An independent organization dedicated to the publication of books in hybrid genres.
Friday, October 02, 2015
Spring Reading Period Results
This past May we held an open submission period for text/art works and prose poetry manuscripts. We received 164 submissions, all of which showcased the creativity and wide range of styles and techniques being used in even just these two subcategories of the hybrid genre field. Reading submissions is a pleasure and always reaffirms our mission here at Rose Metal Press. We are grateful for the opportunity to read and consider so much great cross-genre work.
After careful consideration of all of the manuscripts, we have selected two books to publish:
Monster Portraits by Sofia Samatar and Del Samatar
Releasing in Spring 2018
Ghostographs by Maria Romasco Moore
Releasing in Spring 2019
We'd also like to recognize the following finalists from the reading period:
The Nature of Hairwork by Emily Blair
The Old Man's Illustrated Library by Johnny Damm
Collected Drawn Essays, 2005-2015 by Miriam Libicki
The Unbroken Child by Nicole Matos
The State of Our Union by Julie Marie Wade
We look forward to working with Sofia, Del, and Maria on their books and sharing them with you all in 2018 and 2019!
Printing the Covers for Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan
In mid-June we gathered
in Boston to letterpress the covers of this year's winning chapbook, Rosie
Forrest'sGhost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan. This year we printed
at a new location: Union Press in Union Square, Somerville, enjoying the
amazing help of Union Press’ Eli Epstein. Over two warm New England days, we mixed
ink, set type, and cranked out over 400 beautiful 2-color covers on a
Highlights this year included working with a large piece of artwork with both
empty and ink-filled spaces (the broken windows at grace the cover), and
creating a rust-red ink to complement the olive tones of the paper and artwork
ink. Though many of Forrest’s stories feature teenagers, there’s a feeling of
unease and decay in the background of most of these stories, so we wanted the
cover colors and artwork to reflect that rusty, broken atmosphere. The covers
came out great and the finished books look amazing, complete with rust-colored
endpapers. The book launches August 5, and ordering is available now.
Here are some photos
of this year’s printing process:
The beautiful print shop at Union Press
The green ink and artwork on press
Inks ready for mixing
Not a crime scene—rust-red ink in the making
So many to print!
Rust-red ink on press creating finished cover
The finished cover
The printing crew at the Vandercook with the finished cover! From left: Kathleen Rooney, Abby Beckel, Rebecca Saraceno, Eli Epstein. Photo by Katie White.
Huge thanks to Eli Epstein of Union Press for his help, expertise, and use of Union Press' equipment and inks. Special thanks as well to Maria DiPasquale for her help printing on day 1 and Katie White for her help printing on day 2!
The finished chapbook is now printed and bound and ready to read. Order your copy of this limited edition contest-winning chapbook!
We're looking forward to seeing many of you in Minneapolis next month for the Annual AWP conference,
being held this year in Minneapolis April 8-11. We will be at table 732
in the bookfair from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, April 9 through
Saturday, April 11. Please stop by the table and say hello!
be having a number of book signings at our table and our authors are
also involved in panels and offsite readings. Here's what RMP authors
are up to at AWP so you can add these events to your schedule:
Part performance, part ride, part dance, and part community outreach, the Poetry Circus hosted twenty poets, including Nicelle, reading from their work to an audience seated on painted horses...
...as well as a variety of performers of all kinds. The Poetry Store was on-hand to provide typewritten poems, and lots of other L.A.-area literary organizations including WITS, The Los Angeles Review, RENT Poet, Melrose Poetry Bureau, and The Los Angeles Poetry Society had booths stationed at the merry-go-round's perimeter:
The event was free and open to the public and afforded kids, parents, and people of all ages to run away with the circus...
...and to pre-order or purchase copies of Nicelle and Cheryl's gorgeous new collaboration. You can watch a video snapshot of the evening's proceedings here:
And you can add your own copy of In the Circus of You to your cart here. Thanks to Jason Hughes for all the photographs, and to Karyn Ben Singer for the video.
The Winner of the Ninth Annual Chapbook Contest is…
...Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac Michigan by Rosie Forrest of Nashville, Tennessee. Contest judge Pamela Painter selected Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac Michigan out of a field of 134 submissions, and the chapbook will be published this coming summer. You can sign up to receive the chapbook automatically as soon as it's available by becoming a Rose Metal Press supporter here.
Our finalists include:
Dissenting Opinion from the
Committee on Beatitudes by March
Sheehan of Grand Haven, MI
Last Days of the Microsaurs by Kelsie
Hahn of Houston, TX
He Comes Home from the War by Dennis
James Sweeney of Corvallis, OR
by Anonymous by Andrew Farkas of Billings, MT
Our semi-finalists include:
Pulse of the World by Eric Bosse of Norman, OK Animals & Enclosures by Joe
Lucido of Tuscaloosa, AL What Paradise by Linda Michel-Cassidy of Arroyo Seco, NM
Juned by Jenn Marie Nunes of
New Orleans, LA
Candy Cigarettes by Anne
Panning of Brockport, NY
Gestures by Anji Reyner of
Beast by Meg Tuite of Santa
Congratulations to all of them, and thanks to everyone who submitted.
We are also thrilled to announce that Ira Sukrungruang will be the judge for our Tenth Annual Short Short Chapbook Competition. You can submit your manuscripts here from November 1st through December 1st, 2015.
We're thrilled to release the book trailer for IN THE CIRCUS OF YOU: An Illustrated Novel-in-Poems by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross. Cheryl Gross' motion graphic talents have won accolades around the world, and we are grateful for her amazing work on this trailer!
More about IN THE CIRCUS OF YOU, which launches this March:
In the Circus of You
is a deliciously distorted fun house of poetry and art by Nicelle Davis and
Cheryl Gross.Both private and epic,
this novel-in-poems explores one woman’s struggle while interpreting our world
as a sideshow, where not only are we the freaks, but also the on-lookers
wondering just how “normal” we are—or ought to be. Davis’ poetry and Gross’
images collaborate over the themes of sanity, monogamy, motherhood, divorce,
artistic expression, and self-creation to curate a menagerie of abnormalities
that defines what it is to be human. The universe of this book is one in which
dead pigeons talk, clowns hide in the chambers of the heart, and the human body
turns itself inside out to be born again as a purely sensory creature. This grotesquely gorgeous peep-show opens the
velvet curtains on the beautiful complications of life.
We're excited to give you a preview of the cover of our spring release, IN THE CIRCUS OF YOU: An Illustrated Novel-in-Poems by poet Nicelle Davis and artist Cheryl Gross. The cover features artwork by Cheryl Gross and was designed by Heather Butterfield. The book launches in March. Subscribe now to be among the first to receive a copy! Preordering will begin in February. Evie Shockley says of In the Circus of You: "Nicelle Davis' newest book mythologizes pain, makes grief, anger, disgust, and fear bearable by transforming them into finely wrought poems. These poems are filled with sharp edges, dissections, illusions, and images of flight, both in their language and in the ways they occupy the page. They are perfectly matched by the drawings of Cheryl Gross, who translates Davis' poetry into an equally grotesque, equally eloquent visual language. In the Circus of You is a visceral spectacle of controlled excess; it dismantles the three rings we use to contain our most domestic horrors and shows us the way through vulnerability to release."