Lucas de Lima's new book Tropical Sacrifice is now available for pre-order! Tropical Sacrifice will be available at a discounted price of $16 exclusively from the Birds, LLC site until it arrives from the printer.
*Cover and book design by Karen Sofia Colón.
Tropical Sacrifice is a wishbone against a fascist heart/a prophetic, dream-filled narrative based on the spiritual journey of a chicken. Used for sacrificial ritual in Afro-Brazilian religion, the chicken becomes a re-enchantment of the poet's ancestry. Her superior vision gives access to histories of genocide and ecocide, opening a portal to Indigenous, Afro-diasporic, queer and nonhuman worlds. From the favela to the Amazon to the astral plane, it is the half-winged bird who escapes the factory farm, inviting voices to bleed out of the sky.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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FREE SHIPPING FOR ALL ORDERS
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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.
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.
Take care of each other, and stay safe out there.
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)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING SMALL INDEPENDENT POETRY PRESSES.
Join Birds, LLC authors and friends Thursday, March 28th from 6:30 pm to 10 pm for a reading at1122 Gallery featuring:
Raquel Salas Rivera
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.