Really excited to get my contributor’s copy of WOMEN IN CLOTHES in the mail today. Pictured here with my favorite of the three quotes they used. The book is gorgeous. Can’t wait to delve into the rest (there’s an essay by Sarah Nicole Prickett called “What I Wore to Fall in Love;” sounds grand already).
It was 1986. A Sunday,
because this was Sunday school,
and she couldn’t tell her father
what that boy had called him,
the word he’d spit, his face twisted
so his teeth looked false,
couldn’t even whisper it
in her father’s ear—
— Danielle Jones-Pruett, from “Blush”
In conjunction with her recent receipt of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, we’re thrilled to publish Danielle Jones-Pruett’s poem, “Blush,” this week at apt. We first published “Blush” in January in our fourth print annual.
James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.
From the film’s IndieGo page:
Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.
To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.
A man walks into a bar sits down stool spins him around so he stops face-to-face with the neat rows of bottles the whole holy chorus of browns/ambers/ochres/golds/yellows/crystals on each paper coaster a glass thunks and tinkles with ice-heaven-music the man shouts amen.
— Matt Tompkins, "A Man Walks into a Bar"
We’ve got a story in rounds today at apt!
In early summer 2011, we published a group of four poems by Liam Day, each inspired by a bus route in Boston. Since then, Liam has worked to produce a group of thirty poems, encapsulating the city’s history, then expanding beyond it, as the speaker moves within and without Boston’s city limits. We’re incredibly excited to announce that Liam’s book is now available to preorder, and the array of presale incentives include:
- a spread of AP poetry titles,
- a bus ride with Liam,
- Red Sox v. Yankees poems written just for you,
- a donation in your name to 826Boston,
- a one-on-one basketball game with the author (a former pro baller in Northern Ireland),
- and, for the flush and opulent-minded, a gala at the Boston Public Library wherein Liam will be named Honorary Poet Laureate of the MBTA, and will present a new poem dedicated to the donor. (Because who among us wouldn’t love to spend $5,000 in the name of literature?)
The presale will last through December 17, so get in now, and spread the word!
This book is going to be awesome.
Order it during the presale and get it for just $12—that includes shipping!
On Thursday night, we had the pleasure of visiting WORD in Greenpoint for the release party for Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down. (Check out photos from the reading on WORD’s Tumblr, and a short video of Dolan’s reading on Instagram!)
If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of hearing Dolan read, we strongly encourage you to go to one of the following events:
Friday, Sept 5
Saturday, Sept 6
Akron, OH - Annabell’s Bar & Lounge - 6pm
The Big Big Mess Reading Series…Dolan reading with Natalie Eilbert and Caryl Pagel
Monday, Sept 8
Brooklyn, NY - Franklin Park - 8pm
Franklin Park Reading Series…Dolan reading with Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Cheshire, and Justin Taylor
Hope to see you at one of the readings!
Randolph, Dolan, and I are reading in DC next Friday for the next Barrelhouse Presents event!
If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there. And even if you’re not, I hope you’ll spread the word!
Tonight in BK, Greenpoint’s own Dolan Morgan launched his new book, That’s When the Knives Come Down, in the excellent company of B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson.
The Weekly WORD, Brooklyn
- On Wednesday, August 27th, at 7 p.m., May-Lan Tan (Girly), Chelsea Hodson (Pity the Animal), and Elizabeth Mikesch (Niceties) will take to the basement to share some of their deepest, darkest secrets … or maybe their genre-bending essays and stories. Either way, this is going to be great.
- Thursday, August 28th, at 7 p.m., we’re celebrating the release of That’s When the Knives Come Down by Greenpoint’s own Dolan Morgan. He’ll be joined by Chelsea Hodson (Pity the Animal) and B.C. Edwards (The Aversive Clause, The Standard Cyclopedia of Recipes). This is one night only, folks! Knives, cities, relationships, bodies, and absurdity for just one night!
- Sunday, August 31st, 2 p.m., marks the return of Gotham Writers Workshop. Hosted by Hasie Sirisena (Epoch, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review), this installment will focus on the fundamentals of writing craft. Don’t know where to start? Fearful of yet another false start? Don’t stress. Stop in. Your questions will be answered — and hey, you might even leave with some new pages in hand.
Say bye to August. Do it. Bye, August! Good. Hi, September. You’re looking nice. Hey, you look nice too. Want to hang out with us? Awesome, meet us at the bookstore. Don’t forget. In fact, you should sign up to receive text reminders about store events. For sure. It’s the only way.
The launch party for That’s When the Knives Come Down is tomorrow night at WORD in Brooklyn!
Come hear Dolan read alongside Chelsea Hodson and B.C. Edwards!
(Also, we’re making a rare NYC appearance, so if you’re there, we’ll hug the hell out of you. — CH & RP)
Be there for books and hugs!