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I initially mistyped that as The Bling Assassin

Ducklings, I’m sorry. I’ve been busy enjoying my life and editing our upcoming titles, and have fallen behind on posting contributor news, so I’ma write this long-ass post and hope y’all will click through every one of these delicious links.


But first! If you live in Nashville, a couplethree events you should know about:

We’re having two readings this coming Saturday June 1st for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, at 11 am at the downtown library (Conference Center, Main Library First Floor, 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN; FB; NPL; Nashville Scene) and at 2 pm at East Side Story (1108 Woodland Street, Unit B, Nashville, TN; FB). Join Chet Weise, Tessa Mellas and Maggie Smith for readings from the end of days! Maggie Smith is the author of Lamp of the Body, Nesting Dolls and The List of Dangers. Trapeze aficionado Tessa Mellas is a lecturer at the Ohio State University. Chet Weise, the force behind the local Poetry Sucks! A Night of Poetry, Music, and All Sorts of Bad Language reading series, was once banned from Canada for playing rock-n-roll without a permit.

And speaking of Poetry Sucks!… I will be reading at their open mic night on Thursday, June 6th at Dino’s Bar and Grill (411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206; FB; Nashville Scene listing). They begin at 8 pm and end at 10 pm. Dino’s is very smoky so people with allergies may find it hard to take, but they have to-die-for cheeseburgers and fries and Poetry Sucks! is always a ridiculous good time with a great crowd. My portion will be 5-8 minutes long and I won’t know where I am in the line-up til that night. They turn off the grill when the readings start so you’ll want to arrive by 7 pm if you want to eat.


News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:



And for 140 And Counting contributors:

27 May 2013

hundreds of gourds

Wild celebration and exhaustion at Casa URB this week, because our Kickstarter campaign for Apocalypse Now has reached its goal! It’s still active until noon Central on Monday, and we’re hoping to make enough extra to print 250 extra books, to be able to sell them at some readings we have tentatively planned for Denver and Nashville and maybe some other places, and at the party we’ll be throwing at the AWP conference in March.

If you’re only interested in an ebook copy, this is still a good time to get it, because it’ll cost you $2 less than if you wait until it’s out on Amazon, B&N, the iStore, etc. (Our authors still get their regular royalties despite the discount, so no worries about exploitation. The only entities missing out are the corporations that run the online bookstores, which normally take 30 to 35% of the cover price.)


Apocalypse Now contributor Margaret Atwood was awarded the title of Companion of Literature, the highest honour in the Royal Society of Literature, on November 28th. A recording of her remarks will be available sometime in December in the RSL Library.

Vineland, New Jersey’s Cumberland County College is hosting Joyce Carol Oates as part of their One Book-One College reading campaign, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.


A Hundred Gourds has posted their December issue, with lots of 140 And Counting contributors in it: Jim Kacian is pictured at the 2012 Haiku Festival Aotearoa in Tauranga, New Zealand with one of his poems on the Haiku Pathway and in a Katikati pub; the issue contains haiku and tanka by Helen Buckingham (1, 2, 3), Chen-ou Liu (1, 2, 3, 4), Peter Newton (1, 2, 3, 4), and Christina Nguyen (1, 2); and, finally, John McManus has written a review of T.D Ingram‘s haiku ebook Hiss of Leaves.

Other news for 140 And Counting contributors: Miriam Sagan‘s short story “M.I.A.” appeared in issue 4 of Literary Orphans; Darusha Wehm‘s story “The Care and Feeding of Mammalian Bipeds, v. 2.1” was in Escape Pod on November 15th; and The Haiku Foundation has posted their Video Haiga #7: radium by Jim Kacian:

1 December 2012

“Nothing. I just punch you in the head as hard as I possibly can.”

The 2012 Strange Horizons Fund Drive is on! Lots of URB anthology contributors have been published by SH over the years, as well as URB’s editor. Authors may be interested to see that a $100 donation can get your book reviewed (though you might not like what they have to say). They have lots of other prizes as well, including a few anthologies from yours truly.

