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Friends,

We’re excited to announce the next title from Birds, LLC:


Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2017, and the chapbook Discontent and Its Civilizations: Poems of Erasure, published by jubilat in 2012. Their work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Diagram, The Offing, Prelude, inter|rupture, Apogee, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University.

“I tried to undress a mystery,” testifies the speaker of R E D as this haunting literary performance—somewhere between neo-Gothic burlesque and formal experiment in queer auto-theory—begins. Erasing Bram Stoker’s Dracula all the way down to its psychoanalytic minimalia, Chase Berggrun unearths a narrative not only of gender transition, but of the uncanny political and metaphysical transitions entailed by the metamorphosis of individual into chorus as well. By the end of this adventure in appropriation as self-disclosure, we learn that the “mystery” was self all along: “A detail in a pool of blood / the body gathered in an awkward kink / I dress myself in easy anything.” Rapt and unsettled, we readers find ourselves, too, both saturated and implicated in the sanguinary affair of desire, “drenched to a scarlet with want.”—Srikanth Reddy

Pre-Order Human Achievements or purchase any other Birds, LLC title from our website until January 2017 and we will donate 50% of all book sales to the Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund, providing legal support services for those involved in direct action against the Dakota Access pipeline.

Here are some organizations where you may donate directly to Standing Rock and support the #NoDAPL struggle: the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Standing Rock Medic & Healer Council, Stand with Standing Rock, and Sacred Stone Camp.

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Tommy Pico IRL Tour:
Sept. 24 - book launch for Nick Comilla’s Candyass, the Bureau of General Services Queer Division, NYC
Sept. 25 - Tender FM reading series, Crown bar, Baltimore 
Sept. 28 - IRL book tour in Philly, Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia PA
Sept. 30 - IRL book tour Baltimore, Red Emma’s, Baltimore
Oct. 1 - Federal Dust reading series, Baltimore
Oct. 2 - Sparkle queer open mic feature, Busboys & Poets, DC
Oct. 3 - Outwrite! at the Gay & Lesbian Center, DC
Oct. 6 - Hey You, Come Back reading series, Baltimore
Oct. 13 - IRL Tour Providence, Ada Books, Providence RI
Oct. 14 - Mr. Hip Presents reading series, Boston MA
Oct. 15 - IRL Tour, Northampton MA
Oct. 18 - Brooklyn College class visit, Brooklyn NY
Oct. 29 - Cat Fitzpatrick book launch party, Brooklyn NY
Nov. 5 - NOMAD reading series, Branch Ofc., Brooklyn NY 
Nov. 10 - Tire Fire reading series, Tattoed Mom, Philadelphia PA
Nov. 14 - Barrelhouse reading, DC
Nov. 15 - the Inner Loop reading series, DC
Nov. 16 - Blabbermouth reading series, Baltimore

The Joy and Anger of a Native American Poet in Brooklyn (The New Yorker)

Starred Review (Publisher's Weekly)

Sit, Scroll, and Fume (BOMB Magazine)

The Intimately Epic Poem We Need: On ‘IRL’ by Tommy Pico (The Millions)

18 Books You Should Read This September (LitHub)

Poetry Spotlight: a Poem by Tommy Pico (Lambda Literary) 

Author Tommy Pico’s Debut Work ‘IRL’ Will Have You Like OMG (Nylon)

Tommy Pico’s epic search for meaning (SDcitybeat)

Poet of the Week: Tommy Pico (Brooklyn Poets)

It’s OK for a Poem to be Funny: An Interview with Tommy Pico (LitHub)

Tommy Pico's IRL Is Better Than the Internet (The Stranger)

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016 (Publisher's Weekly)

The Lightning Room with Tommy Pico (Pank)

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Hello Friends,

We’re excited to announce that Tommy Pico’s IRL is officially here and available exclusively through Birds, LLC!!!

If you ordered during our pre-sale (thank you), your copy has shipped.

Be sure to catch Tommy on his current West Coast Tour:

July 17: Seattle Pico, Selling, Swenhaugen, Vatomsky
July 21: In Your Wildest Dreams: Opening at Portland State University
July 30: A Reading of Indigenous Writers at Hugo House  
July 31: À reading #30 // Sidony O'neal, Juleen Johnson, Tommy Pico

East coast friends, don't miss Tommy Pico's karaoke-themed IRL book launch party at Over the Eight in Brooklyn, Friday, August 12 at 8 pm.

