Sunday, July 30, 2006

PoetryFish Seeks Submissions!

Poetryfish ( is accepting submissions for its Fall 2006 issue. Please submit one to five poems as INLINE TEXT (no attachments will be opened) to Previously published work is considered. Deadline for consideration for issue--Sept. 30.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

David Barringer's NEW BOOK!

Twisted Fun by David Barringer
35 Stories | 182 pages | 6x9
$12 | Elope Press 2006
Limited Edition

Hey, everyone. I have a new book, limited edition. The printer misprinted the first run, so I have extra copies plus I have to wait a couple weeks before I get the corrected books. You can check out the cover and some spreads on my site. Let me know if you want:

1. Twisted Fun, MISPRINT (coverless, signed, hand-stamped "Misprinted") for $6 Available Now

2. Twisted Fun, Corrected, $10 Preorder, to ship in two weeks

3. Bundle of Twisted Fun (corrected) & Johnny Red  = SALE $20

4. Bundle of Twisted Fun (corrected) & The Leap = SALE $20

5. Bundle of Twisted Fun (corrected), Johnny Red, & The Leap = SALE $30

Shipping will be added to the price. Can pay by Paypal or mail a check direct to me.

I'll be in Michigan for a week, starting August 10, and in Manhattan this fall (will let residents know when I know). If you think you're gonna see me at some point, reserve a copy now, and I'll bring 'em along.


David Barringer

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Small Spiral Notebook interviews Scott Snyder

At a recent reading you noted that the characters in your stories were all knocked off course by accidents of the heart? Can you talk a little more about that? How fragile a heart is, and how its wounding can be more devastating than any broken bone.

Scott Snyder: Absolutely. The book was written over the course of a few years, but for most of that time, I was in the process of falling in love with someone - Jeanie, the girl who eventually would become my wife. So in a lot of ways the stories are built around the fears and hopes that are part of that experience. In some ways, "Happy Fish" (the oldest story) is a fantasy about never having to grow up. While "Wreck" (which I wrote after I met Jeanie), reflects those fears that pop up when we first start feeling vulnerable to someone - Maybe it's better to stay single. Maybe I don't want to be attached, and so on. On the other hand, "Blue Yodel" is all about someone deeply in love, who's terrified of losing the person he cares for. "Voodoo Heart" is about the fear of making that final commitment. So to some degree at least, the accidents the characters suffer are the most hurtful things possible - they're like a loss of one's self.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

SSN Interviews Jancee Dunn...

When I was growing up, my New Jersey town - Chatham, by the way - was only about an hour's drive from New York City, but we went in exactly once a year, and we did, as you say, the whole Suburban New Jerseyite Tour - Rockefeller Center, lunch in Chinatown. I vowed that I would live there, even though thanks to my father, I had a healthy fear of New York. He painted this dark picture - actually it was more of a nineteenth-century Five Towns picture of pickpockets, confidence men, flim-flam artists - so I didn't know if I had the guts to ever move there. When I got the job at Rolling Stone in the late 80s, they didn't pay editorial assistants that much so I commuted from my folks' house, taking the bus every day to Port Authority. I finally moved to town a few years later and I still marvel: what the hell was I so afraid of? Now I really feel like a New Yorker, although I've only lived here twelve years. Does that make me one? My best friend Julie - I write about her in the book - says that you're a true New Yorker if you travel to other places and the first thing you announce is, 'it's not New York.' Which is exactly what I do.

The other day, there was a rat on my subway platform, and he was just calmly waiting for the train along with the rest of us. When the train pulled up, he went over to the door and everyone was just convulsing with laughter, yet everyone was sort of horrified, too. At the last minute, the rat changed his mind. But it really brought everyone together. It's a beautiful story, isn't it?

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SSN Interviews Janice Erlbaum

On leaving home at fifteen...

