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Bar del Corso’s Spring Gift Pop-Up: April 24

By | Sales

We will once again be pairing with Entre Ríos artist, Nia Michaels at a Bar del Corso gift pop up. Last year, we went to three gift sales to hawk some books.. and we can assure you this one is the best. It’s humanely scaled, they have delicious cocktails and bites to eat, and the selection is well-currated with plenty of beautiful things you might want to give to YOUR MOTHER.  Right?  This one happens before Mother’s Day, so you can come get her some nice earrings and our new edition of Shelley for those afternoon she wants to take to the cobblestones to bring down the regime!

For more information on other vendors, check out their event Facebook page: Bar del Corso Spring Gift Pop Up! 

Popular Songs: A Short Delay!

By | Books, Learning How to Be a Publisher

We are sad to announce that we will have a short delay on Popular Songs: The Political Poems of 1819-1820 by our man, Shelley.  Alas, there was a glitch that can sometimes happen between paper stock (ours is luscious) and presses.  So while we work that out with our press, we can always look on the bright side and say, “We have seen the book and you will love it!” and we can also say, as new publishers might, “Wow. We did not see that typo before!”  I think the cliché being, Every dark cloud has a silver lining…

We will update the shipping date when we have it, but we’re hoping April 22. Of course, pre-orders will be shipped the day this book arrives as we can’t wait to get this in the mail to you.

Here's a bit of the interior spread, though in this picture you might also see the mechanical crease that won't be in the books we're shipping!

Here’s a bit of the interior spread, though in this picture you might also see the mechanical crease that won’t be in the books we’re shipping!

 

 

William the Poet at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk!

By | Sponsorships

Publisher by day, community organizer by night… or perhaps the other way around, it was my great pleasure to sponsor the appearance of William the Poet at the Jackson Street Jazz Walk. In our poetry-centric view of the world, I’d consider him a cool part of the scene and he is easy to find at farmer’s markets plying the trade with poems made while you wait or shop for radishes and kale. I am guessing he makes more money that many fancy-shmancy poets out there. I would guess he makes more money than we’ll ever see. Hmmmm… maybe we need a career change!?!

So it delights me very much to bring to the Central District, home of Entre Ríos Press, for a little street-livening!

You can see more of his work on his Instagram, William Curtis.

And do get in touch, if you are looking for an on-demand poet for your next event. I’ve got his contact information and can recommend him.

Here is his poem that he wrote for me based on the word, “Jazz”. 

Our First Print Ad!

By | Learning How to Be a Publisher

As a new publisher, it’s easy enough to make a book. It is just some paper stacked together, after all. The hard question is how do we make sure that we’re not just hoarding our lovelies in boxes in a far closet? We want our poets read and our artists seen!

We’re excited to have our first print ad out this week in Poetry Northwest, announcing our summer and fall books!

The APRIL Bookfest: Independent Presses Delight!

By | Learning How to Be a Publisher

Books from APRIL Book Expo

 

Since we only have one book out, it made little sense to take a table at the APRIL Book Expo which happened at Hugo House this past weekend.  I went on a book buying binge that was so different than being a reader on a jag, because for the last six months, ninety percent of the books coming into the house, spilling on the office floor in precarious stacks have been picked out due to the production and design, not the writing.

All four of our books this year have involved a discussion with our printer, Olympus Press, and someone else’s book. “We want our book to be like this.” or “What paper are they using?” or “How did they afford to produce this…Look how lovely it is!”  I suppose it’s not every business that can claim such delightful research shopping.

Here are the books and presses that inspired us to try harder to put out interesting and lovely books:

Chin Music Press: Seattle represent!!   Our third book, Tiny Girl, will share some similarities to their book, Hurricane Story by Jennifer Shaw. It will be the same square format and size and we’ll be showing it to the printer to see about offset on uncoated paper. Will we have a big enough run to make this possible? These folks are putting out really lovely and good-looking books.

Two Plum Press hurts our head with it’s aesthetic and smarts. We bought One Whole Breath by Zoe Donnelycolt, and This by Rebekah Green and once we’re through reading these, will be going online or to Portland to get more.  The size and paper of these books is so interesting! Dense little books with interesting typesetting, graphics and art. I’m not a huge fan of the dust jackets though which make holding and picking up the book more clumsy than it needs to be, still, I get the lo-fi and consistent appeal of them. This is a press I am very much looking forward to buying more books from to read deeply in.

Ravenna Press. We picked up three that had something other than poetry happening in them. By Land by John Burgess includes sketches and photos from his trip on the Lewis and Clark Trail, Jeff Alessandrelli’s Erik Satie Watusies his way into Sound includes music notation, like our fall book, The After. Kristina Marie Darling’s Melancholia has interesting layout and typesetting choices.

