Monday, January 31, 2011

One Last Post Before AWP!!

The new issue of Sink Review is up!!
Artwork by
Joseph Lappie of Peptic Robot Press!!

Poetry by:

Kim Gek Lin Short
Jeremy Hoevenaar
Solmaz Sharif
Mark Bibbins
Sasha Fletcher
Sawako Nakayasu
Franklin Bruno
DJ Dolack
Chris Martin
Brett Price
Tony Mancus
B.C. Edwards
Stephanie Ann Whited
Dustin Luke Nelson
Jess Grover
Brad Liening
Elaine Castillo
Jeremiah Gould
Scott Abels
Travis Macdonald
Andy Fitch
Farrah Field

And reviews of & by:

* Heather Christle’s The Difficult Farm by Angela Veronica Wong
* Chris Tonelli’s The Trees Around by Erika Moya
* Abraham Smith’s Hank by Steven Karl
* Ben Fama’s Aquarius Rising& Natalie Lyalin’s Try A Little Time Travel by J.Mae Barizo
* Timothy Donnelly’s The Cloud Corporation by Christie Ann Reynolds
* ElĂ©na Rivera’s Remembrance of Things Plastic by Richard Scheiwe

If you'll be at AWP in Washington DC this week, please visit our table, which we are sharing with Flying Guillotine Press and Small Anchor Press. Please also come to our off-site reading we'll be having with Magic Helicopter Press, Agnes Fox Press, Parthenon West Review, and Small Deck Press, which will be on Saturday Feb 5, from 7-9pm at The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th Street NW. More details here: Also, come check out our limited coinsides by Angela Veronica Wong, Matthew Henriksen, Lauren Ireland, and Dottie Lasky made by Peptic Robot Press.

I'll be reading on Friday btwn 7-8 in front of the Washington Memorial. Stop by the H_ngm_n booth to pick up some hand-warmers then step out for some poetry.

Post-AWP, I'll be reading at the Poetry Project on Feb. 11th at 10pm and on Feb 13th at Zinc Bar for the EOAGH launch party.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Either Way I'm Celebrating

The awesomeness that is Sommer Brownings' poetry & comics all in one book! Celebration for sure. Check the book here, an interview here, and more poems here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NYC Poem Submission Call

No, Dear publications come out each fall and spring and are accompanied by issue release readings for the featured poets.

We are currently accepting submissions for our spring 2011 issue.

Theme: Pattern

General submission guidelines: Send up to 4 pages of poetry in a word or .pdf attachment to Include your contact info and borough/neighborhood of residence.

NYC poets only.

The Poetry Society of America's Benefit for Dean Young

Great video of the Dean Young reading over on Coldfront.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

H_ngm_n E-Chaps Getting The Love

Yesterday, I posted the cover of my e-chap & linked the super-awesome review Brooklyn Copeland did about it. Today, it's Dan Magers turn. Adam Robinson reviews WHITE-COLLAR WORKER: I AM DESTINY here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Chapbook!!!

I have a new (e)chap available from H_ngm_n. Be green & download it here! The cover is by Dani Leventhal! Be sure to download Dan Magers (e) chap too, with cover art done by Matt Bollinger!

Esteemed poet & editor, Brooklyn Copeland, had nice things to say about the chapbook here.

In other news, I like this Pitchfork article on Trish Keenan (of Broadcast) who recently passed away.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, Here We Are

I'm excited to say there will be a new issue of Sink Review out later this month & it will feature all kinds of awesomness including poems by Kim Gek Lin Short who you can read an interview with over at Bookslut.

Today's entry on Montevidayo is a good read as well. Take a look at this excerpt:

My point with the entry was to show how this anxiety about translation comes out of an anxiety to maintain “mastery” – mastery over language (hierarchical, centripedal) and literature – for example Ron’s reductive model of “Quietism vs Post-Avant,” leading in a fiercely chronological “modernist” path from Pound to Objectivism to Ron himself.

Read the entire posting here.

There's a Dean Young reading this Thursday at 7pm in NYC. Details here.
(Thanks to Lily Ladewig for the low-down).

