Author: Etched Press Editor

Kevin is a writing consultant, instructor, and editor of Etched Press. He enjoys filming video adaptations of poetry and working with young writers in the community. His own words have most recently appeared in Menacing Hedge, SOFTBLOW, Glint Literary Journal, Sunshine/Noir II, and Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetics. He holds an MFA from San Diego State University. Born in North Carolina, where he returns each summer to teach at Duke Young Writers’ Camp, he currently lives and writes in San Diego, California.

Winter Updates

Hi All,

Thank you for supporting Etched Press. It’s now 2016, so here are a few winter updates. The new year has brought many exciting changes, but one thing that we’ll maintain is the press’ dedication to publishing “writing that remains.” The press is relocating (along with its managing editor) to San Francisco. This has pushed a few things behind but sped a few others up. One of the things it has sped up is the transition from chapbooks being published as handmade and saddle-stitched to printed elsewhere as perfect bound books. All of our new titles will be perfect bound books, and we’re working on converting all of the old titles as well. I’ve gone over a few proof copies. What I’ve seen looks and feels beautiful.

One of the things that was slowed down was the Etched Press Poetry Series contest. There is a batch of finalists printed in a manila folder waiting to be re-read. This folder will be re-opened soon and the goal is for the winner to be notified by the end of January. Along with that, will be a wave of  acceptances and rejections sent out from submittable. There are many an “in-progress” submission in our inbox. Most of them have already been rated, but not all of them have comments and we’re sending a few brief comments to everyone who remains even if we must decline. As part of the winter updates, we project that we’ll be able to publish 6-10 titles this year. At least one of those will be a full-length collection–it’s a New Year’s resolution of ours. That full-length collection will be fantastic, so be prepared.

More good news: This Frayed Universe by Sarah Brashear and Apart from Concrete Existence by Josef Krebs are currently available for pre-order in the shop. Etched Press is proud to bring you the work of two more wonderful poets. Expect a post soon with more details and sample poems. Also, there are two more chapbooks coming in March. Hope all is well and everyone’s new year has had a wonderful start.

Take Care,

Kevin Dublin

Etched Press Editor

Etched Press Poet Joins Archive

Kirby Wright’s The Girl with the Green Violin is now included as a part of the special collection at the University of California San Diego’s Archive for New Poetry. This is the first Etched Press title introduced to the archive.

The Archive for New Poetry is a comprehensive research collection of American poetry and poetics reflecting and documenting alternative approaches to writing in the English language that have emerged since 1945. Although the Archive includes mainstream and academic poets, particularly those whose works are antecedent to post-war American experimental writing, most of the collection focuses on the “New American” poets: the Black Mountain poets, the Objectivist movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, and the language writers.

The Archive was established in 1968 when Roy Harvey Pearce, professor of literature at UC San Diego, donated important first editions of post-war American poets to the UC San Diego Library. The collection now numbers over 35,000 volumes, 1,800 serial titles, over 700 poetry broadsides, extensive manuscript holdings, and over 1,500 audio recordings, all of which support intense research use by students, scholars and writers internationally.

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Etched Press is proud to be a part of such a important collection. Congratulations to Kirby Wright! Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu and the University of California at San Diego. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Wright has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is a past recipient of the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. Wright is also the author of the companion novels Punahou Blues and Moloka’i Nui Ahina, both set in Hawaii. His third novel The End, My Friend is currently being adapted into a film. More information on the archive can be found here.

A link to the catalog record in UCSD’s special collections.

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Two New Chapbooks Available

Etched Press would like to announce the publication of two new chapbooks: The Singing is My Favorite Part by Susan Elliott Brown and The Girl with the Green Violin by Kirby Wright. They are the fifth and sixth titles in the Etched Press Poetry Series, respectively. You can read about the two new chapbooks in the Etched Press Shop or on Amazon if you have a Kindle (The Singing / The Girl).

Read a poem from the first of the two new chapbooks, The Singing is My Favorite Part:
Eutrophication | Susan Elliott Brown

The dock rots beneath your feet,
fish-stale water green
around its posts. Mosquitoes
land on the oily film that thickens
the surface, dotting
its topography with sparkling
holes, like dust particles glowing
in a light beam through a basement
window. Toads breed near the teeming
banks. The air smells metallic,
the way your hands smell after
you ride the carousel at the mall,
gripping the brass pole
that impales your horse.

 

 

And a poem from The Girl with the Green Violin:
Carrots on Snow | Kirby Wright

A flame has been extinguished in mother, not the fire of life but that spark wanting independence. She displays a certain resignation, one that causes her face to droop as if melting. Her body sags in the chair. The dining table’s cluttered with magazines, keys, unopened credit card statements and utility bills, newspapers, and expired coupons from Whole Foods. She nods solemnly when I suggest she consider a live-in to help prepare meals and keep things tidy. “You could be like roommates,” I smile, “and, best of all, she could drive you everywhere.” “Driving Miss Lonely,” she smirks, getting up. She weaves her way through a gauntlet of boxes marked for recycling, crates of junk mail, and plastic bins filled with ornaments. She shuffles past the Christmas tree and falls into the loveseat beside the window. She studies the rabbits. They’re gnawing the carrots she stacked at dawn on the snow.