Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today I received a glorious box filled with the March 2010 edition of Predicate (Brown Paper Publishing).

And they are awesome. They are thick. They are rad. They have names on them.

They have xTx's name.

They have Caleb J. Ross's name.

They have Darrell Epp's name.

And Michael Paul Gonzalez's name.

And Natalija Grgorinic's & Ongjen Raden's name.

They have Pablo D'Stair's name.

And they have my name.

And this box is filled with the charactered edition of Predicate. That's right, folks. Rare. They boast a printing bloop on the cover, a bloop that has since been remedied.

And I'm gonna give one away. Just one. For now.

How to play:

Email me an original image that you believe to be as striking or more striking than the cover of Predicate. Send your image to eddiesocko [at] gmail [dot] com.

I will respond to all entries, but I'll only pick one winner. The contest closes Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 12pm, EST.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ben Tanzer Changes My Life

The great Ben Tanzer, spokesman for TBWCYL.Inc, and author of Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine, Lucky Man, and Repetition Patterns, met up with me recently in the great city of Montpelier, Vermont to ramble, run, and sample some of the local brew.

Tremendous thanks to Mr. Tanzer for the life-changing experience. Enjoy our verbal shenanigans HERE or HERE.

...And yes, Ben Tanzer is even more handsome in person.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Matchbook Postcard Series

The good people of matchbook are putting together "a series of postcards that will showcase both visual art and poetry. The art or poem will be featured on the front of the card, while the back will feature a Critical Thought from the artist or writer."

Today I received the outstanding news that one of my visual art pieces will be a part of the series. Many thanks to matchbook.

Submissions are open for the Postcard Series until June 30th. Subscriptions are only $3.

Get in on it.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Nanoism is Gettin' it Done

The good people of Nanoism have announced a Twitter-fiction Contest for Haiti.

"Nanoism just passed its first birthday, and to celebrate we’re doing a big contest. This time, we’re doing it to raise money for Partners in Health, a fantastic NGO that is a major healthcare provider in Haiti. We have both free and paid entries, cash prizes, giveaways from some great independent publishers, and a most excellent judge, Ethan Canin."

Click HERE or on the image to learn more, to be more, to be awesome.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Predicate Now Available

Pablo D'Stair of Brown Paper Publishing is unlike anyone I've ever met. He's kind, passionate, smart as hell, kind of tall, dedicated, and generous damn near to a fault.

He's been publishing work for a few years now, creating an eclectic mix in a catalog that's growing by leaps and bounds.

Pablo describes BPP as a "not-for-profit" press, and he means exactly that: All of the titles are available as FREE PDF DOWNLOADS, and the PRINT COPIES ARE SOLD AT COST, somewhere in the range of $5-$8. AND if you want a free copy in exchange for feedback, he's willing to do that, too.

What? Who does that? Pablo D'Stair does that. Because he loves literature. Because he loves you.

And now Pablo gives you The Predicate Dialogues, "in depth dialogues with independent literary artists dealing with the subject of personal literary purpose, volition, craft, and interpretation."

The March 2010 edition of Predicate features dialogues between Pablo D'Stair and Caleb J. Ross, Darrell Epp, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Natalija Grgorinic & Ognjen Raden, xTx, and Mel Bosworth (that's me).

I was thrilled for the invite, but I couldn't have anticipated the challenge. Pablo likes to play as hard as he works, and it shows. Predicate will challenge the reader as well as entertain. And that's what it's all about. Tremendous thanks to Pablo for putting all of this together.

Predicate is available as a free PDF download HERE and/or you can purchase the 350-page print edition HERE.

Thanks, all.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Another Monday. Always awesome things on Monday. This is a good thing. Starts the week off right.

Prick of the Spindle, Vol. 4.1.

Good lord. Check out new fiction from xTx, a review of J. Bradley's Dodging Traffic by Teresa Houle, new poetry by Joseph A. W. Quintela, art by Joseph Kucinski, not to mention the issue art by Mark Reep, an interview with Edward Mullany, and and and....I'm staggering from awesome overload.

Please. Go. Read. Bask. Be wowed. Bewow. Wow.


Okay, time to run the e-bases. If I'm curt, it doesn't mean I don't love you. My name isn't Curt, anyway, and I'll always love you:

Premiere issue of Corium Magazine dropped today. STACKED. AWESOME. GO.

The Sleep.Snort.Fuck. people are reeling in the talent. Check out some of the latest greatest. Today boasts xTx.

Issue #15 of Short, Fast, and Deadly dropped yesterday. I have a tiny bit of short, fast, and deadly in it. Thanks to Joseph Quintela.

Happy birthday to Folded Word's PicFic! PicFic turned 1 today. I love that kid. I also reviewed Jessie Carty's book-length release Paper House (Folded Word, 2010) over at the OWC today.

Also at OWC is an awesome creation that you simply MUST SEE to believe.

Full of Crow's Blog Talk Radio featured Roxane Gay last night. Listen to the broadcast HERE. Roxane also rocked the spot at Everyday Genius today. The rest of the week looks awesome.

Tanzer! What's Tanzer up to these days? submishmash, that's what!



Saturday, March 20, 2010


I've been a full-time runner for over 20 years. I normally don't feel the need to advertise this but today I do. Because today was the first day of Spring. And today it was beautiful outside. And today, today I ran bandit. And for those of you who don't know what that means, don't worry about it. For those of you who do, eat it. You think you're better than me, suckuh?

