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Postcard from Alan Lau

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Right before the holidays, this lively postcard showed up from Seattle poet, painter and journalist, Alan Lau. Oh, the delight for real mail and not another letter from a developer trying to tear our house down.

We don’t have specifics to share yet, but are excited to say that next year, you’ll be able to purchase a new collection of Mr. Lau’s work from us, featuring plenty of art in full color. It’s our biggest book in 2020 and perhaps our most lavish production to date, which is fitting for one of Seattle’s best-known literary figures.

If you haven’t already, but sure to sign up (scroll to the bottom of the page to do so) for our mailing list to stay up-to-date on the production schedule for this book!

Woodland : The Eating in This World

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Here’s another listen to one of the poems in the forthcoming, Woodland, a project of mine with a score by Aaron Otheim.

It’s been interesting to try to figure out how to make book trailers/small poetry films quickly as it’s something I would love to be able to do for all our books moving forward. It seems like an obvious process as we have so much audio of the poets reading the work.

This is done in iMovie and we did some funny workaround to get it into square for Instagram that involved using Keynote.

Seven Prayers to CMR at Auntie’s

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While we’ve been sending tons over to our friends working on Democratic campaigns through the Fifth District, if you happen to be in Spokane, you can buy a copy of Kate Lebo’s Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers at Auntie’s. This helps us offset all the free ones we’re sending out and we thank you for that.

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Aaron Otheim Woodland Score

Recording for “Woodland”

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We’ve been over at Jack Straw doing the base recordings for Woodland— a project that becomes our eleventh book, out in March of 2019.

I’d like to tell you most about the incredible Seattle pianist Aaron Otheim, because the writer is the publisher here at Entre Ríos Books, me (and so that just feels a bit awkward). For folks on the experimental jazz side of music in Seattle, you might know Aaron from his years organizing the Cafe Racer Sessions (RIP, CAFE RACER). He’s phenominal, has interest in all kinds of genre-bending music, and so we highly recommend you take a listen to his work on SoundCloud.

Last summer, a batch of quite broken writing started happening for me during the weeks of hazy dreadful smoke-filled days we had due to fires in British Columbia and then Oregon. As it became very clear that I was writing about fire, I thought it might be interesting to base the center section of the book around the music of Edward McDowell (1860-1908), and in particular, “Woodland Sketches”— popular, beautiful parlor music. It’s racist, it’s sexist, it’s completely of it’s era of industrialization and the beginnings of mass-markets. I asked Aaron to think about updating it for the era of climate change and endless fires. Riffing on an idea of mine, he took the score and burnt it, altered it with the goal of making it “sound like ash”.

So here’s a short video showing some of the process as the end music won’t be like this— but the process to me is so intriguing. Jack Straw has a great piano and set up the mics around the room to allow Aaron great control in mixing the soundfield. With plenty of takes, improvisations, and experiments with the instrument, he’ll take these recordings to add electronic sounds and alterations.

Like all our books, this one comes with an audio download— so when you buy the book, you’ll have the password to download his new music. That download will also come with my reading of the book— and I am planning on some version that will also include some experiments in sound design.

 

Here’s an early experiment on my side with sound. I can’t say this is the final— it’s a process!

Vicinty Memoryall Deavel Marshall Press check

Press Check! Our first play, Vicinity/Memoryall!

By | Books, Learning How to Be a Publisher

I knew that we’d likely be able to bring back from the Midwest industrial printers this book for local printing. It’s a simple “saddle stich”, that is stapled booklet, meant to reference (and celebrate) the Dramatist Guild playbooks. I’ve got great memories of these functional playbooks from drama club in high school and so it was with great happiness that the writers, Christine Deavel and J.W. Marshall, also were intrigued to put the play in this format.

It’s the same size, the same tight gutters, and really designed to be used by actors, with page breaks made thinking through how actors might memorize their lines. I’ll be curious to chat with them on it as this play moves into production. Printing in this format also helps keep our cost down so I am hopeful we can print another play soon by Northwest playwrights or poets turning toward play writing.

I am very happy to be printing with Girlie Press, a woman-owned small business that I can walk to. How wonderful to not have to pay shipping as well as reducing the carbon from that. I’ve only done a few press checks and feel quite silly at them, though it’s exciting to see if how you imagine it printing is going to be the way it actually works in the real world.

