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  • That’s the thing about this writing thing. I can sit down to write about oranges and I end up writing about oranges, but also the secret I’m not comfortable saying out loud to anyone I know, a secret I didn’t even know until I stumble upon it as I am trying to write about the price of oranges.

    — 

    That’s Claudia Smith in a wonderful interview with Bonnie ZoBell over at West Coast Interviews. Check it out: http://bonniezobell.com/bonnie-zobell-blog/west-coast-interviews-claudia-smith/.

    Be on the lookout for Claudia’s essay forthcoming from The Rumpus, and—if you don’t have it already—make yourself a plan to snag Quarry Light.

  • Hey! That’s a Short Interview! with Meagan Cass

                       Magic Helicopter Press Presents

                       “Hey! That’s a Short Interview!”

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    Here at MHP we love our authors and wish we could talk to them ALL THE TIME, FOR THE REST OF TIME. However, we understand that writers are BUSY and according to some physicists the universe is going to end in 5 billion years, so really, who has time for anything?

    Thus, to balance our love for our writers and our respect for their scant time before the end of the known universe we will be conducting super short, four question interviews with them to see WHAT’S UP and maybe, if we’re lucky HAVE SOME FUN. (Lucky? OF COURSE WE’LL HAVE FUN!) (#FUN)

    Our third interview is with Meagan Cass, author of Range of Motion. Meagan’s interview is the most athletic to date. (In the time it took me to write that sentence, it scored three goals and chugged a liter or orange Gatorade.) Seriously though, from her writing to her teaching to her casual head wear, Meagan’s life is permeated by sports. What better way to PUMP UP the literary community?

    What’s the very last sentence/line that you wrote? How’d you do it (pen, processor, typewriting, skywriting, etc.)?

    "She’d give the kids a repetitive task—thirty toe-touches, fifty jumping jacks—then find him behind a tree playing with the monster figurines he’d snuck from home in his shorts pockets." 

    word processor. 

    Can we have a picture of you wearing something on your head?

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    I was a hockey player back when I lived in NY and was working on my MFA. I’ve managed to keep all the gear through four years in Louisiana, a year in Los Angeles, and five different apartments. Look out, Springfield. 

    What are you currently working on, writing or otherwise?

    I’m working on a full length collection of stories that sort of takes off from Range of Motion in terms of the sports/games theme, except with more of a focus on lady athletes. I’ve got stories about women’s ice hockey, girls high school basketball, dysfunctional girls’ soccer teams, some riffs on America’s Funniest Home Videos and some other stuff I’m too superstitious to mention. Also I’m developing a new literature course for the University of Illinois Springfield, where I teach. It’s themed around sports and leisure and will include everything from Stuart Dybek’s “Death of the Right Fielder” to T.A. Noonan and Erin Elizabeth Smith’s Skate or Die to Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter to Gabe Durham’s Fun Camp. I’m real excited about it. 

    What’s the best thing you’ve absorbed lately (we’re thinking books, film, art, but take it however you like)?

    Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins, Spectacle by Susan Steinberg, We are Taking Only What We Need by Stephanie Powell Watts, Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill (I know…way late the party with that one),The Stories We Tell directed by Sarah Polley, “Night Still Comes” by Neko Case, and the music of the Mountain Goats always and forever. 

    Thanks Meagan!

  • noojournal:

So what if it a last scowl of snow confuses your dogtooth pansies! Spring is maybe sort of finally in an inevitable-environmental-doom sort of way finally here, and with it comes a brand new color-themed NOÖ Weekly guest-edited by Carrie Lorig!http://noojournal.com/weekly.htmShe assigned seven of her favorite writers a color and out they came. Jared Harvey is Red. Donald Dunbar is Orange. Elisabeth Workman is Yellow. Edward Mullany is Green. Claire Donato is Blue. Bridget Mendel is Indigo. Cassandra Troyan is Violet.Do the look-see! And we promise that NOÖ [15] is coming, it’s taken forever, it’s 60 pages, and it will herald a big announcement about big changes for NOÖ.

    noojournal:

    So what if it a last scowl of snow confuses your dogtooth pansies! Spring is maybe sort of finally in an inevitable-environmental-doom sort of way finally here, and with it comes a brand new color-themed NOÖ Weekly guest-edited by Carrie Lorig!

    http://noojournal.com/weekly.htm

    She assigned seven of her favorite writers a color and out they came. Jared Harvey is Red. Donald Dunbar is Orange. Elisabeth Workman is Yellow. Edward Mullany is Green. Claire Donato is Blue. Bridget Mendel is Indigo. Cassandra Troyan is Violet.