Speaking of URB anthology contributors…

News for 140 And Counting contributors: Chen-ou Liu‘s haiku is up at Issa’s Untidy Hut; and, finalists for the 2012 SFPA Dwarf Stars Award (for the best short-short speculative poem published in the last year) included a ton of my people: Elizabeth Barrette, Robert Borski, Jim Kacian, Julie Bloss Kelsey, David Kopaska-Merkel, Aurelio Rico Lopez III and Marge Simon.

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors: Pinckney Benedict was interviewed recently for both Red Room and Pif, and Kristin Bock‘s OMG-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-title poem, “I WISH I COULD WRITE A POEM ABOUT POLE-VAULTING ROBOTS” was published October 1st at Verse.

Finally, URB editor Joanne Merriam has a guest blog at Novel Conceptions on beginning a novel.

7 October 2012

Nashville Reads

News for 140 And Counting contributors:

Chen-ou Liu‘s “Maple Moon and Cherry Blossom: Selected Bilingual Haiku and Tanka” was featured on the Akita International Haiku network and translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta.

Jonathan Pinnock‘s short story “The Joy Inside” has been shortlisted for the Bridgport Prize. He says, “this news should be tempered by the fact that there are apparently around a hundred stories on that shortlist” so this is more of a long list, but out of more than 6,000 entries, it’s still impressive.


News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale has been chosen for the Nashville Reads program, a new reading initiative to create a shared reading experience. Since Upper Rubber Boot Books is based in Nashville, we’re especially excited about this. We’ll be at the free public lecture by Atwood on October 27th. She has also won the 2012 Nashville Public Library Literary Award.

Darcie Dennigan is reading her work along with Eileen Myles and Matvei Yankelevich, and accompanied by DJ Shaki. This event is free and all ages, at 7 pm on September 27th, at the Yale Marsh Botanical Gardens in New Haven, CT (and it has a Facebook page).

Joyce Carol Oates picked five short story collections that have inspired her over at the Daily Beast.


In other news, we’re still collecting entries for the September Giveaway over at our Facebook page. Five people will win a copy of T.D. Ingram’s haiku chapbook Hiss of Leaves. We currently have two entrants, so your chances are pretty good. To enter, like our Facebook page, share the September giveaway post publicly on your Facebook page, and leave a comment on the giveaway post itself. The giveaway post originally went up September 3rd, but is pinned to the top of the page.

16 September 2012


140 And Counting contributors:

Berit Ellingsen‘s “The House Remains” has been included in Red Lemonade’s Hybrid Beasts anthology—and, even more excitingly, Ellingsen’s short story collection, Beneath the Liquid Skin, will be published by firthFORTH Books (an imprint of Queen’s Ferry Press) at the end of the year.

David Kopaska-Merkel‘s poem “Prince of Autumn” appeared in The Pedestal Magazine.

Chen-ou Liu has a haiku in Every Day Poets, Stella Pierides has a haiku in Haiku News, and Alan Summers has haiku in The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change.

Ken Liu has a novelet in the September/October 2012 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

3 September 2012

eating alone

140 And Counting contributor news:

Lyrical Press has released L. K. Below‘s contemporary romance novel Beauty in His Bed.

Mike Meginnis and Berit Ellingsen have collaborated to write “Your Very Own Planet,” part of Meginnis’ text adventure EXITS ARE.

Alex Campbell has posted a detailed review of Neil Ellman‘s Convergence & Conversion: Ekphrastic Poems.

Some of Chen-ou Liu‘s senryu have been translated at Akita International Haiku Network. Also, his My Pond Calling Out to Basho’s Frog: Selected Frog Haiku is available at Scribd. It was written in response to Basho’s haiku:

The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.

Ken Liu‘s “The Caretaker” is being read at Escape Pod.

Maya Malhar‘s story “Marred” was a runner-up in the 1000words inaugural #flashcomp (the five winning stories, but not the runners-up, are posted on the linked site).

An excerpt from Nora Nadjarian‘s micronovel “The Republic of Love” has been posted by Contemporary World Literature.

Kathy Uyen Nguyen and Lucas Stensland have short poems in the July issue of Four and Twenty.