Actually, I first left home at nine. I was living with my father in New Jersey for a few months, because my mother was busy with her re-marriage and her stepkids, and I ran away with another girl from my fourth-grade class. We packed our bags with extra food and our teddy bears and some stolen pocket change, and hit the road one day during school lunch. We didn't have a destination in mind; we just set off to find a new family. Because I'd been driven from New York to New Jersey so often, I was able to navigate us from our school to the New Jersey turnpike, which we entered, walking along the grassy embankments on the southbound side for a half mile or so until we encountered a tollbooth, and several uniformed police officers firmly descended upon us. We were reunited with our parents that afternoon. Of course, I made the same mistake again at fifteen - set off to find a new family, with no destination in mind. This time it took over a year to get back home. Thank god the police weren't involved.

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SSN interviews T COOPER

T, we seem to be in an era where truth is a banishing commodity. We're living in a country where truth about global warming, the war (as examples) gets lost in a barrage of misinformation and fear, and the truth has become less accessible, unable to get to the surface, because it's hidden. Can you talk about how your new anthology speaks to that? And how important is it, in your opinion, that writers become intimately involved with politics? Books can be perceived as historical documents - can you talk on how and what writers can do to help bring truth up, via fiction or non fiction, to the surface?

This is precisely what inspired my co-editor (Adam Mansbach) and I to pull together A FICTIONAL HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES WITH HUGE CHUNKS MISSING (Akashic Books, August 2006). Wanting to do something about the fact that the last few years have been especially hard on the truth, and that lies upon lies are being fashioned into "history" right before our eyes. And nobody seems to be complaining about it--or at least complaining as loud as they do about ridiculous things like James Frey and how expensive it is this summer to fill up our Lincoln Navigators and drive (legally) 70 miles per hour, cross-country. God forbid that there's an ounce more investigation into either topic, for it might tap into some real rage about the real stuff behind the headlines: like soldiers' limbs being torn from their bodies at alarmingly high rates in Iraq, Iraqi citizens dying by the dozens daily, not to mention the fact that one of our most precious and significant American cities has been practically wiped off the continent, while the administration that could actually step up and do something about it looks everywhere but South.


*Be on the lookout - Small Spiral Notebook will undergo a significant makeover - we're talking a gutting out, major surgery...etc, etc...stay tuned.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

All-Poetry Deadline extended!


cruelest month interview...

Famed poetry blog, The Cruelest Month, interviews Small Spiral Notebook editor, Felicia Sullivan:

On your site you mention that Small Spiral Notebook has been an "immense labor of love," something maintained and cared for while dealing with the daily grind, yet from humble online beginnings it has become a respectable print journal with a consistently impressive list of contributors. How can you account for such a rapid and positive evolution? In line with that, who did you first turn to for material? And how has that initial pool of contributors grown?

I wouldn't necessarily call it rapid as Small Spiral Notebook has been around for well over five years and we're still struggling. What consistently motivates me is finding and publishing good work. The formula, I'm afraid, is quite simple. I used to get worked up about the journals that make a big splash, boast the big name writers and throw lavish parties replete with open bars and prizes, simply for the fact that I've funded the journal out of my own pocket and I couldn't afford to come crashing in. And I'll always remember what one journal editor told me - the trick is consistency, sustaining. Writers don't want to submit to a journal that folds in a year's time. There's a fundamental trust here - an unwritten conversation between writer and an editor that we're both in this for the long haul. So I've seen many promising publications come and go, but I think the success of SSN has to do with us working as hard as we can to put good work out there, whether it be online or in print. And hopefully people respect that.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

ATTENTION all lit mag editors/small publishers

I'm happy to pass onto you the following information from the Green Press Initiative.  If you are interested in joining Random House and over a hundred small to mid-sized publishers in improving the book industry’s environmental impacts, like reducing greenhouse gases, here is what you can do right now:
*Review the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use (developed by publishers, printers and mills), with your production and design team. A one page synopsis and background  are located here

*Sign on to the Treatise and commit to the goals of increasing recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified virgin fiber.

*Include your policy or stated goals in all pricing requests with your suppliers Large scale changes are made as a result of a collective push forward. Improved availability and pricing of paper result from a demonstration of collective volume. The Treatise is the vehicle. Contact Erin Johnson or Tyson Miller for more help at .

SSN Staffer's new collection...

Julia Cohen's collection of poetry, "If Fire, Arrival," is now available from Horse Less Press. For only $5, you'll be supporting a poet as well as a wonderful, independent press. click here for more info....