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.

Summer Submissions Update

Hi All,

I hope all is well in your worlds. I’ve been in communication with many writers individually, but thought that I’d write a public update. We’ve been making our way through spring/summer submissions. All of the submission manager flags should at the very least read “in progress.” We’ve sent out all of the first round rejections from summer submissions and all of the first and second round rejections from the spring submissions. Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to send out some acceptances. If you haven’t received a response, that could be a good sign. As of late, I’ve been personally responding to many submissions because I want writers to have an idea of why their manuscript might not have been chosen. I even make some craft comments or comments on the general direction of the manuscript if I think that I have something useful to offer. I do this because I’m sometimes on the other side of the submission wall, and I really appreciate it when an editor takes the time to offer that to me. It does mean that the responses will come a bit more slowly.

As for the chapbooks scheduled for 2015 release, we’re getting back on track. The end of September will see the publication of two new Etched Press titles: The Girl with the Green Violin by Kirby Wright and The Singing Is My Favorite Part by Susan Elliott Brown. Both are coming along nicely. October will see the publication of two more collections: Watching the Detectives by Erren Kelly and This Frayed Universe by Sarah Grodzinski. In November, Josef Krebs’ Apart from Concrete Existence and Michelle Villanueva’s Postscript: Lions will be published. One Lover, Four Sinners, and Three Time Travelers by Ana Prundaru will be published in December, possibly along with a yet to be determined chapbook that I have in mind. This is an update on the previous update as a few titles shifted in order.

A special thank you to everyone who submitted to the Etched Press Poetry Series contest. There are some terrific manuscripts that came in. The winner of the contest will be announced in the holiday season and made public on New Year’s Day. The winner will receive publication in 2016 and a $100 prize. Speaking of 2016, here’s a tease: there will *hopefully* be a small collection of translations from Spanish-language poems/poets published next year in a few bilingual chapbooks.

Thank you for your patience and support. I especially thank anyone who has ordered chapbooks from Etched Press. We’ve been behind on getting orders out, but rest assured, your order will soon be/is already on its way.

Stay Golden,

 

Kevin Dublin

Etched Press Editor