Posts tagged Heather Christle

Two Octopus Books titles, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black by Patricia Lockwood and The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle were recommended to read by Cosmopolitan, you know, if you’re a woman of course, and need three pair of glasses in order to read. Thank you, Cosmo! They missed mentioning that these books were published by Octopus Books, and they were linked to Amazon for some reason, so I should tell you: they were published by Octopus Books and you can totally buy them from us or SPD—it’s better for your skin. 

Two Octopus Books titles, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black by Patricia Lockwood and The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle were recommended to read by Cosmopolitan, you know, if you’re a woman of course, and need three pair of glasses in order to read. Thank you, Cosmo! They missed mentioning that these books were published by Octopus Books, and they were linked to Amazon for some reason, so I should tell you: they were published by Octopus Books and you can totally buy them from us or SPD—it’s better for your skin. 

I am proud publisher of four of the poetry books on Small Press Distribution’s Top 100 Poetry Books of the 2010s: #4. The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle, #17. Balloon Pop Outlaw Black by Patricia Lockwood, #42. Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang, and #47. Hider Roser by Ben Mirov.
And I am the proud writer of two of them: #11. Fjords vol 1 and #13. Scary, No Scary.

I am proud publisher of four of the poetry books on Small Press Distribution’s Top 100 Poetry Books of the 2010s: #4. The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle, #17. Balloon Pop Outlaw Black by Patricia Lockwood, #42. Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang, and #47. Hider Roser by Ben Mirov.

And I am the proud writer of two of them: #11. Fjords vol 1 and #13. Scary, No Scary.

Heather Christle is 5’6”. I have known Heather Christle for a long time, maybe about 8 years, but I was a fan of her poetry before I ever met her.  Some of her earliest published poems were in the 6th issue of Octopus Magazine that I edited. And since then, Octopus Books has published her first two books of poems: The Difficult Farm, which is in its third printing now, and The Trees The Trees which won the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. Her third book, What Is Amazing, was published about a year ago by Wesleyan. Heather likes to cover distances in straight continuous lines by running or swimming. A year or two ago, for example, we drove up the west coast together for a poetry tour. Here is a conversation we had with each other while typing it out while on computers in a computer lab classroom at Cal Arts where we kind of accidentally walked in on a class but never left. In order to pay for that reading tour, we had yard sale type items donated to us and we brought them along with us in our rented car to sell on a yard sale type table at our readings. We knew some people wouldn’t want to buy our books for $10, so we sold them things like an old alarm clock, a snow globe, a rubber chicken, etc, and each one of them came with an exclusive collaborative poem by the two of us written about that particular item. We paid for a lot of our gas by doing that. We were trying to save money on that trip. When we were in L.A., we bought spaghetti and spaghetti sauce at the dollar store and ate dinner for $2 (just $1 a piece). It was gross. That same day in L.A., we found Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love album in a thrift store and bought it for $1 as a gift for the apartment we were staying in. When we got back to the apartment, we found that exact album on the record player. I mean, it was actually on the record player ready to go. Of all the albums! We were like whoa whoa how um what the, etc. In the car we collaborated on poems one word at a time. I have one of them memorized. It goes like this: you said darkness/to my boar. We read Mark Leidner’s book out loud to each other. We also played other games like see who can be more boring. In Vermillion, SD, at a poetry reading there a year later, we played a game where found old books at the thrift store and stacked them up to make poems. Here are mine. Here are hers. When I saw Heather in Northampton just a few months ago, she played The Disintegration Loops by William Basinki for me and told me she’s been writing every morning to it. Now I am too, because I like to copy her sometimes. Sometimes cocktail recipes come to Heather in dreams and then she makes them in reality. One such cocktail is called the Violet Russian. Heather’s husband is Christopher DeWeese, who is also a poet. He also has a book on Octopus Books and it is called The Black Forest. Heather’s sister is Michelle Christle who is also a writer. Michele was born in the same Wolfeboro, New Hampshire hospital 14 months after Heather was born, and she even came out of the same exact woman. That woman is Michele and Heather’s mother. She is an artist and is English. Michele and Heather visited England a lot as children. When Heather was 6, her English mother taught her how to write her last name, Christle, by scraping a small rock on a larger one in the Lake District National Park over there. English poetry is still some of Heather’s favorite poetry. Andrew Marvell, coy mistress, stuff like that. Their dad is a merchant mariner—the cheif mate on the APL China. The first word Heather ever said was “woof.” The first book she ever read was Dragon and Sleepy Owl. But now Heather reads a lot of mystery novels. Last time I was at her house I remember seeing a lot of Agatha Christie on her book shelf. Recently she read a mystery novel called The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy. When Heather was 16, she had a mohawk. A few years after that, she lived in NYC and worked as a personal assistant to two different women who worked in the same building that housed Mademoiselle where Sylvia Plath spent a month, later recounted in The Bell Jar. I like to think of these times as Heather Christle’s Sylvia Plath years. Heather and Christopher have lived the last few years in Northampton, MA, but just this week they have moved to western Ohio for teaching jobs. Heather will be teaching a poetry course at Antioch College in Yellow Springs. Before that, she taught at Sarah Lawrence. Just a month ago, before they moved, Heather and Chris traveled to Italy, which was full of cats. I have visited Heather in three of her homes now, and I hope to visit a fourth in Ohio soon. I am told it is green and has a basketball hoop in the backyard. Heather has a really good community of friends in Northampton that she will miss now that she and Chris are no longer living there. Here are just three of many examples to prove it: Emily Pettit brought lunch to them when they were all packed up and waiting for the movers to arrive, Jess Fjeld packed up her computer and also gave her a trophy, and Rachel Glaser gave them a ride home from the bar. When Heather’s book, The Trees The Trees, came out, Heather read poems from it over the phone to callers all over the world. You can read a lot more about that here. But TODAY, July 3, 2013, Heather is reprising that and will read poems over the telephone for this one day only. Here is the phone number you can call her on: (413) 570-3077. She is doing this to celebrate her 100,000th tumblr follower. She is going to try to read a poem to all of them today. You should be the 100,001th person to follow her tumblr (update: as of my tumblr post here now, you’re too late). Because she is making a big life move to Ohio with her husband this week, and because she is taking poetry telephone calls today, this is why Heather Christle is this week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week. 
Follow Heather Christle’s tumblr here. And on her Twitter here.
Buy her new chapbook, Private Party, from Flying Object.
And call her on the telephone today and ask her to read a poem to you. 
Please submit your suggestions for next week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week to me via email.

