This is a short segment from a longer film we will be releasing at the Mary’s Dust book launch on Saturday, October 21. EVENT INFORMATION.
I wonder if I will ever go to a book show and sell more books than I end up buying! And curses for putting us across from Copper Canyon Press!
New books from Alternating Current, The Mountain Press, Willow Springs, plus some subscriptions to help keep a pulse on writing from outside of Seattle with CutBank, Fugue Literary Journal. Plus if that was not enough books by Lost Horse Press and Barrow Street. And, of course, ended up with three more from Copper Canyon Press due some recommendations from Bill Carty. Time to finally read The Lice.
Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts is a Staff Pick this month, meaning you can get it for 20% if you order from them, here: SPD Staff Picks.
Books about anxiety are too often deemed feminine and interior—too personally specific. But in the refractive kaleidoscope of ALCHEMY FOR CELLS & OTHER BEASTS, anxiety becomes an externalised and colorful weapon, one encompassing not just the landscape of the self, but the universe as it affects the self, the tales of other selves around the self. From geologic time to climate change, individual anxiety spreads virally throughout the book, populating its readers with the troubling accoutrements of human existence and its oft negative impacts — “so mammal / so leathery like our sin / the one I cover over my organs / like a filmy curtain.” Accompanied by misleadingly succulent artwork by Carrie DeBacker, ALCHEMY FOR CELLS & OTHER BEASTS is a journey at turns mystical and frightening, guilt-inducing and comforting, muddling humanity’s oppressive force with its animal instincts, all without being self-righteous or accusatory. We exist, it seems to say, and we have an impact. And what that is can be beautiful or frightening — it’s up to us. —Trisha Low
So excited to wake up to find one of our books on Small Press Distribution’s Best Seller List for last month! Congratulations to Maya Jewell Zeller and Carrie DeBacker!
This month, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts is one of SPD’s Handpicked books, which means if you order it from them, you get 20% off! Buy from SPD here!
While, the mention of “Flowers & Sky: Two Talks” is really just an aside for a longer review of Aaron’s previous book, “The Skin of Meaning”, I thought this review/conversation/tribute is quite lovely.
“…it’s his ability to create beauty, to literally invoke it, that has most captivated me. He is a Romantic Poet in an era eviscerated of romance.”
Yep. And a hero to many for his embrace of it and all the swoon.
We could not be more honored to share our first “Emerging Visions Film” by Rebecca Starkey! She took on an interpretation of our forthcoming “Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts” by Maya Zeller and Carrie DeBacker.
This award, given to a Washington State female or female-identified filmmaker or digital artist, is meant to encourage the growth and development of women artists and technicians traditionally underrepresented in the film and digital industry. We will be posting our 2018 submission guidelines for next year’s award next week.
Here’s a stab at an excerpt:
Intensely interrogative… Shurin has created a body of work sparked by the low and inspired by the high… always spiraling more and more poetic thought… Once he has given us his flowers of the field talk, Shurin raises his head skyward. It is a wonderfully balanced maneuver, giving us a parallel of particular with universal… Shurin keeps his focus on the revelations in each governing image… At once literary criticism and memoir, “Flowers & Sky” gives cutting insight into the poetic process illuminating for readers and writers alike.
I’ve heard stories of the “platform”, seen some marketing questionnaires that might be included with a book contract (or even before a contract is given). Truth is, I can see why publishers are doing these things now: there’s almost no budget for marketing and for poetry, a lot of books get sold through connections…aka, friends!
So it is with special relish (and a bit of joking), that we are pleased to share that one of our authors now has an author website and twitter handle (though I promised she did not have to actually tweet!).
Check out Melinda Mueller’s new site to learn about all of her books and if you feel like tweeting her, find her at @melinda_mueller.
And yes, on my list for winter project is designing an “Author Intake” form. Really.