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Art by Sanjeevan Tharmaratnam

Birds, LLC is thrilled to announce that we will be publishing Tropical Sacrifice by Lucas de Lima in 2021!

Tropical Sacrifice is a wishbone against a fascist heart/a prophetic, dreamlike narrative based on the spiritual journey of a chicken.

Typically used for sacrificial ritual in Afro-Brazilian religion, the chicken becomes a re-enchantment of the poet's mixed-race ancestry. Her superior vision gives access to genocidal and ecocidal histories, opening an ancestral portal to Indigenous, Afro-diasporic, queer & nonhuman worlds.

From the favela to the Amazon to the astral plane, it is the chicken who escapes the factory farm & sees voices bleeding out of the sky.

*Artwork by Sanjeevan Tharmaratnam


Read excerpts from Tropical Sacrifice here published in Pen America, chosen guest editor Dawn Lundy Martin.

Stay tuned for pre-sale and more information about this book.

And if you're interested in reviewing or teaching Tropical Sacrifice, please email us at editor@birdsllc.com.

Love,
The Birds

In solidarity with and support of anti-racist movements and protests, and in response to the recent police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, David McAtee and the long history of Black people murdered and terrorized by racist police and state sponsored violence, Birds, LLC will be donating all direct sales for June to the following Black-led grassroots collectives & bail funds: Black Visions Collective (an organization dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation), The Okra Project (a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People), and National Bail Out (a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration); and in July to: Black & Pink (a national prison abolitionist organization), The Frances Thompson Education Foundation (a Black trans education fund), and House of Tulip (housing for trans people experiencing homelessness).

FREE PDFs FOR TEACHERS & STUDENTS

Dear Friends,

During this period of social distancing, we want to offer all teachers and students in need of distance learning materials free PDFs of all our books. Email us at editor@birdsllc.com, and we'll gladly send you any files you need to teach and learn remotely.


FREE SHIPPING FOR ALL ORDERS

To make it a little easier for you to stock up on your reading materials, we have waved shipping costs on all our books.


SAVAGE PAGEANT NOW OFFICIALLY AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE

Our latest title, Jessica Q. Stark's Savage Pageant, is now officially available everywhere! Our friends at Small Press Distribution have handpicked Savage Pageantfor the month of March--get 20% off with the code HANDPICKED.


Savage Pageant is 20% off at SPD (code HANDPICKED)

JESSICA Q. STARK KICKS OFF THE IMMINENT VIRTUAL READING SERIES

Tune in for the first volume of Imminent Virtual Readings w/ Mary Kim Arnold, Valerie Hsiung, Becca Klaver, Rachel Kauder, and our own Jess Stark!

They go live Sunday 3/22 5:30pm EST on Twitter @ImminentSeries.


PRICKS IN THE TAPESTRY PRE-ORDER SALE!

Our favorite thing in the whole world is introducing authors to their books for the first time, and Jameson Fitzpatrick looks absolutely smitten! Pricks in the Tapestry is now available for pre-order.


Pricks in the Tapestry Pre-Order Sale

Take care of each other, and stay safe out there.


Love,
The Birds

Congratulations to Raquel Salas Rivera, whose book while they sleep (under the bed is another country) was longlisted for the 2020 PEN America Open Book Award, along with many other terrific books, authors, & presses!!!

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We are also excited to announce that while they sleep (under the bed is another country) is now available as an audiobook read by Raquel!!! Download and listen to it now:

And thanks to Remezcla for this thoughtful, in-depth review of while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

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Congrats again to Raquel, and thank you for supporting their work!!!

Love,

The Editors

Dear Friends,

Jessica Q. Stark's Savage Pageant is now available for pre-order!!! Normally $18, we're offering it for $15 thru January 13!!! Books ship January 14.

Savage Pageant recounts the history of the defunct zoo, Jungleland, which housed Hollywood's show animals up until its closure in 1969. In it, Stark explores the concept of US American spectacle and its historic ties to celebrity culture, the maternal body, racist taxonomies, the mistreatment of animals, and ecological violence. With a hybrid, documentary poetics, Savage Pageant reveals how we attempt to narrate and control geographical space and how ghosts (remainders, the sketch, unfinished stories) collapse the tidy corners of our collective, accumulative histories.

Savage Pageant $15 (pre-order deal!!!)

