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Contributor & Book News, & Review Round-up

Lots of great reading from, and news for, Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

And for 140 And Counting contributors:



Lyn Lifshin, whose persona poetry collection Marilyn Monroe: Poems we published back in December, has a new poetry collection out with Texas Review Press entitled Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle.


Corey Mesler‘s The Sky Needs More Work will be released on Thursday, and is already available for pre-order at Kobo! Here’s a sample:


Mesler’s book was recently reviewed by Susan Cushman at Pen & Palette, who wrote, in part, “…the subject matter is dripping with delicious verbal concoctions… This book is not to be missed.”


Speaking of reviews, Upper Rubber Boot titles are getting some great reader reviews!

Bicycle Girl is not for the faint-hearted, as it includes some brutal scenes of interrogation, but this is a fascinating depiction of an all-too-credible future played out in a convincing (and refreshingly non-standard) setting. reader VikingS, on Tade Thompson’s “Bicycle Girl

Best 99 cents I’ve spent in a long time. …It left me with the feeling that my brain had just been set afire (in a good way). reader Barbara A. Varacalli, on David M. Harris’ “Changing the World

This was a lovely, quick read with some powerful imagery! reader Colleen B., on Shira Lipkin’s “The Selves We Leave Behind

1 comment 28 July 2014

“I’m wary of writing advice, I have to say, because I find it tends to make me think I’m doing lots of stuff badly and that’s a creativity killer.”

Intermittent Visitors: Simon Kewin interviewed by Joanne Merriam.

21 December 2013

grotesquely captivating

I love this reader review of Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories over at Smashwords:

The characters, plots and themes are very graphic, perverse at times, shockingly so. But the writing is so good, that you find yourself flitting through the stories effortlessly, accepting one outrageous thing after another. You’re eager to turn the page to find out what grotesquely captivating character the author will dream up next.


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


And for 140 And Counting contributors:

31 July 2013

Signs coming tomorrow

I’m sitting here in the Dalek Pride t-shirt I got last week at Hypericon (a fun little science fiction and fantasy convention here in Nashville), pretty excited by all the stuff my peeps have done in the past month or so.

Also! We have a new book coming out tomorrow. Well, officially tomorrow, but actually it’s already up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble—which you’d already know if you followed us on Facebook or Twitter. Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories is a collection of a dozen intertwined short stories by New Zealand author RJ Astruc, featuring airship crashes, Interpol agents, artificial intelligence, hologram cities, bioterrorism and psychic gamblers. Official announcement, naturally, tomorrow.


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


And for 140 And Counting contributors:

23 June 2013

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


140 And Counting contributors: Simon Kewin‘s flash piece “Pens” appeared Friday at Metazen, and Andrew O. Dugas has posted a video of his daily haiku postcards from May:

10 June 2012

perfect circles

URB editor Joanne Merriam read poetry with Peg Duthie (Measured Extravagance1) and Mary Alexandra Agner (The Scientific Method; The Doors of the Body) today at the Nashville Public Library, and blogged about it here.

And, some new publications from 140 And Counting alums: Aurelio Rico Lopez III‘s poem “Eastern Demons” appeared at Every Day Poets on March 22nd; Simon Kewin‘s short story “Live From The Continuing Explosion” from Perfect Circles (which cover photo, incidentally, appears to be of the same Prague astronomical clock featured on the cover of Blueshifting) was reviewed at length by StoryADay; Berit Ellingsen has work in issue 2 of Lost in Thought; S. Kay was featured at trapeze on March 15th.


1Which is now available at Barnes & Noble!

24 March 2012

Take five or one forty

Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume Four will contain tanka by 140 And Counting authors Alan Summers, Alex von Vaupel, Alison Williams, Carol Raisfeld, Chen-ou Liu, Christina Nguyen, Deborah P. Kolodji, Helen Buckingham, John Stevenson, Kath Abela Wilson, Liam Wilkinson, Lucas Stensland, Miriam Sagan, and Stella Pierides. Their work was selected from over 18,000 pieces published in 2011. Congratulations to all!

Simon Kewin had a very short story today at trapeze, and Deborah Walker had a lovely little poem there last week.

In addition, the always thoughtful Ron Silliman wrote a blog post about the haiku form, Haiku 21 (which contains work by Jim Kacian and John Stevenson, and possibly other 140 alums unmentioned by Silliman), Jim Kacian‘s Long After and john martone’s Ksana.

16 March 2012

Amazon lives in Pacific Standard Time, apparently.

Today (February 25th), in honor of the anniversary of the first US electric printing press patent (by Thomas Davenport in 1837) and as a thank you to her readers and supporters, editor Joanne Merriam‘s ebooks The Glaze from Breaking and A Multitude of Daggers are available for free!

A Multitude of Daggers is a fun fantasy novella loosely related to her short story “The Boatman” which was originally published by On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic in 2007.

The Glaze from Breaking is a reprint of the 2005 Stride Books paperback edition. Reviews of the 2005 edition called her images “sharp and vivid” (Verse) and “both unusual and just right” (Shearsman), said her collection is “well worth seeking out for its elegant exploration of love and loss, recovery and redemption, eroticism and the echoes of the heart” (chicklit) and compared her writing to Boris Pasternak’s early work (“where the poet does not so much observe the natural world as fuse with it” – Shearsman again).

They’re free until around midnight Pacific Standard Time.

In 140 And Counting contributor news: Simon Kewin was featured in trapeze magazine on Thursday and had a short story, “Wolf Emit,” in Every Day Fiction the same day.

25 February 2012

Museum Beetles

140 And Counting contributors…

Simon Kewin‘s “Museum Beetles” is available at Amazon for 99 cents.

Jonathan Pinnock‘s “ROLE-PLAY” appeared at Every Day Fiction on 23 January.

and editor Joanne Merriam‘s short story “Facial Deficits” just appeared in PANK 6.

25 January 2012

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