(starting line pic)

Today was the 35th running of the St. Patrick's road race in Holyoke, Massachusetts. There was a mad amount of runners, a mad amount of mayhem, a mad amount of vomit (not from me), and a mad amount of fun. Big ups to my boy J.C. for making his first appearance with me at the starting line. See you next year, bitch. (pre-race pic)

And while I was away, great things happened in e-land. Lots of great things. So many great things that, again, you'll have to forgive me if I miss something.

Wigleaf. Bam. Me at Wigleaf. Tremendous thanks to Scott Garson for his kindness and patience. Check out my piece and postcard. Yes, do. Thank you, too.

The quietly awesome Foundling Review dropped an insane issue today. An insane STACKED issue. Unreal. Be sure to check out awesomeness from Roxane Gay and awesomeness from too many other awesome people to name. Just go. Bam.

The first title from Prick of the Spindle's Aqueous Books, Michael Atwood's The HiStory of Santa Monica, is now available for pre-order. More bam.


Happy Spring, all. (post-race pic)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What's Coming, What's Here

More greatness is breaking through the soil this week as Winter wanes. So much greatness, in fact, that you'll have to forgive me if I don't catch it all.

More outstanding highlights:

Joseph Kucinski raps with Jason Behrends of Orange Alert about his forthcoming book of art based on (and literally created on!) the work of e.e. cummings.

I've known Joe for a long time and I'm ecstatic for him and his project. I'm also ecstatic that he asked me to contribute a little something to it. When this mother drops, it's gonna be a must get. For reals.


PANK continues to serve up the awesomness with their March issue. And then there's the new NOO, and the new print issue of The Stray Branch, and some new Wigleaf, and some new unFold, and some new Thieves Jargon, and and and.....

Arnold is coming.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Let's Take a Long Walk

Lots of news around the neighborhood again. But all good news. This is the kind of neighborhood I like to live in. The crime rate is low, people generally pick up after themselves and keep their yards clean, and although the bulk of the residents are totally batshit, they're all very cool. I'm happy to have such unique neighbors.

What's new?

Bound Off turns 50!

Word Riot is having a feeding frenzy.

Matchbook is starting fires again thanks to Jimmy Chen.

The Collagist has some great veggies in the garden, and they've got a spiffy new submission manager too. Who doesn't love that? Prick of the Spindle recently got in on the action as well.

is getting flash happy. Who doesn't love the hot neighbor that's always naked at the window?

And speaking of naked at the window, be sure to take a peek at the new kid on the block, Sleep. Snort. Fuck. (Ha. Now I remember why my blog has a disclaimer!) I've got a bit of dirty Monday drying on the clothesline.

And that sinewy kid Trick With a Knife is growing by leaps and bounds.

Looking good, neighborhood. Looking real good.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Toooot! Toooot!

...or maybe it's "Wooot! Wooot!" Anyway, think "train noises."

All aboard the Daily s-Press, the newest boxcar behind the surging locomotive of Blue Print Review.

Are you a writer with book? Are you a publisher with writer with book? Get a running start and jump on, you hobos! Let's go to Mexico.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Good News from Brown Paper Publishing

The good people of Brown Paper Publishing have been busy. And they're still busy. They're probably going to be busy for a long, long time. Which is a good thing.

A major overhaul to the site is going into effect on the 28th, but cosmetic surgery hasn't stopped them from releasing Pablo D'Stair's latest novella i poisoned you, which you can acquire ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE if you like. Click HERE for details.


Something very fun is coming soon from BPP. Oh, yes. Click the image below to get a better look.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Orange Alert Podcast

Episode One: The Introduction.

It's awesome. Truly. And I'm not just saying that because I'm on it. But that's kind of awesome too. But seriously, it's awesome. Jason Behrends rocks. Orange Alert rocks. This podcast rocks. It sounds great, it's playful, it's thoughtful, it rocks. Go. Go check it out. Then go do some right-clicking and saving. Save it as an mp3. Put it on your iPod. That's what I did.

Big thanks to OA and JB. Can't wait for the next one.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pangur Ban Party

DJ Berndt's Pangur Ban Party is always worth visiting. And revisiting. DJ has mad HTML skillz. And he always puts those skillz to work for mad talent.

Chomp on recent PBP e-books by Reynard Seifert, Socrates Adams-Florou, and Richard Wehrenberg Jr.

Then revisit Your Eyes. Because you like it.

Nearly 16 Years Ago?

I was at this show. I don't even think UMass has a spring concert anymore. Weak.

Go write something, you sexy devil you.

(click pic for violence)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


in a tree.

trying to hide. we can see you, dude.

in a bush. nesting.

waiting for spring. me too, heron. me too.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Stroll Around the Neighborhood

Welcome, March. Stroll around the neighborhood. Look in windows, listen. Don't worry about being caught. They can't see you. Maybe because you're not real.

new decomP. xTx is HERE. Many others as well.

new elimae. I am HERE. As is Madore, Crutchfield, Good. Yes it is good.

new Hobart. Ethel is all real.

Ben Tanzer charms at Full of Crow's Blog Talk Radio. (Note: Don't be afraid to call in. Learn more HERE.)

Roxane is a welcome guest.

Ravi is a garden variety genius.

New Chapbook Review. Hello, Matt.

Folded Word Press gives us inQuarto.

Look at this Trick with a Knife.

Then play with Matchbook.

Take a nap.

*Bonus: new Emprise Review. Beeny. Compton. Stay gold.