Posts tagged Bianca Stone

A NEW OCTOPUS BOOKS WEBSITE!
At this dawn of AWP, I wanted to share with you that our Octopus Books website has been completely updated thanks to Travis Meyer and his First Letter + Company. Please check it out, look around, see what is new, maybe buy a book. Also, at our AWP table, you’ll be able to check out a few new things in person: new full-length books by Bianca Stone and Emily Kendal Frey, a chapbook by Wong May in anticipation of her forthcoming full-length book, new Octopus Books tshirts, and the rest of our catalog and Poor Claudia’s.

A NEW OCTOPUS BOOKS WEBSITE!

At this dawn of AWP, I wanted to share with you that our Octopus Books website has been completely updated thanks to Travis Meyer and his First Letter + Company. Please check it out, look around, see what is new, maybe buy a book. Also, at our AWP table, you’ll be able to check out a few new things in person: new full-length books by Bianca Stone and Emily Kendal Frey, a chapbook by Wong May in anticipation of her forthcoming full-length book, new Octopus Books tshirts, and the rest of our catalog and Poor Claudia’s.

Bianca Stone and Octopus Books and Tin House Books were total valentines because Bianca’s book of poems, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, will be co-published by Octopus Books and Tin House Books in March. Watch Bianca’s video if you want proof. You’ll be able to pre-order it from our new website soon. I’ll let you know, of course, but maybe you should mark that down too.

Thanks to everyone who submitted to our April open reading period. We’re happy to announce that we’ve chosen to publish Cecily Iddings’ Everyone Here in Spring of 2014.  This year our finalists are:Secretly I Use Your Toothbrush/Sarah BartlettThe Cumulus Effect/J. Mae BarizoTomahawks/Bill CartyWhat Replaces Us When We Go/Julie DoxseeThings That Go/Laura Eve EngelExclusions/Noah FalckThe Story of Your Obstinate Survival/Daniel KhalastchiGood By God I’m Going to Bodie/Dawn Marie KnopfConfidence/Seth Landman Our 2013-2014 publication schedule:  FALL 2013-WINTER 2014 Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears. Her first book of poems published since 1978. Read more about Wong May at the PENN Poetry Series 
Bianca Stone’s Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. The second book in our annual publishing collaboration with Tin House. SPRING 2014 Cecily Iddings’ Everyone Here Emily Kendal Frey’s The Pain Archivist

Thanks to everyone who submitted to our April open reading period. We’re happy to announce that we’ve chosen to publish Cecily Iddings’ Everyone Here in Spring of 2014.

This year our finalists are:
Secretly I Use Your Toothbrush/Sarah Bartlett
The Cumulus Effect/J. Mae Barizo
Tomahawks/Bill Carty
What Replaces Us When We Go/Julie Doxsee
Things That Go/Laura Eve Engel
Exclusions/Noah Falck
The Story of Your Obstinate Survival/Daniel Khalastchi
Good By God I’m Going to Bodie/Dawn Marie Knopf
Confidence/Seth Landman

Our 2013-2014 publication schedule:

FALL 2013-WINTER 2014
Wong May’s Picasso’s Tears. Her first book of poems published since 1978. Read more about Wong May at the PENN Poetry Series

Bianca Stone’s Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. The second book in our annual publishing collaboration with Tin House.

SPRING 2014
Cecily Iddings’ Everyone Here
Emily Kendal Frey’s The Pain Archivist

THE PERSON OF THE WEEK, #5: HAJARA QUINN
Hajara Quinn is 5’6”. It’s pronounced HaJARa, so quit saying it wrong. You can call her Haji (HA-jee). That’s what I do. She wishes her name were Plum or Ponette though. I like those names a lot too, but those aren’t her names. In boarding school in Massachusettes, other kids called her Dodger, but this isn’t boarding school in Massachusetts anymore, people, so grow up. I first met Haji because she was a student in one of my poetry workshops at Crow Arts Manor. And then she took another one too. For one of those workshops I told everybody that they had to crawl in and out of the room’s window to come to and to leave class. She was one of the ones who did it. There were so many good poets in that workshop (here’s another one). I liked Haji at first because her poems were really good and she had a good laugh. She’s not really capable of bullshitting either. Also, she was the very first person in the world, besides me, to have a copy of Heather Christle’s The Trees The Trees because she wanted it so bad and kept asking about it before it was ever out. She’s like that with poetry books. She likes some of them so hard. Some of our first conversations were about how good Factory Hollow's books are, for example, and she let me borrow her Mark Leidner’s Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me, which was probably kept under her pillow every night before that. Anyway, this is especially cool because now she has a chapbook called Unnaysayer from Flying Object which is the organization/storefront the does Factory Hollow. You should buy that for $6, and you can read other poems of hers at Ilk, Kill Author, and in the next issue of Sixth Finch. She is an MFA poetry student at Cornell. She is a tremendously important and vital member of the Octopus Books team. Haji is an assistant editor, and has been for about two years now. Together we’re currently editing Bianca Stone’s forthcoming Tin House/Octopus Books book, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. I really like editing poems with her. Also, Haji is the entirety of our shipping department. If you’ve ordered a book through our website in the past two years, Haji shipped it. She’s been shipping books from Ithaca. It’s cool that we have a shipping department on the other side of the country. I would guess Haji has single-handedly shipped about 1000 books. She once had a summer job handing out life jackets. One time she was in a canoe that capsized in the middle of a lake and sank. She took off her sweater and that sank. She thought maybe she’d sink too. But at this point she hasn’t. Oh, the important part of that story is that she wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Together with her boyfriend, Ben, we went to the Wild Ones show at Mississippi Studios this week. Also just this week, Haji got a pedicure and has a new toenail color, she completed her first year of grad school, and has moved back to Portland for the summer. So, for these three reasons and more, Hajara Quinn is this week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week.
Buy Unnaysayer from Flying Object here.
Please submit your suggestions for next week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week to me via email.