Stella Pierides has been busy! She has haiku in Haiku News (“global warming…” and “did you miss“) and in multiverses (“eating alone“), senryu in Prune Juice (“rice paper“), and haibun in Contemporary Haibun Online (“Feeding the Doves” and “The Haircut“).

Miriam Sagan has two poems about water in the Duke City Fix feature The Sunday Poem.

29 July 2012

Higgs Boson History

140 And Counting contributor news:

Bone Orchard Poetry: An Explorative Blogzine of the Bleak/ Surreal/ the Dark/ Absurd and the Experimental… has published Neil Ellman‘s “Suddenly the Lights.”

Haiku News has Chen-ou Liu on the Higgs Boson—plus, Liu has a haibun in Every Day Poets.

Ken Liu has made his Hugo-nominated novella “The Man Who Ended History” available online (pdf)! His “The Silk Merchant” is in Apex Magazine this month.

And, in other news, Upper Rubber Boot is now on tumblr.

12 July 2012

we are still dancing

140 And Counting contributors:

Aurelio Rico Lopez III has released Food For The Crows, a zombie novella for the Kindle.

Peg Duthie had 5 poems in Galatea Resurrects, and reviewed four books: PARROT ON A MOTORCYCLE: ON POETIC CRAFT / Papoušek na Motocyklu: O Remsle Básnickém by Vítĕzslav Nezval; THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF MY PAST SORROW by Jesse Millner; YES, WE ARE STILL DANCING by Susan Amstater, Connie Dillman, and Jacquelyn Stroud Spier and ENJOY HOT OR ICED: POEMS IN CONVERSATION AND A CONVVERSATION by Denise Duhamel and Amy Lemmon.

Berit Ellingsen‘s mini-essay “Short Stories are Like Gems” is now up on the Atticus Review blog.

Chen-ou Liu‘s haiku appeared last week in Issa’s Untidy Hut.

Finally, the Nebula Award-winning Ken Liu was one of the contributors (with Zack Jernigan, David Anthony Durham, Aliette de Bodard and Adrian Tchaikovsky) to a roundtable interview on writing about race in speculative fiction at SF Signal.

3 June 2012

Report from the field, and some 140 And Counting contributor news.

Editor Joanne Merriam was interviewed by Cathy Colborn for—it went up on Monday.

As well, her “Report from the Field,” originally published in the March/April 2012 Eastword, the print newsletter of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, is now available on their website in PDF (go to page 19).

In other news, Upper Rubber Boot is doing a free giveaway of 140 And Counting over at Goodreads! I’ll be randomly selecting up to around 50 people from the entrants and sending them a free copy. To enter, you’ll need a Goodreads account (which is free), and then just follow the instructions at the giveaway page.

140 And Counting contributor news:

Berit Ellingsen‘s “Crane Legs” is one of the stories in FlashFlood.

Chen-ou Liu had a tanka at Every Day Poets on Sunday.

David Kopaska-Merkel has been interviewed by Shelly Bryant, and his poem “Not the Home World” appeared recently at Strange Horizons.

Jim Kacian has haiku in see haiku here.

And finally, announced today: Cee Martinez‘s “Little Wooden Hands” won the 1st Annual Stella Link #FlashFiction Contest at The League of Extraordinary Authors!

23 May 2012

Written in fire

The Tennessee Women’s Theater Project‘s sixth annual Women’s Work features 140 And Counting contributor Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz‘s The Story of my Life (So Far?) at the Looby Theatre in Nashville on May 17th at 7:30 pm.

Other 140 And Counting contributor news:

Miriam Sagan‘s poetry has been given wings by artist Christy Hengst — their show Wendover Landing opens at 516 Gallery, 516 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. See a preview at Miriam’s Well.

Neil Ellman‘s poetry appeared with an interview in The South Townsville micro poetry journal on May 1st.

Chen-ou Liu‘s haiku appeared on May 2nd in Issa’s Untidy Hut: the poetry blog for Lilliput Review.

And one we missed when it came out: Ken Liu‘s touching short story “Memories of My Mother,” from the March 19th Daily Science Fiction.

6 May 2012

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