Coffee house philosoph
playing open chords on a hollow body,
knock off beats penning cynicisms
the shutter-speed-dealers and
faux-pigmenters sullenly sly-jiving pomp and prints
to sleep with easily impressed marks,
confusing ego and creativity...
Coffee house philosoph
Come to a reading by five local Red Bird authors: Nancy Shih-Knodel, Joan Johnson, Francine Marie Tolf, Alison Morse, and Matt Mareck.
March 14, 2017 7:00 pm
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue
The compost brings growth to the garden. Every rotting body
drags itself into the earth.
Cremation is for those afraid of their flesh falling to ribbons,
streaming through hairy grass,
a festival for the end of the day. The sun gives itself over to storms
to imagine the scoured face revealed
when the rain ends and, heat-kissed, the world steams into newness.
Rawness. Salt of the earth where nothing grows...
Sayantani Dasgupta's essay "The Butcher Shop of New Delhi" from her collection Fire Girl (Two Sylvias Press 2016) will appear in the forthcoming South Asia special issue of the Chicago Quarterly Review. You can read more about the issue here.
When I was a child I had a small flip book—a kind of notebook bestiary. Each page was smudged and brimming with portraits made of wings and teeth, of sunflower petals and horns: desires made up of scales and yellowed toenails abutting soft green flesh. I realize now they were reflections of something I did not understand, and collected from ideas of a world that seemed breathtakingly huge and possible.
In hindsight, they betrayed my desperate urge to create something that had never existed before.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve never stopped drawing monsters. But largely, these reflections have shifted from those creatures that do not exist to those that do, albeit ones that are mangled and magnified into ridged, and painful constructions...
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Amy Strauss Friedman will be reading with Pittsburgh Poetry Review at The Green Turtle at 601 F St. NW from 6-10:00 pm.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Meg Eden will be at the Dr. TJ Eckleburg Review table (booth 389) from 10-11:00 am. More details here.
E. Kristin Anderson will be signing books from 1-2:00 pm at the ELJ Publications booth.
Kindra McDonald will be signing her new collection Concealed Weapons from 2-3:00 pm at the ELJ Publications booth.
Christina Olson will be signing books from 2-3:00 pm at the George Mason University/Stillhouse Press booth. She will also be participating in an offsite reading during AWP.
Melissa Reddish will be signing copies of her latest book Girl & Flame from 2-3:00 pm at The Conium Review's table (Table 548-T). More details can be found here.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
E. Kristin Anderson will be speaking on a panel on buidling anthologies from 4:30-5:45 pm. Location and details can be found here.
Christina Olson, author of Rook and the M.E. (2015), has a new full length poetry collection out. Terminal Human Velocity is now available from Stillhouse Press. You can get more information or purchase the book here.
Maggie Rosen, author of The Deliberate Speed of Ghosts (2016), will be one of ten readers sharing their writing at Colony Club in Washington DC on Tuesday, January 24 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. You can check out the details via Facebook.
Red Bird Chapbooks is looking forward to another wonderful year thanks to our growing and vibrant community of writers, readers and artists.
Click here to check out what our authors, artists, designers, and editors did in 2016.
We received over 370 chapbook possibilities during the two months of our open reading period, from which our editors selected 20 manuscripts for publication in 2017.
Each year one of our designers is tasked with developing a new bird to be hand drawn in every chapbook for the new year. Here's our 2017 book bird.