11 April 2014

The Book of Scented Things

After a year and a half of poem solicitation, packaging and mailing out dozens of perfume samples, correspondence with contributors, reading and organizing brand-new beautiful poems, designing and laying out the book interior, proofreading and proofreading and proofreading, sending out proofs, making and cataloging corrections to the text, then proofreading and proofreading and proofreading some more, this anthology has entered the world.  

Stunning cover design by Carla Echevarria.
The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume has been a labor of excitement and obsession for Jehanne and me and the Literary House Press, including our awesome intern, student Samantha Gross. And although it will not be officially released until October, we have held the first copies in our hands and felt the incomparable sensation of months of difficult, precise work made tangible. 
Can you smell that? 
Poetry is in the air. 
Happy National Poetry Month, one and all.

28 March 2014

Spring reading list

dgp's Winter 2013/2014 Subscription Bundle
Need some new poetry in your life? 

Run out of new books to read after all these snow days?


If you answered yes to one (or all) of these questions, CHECK THIS OUT: you can now buy quarterly subscriptions to the dancing girl press chapbook series. You get 26 new poetry chapbooks from up-and-coming writers for only $100. And you get free shipping!

This first subscription for the Winter 2013/2014 Bundle includes my chapbook, plus the following 25 titles:

Sea/Worlds, by Crystal Gibbins
Solitude Being Alien, by Kimberly Alidio
No One Lives Here, by Mollie Wells
We Build Houses of Our Bodies, by Donna Vorreyer
Object Reference Not Set to An Instance of Object, by Jenn Marie Nunes
Taste of Hibiscus, by Soyini Ayanna Forde
Clear1ing, by Emmalea Russo
Fetching My Sister, by Danielle Ryle
Squall, by Jennifer Lobaugh
Animals in Pretty Cages, by Carrie Bennett
Interior Sculpture: Poems in the Voice of Camille Claudel, by Kathleen Kirk
The Hasp Tongue, by KC Trommer
{apparatus for manufacturing sunset}, by Laressa Dickey
After Touring the Body Room, by Molly Curtis
All of the Men I Have Never Loved, by Zoe Dzunko
And separately we are, by Carol Rowntree Jones
Philomela, by Tara Mae Mulroy
House cats, Yu Han Chao
Spindrift, Laura Madeline Wiseman
Undressing, by Nicole Steinberg
White Deer, by M. Forajter
Aloha Vaudeville Doll, by Arianna Sophia Kartsonis
How We Came Ashore, by Leslie Jenike
Every Song By Patsy Cline, by Kimberly Ann Southwick
One Simple Step to Keeping a Clean Gun, by Jessica Ankeny 

02 March 2014

The Emerald City

How did I just now realize that I have been in Oz for the last few days?!  

Happy happy tenth anniversary to Fairy Tale Review in the Emerald City! 

Happy AWP Seattle!

But there really is no place like home. Glad to have been there, and glad to have made it back again!

01 March 2014

AWP Seattle: Greatest Hits of 2014

1. Met Nance Van Winckel and looked on as she happily signed the broadside that I designed with Jehanne for Literary House Press.

Two lovelies: Jehanne Dubrow and Nance Van Winckel

2. Met my amazing editor/publisher Kristy Bowen at the Dancing Girl Press table.

3. Caught up with an old poet-friend from undergrad, the indomitable Alyse Bensel. She, Owen, and I ventured into downtown Seattle for an evening of delicious Thai food, strawberry mojitos, and book shopping at Elliott Bay Book Co.

4. Attended the hands-down best panel of the Conference: "Magic and the Intellect" with Lucy Corin, Kate Bernheimer, Rikki Ducornet, and Anna Joy Springer. I took a lot of notes, but I think the line that will stick with me most was Kate's "magic is to intellect as fairy is to tale." Perfect. For further reading in this area, I highly recommend this series of essays in the Buch Märchen issue of Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics from The Volta, beginning with Kate's, of course. (I am also a new Lucy Corin fan now. If you haven't read her, CHECK HER OUT.)

5. Got to meet an idol: Kate Bernheimer! After getting my hands on a copy of the GORGEOUS brand-new Emerald Issue of Fairy Tale Review, I asked her to sign it for me. (It also came with a packet of magic red poppy seeds!)

6. Had the honor of representing Fairy Tale Review for an hour behind the journal's Bookfair table and hung out with assistant editor Erin Zweiner.

7. Working with this fabulous crew at the Lit House table! And chowing down on some delicious donuts with them at Seattle's famous Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts.

My Lit Housers: Maddie Zins, Owen Bailey, Todd Cooley, Harris Allgeier, and Grace Arenas.

This collection of wonderful, beautiful moments is enough to sustain me for a good while, I think. But I'll be back again one day, Seattle. Just you wait.

18 February 2014

Books with dog

My beautiful baby chapbooks arrived in the mail today! Ten little author copies all for me. And the dog. Isn't she a gorgeous book-model?

 You can buy your own copy of Imago from dancing girl press here!

13 February 2014

Come see me at AWP Seattle!

I'm getting really excited (and nervous) about heading out to Seattle for the 2014 AWP Conference in less than two weeks! If you'll be hanging around the Bookfair on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, here's where you can find me:

The Rose O'Neill Literary House table (L2)
Thursday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Friday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.

We'll be showing off our beautiful Literary House Press broadsides and books, especially our 2014 AWP Commemorative Broadside: "Because B," by Nance Van Winckel! She'll be stopping by the table to sign them all on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

The Fairy Tale Review table (K26)
Friday from 12:00-1:15 p.m.

I'll be sitting at the Fairy Tale Review table for this time slot to help them celebrate the release of the brand-new Emerald Issue! I'm also donating a copy of my new chapbook Imago from dancing girl press (who will be at table T5) as part of a promotional giveaway/raffle. I can't wait to hold a copy of this gorgeous green journal in my hands.


05 February 2014

On not getting too carried away

When life throws a whole lot of good fortune her way, a girl's got to be able to count on her friends to knock her back down a peg. Concerned about all the good poetry news I'd received in the first few weeks of January, my Gorey-esque artist-friendStu Cawley of Moosadillo Designtook it upon himself to return good, sensible balance to the universe. After getting lost in the bowels of the US Postal Service for almost a month, I finally received yesterday the well-deserved rejection letter for a poem I had not submittedor even written (yet). 

Lucky for me, my sarcastic friends will always be there to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground and my head the proper size. (Thanks for the free mail art, Stu!)