Make it your New Year’s resolution to send us your chapbook manuscript for consideration. We’re only reading until the end of January. Submission guidelines here.

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Going live

November 26, 2009

On Tuesday, December 1, from 2-3 pm, we’ll be on air with Charlie Huisken (of This Ain’t the Rosedale Library fame) to talk about our chapbooks and small-pressing-it. Tune your radio in to CKLN at 88.1 FM, or listen online at www.ckln.fm!

We’ve taken the plunge

November 25, 2009

That’s right – we’re pleased to announce that our chapbooks are now available for your purchasing pleasure at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TERUBooks! See? Look how easy we just made impulse buying. We’re looking out for you.

Coming next weekend to a small press fair near you (listen up, Ottawa!), we’re proud to present our All-Star Fall 2009 lineup:

Water Upsets Stone Cameron Anstee

Gasmask Summer David Brock

Letter on St. Valentine’s Day Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Vox Populism Jacob McArthur Mooney

apartments Aaron Tucker

Our lovely books will be making their debut at the Ottawa Small Press Fair on Saturday, November 28 at the Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane, just off of Elgin, at Gilmour). We’ll be there from  12-5. Will you?

Like a beacon in the cold, quiet world of chapbook publishing, The Chapbook Review is, according to their website, “A monthly online literary journal focused on the critical examination of the venerable chapbook: slim, soft-cover books, usually inexpensively produced and independently published.” This description of the chapbook warms our lonely hearts. Check out the latest issue, featuring the Chapbook Publishers Roundtable 2009, here.

In other news, we just received a batch of absolutely beautiful chapbooks from the new-ish Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press, run by our very own Cameron Anstee; we’re publishing his chapbook, Water Upsets Stone, any day now. It too will be beautiful.

All right. Back to the grindstone.

Porn Buzz

October 18, 2009

Well, we’re still slaving away with good ol’ Ferno House to pull together Dinosaur Porn, out sometime this fall. To tide you over, check out this interview with Spencer Gordon (of Ferno House) about our hot little project.

Better than Body Worlds

October 12, 2009

From November 4-6, York University is playing host to Bodyworks, a symposium linking sports, art, and culture. With free admission (registration required, though) there’s really no reason not to check it out; the program includes art exhibitions, film screenings, keynote lectures and panels featuring Olympic athletes and cultural activists, and even creative writing workshops for athletes – or those interested in sports writing. As we have a mean backhand, we’ll be there with bells on. You?

Hoopla

September 23, 2009

Our thunderous forthcoming anthology Dinosaur Porn (with Ferno House) gets a mention over at Open Book Toronto. Rawr.

Also, now’s your chance to get your hands on last season’s still-hot chapbooks: we’ll have a few titles for sale at the Mansfield Press table this weekend at Word on the Street (September 26, 11-6). Stop by and say hello!

We are now accepting poetry, prose, and non-fiction submissions of any length relating to the theme Dinosaur Porn.

dinosaur n.

1. Any chiefly terrestrial, herbivorous or carnivorous reptile of the extinct orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, from the Mesozoic Era, certain species of which are the largest known land animals.

2. Something that is unwieldy in size, anachronistically outmoded, or unable to adapt to change: The old steel mill was a dinosaur that cost the company millions to operate.

porn n.

1. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.

2. The presentation or production of this material.

3. Lurid or sensational material: “Recent novels about the Holocaust have kept Hitler well offstage [so as] to avoid the … pornography of the era” (Morris Dickstein).

dinosaur porn n.

1. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal in any chiefly terrestrial, herbivorous or carnivorous reptile of the extinct orders Saurischia and Ornithischia, from the Mesozoic Era, certain species of which are the largest known land animals.

2. The presentation or production of this material.

3. Lurid or sensational material that is unwieldy in size, anachronistically outmoded, or unable to adapt to change.

The small press DIY dream team of Ferno House and The Emergency Response Unit wants your writing that takes the prompt Dinosaur Porn as inspiration and a springboard for bigger and better things.

Guidelines:

For each submission, the title, genre, and word count of the work should appear in the subject line as well as the name of the author.

Please include contact information, a very short bio (including a list of previous publications), and returning email address in the body of the email.

The actual work can be submitted as a Microsoft Word or .rtf attachment. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Deadline: August 7, 2009

Send all submissions to: pornsaurus@gmail.com. For real.

Oh me, oh my

June 14, 2009

One of our illustrious authors (and press co-founder), Andrew Faulkner, has got himself onto the shortlist for the 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Useful Knots and How to Tie Them

Gary Barwin, of Chora Sea fame, also made the list for his chapbook Inverting the Deer published by his own serif of nottingham editions. In fact, congrats to the whole damn shortlist: 

John R. Barlow, The Longest Day
Gary Barwin, Inverting the Deer
Andrew Faulkner, Useful Knots and How to Tie Them
Daphne Marlatt, Between Brush Strokes
Sandra Ridley, Lift

[Golf claps]