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Sprezzatura Reviews Roundup

Poetry! Available now!

 

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Top 10 Poetry Books of 2014 — Baltimore City Paper
Best Books of 2014 — Amy Lawless, The Volta
Cutty Spot Favorite Things Encountered in 2014

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:

Mike Young’s bristling new book is about love and fear and money. How do we know our feelings and feel our knowledge? It’s about stupid contemporary immune systems and being left to our own devices. If you’re on a bus or plane, you’ll be happy to hear there are a lot of those. Rollerblading, Lord Byron’s clubbed foot, pyramids, falafels, bridges, trains, buses, nightshade, mustard, tattoo, antlers, innovation, nerves, guilt, blood, strawberry cops, conclusive gameshows, moody strangers, and “the yes that keeps watch / over and under my breath.”

SOME REVIEWS:

“Young has some vaudeville in him, some Harmony Korine-like want for entertainment in the everyday, but perhaps the best thing about his work is the way that it seems like an insanely huge sponge made out of eyes and ears, vacuuming up the moments that most often disappear, and cobbling together monologues that carry their aphorisms in the same arm as their jokes … I’ll even go so far as to say Mike Young is the Dante of post-boredom.”  Blake Butler @ VICE Continue reading Sprezzatura Reviews Roundup

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Winner(s) of the “Write Like Mike Young” Contest

winnerAnd we have a winner! Or, we have two winners! For the contest! For Mike’s book! Finally!

The Write Like Mike Young contest was held to promote the release of Sprezzatura, which came out officially last Tuesday. The rules were simple: write a poem in the incomparable style of Mike Young. Mike himself picked the winner out of a big candy colored pile of some spot on entries. Like, who wrote this line:

You were too attractive for clown school, but look at me now.

sprezzatura-cover-front640The prizes include copies of the book, top publication in an accompanying contest eBook (along with all the other excellent entries), AND an invitation to edit Everyday Genius for the month of January (which the two winners will split, which will make for an interesting month of reading).

Mike couldn’t pick just one, so I’m pleased to announce two winners. Congratulations to Dominic Gualco for his poem “banjo tune for spring” and Mitchell Garrard, for “After a Vogue Séance, Fashionable Spirits Keep Singing” from which the line above is quoted.

The eBook should be released next week. Shout all about it!

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Publishing Genius 2014 Catalog

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In 2014, Publishing Genius has plans to publish 6 books of poetry and prose, plus 12 books in our new “eBook Flight” program. Here is information on the print catalog (and stay tuned for more info on eBook Flights):

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cover: Alex Merto

SCARECRONE
Melissa Broder
poetry
Release date: Feb 25, 2014

Book Details:
6 x 9″ paperback
100 pages
List price $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9887503-7-1

In SCARECRONE, Broder deepens her self-aware and dark brand of poetry, which The Chicago Tribune called “shrewd, funny, twisted.” Publishers Weekly said her work is “as funny and hip as it is disturbing.”

 


Cover by Erik Carter
Cover by Erik Carter

You Can Make Anything Sad
Spencer Madsen
Poetry / Other
Release date: April 29, 2014

Book Details:
5 x 8″ paperback
105 pages
List price $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9887503-6-4

This book is a late addition to the catalog. It’s not exactly poetry, and it’s not essays or fiction, but it’s for real. It’s fun and famous and packed with a-ha moments.

 


photo by the author
cover drawing by John Dermot Woods

How to Catch a Coyote
Christy Crutchfield
novel
Release date June 24, 2014

Book Details:
5 x 7.5″ paperback
200 pages
List price $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9887503-8-8

“Christy Crutchfield writes like she’s been alive for centuries—and not just alive, but taking notes. This book is wise in a way I’d almost forgotten books can be, as well as vivid and real and solid and sad. I read it, I loved it, and I only hope that Crutchfield writes another one soon so I can read that, too.”
—Ben Loory

 


portrait by Rachel B. Glaser
portrait by Rachel B. Glaser

SPREZZATURA
Mike Young
poetry
Release date July 29, 2014

Book Details:
6 x 9″ paperback
100 pages
List price $14.95
ISBN 13: 978-0-9887503-9-5

“Mike Young makes fun seem like work, makes work seem like love, makes love seem like slogan, makes slogan seem like poem, makes poem seem like loss, makes loss seem like more.” —BOMB Magazine

 


photo by Mike Wilkes
photo by Mike Wilkes

Valparaiso, Round the Horn
Madeline ffitch
short stories
Release date September 16, 2014

Book Details:
5 x 7.5″ paperback
200 pages
List price $14.95

How are we transported? Why do we believe each other? What is our tendency towards legend? How do we immortalize one another? What is ritual to the avowed non-believer? How can we feel such heartbreak about someone who died before we were born? Will we ever understand each other? Is there grace in misunderstanding?

 


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the author

Eat, Knucklehead
Craig Griffin
cookbook
Release date November 4, 2014

Book Details:
7 x 10″ paperback
140 pages
List price $16.95

Eat, Knucklehead! is a series of letters from a father to his 20-something son, a guy who hasn’t learned to cook for himself yet and is spiraling on fast food and microwave dinners. The father gives him some recipes, and tips, and shares stories from his own twenties.

 



PLUS!

cover: Adam Robinson
cover: Adam Robinson

Our Primary Focus:
Interviews on Publishing and the New Business of Books

edited by Adam Robinson
interviews

Book Details:
eBook
(140ish pages)
List price $8.95

A collection of interviews about small press culture, featuring talks with Hobart’s Aaron Burch, Ugly Duckling Presse’s Matvei Yankelevich, Submittable’s Michael Fitzgerald, independent booksellers like Karen Lillis and much more.

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Literature Party

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LPFlyerFor the third year in a row, there will be a Literature Party at AWP.

Sponsored by HTMLGiant and Submittable and Publishing Genius.

Featuring
Sermon by SCOTT McCLANAHAN
Responsive reading by MELISSA BRODER
Special music by MIKE YOUNG
… and the evil deeds of Boston’s own THE GREAT BURIERS

PLUS more hijinks like: SARAH JEAN ALEXANDER’s live booze art, MARK CUGINI bets his Twitter password on Cee-lo, and all your hunting and fishing questions answered by JEFF SNOWBARGER.

What if you wanted your fingernails painted? KENDRA GRANT MALONE will probably do that for you.

Injured? See CASSANDRA TROYAN for medical attention and slow sipping.

FREE