Jessica Stark's Savage Pageant is a map, an "undulation," a "fold," something lightly sketched then traced on "something blackened, worn-out, and organized." Stark's brilliant move in this powerful new work is to problematize the paper itself: the surfaces that receive the many marks that a poet, an inhabitant, an animal, an archivist or an audience-member might make. What a brilliant writer. What a lovely and strange book. - Bhanu Kapil

Part poetry book, part collection of private, personal, and public histories, part summons, part rune, this book takes you headfirst into the other world where all you can do is swim past your own hurt and traumas into the sunshine hole of the unreal. It's a book we must remember as we begin to forget ourselves. I'll risk it all to say that we need this book for all of time, to take with us as a guide from here until the everlasting, because, as this book says to us, "We are only here for a/ short time." - Dorothea Lasky

The body of poetry needs a new script, and Jessica Q. Stark is more than happy to oblige. At the height of her multi-tasking, birthing simultaneously son and book, she holds you captive with her carnival performance of ingenious gestures, where language and motherhood play informal games of anatomic brilliance and take you through her sanitary mayhem of pandemoniac beauty and birth. - Vi Khi Nao

Jessica Q. Stark is a mixed-race, Vietnamese poet and scholar originally from California. She received her PhD in English at Duke University, a Master’s of English from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, the latest titled Vasilisa the Wise (Ethel Zine Press, 2018). Her chapbook manuscript, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for Heavy Feather's Double Take Poetry Prize in 2016. Her poems have appeared in HobartTupelo QuarterlyPotluckGlass Poetry Journal, and others. She writes an ongoing poetry zine called INNANET and works as an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI. Find her on Twitter @jezzbah.

Savage Pageant $15 (pre-order deal!!!)

If you're interested in reviewing this book, adopting it for your class, or inviting Jess to read or give an interview, please let us know and we'll be happy to help: editor@birdsllc.com

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING SMALL INDEPENDENT POETRY PRESSES!!!

Love,

The Editors

Dear Friends,

Happy Pub Day to Raquel Salas Rivera for their new book while they sleep (under the bed is another country) officially out today!!!

And double congrats and celebration of Raquel for winning the LAMBDA Award for their book lo terciario / the tertiary (Timeless Infinite Light, 2018) last night!! (look out for the new edition from Noemi Press forthcoming 2019 with an intro by Urayoán Noel and images by José Ortiz-Pagán)

Raquel's book is the HANDPICKED Book of the month of June at Small Press Distribution. Get while they sleep... at 20% off w/ the code HANDPICKED. 

while they sleep (under the bed is another country" is also recommended as Books to Read in June by Literary Hub

"Raquel Salas Rivera’s new collection while they sleep (under the bed is another country) confronts the aftermath (duringmath?) of Hurricane Maria and the ongoing imperial violence of the U.S. in its territory/colony Puerto Rico. In English in the main body, and in Spanish in the footnotes, the book offers fragments, shards, from two parallel narratives—the view from the U.S.,  which passively observes the chaos from afar, where “64=4,645” and throwing paper towels is “a humanitarian gesture”; and the monster under the bed, the suppressed demonstration of pain and active survival in Puerto Rico, where there’s no use for health insurance because the hospitals still have no electricity. Critical, clear, crucial, while they sleep shows how America has made its bed and forces us to sleep in it."

–Kevin Chau, Lit Hub

Watch Raquel reading at their amazing launch event for while they sleep... at ICA Philadelphia!!!

If you're interested in reviewing this book, adopting it for your class, or inviting Raquel to read or give an interview, please let us know and we'll be happy to help: editor@birdsllc.com

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING SMALL INDEPENDENT POETRY PRESSES. 

Love,

Birds


Join Birds, LLC authors and friends Thursday, March 28th from 6:30 pm to 10 pm for a reading at1122 Gallery featuring:

Tommy Pico
Raquel Salas Rivera
Harmony Holiday
Khadijah Queen
Chase Berggrun
Elisa Gabbert
Su Hwang
Monica McClure

Free and open to the public. There will be books, snacks & drinks on hand. 1122 Gallery is located at 1122 SE 88th Ave., Portland, OR 97216. Join or share via the Facebook event here.


Small Press Distribution 50th Anniversary Reading Party & Karaoke

Friday, March 29 at 6:30 PM, Birds, LLC will celebrate SPD’s 50th Anniversary with reading from Harmony Holiday and Raquel Salas Rivera followed by a karaoke party.   at McMenamins Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211

Join or share the Facebook event here.


NO FAIR / FAIR Reading

Fri, Mar 29 at BAKERY BUILDING / 2222 NE Oregon and at OUTLET PDX / 2500 NE Sandy Birds, LLC authors will read at the No Fair / Fair reading: Raquel Salas Rivera, 9:00pm Outlet PDX Chase Berggurn, 9:20pm Outlet PDX Tommy Pico, 9:30pm at Bakery Building Harmony Holiday, 10:20pm at Bakery Building Check out the full schedule here! Join or share on Facebook here.


Birds, LLC at AWP BOOKFAIR

Find Birds, LLC at AWP Conference Bookfair at Table: T5046
Thu-Sat, March 27–30, Portland, OR, Oregon Convention Center

Birds, LLC will be at NO FAIR/FAIR, a 2 day + 1 night literary festival celebrating small independent presses that will take place alongside the 2019 AWP Conference in Portland, OR. Fri-Sat, Mar 29-30, noon to 5PM at Bakery Building / 2222 NE Oregon.


Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that Birds, LLC will publish Pricks in the Tapestry by Jameson Fitzpatrick in 2020.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Draping (_IMG6936), 2016, 21 x 24 inches, Edition of 5 + 2AP. Courtesy the Artist and team (gallery, inc.)


Jameson Fitzpatrick
’s poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry, he is the author of the chapbooks Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications, 2014) and Mr. & (Indolent Books, 2018). He teaches at New York University. Pricks in the Tapestry is his first book.

Read Jameson's poems from the book "I Woke Up", "The Last Time I Got []", and watch Jameson reading for "I ♥ John Giorno":


Stay tuned for pre-sale and more information about this book.

And if you're interested in reviewing or teaching Pricks in the Tapestry, please email us at editor@birdsllc.com. 

Love,
The Birds


Rsrlaunch Final2

Join Philadelphia's Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera & friends Friday, March 15th at 7PM to celebrate the launch 🚀 of their new book "while they sleep (under the bed is another country)" from Birds, LLC at the Institute of Contemporary Art!

With readings & performances by:

Denice Frohman

Noor Ibn Najam

Ryan Eckes

Cynthia Dewi Oka

Frank Sherlock

Husnaa Hashim

Wes Matthews

Yolanda Wisher

Kirwyn Sutherland

Sham E-Ali Nayeem

and Raquel Salas Rivera

Free and open to all, with music 🎵 by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, aka Dj Halfbreed, drinks, and Raquel's new book for sale with a book signing by the author. Join us from 7pm to 10pm at Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania at 118 S. 36th Street.

For more info about "while they sleep", and to pre-order, visit: http://www.birdsllc.com/catalo...

(50% of sales will be donated directly to The Maria Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting emergency relief efforts as well as long-term organizing to build an equitable Puerto Rico.)

while they sleep (under the bed is another country) refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath. Written in dialogic fragments and intersped with prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma, it is arranged around the two different discourses. The bed on which America sleeps, and which America has made, is built on the fear that the nations it has oppressed will rise up against it, a monstrous shadow in a child’s nightmare. Written in English, while they sleep points to a imperialist American identity: the dormant body of the text. Answering in Spanish, under the bed is another country is the footnote, the monster under the bed, the colony: Puerto Rico.

Dear Friends,

We're exited to announce that Raquel Salas Rivera's while they sleep (under the bed is another country) is now available for pre-order!

50% of all pre-orders of Raquel's book will be donated directly to The Maria Fund, an organization dedicated to supporting emergency relief efforts as well as long-term organizing to build an equitable Puerto Rico.

while they sleep (under the bed is another country) refuses to sweep up the shards of Hurricane María’s aftermath. Written in dialogic fragments and intersped with prose poems reflecting on the lasting impact of colonial trauma, it is arranged around the two different discourses. The bed on which America sleeps, and which America has made, is built on the fear that the nations it has oppressed will rise up against it, a monstrous shadow in a child’s nightmare. Written in English, while they sleep points to an imperialist American identity: the dormant body of the text. Answering in Spanish, under the bed is another country is the footnote, the monster under the bed, the colony: Puerto Rico.
Cover and interior art by Mariana Ramos Ortiz, and cover design by Zoe Norvell.

"Flatly, this is among the most moving books of crisis I have read in more than two decades by a frighteningly talented poet." 
             —Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren and Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders

"Out of the impossible, writing the endless lines of the disaster, Raquel Salas Rivera has been talking to us all along."
              —Fred Moten, author of B Jenkins and The Feel Trio

"Salas Rivera, with stunning clarity, juxtaposes the hollow language of witness with the language of survival, drowned out by the colonial grammars of institutional violence, bureaucracy, and performative politics."
             —Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, author of Beast Meridian

"Porque el huracán no solo impactó la isla sino también su lenguaje, y es con esas palabras rotas que Raquel Salas Rivera ha escrito este libro conmovedor y tan urgente.”
             —Frank Báez, autor de Postales

Pre-order and find out more about the book here (ships late Feb./early March).

Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Es la autora de while they sleep (under the bed is another country) publicado por Birds, LLC en el 2019 y fue la recipiente inaugural del Ambroggio Prize de la Academia de Poetas Americanos por su libro x/ex/exis. Cuenta con la publicación de seis plaquetas y cuatro poemarios adicionales. Su cuarto libro, lo terciario/the tertiary, fue finalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 y fue seleccionado por Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot y Publishers Weekly como uno de los mejores poemarios del 2018. Del 2016-2018 fue co-editora de la revista literaria The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi corazón, una colección bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos. Es la recipiente de becas del Sundance Institute, el Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, el Arizona Poetry Center y CantoMundo. Ama y vive por Puerto Rico, Filadelfia y un mundo libre de la supremacía blanca.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country) from Birds, LLC in 2019 and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their book x/ex/exis. They are also the author of six chapbooks and four other full-length poetry books. Their fourth book, lo terciario/the tertiary, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist, and was selected by Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot, and Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry books of 2018. From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. They have received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. They love and live for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.

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