthia Reeves, & poetry from Jeffery Beam, Sebastian Matthews, & Mischa Willett. Order single issues (only a buck!) here or subscribe here. One, two, and three year subscriptions are available.

Also, check out the two latest offerings from the Bull City Poetry Series, The Smallest Talk by Michael McFee & Licorice by Ellen C. Bush. In addition to buying online from Bull City's secure website and/or Amazon.com, you can purchase Bull City Press books from several locations in North Carolina, including the Regulator (Durham), Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh), McIntyre's Fine Books (Pittsboro), and the Bull's Head Bookstore (Chapel Hill).


Tiny books. Big hearts. Eileen Tabios of Meritage Press has been up to some poetical philanthropy. First, she paired up with Baksheesh (a fair trade retailer) and Heifer International, introducing a new series of Tiny Books. The miniature blank books are handmade by artisans in Guatemala & Eileen handwrites the poems inside. Dan Waber & Tom Beckett are the first two authors in the series. (Photo of Tom Beckett's Tiny Book above by Crag Hill.)

Next, she auctioned off a copy of Ivy Alvarez's limited-edition tinyside from Big Game Books, raising more than $300, which purchased 30 mosquito nets from the Nothing But Nets campaign against malaria (the leading killer of children in Africa).

Tiny Books are still for sale--because they're HOD, handwritten on demand. (Now that's DIY.) Each Tiny Book costs $10 plus $1.00 shipping/handling. To purchase the Tiny Books & donate to Heifer International, send a check for $11.00 (each, please specify title(s)) made out to "Meritage Press" to

Eileen Tabios
Meritage Press
256 North Fork Crystal Springs Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574

Meritage Press has also recently released William Allegrezza's Fragile Replacements & Allen Bramhall's chunky two volume Days Poem (which I've just started reading). Order Meritage books from SPD, Amazon, or Lulu.


House Press has many shiny new items avaiable, including Just as Form by Eric Unger, Friend Delighting the Eloquent by Matthew Klane, & some very cool grave rubbings by Barrett Gordon. (Since House Press is a collective, each item has different ordering instructions, so check the links for details.)


Josh Hanson's got a newish press, kids. It's called End & Shelf Books. Just released is Stuart Greenhouse's beautiful new chapbook, All Architecture. Just like all End & Shelf productions, All Architecture is available as a **FREE** PDF. While you're downloading, also check out Clay Matthews' Western Returns & The Collaborative Poem by the Hundred Day Party.


Justin Marks' Kitchen Press has recently released Run Down the Emphasis by Erin Elizabeth Burke. Get it for $5 in the Kitchen Press bookstore here. Justin's also been posting some reviews & interviews relating to other Kitchen titles on the main blog, so take a peek at those as well.


Carrie Hunter's Ypolita Press offers a new bilingual English/German edition of CAConrad's THE FRANK POEMS with translations by Holger, with assistance from Jonas Slonacker and Sigrid Mayer. Available for $5 via PayPal. And Conrad's posted an excerpt here.


From Paul Chavez's Vértice 1925 comes the Spam Poetry Anthology, described as "the first book compiling the works of spam poetry authors from around the globe." The book is edited by Morton Hurley, with a foreword by K. Silem Mohammad & cover are by Tony Millionaire. Here's a review from 3AM. 60 poems, 76 pp. of spam you actually want to read? Not a bad deal for a mere $10.


Three new books from Mark Young's Otoliths Press are now available: Nick Piombino's by now legendary "visual collage novel" Free Fall, Sheila E. Murphy's first integrated linear & visual collection The Case of the Lost Objective (Case) & Rochelle Ratner's memoir / found text / poetry journal Leads. All are available via Otolith's Lulu.com storefront here.

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  • Hi Shanna and Sandra-

    I run a DIY Press, with Sarah Mangold called FLASH+CARD. Is there anyway I can get linked up?


    By Blogger maryrose larkin, at 2:57 PM  

  • shoot! did one of you already email me about this?! seems like i remember. i get so bogged in the inbox sometimes.

    i'll do it right now!

    By Blogger shanna, at 5:12 PM  

  • oops--i can't find a Flash+Card site. since you've been posting the books on your blog, should i just link there?

    By Blogger shanna, at 5:16 PM  

  • Shanna!


    That is where they are, for now at least. I hope to have a different web site too, but I work and you know, I haven't gotten around to it.

    A million thank yous.


    By Blogger maryrose larkin, at 12:41 PM  

  • very cool ideas. if anyone is interested i do collect writings to put out. our/my blog is bigmouthpr.blospot.com drop me a line!

    By Blogger Bigmouth, at 11:42 PM  

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