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Redivider's 10th Bday Party: AWP offsite event & reading
Thursday, March 7, 6-8pm
Boston Beer Works, 61 Brookline Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02215
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Ana Božičević

The Rally
Thursday, March 7, 8pm
The Distillery, 516 East 2nd St, South Boston
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Monk Books and Wonder reading
Friday, March 8, 8pm
Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116
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Out of Gender: A Denunciation of Vanessa Place's Boycott Project
Saturday, March, 6:15-7:15pm
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Sommer Browning

Buckets of Glorius: A Reading?
Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Rescue Press, & Transom
Thursday, March 7, 7pm
The Harvard Advocate, 21 South St, Cambridge, MA
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Elisa Gabbert

Literary Firsts
Saturday, March 9, 5:30 pm
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA
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Dan Magers

Sixth Finch & Vinyl Poetry Reading
Friday, March 8, 3-5 PM
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St, Boston, MA
Only 3 blocks from Hynes Convention Center!
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Sampson Starkweather

The Rally
Thursday, March 7, 8pm
The Distillery, 516 East 2nd St, South Boston
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Sixth Finch & Vinyl Poetry Reading
Friday, March 8, 3-5 PM
Commonwealth Salon, Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St, Boston, MA
Only 3 blocks from Hynes Convention Center!
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Chris Tonelli

Fuck Poems Anthology Wet Brunch
Saturday, March 9, 11:30am
LIR, 903 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02115
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Bull City Press
Thursday, March 7, 1:00pm
Table F17, AWP Bookfai

Friends,

We’re excited to announce that Emily Pettit's Goat In The Snow has been short-listed for The Believer Poetry Award.We are super proud of Emily and her brilliant book. Snag a copy at the Birds, LLC table B7 next week at AWP!

Other AWP tidbits:

Get hot-off-the-press copies of The First 4 Books of Sampson StarkweatherON SALE EXCLUSIVELY AT AWP, plus Ana Božičević’s Rise in the Fall­ and all the whole Birds, LLC catalog.

Come hear Sampson, Ana, and Rise in the Fall artist Bianca Stone at The Rally.They’ll be reading with other dope poets from Factory Hollow, ImmaculateDisciples, Rose Metal, Sixth Finch, and Wonder.

As always, thank you for your support of Birds, LLC and indie publishing at large.

Love,

The Birds

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SALE! Through January 2nd all Birds, LLC books are just $10: The French Exit, Either Way I'm Celebrating, Goat in the Snow, Kings of the F**king Sea, Partyknife, and the Trees Around.

But that's not all!

We've put together a list of our favorite books we read in 2012 and we're posting that list here to help you find the perfect gift for the earnest or ironic literary type in your life.

With no particular formatting conventions, here come the recommendations:

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Anne Carson's Antigonick, New Directions, 2012. I bought it simply for Bianca Stone's unconventional depictions of Ann Carson's recalibrated cast of characters. But then you get Carson, too. Win, win. From the Guernica review:

"It may be tempting to dismiss the illustrations as merely quirky—one of the Chorus bears the Star Trek insignia on its chest, while elsewhere a figure wears a football helmet. But these touches serve to heighten the absurdity and dark humor of the senseless world Carson has created."

Ana Božičević

Lauren Berlant's novella/dictionary entry called Desire/Love. You can buy it or download it. Because "Without fantasy, there would be no love."

Sommer Browning

Ann Kim's Lobster Palaces, Flood Editions, 2012. Her incredible music will lullaby you into a wondrous stupor. These spacious poems are gorgeous, light things. These poems are much much more mysterious than that.

Jon-Michael Frank

Kenneth Patchen's Because It Is, New Directions, 1960. It is a titan. Because It Is was also compiled in a volume of Patchen's work called We Meet, with an introduction by Devendra Banhart.

Elisa Gabbert

I recommend Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press, 2011) for poetry people who like fiction and fiction people who like poetry. It's a very funny and philosophical look into the mind of a writer: the ego that believes itself both genius and fraud.

Caroline Gormley

My recommendation is Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang. It's an amazing first collection with loads of wit and intelligence.

Dispatch from the Future by Leigh Stein, another first collection full of humor and talent.

Michael Johnson

I haven't read any small press books that aren't Birds' recently so I'm going to recommend, without ever having read it, the second edition of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology which is due to be released March of next year. The last edition is interesting partly because it is so big, partly because it has so many different kinds of people in it and partly because of the 18 essays on poetry by various authors. If you are able to meet any of these authors, I recommend doing that in addition to reading their poems/essays/writing.