    Do the look-see! And we promise that NOÖ [15] is coming, it’s taken forever, it’s 60 pages, and it will herald a big announcement about big changes for NOÖ.

    Source: noojournal

  • Hey! That’s a Short Interview! with Carrie Lorig

                        Magic Helicopter Press Presents

                       “Hey! That’s a Short Interview!”

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    Here at MHP we love our authors and wish we could talk to them ALL THE TIME, FOR THE REST OF TIME. However, we understand that writers are BUSY and according to some physicists the universe is going to end in 5 billion years, so really, who has time for anything?

    Thus, to balance our love for our writers and our respect for their scant time before the end of the known universe we will be conducting super short, four question interviews with them to see WHAT’S UP and maybe, if we’re lucky HAVE SOME FUN. (Lucky? OF COURSE WE’LL HAVE FUN!) (#FUN)

    Our second interview is with Carrie Lorig, author of NODS.Carrie talked to us about a happiness that has taken her “over the moon with flowers,” and the contents of her first book, The Pulp Vs. The Throne, out next spring through Artifice Books.  

    What’s the very last sentence/line that you wrote? How’d you do it (pen, processor, typewriting, skywriting, etc.)?

    A)

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    B) A google document entitled MOCKDUCKDEFENSE

    Can we have a picture of you wearing something on your head?

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    This isn’t me, but my secret twin, Bridget Mendel, who makes all my headdresses. 

    What are you currently working on, writing or otherwise?

    I’m working on my first book, The Pulp Vs. The Throne, which will be out next spring through Artifice Books. The first half is a long poem called “Much Affection from the Bold Part / of the River / It’s a Crisis / of Movement.” The second half, which is what I’m living in right now, will be or is….lol…some kind of essay-ic module / ring of fire / volcano situation called, “Public Excess Channels.” I’m incredibly excited about it. Over the moon with flowers. It’s so different from NODS., but it’s where I hoped to go / what I hoped would happen to me. 

    What’s the best thing you’ve absorbed lately (we’re thinking books, film, art, but take it however you like)?

    Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene, Stephanie Young’s Ursula or University, Brandon Shimoda’s O BON, This Interview w/ Lisa Robertson and Etel Adnan, Edmond Jabes’ The Book of Margins, Helene Cixous’ Stigmata: Escaping Texts, Walter Benjamin’s One Way Street and Other Writings, MIA - YALA, Cool Hand Luke, Wages of Fear, The Breakfast Club, The Insides of Degas’ LIttle Fourteen Year Old Dancer, Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days, Joanna Newsom - Erin, Miley Cyrus - #GETITRIGHT, Bill Callahan’s Live Concert, Bernadette Mayer’sMidwinter Day, Francis Ponge’s Mute Objects of Expression, Wasteland - Port St. Willow, LaTasha N Nevada Diggs Reading at the Walker Art Museum. 

    Thanks Carrie!

    Want to read colors? Then check out the ROYGBIV Edition of NOÖ Weekly, guest edited by Carrie. It’s a veritable trip into the synesthetic.

    Want have beautiful, love-drunk hypervisions? Then pick up a copy of Carrie’s chapbook NODS. 

  • TODAY IS DEAR LIL WAYNE DAY!It’s the official release day of Lauren Ireland’s Dear Lil Wayne! Celebrate with a copy for yourself and a playlist full of your Weezy favorites.BUT DON’T CLICK BLINDCheck out a poem in PaperOr a poem in FlavorwireOr a couple in NOÖOr a review in Heavy Feather ReviewOr this interview Lauren did with Brandon HolmquestNOW GET YOUR OWN DEAR LIL WAYNE, DEAR!
5x7 | PerfectboundISBN: 978-0-9841406-7-1$11 + shipping

    TODAY IS DEAR LIL WAYNE DAY!