Heather Christle is 5’6”. I have known Heather Christle for a long time, maybe about 8 years, but I was a fan of her poetry before I ever met her.  Some of her earliest published poems were in the 6th issue of Octopus Magazine that I edited. And since then, Octopus Books has published her first two books of poems: The Difficult Farm, which is in its third printing now, and The Trees The Trees which won the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. Her third book, What Is Amazing, was published about a year ago by Wesleyan. Heather likes to cover distances in straight continuous lines by running or swimming. A year or two ago, for example, we drove up the west coast together for a poetry tour. Here is a conversation we had with each other while typing it out while on computers in a computer lab classroom at Cal Arts where we kind of accidentally walked in on a class but never left. In order to pay for that reading tour, we had yard sale type items donated to us and we brought them along with us in our rented car to sell on a yard sale type table at our readings. We knew some people wouldn’t want to buy our books for $10, so we sold them things like an old alarm clock, a snow globe, a rubber chicken, etc, and each one of them came with an exclusive collaborative poem by the two of us written about that particular item. We paid for a lot of our gas by doing that. We were trying to save money on that trip. When we were in L.A., we bought spaghetti and spaghetti sauce at the dollar store and ate dinner for $2 (just $1 a piece). It was gross. That same day in L.A., we found Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love album in a thrift store and bought it for $1 as a gift for the apartment we were staying in. When we got back to the apartment, we found that exact album on the record player. I mean, it was actually on the record player ready to go. Of all the albums! We were like whoa whoa how um what the, etc. In the car we collaborated on poems one word at a time. I have one of them memorized. It goes like this: you said darkness/to my boar. We read Mark Leidner’s book out loud to each other. We also played other games like see who can be more boring. In Vermillion, SD, at a poetry reading there a year later, we played a game where found old books at the thrift store and stacked them up to make poems. Here are mine. Here are hers. When I saw Heather in Northampton just a few months ago, she played The Disintegration Loops by William Basinki for me and told me she’s been writing every morning to it. Now I am too, because I like to copy her sometimes. Sometimes cocktail recipes come to Heather in dreams and then she makes them in reality. One such cocktail is called the Violet Russian. Heather’s husband is Christopher DeWeese, who is also a poet. He also has a book on Octopus Books and it is called The Black Forest. Heather’s sister is Michelle Christle who is also a writer. Michele was born in the same Wolfeboro, New Hampshire hospital 14 months after Heather was born, and she even came out of the same exact woman. That woman is Michele and Heather’s mother. She is an artist and is English. Michele and Heather visited England a lot as children. When Heather was 6, her English mother taught her how to write her last name, Christle, by scraping a small rock on a larger one in the Lake District National Park over there. English poetry is still some of Heather’s favorite poetry. Andrew Marvell, coy mistress, stuff like that. Their dad is a merchant mariner—the cheif mate on the APL China. The first word Heather ever said was “woof.” The first book she ever read was Dragon and Sleepy Owl. But now Heather reads a lot of mystery novels. Last time I was at her house I remember seeing a lot of Agatha Christie on her book shelf. Recently she read a mystery novel called The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy. When Heather was 16, she had a mohawk. A few years after that, she lived in NYC and worked as a personal assistant to two different women who worked in the same building that housed Mademoiselle where Sylvia Plath spent a month, later recounted in The Bell Jar. I like to think of these times as Heather Christle’s Sylvia Plath years. Heather and Christopher have lived the last few years in Northampton, MA, but just this week they have moved to western Ohio for teaching jobs. Heather will be teaching a poetry course at Antioch College in Yellow Springs. Before that, she taught at Sarah Lawrence. Just a month ago, before they moved, Heather and Chris traveled to Italy, which was full of cats. I have visited Heather in three of her homes now, and I hope to visit a fourth in Ohio soon. I am told it is green and has a basketball hoop in the backyard. Heather has a really good community of friends in Northampton that she will miss now that she and Chris are no longer living there. Here are just three of many examples to prove it: Emily Pettit brought lunch to them when they were all packed up and waiting for the movers to arrive, Jess Fjeld packed up her computer and also gave her a trophy, and Rachel Glaser gave them a ride home from the bar. When Heather’s book, The Trees The Trees, came out, Heather read poems from it over the phone to callers all over the world. You can read a lot more about that here. But TODAY, July 3, 2013, Heather is reprising that and will read poems over the telephone for this one day only. Here is the phone number you can call her on: (413) 570-3077. She is doing this to celebrate her 100,000th tumblr follower. She is going to try to read a poem to all of them today. You should be the 100,001th person to follow her tumblr (update: as of my tumblr post here now, you’re too late). Because she is making a big life move to Ohio with her husband this week, and because she is taking poetry telephone calls today, this is why Heather Christle is this week’s The Lovely Arc’s The Person of the Week. 

