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The Times Literary Supplement has published Alexandra Reza’s gleaming discussion of Nathalie Quintane’s work, with a focus on Tomatoes and Marty Hiatt’s heroic work translating and contextualizing that book. Read the piece here.

We are pleased as punch to announce the publication of David Larsen’s second book of poetry, Zeroes Were Hollow, along with a limited, facsimile edition of his 2005 chapbook Syrup Hits.

There is a tradition of cerebral scholar-poets in which David Larsen is hard to place. As a translator, he performs sensitive work that preserves the alterity of medieval Arabic poetry without stooping to exoticism or hermetic dodges. His original poetry is an unconventional counterpart to this practice. It is profane, musical, and, as announced on the cover of Larsen’s 2005 debut The Thorn, “easy to read.” That book was archly described by Kevin Killian as “a book of anger, the fury that sweeps through the plain, the Abolitionist anger that made John Brown steal that ferry.” Seventeen years later comes Zeroes Were Hollow, a second book of poetry suffused with the wit of the gallows. “I was pleased as punch to let it lie,” says the first poem, “but then the bug bit me,” and indeed the book crawls with pests and vermin. By definition these are animals out of place, and ever-present familiars to the poet of Zeroes Were Hollow. Amid the laughter, it is a solemn revolt against nihilism, and a monument to civic animus and loss of life whose marble is still warm to the touch.

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In 2005, Kenning published Syrup Hits, a pseudonymous chapbook-length collage billed as the “remix” of David Larsen’s first book of poetry. In Syrup Hits, the satirical undercurrent of The Thorn was channeled into a 32-page torrent on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, as filtered through slowed-down soundscapes of southern-US hip hop and the San Francisco Bay Area tradition of psychedelic protest art. Now, to accompany Zeroes Were Hollow, we are pleased to rerelease Syrup Hits in a limited, facsimile edition. “Amazing. Some of the best use of collage I’ve ever seen, and my favorite handwriting since Whalen.” — Gary Sullivan

Syrup Hits originally appeared in 2005 with endpapers block-printed and hand-tinted by the artist. This edition: reproduction, riso, hand painting, binding and image processing by Kelli Anderson, Oriana Nuzzi, and Faride Mereb.

 

Another in our collaborations with Letra Muerta, Hanni Ossott’s unpublished, early poems, written in Greece, is volume two in the Latin American and Caribbean Women in Poetry series. A strictly limited edition, now available here

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Born February 14, 1946 in Caracas, Hanni Ossott studied at and joined the faculty in Literature of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, focusing on German literature and philosophy: Heidegger, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Rilke. In 1979, Ossott went to Greece to study Plato and Heraclitus at the University of Athens. There she wrote the poems that would appear in her 1983 volume Hasta que llegue el dia y huyan las sombras, as well as the previously unpublished poems presented in this chapbook. Ossott would go on to publish five additional volumes of poetry. She also was awarded the José Antonio Ramos Sucre Prize and the Lazo Martí Prize, and worked as a translator and a critic.

Book Launch: Staged Reading and Music
Saturday, November 12, 4 pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery

2156 West Fulton St., Chicago, IL

Please join Every house has a door for a staged reading of the first ten pages of the play Passage from Selected Plays of Jay Wright Volume I: The Dramatic Radiance of Number, directed by Lin Hixson, featuring performers Sebastián Calderón Bentin, Kenya Fulton, Matthew Goulish, and Jenny Polus. A live musical set for solo saxophone by Nick Mazzarella will follow the reading.

This two-volume set, the first such collection of this esteemed poet’s writing for the theater, offers an expansive look into an under-explored area of the his body of work, spanning over four decades, from the early 1970s to 2015. Those who know Wright’s poetry will find familiar rhythms and figures. New to the scene, however, is the mobilization of polysemy, quantum entanglement, and global-American identities within theatrical form. Arriving amid a pandemic, however, when the face of theatre has been forced to change in order to comport itself to new restrictions on liveness, these texts seem to challenge us to find other ways to perform, to tell stories, to grow together. Moving between Vermont, the Sandia Mountains, unnamed rivers, San Pedro, an urban square, Boca Negra, Mesa City, and numerous liminal spaces of ritual and incantation, these plays, selected by Jay and Lois Wright, showcase quotidian terrestrial affairs spliced with spiritual ascendency.

Today is the day Charlie Markbreiter’s Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella is published. You should be able to visit your local bookseller and acquire your very own copy. If it’s not in stock, perturb said local, independent bookseller. You can also search for the ebook on your favorite platform (ISBN 979-8-9856628-0-1 9.99 suggested retail price). The print edition can be found here or here.