Dan Magers

I'd say Dana Ward, This Can't Be Life.

Justin Marks

A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, CAConrad, Wave Books, 2012.

Bluets, Maggie Nelson, Wave Books, 2009.

Mother Was a Tragic Girl, Sandra Simonds, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012.

Mercury, Ariana Reines, Fence Books, 2011.

Ventrakl, Christian Hawkey, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010.

Brink, Shanna Compton, Bloof Books, 2012.

Emily Pettit

TOO BRUTE! TOO BRUTE! by Dakotah Burns (Agnes Fox Press), JUNK PARADE by Anne Holmes (Dancing Girl Press), I SAW THE DEVIL WITH HIS NEEDLEWORK by Bianca Stone (Argos Books), THE ICE POEMS by Paige Taggart (DoubleCross Press) - chapbooks!

Matt Rasmussen

My recommendation is The Cat and the Cuckooby Ted Hughes. Not a new book, but if you're a poet and you know a kid (2-6 or even older) who loves animals, this book would make a unique gift. Check this stanza from "Goat," "Though nobly born / With a lofty nose / I'm as happy with the Thorn / As I am with the Rose" or this opening stanza from "Toad," "The Toad cries: First I was a thought. / Then that thought it grew a wart. / And the wart had thoughts / Which turned to warts."

Joseph Silvers

I've gone through Zach Schomburg's Fjords, Vol. 1 several times since I bought it in March. Every time I read it, it takes me to a whole other world within this one, and it's a good place to be.

Sampson Starkweather

Jacqueline Waters, One Sleeps the Other Doesn't, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011.

Joe Brainard, The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, The Library of America, 2012.

Lisa Robertson, Magenta Soul Whip, Coach House Books, 2009.

Christopher Nealon, The Dial, Song Cave, 2012.

Elieen Myles, Snowflake/Different Streets, Wave Books, 2012.

Thom Donovan, The Hole, Displaced Press, 2012.

Bianca Stone

Matthew Dickman's new book Mayakovsky's Revolver. His skills sharpen; the grief evolves even further; I loved it.

Chris Tonelli

Chris Vitiello's Obedience (Ahsahta, 2012) With Obedience, Vitiello further exposes the acts of writing and reading--in time--and the relationships that are possible between author and reader.

Friends,

We’re pleased to announce that the So & So reading series and magazine have merged with Birds, LLC! To mark the occasion, So & So founder and Birds editor Chris Tonelli and editorial assistants Michael Johnson and Joseph Silvers have revamped the So & So site. It now exists on its own and as a tab on the Birds site. Among other things, it now contains:

  • A Series page with details about upcoming readings and an archive of past readings.
  • A Media page with links to videos of readings, interviews, broadsides, the So & So Facebook page for you to “Like” and Twitter to follow.

Be sure to check out the latest edition of So & So Magazine, featuring poetry by Vincent Cellucci, MRB Chelko, Jackie Clark, Adam Day, Joe Fletcher, Jennifer H. Fortin, PJ Gallo, Evan Glasson, Alec Hershman, MC Hyland, Matthew Johnstone, Christopher Shipman, Marcus Slease, Mike Smith, and Joseph P. Wood.

We’re also excited to announce that Caroline Gormley has joined the Birds family as an editorial assistant. Welcome aboard, Caroline!

Thanks for supporting Birds, LLC and independent presses in general!

Love,

The Editors

Friends,

We’re pleased to announce that the So & So reading series and magazine have merged with Birds, LLC! To mark the occasion, So & So founder and Birds editor Chris Tonelli and editorial assistants Michael Johnson and Joseph Silvers have revamped the So & So site. It now exists on its own and as a tab on the Birds site. Among other things, it now contains:

  • A Series page with details about upcoming readings and an archive of past readings.
  • A Media page with links to videos of readings, interviews, broadsides, the So & So Facebook page for you to “Like” and Twitter to follow.

Be sure to check out the latest edition of So & So Magazine, featuring poetry by Vincent Cellucci, MRB Chelko, Jackie Clark, Adam Day, Joe Fletcher, Jennifer H. Fortin, PJ Gallo, Evan Glasson, Alec Hershman, MC Hyland, Matthew Johnstone, Christopher Shipman, Marcus Slease, Mike Smith, and Joseph P. Wood.