I picked up only one book by YesYes Books, A New Language for Falling Out of Love by Meghan Privitello. What a cover! I was really stuck by the use of the gray paper inside and strong type choices. Just a very handsome book.

Yet another Portland Press, Sidebrow Books: I couldn’t resist The Wine-Dark Sea by Mathais Svalina. Here’s a book where the bright white guts look great against the type and again, an incredible cover. For a rainy camping weekend, I’m looking forward to the The Volta Book of Poets, which, with my new set of publisher eyes, something we’d likely never do and also, so difficult— too many poets! Anthology work must be much herding of cats! These folks have some really great covers.

One publisher we chatted with, Alice Blue Books, is getting out of the business and sounded exhausted after ten years of publishing. From them, I picked up The Tahrir of Poems: Seven Contemporary Egyptian Poets, translated by Maged Zaher.  And there’s the power of the small press! It’s hard to imagine a big press taking on such a project. And it makes me more excited to try to get our first bi-lingual edition out!

We also had the opportunity to buy a first book by a new publisher, so fresh they’ve only had it four days! Fog Machine‘s first book, Celeris by Emily O’Neill, feels great and we always like true pocket-sized books for poetry!

In addition, we were delighted in the ideas of Mary Anne Carter to focus just on poetry ephemera as jesusmaryannejoesph, and picked up a delightfully strange glittery, “Square” by James Gendron. I have some ideas for ephemera that we’d like to try, not only as additional marketing pieces for our books and events, but also some stand-alone work, much like some of the Miel Books micro-books we’ve bought

My husband and I could also not resist the very graphic sexy times of Northwest Press‘s, “Al-Queda’s Super Secret Weapon”, a very saucy comic book. Saucy comics! Yea! Plus they print one of our comic heroes, David Kelley!

Now, what I really need is to get another trip set up to a warm tropical destination, an extra suitcase to lug all these books, and some time to read them.

Afternoon Romantics: Reading from the Romantic Era

By | Readings

Several years ago, I started working on a  book about John Clare, an English second-generation Romantic poet. He knew of Keats (not terribly impressed) and as he was went mad, sometimes thought he was Lord Byron. I’d never given much though to the Romantics and had managed to work through a four-year degree on English Literature without taking a single class on them. Truth is they seemed rather dull and much too rhymey for my youthful taste.

As I’ve mentioned this book to friends and neighbors, unsurprisingly, I get a lot of arched eyebrows or blank stares. Not many of heard of him or have much of an interest in two hundred year-old poems. Occasionally, however, someone’s eyes would widen and they’d start swooning about how one of these poets and how their work inspired them or changed the way they approached the world.

For our first, of what we hope to be seasonal salons, I invited not only some Seattle poets, but also, many of these neighbors to come share why the Romantic poets so moved them. What is it about this era and the poems from it that still resonates today? Afternoon Romantics featured ten readers, each reading five minutes, from their favorite Romantic era writer or something from the time period that personally interested them. We had a wide range of writing and writers, and as it turned out, no Clare.

Thank You!

A very gracious thank you to all of our readers and listeners for our first reading salon in our home. It was inspiring to hear so many voices, not only yours, but those of the past in our home.

We’re looking forward to another one of these salon events later this spring. We’re figuring a down home North Carolina barbecue would taste about right while listening to the Black Mountain College writers. For all the latest updates on our readings and events, please follow along on Facebook: entreriosbooks.

#weekenderbookshelf

By | Books

Cafe Weekend is a sweet little coffee shop on the edge of the Central District in Seattle. Well, it looks little, but it has a huge room hiding in the back perfect for working, meeting the neighbors and reading a book. One thing we have always admired is their carefully curated bookshelf, with a rotating theme, with a nice focus on local comics, art and design. You get a real sense of the owner’s interest, not only intellectually, but in the community around her.

So it’s a great honor to have our “Twelve Saints” right here in the neighborhood we publish from on her shelves. If you’re in the Central District, stop by and have a cup of coffee or a cookie and enjoy one of Seattle’s best kept secrets.

We think following Cafe Weekend on Instagram is the way to go:  @cafeweekend

Scenes from the “Twelve Saints” Book Launch

By | Readings

Not only were we celebrating and reading from Twelve Saints, but we were also excited to share the first book from our press! You only get to do that once!

Thanks to everyone that came out! We had so much fun hosting a little reading in our home, that we’re planning on doing it again…soon. Please look at our Facebook page for the most current news and the invite for our readings. https://www.facebook.com/entreriosbooks/