    It’s the official release day of Lauren Ireland’s Dear Lil Wayne! Celebrate with a copy for yourself and a playlist full of your Weezy favorites.

    BUT DON’T CLICK BLIND

    Check out a poem in Paper
    Or a poem in Flavorwire
    Or a couple in NOÖ
    Or a review in Heavy Feather Review
    Or this interview Lauren did with Brandon Holmquest

    NOW GET YOUR OWN DEAR LIL WAYNE, DEAR!

    5x7 | Perfectbound
    ISBN: 978-0-9841406-7-1
    $11 + shipping

  • stripmallheaven:

Out of control wonderment review of UNDERCASTLE by Divya Victor at Poetry Foundation, Harriet the Blog: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2014/04/auto-hagiographic-travelogue-with-doritos-on-feliz-lucia-molinas-undercastle/

    stripmallheaven:

    Out of control wonderment review of UNDERCASTLE by Divya Victor at Poetry Foundation, Harriet the Blog: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2014/04/auto-hagiographic-travelogue-with-doritos-on-feliz-lucia-molinas-undercastle/

    Source: stripmallheaven

  • I think Patrick Swayze is the only real thing we have in common, hardly Demi Moore. I wonder if it’s because of a younger and brighter Patrick Swayze that the situation of being here is a little more interesting and tolerable. Obviously there are things like nostalgia and death that can lighten or darken any situation but those things are too awkward to talk about with someone whom you take to the bathroom so often.

    — From “Ghost (1990): A Romantic Fantasy About a Dead Banker’s Attempts to Communicate With His Living Wife Through a Psychic Who Doesn’t Know Her Powers Are Real” in Undercastle by Feliz Lucia Molina, reviewed by Kate Schapira (via therumpus)

    (via therumpus)

    Source: therumpus.net

  • stripmallheaven:

UNDERCASTLE review by Dillon J. Welch at American Microreviews and Interviews www.americanmicroreviews.com

    stripmallheaven:

    UNDERCASTLE review by Dillon J. Welch at American Microreviews and Interviews www.americanmicroreviews.com

    Source: stripmallheaven

  • Complete list of all the presses and book-makers that will be at the APRIL Independent Publishing Expo (Saturday 3/29)

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    Each year, APRIL caps off its week-long festival with a big book fair at Seattle’s writing and literary arts center, Richard Hugo House. This year 39 presses will be in attendance. Scope ‘em out below!


    1. The APRIL table will have a few goodies and books from the 2014 festival…

    Source: aprilfestseattle

  • Hey! That’s a Short Interview! with Claudia Smith

                       Magic Helicopter Press Presents

                       “Hey! That’s a Short Interview!”

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     Here at MHP we love our authors and wish we could talk to them ALL THE TIME, FOR THE REST OF TIME. However, we understand that writers are BUSY and according to some physicists the universe is going to end in 5 billion years, so really, who has time for anything?

    Thus, to balance our love for our writers and our respect for their scant time before the end of the known universe we will be conducting super short, four question interviews with them to see WHAT’S UP and maybe, if we’re lucky HAVE SOME FUN. (Lucky? OF COURSE WE’LL HAVE FUN!) (#FUN)

    Our first interview is with Claudia Smith, author of Quarry LightClaudia demonstrated her incredible posture by balancing Raymond Carver on her head and told us about the beautiful view she had at a basin with THE COOLEST NAME EVER.

    What’s the very last sentence/line that you wrote?

    "Thanks, honey" - a text to my husband.

    Can we have a picture of you wearing something on your head?

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    What are you currently working on, writing or otherwise?

    A novel called Box City about a girl named Nora and her uncle, a man named Trip.

    What’s the best thing you’ve absorbed lately (we’re thinking books, film, art, but take it however you like)?

    The Atchafalaya Basin. I just went on a long road trip with my kids, doing readings. I left a box of my books at a Best Western, so we had to drive back over the Atchafalaya to get them. So, that meant four trips over the Atchafalaya. The sun was setting, and I decided we could all get out before the long bridge and take a look. It was worth the hour and a half delay I hit on a bridge in Baton Rouge.  

    Thanks Claudia!

    Check out a shining review of Quarry Light at The Lit Pub, another thoughtful review at The Small Press Book Review, and pick up a copy RIGHT AWAY.