I'm reading in Philly on Saturday (Jan. 22nd) with two of my favorite poets: Sampson Starkweather & Paige Taggart. If you haven't read Sam's latest two chapbooks give yourself a gift that keeps giving & get them immediately. Paige has a new chapbook forthcoming, but to hold you over, just google her. Every poem I read of hers lately is completely stunning.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Here & There Again

Victoria Chang has a coffee chat with Allison Benis White here.

Evening Will Come
has C.D. Wright here.

& I'm reading this Friday for Supermachine!
Fri., Jan, 14, 8pm
Steven Karl
Jacke Clark
Anna Fitzgerald
Levi Rubeck



1014 Fulton St between Grand & Classon

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Please Feed The Robot

Consider helping out my good friend & ever-awesome one-man publishing machine aka Peptic Robot Press!

Dear artists, friends, friendly artists, artist friends and friends of artists.

Hi. How are you? I am well thank you very much. I hope the New Year is treating you super. I’m currently in a hospital waiting for my nephew to be born. 32 minutes until 2011. (addendum. He was born at 11:00 pm… I just didn’t know it.)

So I wanted to talk to you about something. I hope you’ll consider it. As some of you know, and for those who don’t, I am currently the Visiting Asst. Professor in Book Arts and Printmaking at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. It’s a swell place with some pretty topnotch artists running the Department. I was brought in after Kat Anderson petitioned and succeeded in getting a Book Arts Major established. (Super Kudos to that fight!) For the past year and a half I have been working on developing the Program into something to be proud of and worthy of what she envisioned. It’s slowly happening. The presses are all up and running (3 letterpress, 2 litho, 2 etching, screenprinting and non-toxic capabilities) we have a great studio tech – Alison Filley – straight outta Iowa City who has added essential skills to this 7 room space and we have a new curriculum getting ready to pop out.

“That’s great!” you may say, “good job.”

Thanks, but here is the juicy part. We’re pushing farther. We’re bringing back a letterpress imprint – The Black Cat Press – that will start producing broadsides and artist’s books and collaborations with other St. Ambrose departments (starting this winter with “Mazy Mind” an all-letterpress nonfiction lit journal of student work), local and regional art organizations and visiting artists.

“Hey man, that’s alright.”

We’re also developing the space into a community center through St. Ambrose University called “The St. Ambrose Book and Print League” or the SABPL for short (copyright pending) Through this community center we hope to do the basic stuff: provide cheap classes, studio time, community outreach, lectures, presentations and general making of things along with innovative and creative things…that I haven’t thought of yet.

“Ok, that’s a lot of info” you may be starting to think as you check to see what time it is and if you wish to continue reading.

Get to the point Joseph.

The point. I’m trying to raise some money for the B&P League by providing an Open House in the Shop on February 12th (possibly the 26th). This Open House is mainly geared at introducing the community to the idea of the Shop and trying to raise its public awareness as well as the public awareness of the Program itself. This includes a student at every press printing take-away art, a public presentation, a new subscription series of “Baby Broadsides” by great writers and poets (Jami Attenberg, Aaron Burch, Natalie Edwards, Farrah Field, Sarah Gardner, Carl Herzig, Steven Karl, Jonathan Messinger, Audrey Niffenegger, Owen Rogel, and Kevin Sampsell), music, food and a silent auction.

Ahhhh…. So this is it. This is what I am requesting. I am asking you and anyone you can think of who may be supportive of this idea to donate a small work (preferably book, print or paper related, but not required) for the Silent Auction to raise money for the St. Ambrose Book and Print League.

The money raised from the auction will be used for:

Development of a functional bindery
Expansion of supplies and equipment for letterpress and basic print
Creation of a space and supplies for papermaking
Promotional material
Payment for Visiting Artists or Instructors

There are very few rules.

Rule #1: I would need the piece of art shipped by February 4th.
Rule #2: It would be shipped to St Ambrose University, attn: Joseph Lappie, 518 W.
Locust St. Davenport, Ia 52803
Rule #3: Confirmation of interest as soon as possible at
Rule #4: A price point you’d like to start at (if desired)
Rule #5: Any questions or concerns please ask.

In return for your charity I will make everyone who participates a small editioned Artist’s Book for their trouble. It’s not much, but a token of appreciation.

Thank you for slogging through this chunk of text. Thank you for thinking about participating even if it is something you choose not to do. Have a good day and a good year.

Until then,

Joseph the Lappie