“Hey, Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl here. And I have the biggest news ever.” Every episode starts like this. We’re Upper East Siders; Gossip Girl tells us we are. But also, we aren’t and never will be. All we can do is look inside. Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella follows Gossip Girl, an anonymous blog, and the prep school students she reports on, who snitch on each other for likes. They include: Nate, beautiful transgender himbo, Bernie Madoff’s son; Serena (It Girl); Dan (vengeful alt nerd). Meanwhile, in the year 2030, Gordon (former TV protege) starts writing for Gossip Girl 3: the Reboot. Will he self-sabotage? Or…? Gossip Girl began as a YA book series; it was first published in 2002, one year into America’s War on Terror. Soon adapted for TV, Gossip Girl premiered on the CW network in 2007, swerving through the Financial Crash, and ending in 2012, midway through the Obama years. Interlaced with essays on transsexuality, clones, dissociating, American Apparel, and affect theorist Lauren Berlant, Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella is a parasocial eulogy for the aughts.

With illustrations by River L. Ramirez

Charlie Markbreiter’s writing has been published in venues such as Bookforum, Art in America, and The New Inquiry, where he serves as the Managing Editor. A PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, he is also a mod of the Death Panel Discord, a free school/health justice forum. He is not a Gossip Girl character, or that’s what you think. He lives in New York. Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella is his first book.

Charlie will launch the book with two New York City readings:

Brooklyn: Saturday, November 12, 2022

Wendy’s Subway (check site or socials for details TBD)

Queens: Thursday, November 17, 2022

Topos Bookstore (check site or socials for details TBD)

Figurations and Dedications

Selected Plays of Jay Wright, Volume 2

Co-published with Every house has a door

ISBN: 978-1-7343176-9-5 / Library of Congress Control Number: 2021950378 / 464 pp. / $20.00

Order your copy here or through Small Press Distribution.

Jay Wright is a poet’s poet; identified by poet Dante Micheaux as one of the best American poets—because “his poetry represents everything that America is and…not what he would like it to be.” Wright’s plays offer readers, performers, theatre makers, and scholars an expansive look into an under-explored area of the poet’s body of work, spanning over four decades, from the early 1970’s to 2015. Those who know Wright’s poetry will find familiar rhythms and figures. New to the scene, however, is the mobilization of polysemy, quantum entanglement, and global-American identities within theatrical form. Moving between Vermont, the Sandia Mountains, unnamed rivers, San Pedro, an urban square, Boca Negra, Mesa City, and numerous liminal spaces of ritual and incantation, these plays, selected by Jay and Lois Wright, showcase quotidian terrestrial affairs spliced with spiritual ascendency. Those who pick up these plays will find themselves involved in everything.

In Volume Two: The Crossing, Daughters of the Water, Homage to Anthony Braxton, The Crossing of the Second River, The Delights of Memory, The Disappearance of Mexico, The Possible Impossibility of Leaving Home.

Join us on Saturday November 12, 4:00 p.m. as we launch the two volumes of Jay Wright’s selected plays at Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2156 West Fulton Street in Chicago. Every house has a door presents a staged reading of the first ten pages of the play Passage from Selected Plays of Jay Wright Volume: The Dramatic Radiance of Number, directed by Lin Hixson, featuring performers Sebastián Calderón Bentin, Kenya Fulton, Matthew Goulish, and Jenny Polus. A live musical set for solo saxophone by Nick Mazzarella will follow the reading.

Saturday, October 22, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Logan Square Comfort Station
Free

Chicago indie literature!

Kenning Editions and Meekling Press present Charlie Markbreiter, reading from his debut Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella, along with poet Chad Morgan, novelist Anne Yoder, and film and video game critic Sam Bodrojan.

Charlie Markbreiter’s writing has been published in venues such as Bookforum, Art in America, and The New Inquiry, where he serves as the Managing Editor. A PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, he is also a mod of the Death Panel Discord, a free school/health justice forum. He is not a Gossip Girl character, or that’s what you think. He lives in New York. Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella is his first book.

Chad Morgan’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. He writes the newsletter disposition.substack.com and can be found on Twitter (@grabtheglitter) and Instagram (@theechadmorgan).

Anne K. Yoder is the author of the novel, The Enhancers, forthcoming from Meekling Press in fall 2022. Her stories and essays have appeared in Fence, New York Tyrant, Tin House, and Make Lit, among other publications.

Sam Bodrojan is a film and video game critic who has written for Filmmaker Mag, Reverse Shot, Little White Lies, and Metrograph, among others. She is big on Tik Tok, beat Elden Ring, and currently lives in Chicago.

We hope to see you there!

The Dramatic Radiance of Number: Selected Plays of Jay Wright, Volume One

Jay Wright is a poet’s poet; identified by poet Dante Micheaux as one of the best American poets—because “his poetry represents everything that America is and not what he would like it to be.” These volumes of Wright’s selected plays offers readers, performers, theatre makers, and scholars an expansive look into an under-explored area of the poet’s body of work, spanning over four decades, from the early 1970’s to 2015. Those who know Wright’s poetry will find familiar rhythms and figures. New to the scene, however, is the mobilization of polysemy, quantum entanglement, and global-American identities within theatrical form. Arriving amid a pandemic, however, when the face of theatre has been forced to change in order to comport itself to new restrictions on liveness, these texts seem to challenge us to find other ways to perform, to tell stories, to grow together. Moving between Vermont, the Sandia Mountains, unnamed rivers, San Pedro, an urban square, Boca Negra, Mesa City, and numerous liminal spaces of ritual and incantation, these plays, selected by Jay and Lois Wright, showcase quotidian terrestrial affairs spliced with spiritual ascendency. Those who pick up these plays will find themselves involved in everything.