Get your copy of IRL now

Love,
The Birds

Birds Llc Reading At Brooklyn Library

Join Birds, LLC Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM for the annual Brooklyn Independents reading at the Brooklyn Public Library. Featured poets for this reading are Tommy Pico (IRL); Monica McClure (Tender Data); Ana Božičevic (Rise in the Fall); and Niina Pollari (Dead Horse).

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Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author IRL (Birds LLC, 2016) and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA). @heyteebs

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Ana Božičević was born in Croatia and then she came to NYC. She's the author of Stars of the Night Commute and from Birds, LLC, Rise in the Fall, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her new book, Joy of Missing Out, is coming out from Birds, LLC later this year. She works and teaches poetry at BHQFU. She also sings.

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Niina Pollari is a writer, Finnish translator, and erstwhile Floridian. Her first book DEAD HORSE came out from Birds, LLC in 2015.

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Monica McClure is a writer and performer based in New York. She is the author of Tender Data (Birds LLC, 2015) and chapbooks Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014) and Mood Swing (Snacks Press, 2013).

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Friends,

We're excited to announce the next 4 titles from Birds, LLC:

IRL, by Tommy Pico

Human Achievements, by Lauren Hunter

Joy of Missing Out, by Ana Božičević

The Agnes Book, by Guy Pettit

Tommy "Teebs" Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parkerco-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA). @heyteebs

Read some of Tommy's work here.

Lauren Hunter is a poet & editor living in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and works with the team at Telephone Books as their Managing Editor. Lauren is the co-founder/curator of Electric Pumas, a reading series/revolution in New York City. Her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books in 2011, and recent poems can be found in Wreck Park and Poetry Crush. She can be tracked on the internet as breakfast_etc.

Read some of Lauren's work here.

Ana Božičević was born in Croatia and then she came to NYC. She's the author of Stars of the Night Commute and Rise in the Fall, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She works and teaches poetry at BHQFU. She also sings.

Read some of Ana's work here.

Guy Pettit lives in Providence, RI. He is the author of My Life's Work (Mindmade 2013) and Love Me or Love Me NO1 (minutes 2011). Recent poems have been published in DivineMagnet & Gulf Coast. He publishes occasionally as Flying Object and helps out at Factory Hollow Press and jubilat.

Read some of Guy's work here.

We apologize that the cover and title of our recently released chapbook has caused pain to those we admire and respect.

We made a mistake in not considering more carefully the political and social consequences of this choice and the ways in which it perpetuates cultural appropriation. We sincerely regret our lack of judgement—we should have done better and commit to doing so.

We do believe that the work in question comes from an honest and genuine place—a man and a woman (featured on the cover) falling in love to a particular soundtrack--the cover image in combination with the title was not meant to be ironic. It was representative of the experience depicted in the book. However, a straight white male's personal experience should not have taken precedence over the social and political implications for our poetry community.

As editors and artists who are straight white males, we strive to raise our own consciousness, be more aware of our privileged positions, and counter that privilege. We appreciate being held accountable for our actions. We thank the poets who have spoken out about this. While we are aware that it is not their responsibility to educate us, we are humbled by the time and effort they've given to this issue.

We are pulling this book from our catalogue and will reissue it if/when we can envision an appropriate way to re-present the work. Again, we deeply apologize for the strife we've caused in a community we love.

Sincerely,

The Editors

This week, Niina heads out on tour in support of DEAD HORSE. The complete dates are below (the links lead to flyers or Facebook events).

Just look at all these amazing co-collaborators!

3/26 Philadelphia (with Paige Taggart, Nicole Steinberg, Gina Myers)

3/27 Baltimore (with Paige Taggart, Michael Morse, Will Schutt)

3/28 Harrisburg (with Paige Taggart, Margaret Bashaar, Carina Finn, Sarah Rose Etter, Melody Johnson, Erin Dorney)

3/29 Pittsburgh (with Paige Taggart, Margaret Bashaar, Kristofer Collins)

3/30 Akron (with Paige Taggart)

3/31 Detroit (with Paige Taggart, Rohin Guha)

4/01 Chicago (with Paige Taggart, Carleen Tibbetts)

4/03-4/04 Mission Creek Festival

4/05 Chicago (with Monica McClure, Ben Fama, Chris Tonelli, Kathleen Rooney)

4/09 AWP - Niina's Birthday!! (with Eric Amling, Jerriod Avant, Ben Fama, Elaine Kahn, Kelin Loe, Monica McClure, Guy Pettit, Sara Jane Stoner, Jennifer Tamayo Mike Young)