Follow Heather Christle’s tumblr here. And on her Twitter here.

Buy her new chapbook, Private Party, from Flying Object.

And call her on the telephone today and ask her to read a poem to you.

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.

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 Second Edition of Heather Christle’s THE TREES THE TREES, the winner of the 2012 Believer Poetry Award, is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase. To celebrate this printing, we’re having a Heather Christle WEEKEND SALE. If you buy the second edition of The Trees The Trees from our website before 11:59pm on Sunday, we will also send you a FREE COPY of her first book from Octopus, The Difficult Farm (3rd printing), or another book of your choice.

This is all just in time too. Heather is on the cover of the September issue of The Believer. Read her interview with Daniel Handler in this issue here.

you (me), nap (you), laugh (me), laugh (you), nap (you), laugh (you), laugh (me), nap (you), car (car), lamp (poem), nap (laugh), laugh (joke), tree (lamp), house (me), nap (you), tree (you), laugh (you), car (tree), poem (car), vast gulf between people (nap), me (you).  I was just re-reading this interview I did with Heather Christle for the Studio One blog about a year ago. I really like it. Will you read it? Anyway, she’s coming to PDX this week to read at Bad Blood along with Christopher DeWeese and Francesca Chabrier. So, this is your homework.

you (me), nap (you), laugh (me), laugh (you), nap (you), laugh (you), laugh (me), nap (you), car (car), lamp (poem), nap (laugh), laugh (joke), tree (lamp), house (me), nap (you), tree (you), laugh (you), car (tree), poem (car), vast gulf between people (nap), me (you).

I was just re-reading this interview I did with Heather Christle for the Studio One blog about a year ago. I really like it. Will you read it? Anyway, she’s coming to PDX this week to read at Bad Blood along with Christopher DeWeese and Francesca Chabrier. So, this is your homework.

BBXIII. Christopher DeWeese, Heather Christle, Francesca Chabrier. August 23rd. 7pm. ADX. PDX, ORE.

Two Octopus Books titles, The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle and Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang are holding it down in the top ten of SPD’s June top seller list. And Fjords vol. 1 weighs in too.

Two Octopus Books titles, The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle and Dear Jenny, We Are All Find by Jenny Zhang are holding it down in the top ten of SPD’s June top seller list. And Fjords vol. 1 weighs in too.

Octopus Books' first of two poetry books with Heather Christle, The Difficult Farm, is now available in its 3rd printing and it comes in a brand new color! It looks like we’re calling it coral. If you buy it this week, I bet we’ll be so happy for you that we’d sneak a complimentary book title in there. Or if you have the yellow one and the blue one, why stop now? 

If you already got your brand new issue of The Believer, you may have noticed something really cool. The Trees The Trees, Heather Christle's second book from Octopus Books, won the 2nd Annual Believer Poetry Award. I mean, can you Believer it?! Congrats to Heather! Check it out, and read what the Believer said about this “unusually sensitive young woman moving through a fragmented—a dauntingly, majestically, at times kaleidoscopically fragmented—world.”

Heather Christle snuck into the Academy’s control room today, and no one’s gonna stop her. How many of these lines can you recognize before looking them up?

Heather Christle snuck into the Academy’s control room today, and no one’s gonna stop her. How many of these lines can you recognize before looking them up?

Yesterday afternoon, while in a Vermillion, SD, thrift shop, Heather Christle and I wrote poems out of the book titles on the shelf. Here are my 3 poems.

Vote for Heather Christle’s The Trees The Trees for the 2011 Goodreads Choice Award. It was nominated along with 15 other poetry books.