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Aaron Otheim Woodland Score

Recording for “Woodland”

By | Books

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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New Citizens!

By | Thoughts

For those that follow us on Twitter, you know that I’ve been distraught and outraged by Trump Administration’s immigration policies and tactics. So I’ve been going to protests, donating money, educating myself on the topic — it’s brutal and yes, Obama, was brutal too — and rage tweeting. It’s true.

My husband and I celebrated the 4th of July by doing something new to me: going to the Naturalization Ceremony at the Space Needle. It wasn’t his first, he became a naturalized citizen in Boston twenty years ago! Though a tiny bit of Facebook, we also helped spread the word of the event, though unfortunately did not meet up with any of our readers also there cheering on our new citizens!

It was fantastic to be out cheering for something positive rather than raging against all the negativity. Congrats to our new citizens! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Seattle Citizenship Ceremony 2018

Our next books… getting closer

By | Books, Learning How to Be a Publisher

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!

Erin L McCoy poet editor

Our new editor! Welcome, Erin McCoy!

By | Learning How to Be a Publisher

It is with great pleasure and excitement, that Victor and I are announcing bringing on our first editor to assist me with the press! Please welcome Erin L. McCoy!

One of our press goals is to have one book a year in translation that helps broaden our understanding and connections with Argentinian literature, history and culture. Erin is joining Entre Ríos as an acquisitions editor and will be looking for the right mix of Argentinian poetry in translation for our press.

Erin is a Seattle-based poet, scholar, book editor, and educator in Spanish and Latin American literature and creative writing. She is also an award-winning photojournalist. Her poem, “Futures,” was selected by Natalie Diaz to be published in Best New Poets 2017. Her work has also appeared in Bennington Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Cimarron Review, CURA, and other publications.

Erin holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Washington. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Critical Languages Scholarship, the University of Washington’s Grace Milliman Pollock Scholarship, and the Oakley Hall III Memorial Scholarship to attend the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, California, among other awards. She is from Louisville, Kentucky.

While the majority of our projects get started through other means than submissions and queries, do know we are always interested in hearing from translators working with modern or contemporary Argentinian poetry or hybrid models, so do drop us line if that’s a focus of your poetic work.

“All the Marys”: A review by Hannah VanderHart

By | Reviews

“This is not a white-washed collection of lyric-narratives—rather, Mueller’s work enacts historical-poetic recovery. Mary’s Dust is a stay against that particularly American vice contemporary historians discuss: amnesia (in this case, the individual histories of slaves and the achievements of persons of color). Mueller does not let us forget, but weaves her poetry as tapestries, so that we can also look and see.”

Hannah VanderHart writes about Mary’s Dust recently in the U > Read the Full Review here: Up the Staircase “All the Marys”.

In the review, Ms. VanderHart offers a lengthy quote from “Ledger.” We think this is one of the most intense poems of the last year and so we’d like you to get a chance to hear and see it in its entirety…and we include the full text at our Sound Cloud page.

And here is the somber note for the poem.

Deborah Woodard Darie De Pasquale Amelia Rosselli

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

By | Books

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.

GetLit! Spokane!

By | Fests and Book Events, Sponsorships

It was our first time out to GetLit! in Spokane.  It’s a big week-long program put on by the folks at Eastern Washington University and happening all around Spokane.  Our stuff happened though on the busiest day with the book sale all day Saturday and a small press reading featuring a few of our recent authors with Spokane ties.

I very much enjoyed chatting with Sharma of Scablands Press and Thom of Sage Hill Press and trading publisher know-how and mysteries— and, of course, also very much enjoyed meeting all those interested in writing that were on hand.

Our readers include Melinda Mueller, who was raised in Spokane and Maya Jewell Zeller, who lives there now,  We hope to get Melinda back out to Spokane later this year for another reading.

It feels a bit weird to toot our own horn, but I will also add that my husband and I were delighted sponsor the authors reception at the Montvale on Friday night, but were bummed to arrive sweaty and greasy from having our old van break down three miles from the event!  But we got there for a bit of it and so nice to meet even more of the authors we did not get a chance to hear!

So many fantastic spaces I Spokane… this was a fun event with Tod Marshall moderating.

 

Always nice to spend a few days in Spokane, though there’s massive construction going on in their main park, so it wasn’t as nice as it usually is to walk around.

 

The aftermath of the book sale— I completely forgot the small press reading I had volunteered to emcee, so when I came back down to the book fair, this is all there was. Our poor lonely table.

 

Maya Jewell Zeller Get Lit

It’s Maya Jewell Zeller being put on the spot to read first since I had no idea what was going on or who was reading except there was Maya! Sitting in the crowd! YOU!! YOU GO FIRST!!! ;-),w

Aileen Keown Vaux Get Lit

Alieen Keown Vaux slayed it reading from her new chapbook, “Consolation Prize”. You will want this book! h