It was incredible to have our book, Mary’s Dust by Melinda Mueller with music by Lori Goldston selected as one of this year’s Poetry finalists.
There is no doubt I am competitive and it is true I want all of our books to win all the awards. But working with so many generous and kind authors and artists has mellowed my grim dark heart— as well as understanding how difficult of every step of book publishing and getting books noticed and read is. So only three years into this, I would like to say, “WOO! WOO!”
Now, we did not win. A heartfelt congratulations to Lena Khalaf Tuffaha and the awards did what it should do which is highlight a Washington State poet get you to add their book to your reading list. I am certainly adding, “Water & Salt” to mine!
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.
Thanks to Open Books for hosting the book launch for our new translation of Amelia Rosselli’s “Diario Ottuso/Obtuse Diary” by Deborah Woodard, Roberta Antognini and Dario De Pasquale.
Here’s a short segment from the last section of the book, “Obtuse Diary” read by Deborah Woodard and actor, Riccardo Pieri. I thought this presentation of a bilingual text was really effective and an imaginative way for an (primarily) English-listening audience to comprehend the meaning, while still hearing the sound of the work.
We were super thrilled to support the Seattle premiere of the new documentary on progressive movements during the 2016 election and to host the director, Jacob Smith, while he was in town.
There are days in running our gay press, that I think publishing poetry is political enough and you cannot go to protest, call Senators, writer letters… and sometimes I do talk myself out of some kind of more direct action. But then, let us be real, we are in a state of crisis with the environment and with the rise of neo-fascists and so if I have to pour a third or fourth cup of coffee, we must still find time to take the streets and turn our rage into actions. This is tough. And I would be remiss to not say that our business of poetry publishing hasn’t suffered, it has. But, well, we will just keep muddling along fighting the inhumanity of ICE, the mendacity of Trump and the corruption in the system because if we don’t prevail, there will be no such thing as “gay press”.
Waking the Sleeping Giant: The Making of a Political Revolutionis the story of the attempt to build a 21st century progressive movement in the United States. Five remarkable individuals wrestle with persistent racial injustice, growing economic inequality, and the corrupting influence of money in politics that shaped this extraordinary election cycle.
From the presidential campaign trail with Senator Bernie Sanders to a local political race in the failing economy of rural West Virginia, from a mass sit-in on the U.S. Capitol steps to racially charged police commission hearings in Los Angeles, Waking the Sleeping Giant makes sense of this singular moment in American politics, probing the widespread discontent of the past two years, Donald Trump’s dramatic electoral victory, and the challenges ahead for those hoping to build a reenergized progressive movement.
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We were thrilled to once again sponsor some live poetry at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk!
But mostly, after organizing this for the last four years, it was a delight for Year Five to just go as a participant and leave the difficult job of organizing to Eugenie Jones. Yes, it was different, but hello, that is what keeps things fresh! SO IT WAS AWESOME AS ALWAYS. We have a lot of issues in the Central District that are direct result of systematic racism and economic inequality… but we also have a lot of GREAT neighbors and nothing like music and art to get everyone out together having fun. And my belief, from the minute I started this project, was if you can get people together having fun with each other, it makes having the difficult conversation and work in a neighborhood easier. Still hard, but easier.
We are once again proud sponsors of the Jackson Street Jazz Walk, happening along Jackson Street and within walking distance of Enter Ríos HQ on Saturday night! For four years, I was the organizer of this event and one of the things I am proud of is always finding a way to include poets: spoken word mic, Fresh Roots, Paul Nelson read last year, William Curtis…
This year, we are happy to bring M. Seven Bremner to the parking lot at Pratt for some impromptu poetry. Marlene Seven Bremner (Seven) was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1983, and currently resides in Olympia, WA. She was first introduced to the Poem Store in 2015 and fell in love with the spontaneity of it and the opportunity to connect with her community through poetry. You can find her with her vintage Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter at the Olympia Farmer’s Market and the Ballard Farmer’s Market in Seattle, typing custom poems based on any topics you provide. When she’s not at the markets you can find Seven writing and painting in her downtown Olympia studio.
Why are they are in the parking lot at Pratt now? Because our venue where we had some awesome spoken word mics complianed the poets didn’t drink as much as the jazz listners/musicians… so you know, poets, some folks have drinking goals for you! Ha!
So learn more about Seven on these links and come get a poem while listening to great music and checking out the art scene at Pratt Fine Arts Center.
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!
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?
RT @ICRMCR2019 Congratulations, Richard Sha! The Barricelli Prize is given out annually by the International Conference on Romanticism and will be presented formally during the conference in Manchester this summer. Here's to Perverse Romanticism!! 😊 🎉🎉🎉📚 @KSAAcomm@Wordsworthianstwitter.com/AUcolleg…
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