so if you haven’t yet checked out the OMNIDAWN BLOG, go now. there is a current game up and the winner gets a free omnidawn book of their choice!!!
there are also some new installations of the Poetry Feature and the Video Feature.
speaking of Omnidawn, the editors took the whole omnidawn team out to dinner tonight at a restaurant in Berkeley. there are six of us in total…and it’s always a pleasure breaking bread with the crew. the craziest thing was that when we left the restaurant, guess who was leaving at the same time? you guessed it, Robert Hass and Lyn Hejinian! we chatted with them outside for a bit–i just love the bay area cuz you never know what poets you’ll randomly bump into.
speaking of the bay area, check out the new New American Writing, edited by Paul Hoover & Maxine Chernoff:
New American Writing 26 (2008) is now available. The issue has an Enrique Chagoya cover, attached, and work by sixty poets: Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop, Sylvia Legris, Steve McCaffery, Karen Mac Cormack, Norma Cole, John Kinsella, Gillian Conoley, Clayton Eshleman, Nathaniel Tarn, Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Karen Volkman, John Tranter, Ron Padgett, Bill Berkson, Noah Eli Gordon, Liz Waldner, Martine Bellen, Ed Smallfield, Laura Kasischke, Joseph Lease, John Gallaher, Craig Santos Perez, Noelle Kocot, Donna de la Perriere, Kismet Al-Hussaini, Jordan Davis, Mark DuCharme, Molly Albracht, Stephen Vincent, Sarah Gridley, G.C. Waldrep and many others.
$15 for one issue or $36 for a 3-year subscription. Available from NAW, 369 Molino Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941, and at better bookstores. If you wish to order copies or obtain a subscription using your credit card, go to our website, www.newamericanwriting.com.
my last day of class is tomorrow! although i’m happy to FINALLY be on vacation, i will miss my students ;(
SHOCKING DISCOVERY UNEARTHED THROUGH RESEARCH!!!!!:
“So, if you’re a poet who’s never published a book, and (like most poets) you don’t have hundreds and hundreds of dollars of available cash to spend on book contests, and you’re not friendly enough with a book publisher currently to have him/her solicit your work for publication, you can rest easy knowing that 2% of U.S. independent poetry publishers are ready, willing, and able to assist you.”
wow, all my idyllic dreams about the independent poetry world have been shattered!!! you mean i cant just write my poems and freely send them to anyone i want and expect editors / publishers to publish my amazing work without entering a contest or knowing them personally!!! i’m outraged!!!
seriously tho, in abramson’s post there’s an undertone of SELFISHNESS that is somewhat annoying. working (for free) for an independent press and running one (tho on a much smaller scale) myself (funded out of my own pocket), i know that this work requires a certain amount of selflessness. the editors at omnidawn and achiote press work very hard (and spend lots of money) to publish and promote OTHER people’s work. this is true for 99% of independent presses. why should a poet, who expects the small press (and by small press, i mean individuals) to pay for publication and distribution, not expect to contribute financially to that press’ success? i have no problem with independent presses running contests to fund publication…i happily submitted to a contest for my first book. i paid 25$. i didn’t win, but i was happy to know that my money went to supporting the press.
NEWSFLASH: YOU DON’T NEED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO ENTER CONTESTS. ENTER ONE OR TWO CONTESTS a YEAR.
this year i entered a poetry contest held by a journal (one of those that accepts 3-5 poems). i paid 10$. i didnt win. but i really like the journal and was happy to know my money went to support the journal.
poets need to be less selfish and know they need to contribute also. yeah, i hear sad stories about how poets spends 100s of dollars on contests and never win. tell me, how much do you think editors of independent presses have paid to publish other peoples work?