Monday, November 30, 2009

Cooper Renner's Last Stand (not really)



the last issue of 2009 and the last issue edited solely by the great & mystical cooper renner. welcome to kim chinquee. can't wait to see 2010. but before then, check out this farewell (of sorts) lineup:

eric burke, david peak, nathan moore & dana guthrie martin, nora nadjarian, adam moorad, perry orbsim, leora silverman fridman, ben segal, adam siegal, kendra malone, kevin o'cuinn, michelle reale, nicolle elizabeth, joy wood, tirumal mundargi, meakin armstrong, zakeeyah kahn, tagert ellis, phillip brooks, lindsay marianna walker, howie good, j. michael wahlgren, adam marston, david erlewine, kimberly ruth, jessie tangen-mills, edmund sandoval, jal nicholl, mel bosworth, kristian radford, sean patrick hill

see you next year

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Super Thanks to Super People

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This morning I woke up to some awesomeness. First I saw blue sky. Then I saw Caleb J Ross's review of When the Cats Razzed the Chickens & Other Stories at Outsider Writers Collective. Check out Caleb's words HERE.

So this morning I'm all about thanks. Thanks to everyone who's supported Razzed in one way or another. You cats are superheros. I'm talking to you, Caleb J Ross, Ben Tanzer, Cynthia Reeser, Ethel Rohan, Dorothee Lang, Matt DeBenedictis, Teresa Houle, Tia Prouhet, Jason Jordan, Eric Beeny, Lynn Alexander, Jessie Carty, Greg Santos, Roxane Gay, Audri Sousa, Jason Behrends, Cooper Renner, xTx, J.S. Graustein, friends & family & many many others. I owe you all a beer. Maybe I'll just buy a keg. I'll even spring for the good stuff. No swill for you cats.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black (& Wet) Friday

I've got a new piece of fiction at Metazen. xTx was there earlier this week. I am not going shopping today.

Buy Meg Pokrass's chapbook. It has art by Cooper Renner and I'm sure it's going to be cool. You don't even have to leave the house to buy it.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mangla's Recommended Reading Series

The sometimes bearded Ravi Mangla recently asked if I'd contribute to his awesome Recommended Reading series. Check out the Q & A HERE. Thanks again, Ravi.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's Official

It's November 19th, 2009.

My chapbook When the Cats Razzed the Chickens & Other Stories (Folded Word Press, 2009) is now officially released.

The hand-crafted, ridiculously awesome print edition is available for order HERE.

Got a Kindle? Order your Kindle version HERE.

Want something for your computer? Mobile device? That's covered too, right HERE.

Big thanks and hugs to everyone who pre-ordered & helped support the cause. You cats are awesome beyond belief. I can't wait for some Razz to land in your hands.

Monday, November 16, 2009

RAZZ is so Guilty. I should know, I got the PROOF.

Good mail.

My proof copy of When the Cats Razzed the Chickens & Other Stories arrived today. One word:


Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 there will be a Razz launch party online at Folded Word's Ning HERE. There will be door prizes, entertainment, general silliness & good times. You should come check it out.

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 is the book's official release date. For pre-ordering information, stroll on over HERE.

Yes. Do that.

And while you anxiously await your copy of Razz, be sure to check out the newest latest online hotness from


The Collagist

Shape of a Box



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday News

It's easier to see how things are done than to explain how they're done. Folded Word Press has recently released a video on the making of its first signature series chapbook, Jessie Carty's poetry collection The Wait of Atom. It's also a good idea to give the potential buyer a sense of what they're buying. And if this video doesn't convince you that your money is going to be well spent, I don't know what will.

The Wait of Atom's official release date is today, right now. You can purchase it as an ebook at the Kindle Store and at You can also purchase it as a handcrafted chapbook. Um. Yes. I'd do that. And please bear in mind that my short fiction collection When the Cats Razzed the Chickens & Other Stories (official release November 19th, 2009) will be crafted with the same exact care and precision. I doubt you'll find chapbooks of this caliber anywhere else.

You can order the print versions HERE.

Wow. So that happened.

Next, Pat King of Outsider Writers Collective was kind enough to interview me and xTx about our collaborative project SHUDDER PAGEANT. You can read the interview HERE. Big thanks to Pat and OWC. Also big thanks to Caleb J Ross of OWC for coming through in the clutch. Caleb's short story collection Charactered Pieces is available for pre-order HERE. Can't wait to get my grubby mitts on it.

If you haven't checked out SHUDDER PAGEANT, it will forever be available as a free pdf & mp3 download HERE and HERE.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A Rocket in My Pocket & Yes

A few shouts.

This past week I received two(2) outstanding pieces of mail.

MLP sent along the chapbook I am richard simmons by Ben Tanzer. It's a pocket sized chapbook that carries a big punch. B-Tanz (I hope he doesn't mind me calling him that) delivers with speed, deftness, humor, and heart. I'm glad I picked it up, and I'm also glad I subscribed to the MLP chapbook series for 2010. The lineup is ridiculous, and I know I'll be happy.

And I also received Prick of the Spindle's first print offering, the Fiction Open Competition No. 1. Wow. I read it this morning Dark, haunting, beautiful. Perfect. Go get.

I should also mention that Full of Crow has gone completely animal, in the best way possible. Fiction, poetry, reviews, interviews, ebooks, print, you name it, they're doing it.

Closing bullets:
  • Thanks to all those who've contributed to my very modest video series Mel Bosworth Reads Things. And thanks to those who've been watching. The response has been good, and I'm looking forward to tapping many shoulders this winter and beyond.
  • Blue Print Review has been buzzing this autumn. If you missed Issue #22 re/visit/cycle/turn, do check it out. They're on Fictionaut now too.
  • Few, if any, do it better than PANK. I don't know what else to say about that.
  • Teresa Houle goes dragon.
  • Tia Prouhet goes green.
  • Folded Word Press goes chapbook.
  • This Alaska in Winter song makes me think of last autumn. Slow down, time. Slow down.

Alaska in Winter - The Homeless and the Hummingbirds from milan records on Vimeo.

Monday, November 2, 2009

November News & Stuffs

November is upon us. The clocks have been set back, the full moon is rising, and even though Halloween is over there's still lots of goodies out there to be had.

As always, the new issues of decomP and elimae are rocking the spot.

Ellen Parker of FRiGG Magazine talks about Flash Fiction at VIPs on vsf.

David Erlewine, Roxane Gay, Eric Beeny, and Ethel Rohan are EV ER Y WHERE, and deservedly so.

xTx finds a friend in Dave.

Prick of the Spindle's first foray into print is now available for pre-0rder.

As is Caleb J Ross's collection Charactered Pieces.

Ben Tanzer's MLP chapbook I am richard simmons is available right now.

The aforementioned xTx's ebook Nobody Trusts a Black Magician is available for free.

Folded Word Press launches unFold.

The Celtics roll to 4-0.

Manu Ginobili catches vampire bat.

Life is funny.