I’ll be mostly curious to put this book next to the Dramatist Guild books and see how it feels. Will it feel ready to use for work?

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Our next books… getting closer

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After having rough start to the year with some health problems and learning how to manage new books while working on marketing the previous books, we’re getting very much back on track and proofs are starting to head out the door for our next round of books.

The pre-order pages up in a month or so and our official publication date is still October 5th!

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In the Studio: Amelia Rosselli’s “Obtuse Diary”

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We had an interesting morning at Jack Straw recording selections from our forthcoming translation of Amelia Rosselli’s “Diario Ottuso” or “Obtuse Diary”. Translator, Deborah Woodard, read the English version while translator, Dario De Pasquale, read the original Italian.

Our book will ship with over 40 minutes of audio and will be available later this fall. Running a bit behind, but trying to get it on press this month!

Listen in as they read a section from “First Italian Prose”.

 

My favorite part of the session was watching Dario get quite tongue-tied with Rosselli’s difficult syntax and unusual constructions. You’ll love this audio and be sure to check out our other audio here.

Learn more about Amelia Rosselli at Poetry Foundation or at Wikipedia.

Editing at Skoor Sound? The Vis-à-Vis Society!

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Skoor Sound Editing Vis-a-vis Always interesting to spend time with Eric Eagle at Skoor Sound. It’s our next book in progress…something sweet from The Vis-à-Vis Society!

(Pub. note: feeling off all day, I went home from this session and then almost had a heart attack! Spent the night at Harborview after the classic symptoms of heart attack: numb left arm, shortness of breath, super high blood pressure.. if you have the symptoms, don’t be dumb like me: CALL 911!!!)

Rebecca Starkey Receives Emerging Visions Filmmaker Award

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Rebecca Starkey FilmmakerWe are very pleased to announce the receipient of our first Emerging Visions Filmmaker Award is Rebecca Starkey.

Rebecca Starkey is an aspiring cinematographer and will be graduating in June from the film program at Central Washington University. Rebecca was recently awarded first place in the student narrative film category in the Broadcast Education Association’s festival of media arts for her short film Todd’s Vlog. When she is not behind the camera Rebecca can usually be found rock climbing or painting.

Rebecca will be working on a short film with Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker for their forthcoming (September 2017) collaboration, Alchemy for Cells and Other Beasts.

Our Emerging Visions Filmmaking Award is meant to encourage the growth and development of women artists and technicians traditionally underrepresented in the film and digital industry. This award comes with a $500 stipend. With this award, we seek to foster connections between these emerging creators and the artist and writers working on our books in ways that build confidence, skills and provide a realistic glimpse in how working artists create and collaborate (and have day jobs).

We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca to our team of poets, artists and musicians and look forward to sharing her work this fall. We would also like to thank the many women who applied and sent us clips and ideas to consider. We’ll be posting information a bit earlier (as in later this fall) for our 2018 Emerging Visions Award… which will focus next year on translation. Keep up-to-date on that by following us on Facebook.

Our Fall Books! We have publication dates…

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We are thrilled to finally have a publication date for our Fall books! We’ll be releasing all our books on October 3!

We kick off our next round of books with two recent lectures of one of America’s premier gay poets and master of the prose poem, Aaron Shurin. Flowers and Sky: Two Talks focusses on the foundation of his art and his impulse to poetry. This book will include a few unpublished poems as well as an audio download of Aaron reading the work.

We are pleased to present a new collaboration between Spokane poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker. Odds are pretty good that Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts will be the brightest looking full-color poetry book you’ll see this year, but don’t be fooled— it’s a dark work on the nature of being a woman in these troubling times. We are also pleased to support women filmmakers with our ERB Emerging Visions Award and look forward to Rebecca Starkey‘s interpretation of this book.

Finally, we are pleased to follow The After with a new full-length by one of Seattle’s most intriguing writers, Melinda Mueller. Mary’s Dust contains thirty-two poems on thirty-two different Marys and the wide-arch of history while meditating how women create their own identities against a society that defines their options. Our one word to describe it? STAGGERING. This book will ship with an audio download featuring a new composition by Lori Goldston based on poems as well as Melinda reading a selection from the book.