THE PERSON OF THE WEEK, #5: HAJARA QUINN


Hajara Quinn is 5’6”. It’s pronounced HaJARa, so quit saying it wrong. You can call her Haji (HA-jee). That’s what I do. She wishes her name were Plum or Ponette though. I like those names a lot too, but those aren’t her names. In boarding school in Massachusettes, other kids called her Dodger, but this isn’t boarding school in Massachusetts anymore, people, so grow up. I first met Haji because she was a student in one of my poetry workshops at Crow Arts Manor. And then she took another one too. For one of those workshops I told everybody that they had to crawl in and out of the room’s window to come to and to leave class. She was one of the ones who did it. There were so many good poets in that workshop (here’s another one). I liked Haji at first because her poems were really good and she had a good laugh. She’s not really capable of bullshitting either. Also, she was the very first person in the world, besides me, to have a copy of Heather Christle’s The Trees The Trees because she wanted it so bad and kept asking about it before it was ever out. She’s like that with poetry books. She likes some of them so hard. Some of our first conversations were about how good Factory Hollow's books are, for example, and she let me borrow her Mark Leidner’s Beauty Was The Case That They Gave Me, which was probably kept under her pillow every night before that. Anyway, this is especially cool because now she has a chapbook called Unnaysayer from Flying Object which is the organization/storefront the does Factory Hollow. You should buy that for $6, and you can read other poems of hers at Ilk, Kill Author, and in the next issue of Sixth Finch. She is an MFA poetry student at Cornell. She is a tremendously important and vital member of the Octopus Books team. Haji is an assistant editor, and has been for about two years now. Together we’re currently editing Bianca Stone’s forthcoming Tin House/Octopus Books book, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. I really like editing poems with her. Also, Haji is the entirety of our shipping department. If you’ve ordered a book through our website in the past two years, Haji shipped it. She’s been shipping books from Ithaca. It’s cool that we have a shipping department on the other side of the country. I would guess Haji has single-handedly shipped about 1000 books. She once had a summer job handing out life jackets. One time she was in a canoe that capsized in the middle of a lake and sank. She took off her sweater and that sank. She thought maybe she’d sink too. But at this point she hasn’t. Oh, the important part of that story is that she wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Together with her boyfriend, Ben, we went to the Wild Ones show at Mississippi Studios this week. Also just this week, Haji got a pedicure and has a new toenail color, she completed her first year of grad school, and has moved back to Portland for the summer. So, for these three reasons and more, Hajara Quinn is this week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week.


Buy Unnaysayer from Flying Object here.

Please submit your suggestions for next week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week to me via email.

TIN HOUSE + OCTOPUS BOOKS = PORTUGUESE
Tin House Books and Octopus Books are thrilled to announce a new collaborative series of poetry books. Matthew Dickman, poetry editor at Tin House magazine, and myself, editor at Octopus Books, are acquiring, and the first book we’ve chosen together is Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese. 
Portuguese will be published by Tin House Books and Octopus Books on March 12, 2013, but it is available for pre-order on the Octopus Books site now. 
Shimoda is the author of three previous books of poetry—O Bon (Litmus Press, 2011), The Girl Without Arms (Black Ocean, 2011), and The Alps (Flim Forum, 2008)—among other solo and collaborative works in print, on cassette, online, and on vinyl. He is currently co-editing, with poet Thom Donovan, a retrospective collection of writings by Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan (Nightboat Books, forthcoming). He was born in California, and has lived most recently in Maine, Taiwan, and Arizona.
In 2014, Tin House and Octopus Books will again collaborate to publish Bianca Stone’s new collection, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows.


TIN HOUSE + OCTOPUS BOOKS = PORTUGUESE

Tin House Books and Octopus Books are thrilled to announce a new collaborative series of poetry books. Matthew Dickman, poetry editor at Tin House magazine, and myself, editor at Octopus Books, are acquiring, and the first book we’ve chosen together is Brandon Shimoda’s Portuguese.

Portuguese will be published by Tin House Books and Octopus Books on March 12, 2013, but it is available for pre-order on the Octopus Books site now.

Shimoda is the author of three previous books of poetry—O Bon (Litmus Press, 2011), The Girl Without Arms (Black Ocean, 2011), and The Alps (Flim Forum, 2008)—among other solo and collaborative works in print, on cassette, online, and on vinyl. He is currently co-editing, with poet Thom Donovan, a retrospective collection of writings by Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan (Nightboat Books, forthcoming). He was born in California, and has lived most recently in Maine, Taiwan, and Arizona.

In 2014, Tin House and Octopus Books will again collaborate to publish Bianca Stone’s new collection, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows.

BBXII. This time we get bad at Valentines. Friday, June 1. 9pm. Caryl Pagel, Bianca Stone, Mark Leidner, and Emily Pettit. Put the poems in you, then shake them out with the djs afterward. 

BBXII. This time we get bad at Valentines. Friday, June 1. 9pm. Caryl Pagel, Bianca Stone, Mark Leidner, and Emily Pettit. Put the poems in you, then shake them out with the djs afterward.