Monday, December 17, 2007

Announcements!

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Thanks to everyone who has linked to this blog. Our Friends / Affiliate links are growing and we help they will continue to grow. Please check out the post below to find out how to link up. Or, simply email me: cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com.

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This from Jacket Magazine:

Announcing Jacket 34:
Hundreds of new poems, reviews, interviews and articles in Jacket 34: just in time for Xmas!

Five hundred and eighty-five Jacket book reviews:
The updated list of book reviews in Jacket magazine provides quick links to 585 book reviews up to and including Jacket 34 (late 2007), sorted by the surname of the author of the book under review.


Eighty-nine Jacket Interviews:
The updated list of interviews with writers, editors and poets in Jacket magazine provides quick links to 89 interviews up to and including Jacket 34 (late 2007),sorted by the interviewee’s last name.

Editor: John Tranter
Associate Editor: Pam Brown

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This from Hooke Press:


Hooke Press is pleased to announce the publication of:

INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT CREELEY


This chapbook is the typescript of a taped interview with Creeley back in 1998. Penelope Creeley, Bob's wife when he died in 2005, says that he talks about a number of things she's never heard him go into elsewhere. We've only made 300, lovingly silkscreening the covers and lovingly paying a copyshop to staple the spines. It'll be out of print when those are gone.

We're going to have it at a small discount of $8 plus $4 shipping for a little while via the online ordering procedure you're probably all too familiar with.

Editors of Hooke:
Brent Cunningham
Neil Alger
Lindsey Boldt

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some news from our friend Mark Wallace about his book Walking Dreams (Blaze Vox).


In the tradition of what British writer Robert Aickman
called “the strange story,” Walking Dreams explores a
world that’s poetic and horrifying and very much like
our own. The eight stories of disorientation and
metamorphosis in the book all concern characters who
feel trapped and want to change who they are. The
unconventional shape of these tales distorts time,
place, and character to create an eerie and
threatening atmosphere. The result is a series of
surprises, some serious, some comic, in which the
boundary between the real and the imagined breaks
down.

In praising Walking Dreams, fiction writer
Stephen-Paul Martin, author most recently of The
Possibility of Music (FC2, 2007) writes, “Mark Wallace
writes like an avant-garde poet who knows how to tell
a good story. Or like a fiction writer who knows how
to fill his prose with cutting edge poetry. You finish
Wallace’s fiction with much more than you began with,
the sense that your reading intelligence has been
scrambled into a new kind of clarity, a new kind of
pleasure that can only be fully sorted out over time.”

Mark Wallace is the author of six previous books of
poetry and fiction, including the novel Dead Carnival
(Avec Books, 2004). His poetry collection Temporary
Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein
Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books
(2004). He is also the co-editor of two books of
essays on contemporary literature, including Telling
It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University
of Alabama Press, 2002).

BlazeVOX Books has published over 50 volumes both of
poetry and fiction. Our latest publications include
books by Noah Eli Gordon, Joe Amato and Megan Volpert.
Also just out is the latest double-issue of BlazeVOX
magazine. Coming soon are volumes by Mark DuCharme,
Kyle Schlesinger, and The Here Comes Everybody
anthology by Lance Phillips. Download a detailed PDF
catalog at our website which shows all the titles for
our press. E-books are also available for free
download, including recent titles by Gautam Verma and
Patrick Chapman.

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And finally, our fearless Editor RUSTY MORRISON has some new poems at the VERSE blog. happy reading!

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Welcome to the Omnidawn Blog!





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Welcome to Omnidawn Publishing’s blog! We hope you’ll come by regularly (weekly daily hourly!)

At our new blog you’ll find:

***Trivia contests to give away free Omnidawn books,
and other gifts we think will entice you—hey, would you like origami swan trees made from all the rejection letters we get when we send our poems and stories out to other publishers?

***Interviews with emerging and established writers!
—want to be interviewed?–want to interview us? –want to record two long-dead poets interviewing each other in your nightmares and dare us to post it? Let’s talk!

***Exciting rumblings and ruminations by guest bloggers!

***Podcasts of Omnidawn’s authors and friends doing wonderful and scary things,
like reading poems and fiction, tending tendrils, scampering with skunks, rummaging around with real subjects and fabulizing with fatalists.

*** Of course, we’ll be bringing you Omnidawn press releases, book reviews, author information and all around updates and general news about the press.

***And, further down the road, we will post poetry and fiction reviews, and poems!
–stay tuned for how to submit, if you are inclined.

*** But MOST INTERESTING TO US are
YOUR links, publication announcements, input.


We hope to create a vital site for the online writing community to share and disseminate news. We want your input, your exciting publications to list, your links to post. Community keeps us awake, alive, alert. Better than chocolate.

As you can see from our links, we’ve established a “Friends” and “Affiliate Presses / Magazines” links sections. If you want to be an Omnidawn “Friend,” all you have to do is email me (cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com) and we will link to your blog / personal website. All we ask is that you link to this blog in return and if you have important announcements about your work, just email me the info and we’ll happily post the information.

If you want to be an “Affiliate,” all we ask is that we exchange links. As an affiliate, you can feel free to send us your press releases, review links, general news, or those dirty secrets we know your press has too, and we’ll happily post this info on our blog as well.

Upon becoming either a Friend or Affiliate, we hope you will paste this announcement on your blog.

***AND besides all that ‘official’ business, you will find behind-the-scenes glimpses into this infamous and notorious Omni-world.

What kinds of goodies are we trying to entice you with? How does gossip about our interns and editors sound?

Or maybe you prefer the kind of seedy truths that come along with unadulterated photos—a pic of Rusty and Ken’s book/paper/filing cabinet swamped home-office or perhaps one of Rebecca and Cassie wrestling with an insufferable database.

Sounding good yet? Not quite yet?

How about candid pics
of myself or Iain slaving away at our computers deep, deep into the night. Still not scandalous enough for you (strange how well we know you already)?

Ok then, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of it. We can not promise this but…you may even find live-action filming of down and dirty team meetings at a memorabilia-infested coffee shop in El Cerrito. Mmmhmmm.

Sounds good, no? We think so! But, we’d also kinda like to know what you think too…the comments section is open so please, feel free.

***What else should I tell you? I guess it’s best to give you some background:
For those of you who may not know—Omnidawn Publishing was founded by wife and husband team Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan in 2001 and has been publishing poetry since. In 2006, they brought on New Wave Fabulist Fiction.

2006 also brought Omnidawn their first ever employee Rebecca Stoddard—who brings her editorial brilliance and data-system savvy to the position of Assistant Editor.

But they didn’t stop there! 2007 has brought with it the addition of an extremely talented and dedicated interning staff of myself, Craig Perez—Blog Editor, Cassie Smith—Database Mistress and Master as well as the unstoppable Iain Ferreira—the Google Guru.

We’re growing by golly, we’re growing! Pains and poltergeists and plotzes in the mud, and all.

So, those are some of our goals and aspirations for this blog!

Please leave your comments, and please do subscribe to the Omnidawn Blog and announce our presence on your mass-email lists, listserves, or group blogs. We’d love to do the same for you and yes, indeed, we are excited about the possibilities. We hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,
Craig Santos Perez
Omnidawn Blog Editor
cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com


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ADDENDUM: if you tried to email earlier in the day, it may not have gone through because my email was listed incorrectly. the email address above has been corrected. hope to hear from everyone.