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Tommy Pico Irl

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)

Niina Pollari’s much-anticipated, first full-length collection of poems from Birds, LLC, Dead Horse, is now available for purchase.

Publisher’s Weekly describes Dead Horse as, “startling in its starkness and crisp, distinct voice; growing more evocative as it progresses… [It] blazes and stings with the intensity and ferociousness of a fresh wound.”

Bookish believes Dead Horse is one of the 10 small press poetry books you have to read in 2014.

But don't take their word for it. Order the book now and see for yourself.

Love,

The editors

Ana Božičević is touring Europe with Sophia Le Fraga (as not_I) to read for herLambda Award-winning book RISE IN THE FALL.

Ana starts of the tour by returning to her home country Croatia to read there for the first time.

Check out this video trailer for not_I’s tour, which is probably what it feels like to be there: floating, singing.

Here are the cities and dates of the reading tour:


7/15 Rijeka

7/17 Zadar

7/21 Liznjan
7/23 Bratislava

7/27 Berlin 

We would also like to officially congratulate Ana Božičević on her Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Poetry for RISE IN THE FALL

MEAN SOMETHING .
INVENT NOTHING.
CHANGE EVERYTHING.

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Birds, LLC is excited to announce our next title: From the Author’s Private Collection by Eric Amling.

From the Author’s Private Collection is an experience — your reality was missing a dimension or two. With senses heightened you enter the Real — realm of dream and reckoning — where time experiences you. You’ve walked into the poem, you can touch the purring furniture, the lion’s head for example, and what’s with that giant pink diamond singing like a lounge singer in the corner. This is hardly a poem at all but a consciousness. You float inside it like an amoeba’s desire. It whispers its secret, confessing “Everyone lives to love but continually dreams to kill” and finally “Space / This space / A collection of space / That I curate / Where I forgive myself.”