Order volume one and pre-order volume two now.

Jay Wright was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1934 and currently lives in Vermont. Wright was a professional baseball player, a member of the U.S. Army medical corps, a jazz bassist, and has been a visiting professor of literature at many universities. Active during the Black Arts Movement and the New American Poetry, his first poetry collection was published in 1967 and he has since published over fifteen books of poetry—including Thirteen Quintets for Lois (2021), Music’s Mask and Measure (2007), The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two (2007), Transfigurations: Collected Poems (2000), Elaine’s Book (1988), The Double Invention of Komo (1980), and The Homecoming Singer (1971). He is also the author of more than forty plays and a dozen essays. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wright’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a MacArthur Fellowship, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, a Joseph Compton Creative Writing Fellowship (Dundee University), the Hodder Fellowship (Princeton University), and The American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Selected Plays of Jay Wright, a two volume set published in Chicago by Kenning Editions and Every house has a door Project Editor: Will Daddario / Cover design by Crisis Studio / Interior composition by Cory Rockliff

August 30.2022 The Dramatic Radiance of Number: Selected Plays of Jay Wright, Volume One

ISBN: 978-1-7343176-8-8  / Library of Congress Control Number: 2021949778 / 376 pp. / $20.00
In Volume One: Passage, The Hunt and Double Night of the Wood, The Playing Space, Lemma, Syntax, Aria.

October 25.2022 Figurations and Dedications: Selected Plays of Jay Wright, Volume Two

ISBN: 978-1-7343176-9-5 / Library of Congress Control Number: 2021950378 / 464 pp. / $20.00
In Volume Two: The Crossing, Daughters of the Water, Homage to Anthony Braxton, The Crossing of the Second River, The Delights of Memory, The Disappearance of Mexico, The Possible Impossibility of Leaving Home.

Forthcoming in 2023: Glimmerings and Constellations: Creative and Critical Responses to the Plays of Jay Wright, edited by Will Daddario.

Recent titles from Kenning Editions include Tomatoes + Why doesn’t the far left read literature? by Nathalie Quintane, translated by Marty Hiatt, foreword by Juliana Spahr; The Science of Departures by Adalber Salas Hernandez, translated by Robin Myers; Hieroglyphs of the Inverted World by Rob Halpern; título/title by Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, translated by Katherine Hedeenand Festivals of Patience: The Verse Poems of Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Brian Kim Stefans. And enjoy some virtual readings organized by the press here.

Charlie Markbreiter has recommenced his newsletter, Unbearably Bright. What better way to fortify your meek brain in advance of Charlie’s forthcoming Gossip Girl Fanfic Novella than to subscribe?

If you happen to be in Chicago (lucky you), Charlie is reading at the joint Kenning Editions/Meekling Press reading in Logan Square October 22. Details here. It’s free and ADA accessible. There will be a launch event/reading for the book in Brooklyn shortly thereafter–details TBA soon.

This Saturday, June 18th, join us for an event celebrating the work of Hannah Weiner, who features in the current Attention Line group show there. This event is in person and online, and includes the talented Jennifer Bartlett, Darcie Dennigan, Farnoosh Fathi, James Sherry, Susan Bee, Judith Goldman, Declan Gould, Charles Bernstein, Lee Ann Brown, and Phill Niblock.

Saturday, June 18
1pm (Eastern)
11 Cortlandt Alley and Online

In conjunction with the exhibition Attention Line, Artists Space and Zoeglossia present an afternoon celebration of Hannah Weiner’s work and life. The event will include a multi-voice reading of Weiner’s Clairvoyant Journal as well as a panel of thinkers and artists who were close to Weiner’s visionary poetry practice. The event is free to the public in-person at Artists Space and will also be broadcast live on Zoom here.

BRIAN KIM STEFANS presents FESTIVALS OF PATIENCE

 @ Skylight Books in Los Angeles, this Saturday, May 21st. Details here. Signed copies will be available. Or, you can order one here.
The syllabics of Rimbaud continue to scorch as they raise their wings in triumphant glare. These translations by Brian Kim Stefans both soar and mesmerically nettle with language that continuously hurtles epiphanies. Rimbaud’s images so unlimit the reader that their energy suffuses consciousness with lingual ozone not unlike transmuted cobalt.–Will Alexander
Also available as an ebook from your favorite online retailer (ebook ISBN 978-1-7343176-2-6).
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