Today, Joseph Mains, Drew Swenhaugen and I are proud co-curators. LitBridge has announced that our poetry reading series, Bad Blood, is the winner of the 2013 LitBridge Best Reading Series Contest, a contest founded, formed, judged and organized by Melissa Burton, Dana Livermore and Erin Lynch. Bad Blood was chosen based on the number and quality of anonymous nominations (anonymations) submitted to the contest. It is becoming more and more clear to us that we are a part of a community that not only eagerly supports all of its reading series, including our own, but judging from some of these nominations, it is also clear that this communtiy feels as invested and responsible for Bad Blood’s success as Joseph, Drew and I do. Thank you anonymators. Thank you LitBridge.
Keeping it bad and bloody since 2010.
Also, you want to buy these Bad Blood broadsides from us at the Octopus Books table in Boston next week. They’re designed and letter-pressed by Stacey Tran. They have Patricia Lockwood and Ben Mirov poems on them. But for now, you need to go to bed. It is your bedtime. Then you need to wake up and try to do better this time.
I’m going to be po-busy on Thursday, March 7, and I’m hoping you’d want to be equally po-busy with me. Step 1: Go to the No Thousands reading at 6pm where I’ll be in support of two of our new Octopus Books, James Gendron’s Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) and Amy Lawless’ My Dead, and Poor Claudia’s new book, A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse by Elaine Kahn. Black Ocean, 1913 and Action Books will be there too. And then Step Two: Go to the Tin House/Octopus Books reading after 7pm to celebrate the release of two of our other new books, Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese and Patricia Lockwood’s Balloon Pop Outlaw Black. Then after that, Step Three: go to the Ink Node reading after 9pm where I’ll be reading for a few minutes along with Octopus Books’ own Alisa Heinzman and another handful of killer poets. Phew. The task at hand is daunting, but it’s worth pretending like we can be in three places at once.
If you can’t make it to either of the Octopus readings, it’d still be nice to see you at our table at the bookfair. We have three new books to sell you, along with the entirety of our own catalog and the catalog of our chapbook imprint, Poor Claudia. We also have letter pressed Bad Blood broadsides, screen printed tote bags, and Drew Swenhaugen will be sitting in a 25 cent dunk tank full of whiskey.
Michael Heald, the local author of Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, and the publisher behind of the local Portland small press, Perfect Day Publishing and Lisa Wells, the author of Yeah. No. Totally., published by Perfect Day, talk about small press and the Portland writing scene for Late Night Library. And, they say a few kind words about Bad Blood, that they think it’s cool, which makes me think they’re cool too, which I already knew. Anyway, check out Perfect Day and stop crying.