We are excited to officially publish The After today. Our third book, it clearly points the direction we’ve been striving toward and how we are envisioning our books for 2017 and beyond. It’s a sumptuous blend of poetry and art with commissioned music along with it.
Sometimes poetry comes to one for delight or comfort. Certainly, some of the projects we are working with authors, don’t have the intense sadness of this poem. But in this case, I would say it is almost a duty it is to offer this serious meditation on one of the most concerning aspects of climate change: the acceleration of the mass extinction underway.
Always an exciting, as as we’re finding, a nerve-wracking day, our third book, The After, is back from the printer. Due to the complexity of printing Karinna Gomez‘ dark mezzotints, it was the first time we got to see all of it integrated. This may seem unusual, but there is a bit of leap of faith, at least for the new book designers, on how the book will actually feel. Will the size actually work? Will the pages feel good with the cover stock? With the paper finishes?
We are thrilled to report that most everything we set out to accomplish with this book looks and feels great. The art has printed beautifully on Olympus Press‘s high definition offset press. The landscape format feels wonderful to hold, and the cover in a dull gray rough stock, while perhaps a bit less eye-catching than we hoped despite some printer tricks using white ink, is interesting to touch and contrasts nicely with the interior stock.
We could not be more honored to bring out this somber, troubling work on the mass extinction currently happening around us and because of us. We are certainly humbled to be working with the talented folks who shared their creative energy with us and the printer’s team working on educating us on how to get the best looking books we can dream up on our challenging budgets and short runs.
We are accepting pre-orders for The After. It will ship to arrive by Tuesday, September 27.
As we work on the final edits of The After, we thought we’d share this interview with Karinna Gomez with the Museum of the North, where she works.
Here are two prints that did not make it into the final book. But if you like this art, keep your eyes open as we’re about to start accepting pre-orders.
This week, we received our first one back from the printer, “The Birds of Rome” by Melinda Mueller. Originally published in “Looking Together: Writers on Art” by the University of Washington and the Frye Art Museum, we are pleased to re-present this poem in this tidy format. We might recommend reading this poem with a glass of wine while watching the sun set and the shadows lengthen on rooftops.
Our second ad is out in the new issues of Poetry Northwest! Lot’s of good stuff in it including some Carl Philips and Felicia Zamora. We’re also fans of Brian Tierney, so nice to see new work by him. This issue has a focus on translation, so I am looking forward to spending more time sitting out in the garden and thinking. We’re interested and planning on bringing out bilingual editions of contemporary Argentinian poetry in 2108, so as always, if you or someone you know, is working on translating this work, we would love to hear from you.
Our thought is that perhaps this doesn’t happen enough. We will be printing a score by Syrinx Effect in our next book, The After. This piece, “Song for Dead Sparrows” was commissioned for the book. It is, in turns, discordant, angry, somber, and mysterious: it’s modern jazz! We love and it and think you will too.
During our reading events this fall, we will be giving out full size replicas of the original hand-drawn score by saxophonist, Kate Olson. So you will want to check out our Facebook page, entreriosbooks, for all the current readings.
And as a note, the thing I am absolutely finding most challenging in publishing is the long printing and marketing deadlines and planning required to pull it off. Mostly a vast struggle! But behold, this piece is back from the printer three months before we need it! Success! Now to get that book out the door.
We’re finalizing production and will begin shipping “The After” at the end of September. It will make a special gift for anyone in your life with an interest in poetry and how we’re telling the story of the current mass extinction we’re responsible for.
We are thrilled to announce our drawing for the Claudia Rankine reading!
Congratulations to Melissa who wins our two tickets to see Ms. Rankine on Friday night. Further congratulations to Whitney and Dan who will both receive a copy of our latest book, “Popular Songs: The Political Poems of 1819-1820″.