We’re also excited to announce that Caroline Gormley has joined the Birds family as an editorial assistant. Welcome aboard, Caroline!

Thanks for supporting Birds, LLC and independent presses in general!

Love,

The Editors

Friends,

We’re crazy excited to announce our next two titles, Rise in the Fall, by Ana Božičević (Fall 2012), and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather, by Sampson Starkweather (Winter 2013).

A few words about these amazing books, as well as videos of Ana and Sampson reading from their work:

Ana Božičević is both a poet's poet and the people's poet. Rise in the Fall, her second full-length collection, is a revolutionary book and an ars poetica for the polis in which she excludes nothing. Navigating literary history, gender, sexuality, economics, family and friends, she is at ease employing both the universal political statement and the lyric "I". A Croatian émigré, Božičević approaches the English language with a playful objectivity, bouncing back and forth from the conversational to the grand: "This is the whitest shit / I've ever written" she notes in her half-myth "About Nietzsche." Her critique of our time and place is at once empathetic and crude, tender and grotesque. Lucky for us, "beauty [wins] in all its casual terror and pain."

First, Dan Magers' PARTYKNIFE was reviewed in Publisher's Weekly! "Magers’s debut is like a Fast Times at Ridgemont High of poetry, only faster."

Dan Magers and PARTYKNIFE then have fun in this wild & witty interview with Jess Novak: "Partyknife knows that you don’t overthink a playlist. If you are having a dinner party, and want to play Cambodian psychedelic rock music from the 60s, go for it, but don’t try it for a dance party. Obvious stuff works. If it’s midnight and you swallow your pride and put on “Dancing Queen,” you will get laid."

Finally, PARTYKNIFE also received the most amazing, insane, intense and sensational reviews EVER, see for yourself!

"Try and recall the last book you wanted to take up as a lifestyle. Try and recall in particular, the last book of poetry that you wanted to become. It made me feel good. When’s the last time poetry made you feel good? Not distant and admiring, not the literary equivalent of the Met. When was the last time you read a book of poetry that hit you cinema hard? That left you pointing frantically at the screen, a la Velvet Goldmine, saying that’s me."

So grab a Knife and join the Party, and like Ice Cube said HAVE A GOOD DAY!

2001

Elisa Gabbert and Sommer Browning will live tweet Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey!

Join them this Sunday! Start watching the film at 7pm Mountain time, 9pm Eastern time & 6pm Pacific!

You just need to be weird and have a twitter account.

Use this hashtag: #2001

Other participants include (this list grows daily!):

@AmyLawless (NYC)
Patrick Culliton @TheHauntedTooth (Chicago!)
@DanBoehl (Austin)
Dan Magers @partyknife (Brooklyn, NY)
@OrenSilverman
Aaron Angello
Bill Wetzel
Statler & Waldorf
Tom Servo
Crow T. Robot
@BiancaStone (NYC)
@emmabo
@lawnsea
@carolynhembree
@bryancoffelt (PDX)
@yaddyrap

and of course:
@egabbert & @vagtalk

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Check out this review of Sommer Browning's Either Way I'm Celebrating in the Boston Review.

If you’re going to be in Chicago for this year’s AWP, please swing by table N-22 where you’ll be able to check out:

Advanced copies of Partyknife, by Dan Magers, available exclusively at AWP.

Goat in the Snow, by the magnificent Emily Pettit.

FINALIST, SEMIFINALIST, FORTHCOMING, and PUSHCART PRIZE NOMINEE T-Shirts made by the amazing Sommer Browing. All profits benefit Badgerdog.

Limited edition broadsides, posters and other ephemera.

We’re also teaming up with Brave Men, DoubleCross, Factory Hollow, Flowers & Cream, Immaculate Disciples, minutes BOOKS, and Projective Industries for, No Baby (Yes Baby), with readings by:Dan Magers

Emily Pettit
Ally Harris as Taryn Andrews
Cody-Rose Clevidence
Julia Cohen
Ben Fama
Elaine Kahn
Mark Leidner
Rob Ostrom
Caryl Pagel
Mathias Svalina
Paige Taggart
Michelle Taransky


Reading is Thursday, March 1, 7:00pm at Public Works Event Space.

Emily and Dan will also be available for author signings Friday afternoon from 2 to 3pm.

As always, thanks you for your love and support of Birds, LLC and indie publishing at large. Without you, there is no us.

Love,

The Editors