Saturday, March 29, 2014

What Happens in Vegas Does Not Stay in Vegas... least not when it's the launch party for Gregory Robinson's debut collection All Movies Love the Moon. The party was held on Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm in the Event Cube at the Container Park on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, NV. Gregory read from his book and screened some short silent movies, while cellist Elizabeth Marshall accompanied them:

Then Gregory signed books...

...and a good time was had by all:

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event, and in case you missed it, be sure to watch the trailer and add the book to your cart here.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

AWP Seattle Recap

This year's AWP Conference took place in Seattle from February 27-March 1, and as ever, we had a table at the fantastic book fair, and for the first time ever, we had RMP temporary tattoos in two different styles:

It was a terrific and eventful AWP for RMP. We debuted our newest release, All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film, by Gregory Robinson, with pre-launch copies for sale, a book signing, and a reading. We got to see and meet with so many of our authors, truly one of the best parts of AWP each year. With an awesome crew of table workers, we sold books, promoted our contest, talked about hybrid genres, gave out buttons and bookmarks, and RMP tattooed any available and willing hands, forearms, wrist, and foreheads.

We had five author signings at the table, including Kim Henderson, Dinty W. Moore, and Kelcey Parker, below:
Kim Henderson, author of The Kind of Girl
Dinty W. Moore, editor of The RMP Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction

Kelcey Parker, author of Liliane's Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater

Rose Metal Press authors also participated in two off-site readings. On Friday night Kelcey Parker, Aaron Teel, and Sierra Nelson read at an off-site reading in conjunction with Cortland Review and Toadlilly Press:
Kelcey Parker reading from Liliane's Balcony: A Novella of Fallingwater
Aaron Teel reading from Shampoo Horns
Sierra Nelson reading and showing the artwork from I Take Back the Sponge Cake

On Saturday night, Gregory Robinson and Kim Henderson participated in an off-site reading held in conjunction with Anomalous Press, Boston Review, Gold Line Press, and Ricochet Editions:

A number of our authors also participated in AWP panels, including on Saturday afternoon when Kelcey Parker spoke about her novella-in-flash, Liliane's Balcony, at a panel called "Please Mind the Gap: Innovative Approaches to Writing Historical Figures" with RMP co-founder Kathleen Rooney and fellow authors Cathy Day, Caitlin Horrocks, and Gretchen Henderson:

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table, picked up a book at a signing, attended a panel, came to an off-site reading, and/or wore a RMP tattoo or button; thanks to our authors for participating in all of those events; thanks to all the other presses and journals who hosted events with us; and thanks to everyone who helped at our table!

We can hardly wait to see you all next year in the Twin Cities!

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Sunday, March 09, 2014

Springing ahead with some late winter reviews

Today, Daylight Saving Time kicked in. What better use of the extra hour of light at the end of the day than to round up some of the coverage Rose Metal Press titles have gotten in the past month or so? 

Over at Necessary Fiction, Laura Knight Moretz reviewed Kelcey Parker's Liliane's Balcony, saying, "Parker’s clear prose carries the reader along the liquid plaits of a braided book. Like water, the words are translucent and conduct light." You can read the whole review here

And at New Pages, Courtney McDermott writes of the novella-in-flash that "Parker has convincingly established that the novella is a form worth reading in its own right." You can read the whole review here. And here at Short Curator Brian Sheridan says that, "The author’s abundant research into Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision and achievement in Fallingwater provides palpable structure to the story, but to Parker’s credit that factual horizon opens up the possibilities of this tale of love with its wild rewards and disappointments, rather than damming them."

Liliane's Balcony is also featured on p. 67 of the February-March issue of Shelf Unbound, which you can read here, and Marcella Prokop reviewed it for Curbside Splendor here, writing that, "In using so many voices, Parker leaves herself room to find every word the spirits themselves can no longer say."

The talented Valerie Sayers interviewed Kelcey about the book for the Sunday Rumpus here, and Brad Listi interviewed her for his Other People Podcast here.

Over here, in Electric Literature's Great 2014 Indie Press Review, Leah Angstman writes of our forthcoming release, All Movies Love the Moon by Gregory Robinson, "Couple Robinson’s rich prose poems with the fact that everything Rose Metal Press creates looks like it just fell from heaven on a velvet pillow, and you’ve got yourself a book that will look and feel as perfect as it reads."

And last but not least, Kay Cosgrove reviews B.J. Best's But Our Princess Is in Another Castle for Pleiades, writing that "Best is true to the prose form consistently throughout the collec­tion, although at times deep lyric—and romantic—moments occur amidst the prose."You can read the whole piece here.

Thanks to everyone for the excellent write-ups!

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Winner of the Eighth Annual Chapbook Contest is…

The Imagination of Lewis Carroll by William Todd Seabrook of Tallahassee, Florida.

Contest judge Michael Martone selected The Imagination of Lewis Carroll out of a field of 128 submissions, and the chapbook will be published this coming summer. You can sign up to receive the chapbook automatically when it launches by becoming a Rose Metal Press Supporter here.

Our contest finalists include:

Runner-Up: Girl Power by Katie Cortese of Lubbock, TX

This is All the Orientation You Are Going to Get by John Jodzio of Minneapolis, MN
What to Say to Aliens by Marc Sheehan of Grand Haven, MI
Not Easy to Buy a Bus Ticket by Dennis Sweeney of Corvallis, OR

Our semi-finalists include:

Community by Dorothy Albertini of Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Dreaming in Mink by Jane Hammons of Albany, CA
June by Jenn Marie Nunes of New Orleans, LA
Cheese Dreams by Anji Reyner of Missoula, MT
The Legend of Steve Prefontaine by William Todd Seabrook

Congratulations to all of them, and thanks to everyone who submitted.

We are also excited to announce that our 2014 contest judge will be Pamela Painter. It’s never too early to start getting your manuscripts ready for our November 1–December 1, 2014 contest reading period!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Wintry Weather, Warm Reviews

January's been cold, but the coverage of Rose Metal Press titles has not. Just take this review by Spencer Dew of Kim Henderson's The Kind of Girl  in decomP: "Henderson sets each phrase down like a tile, building a monument of denial, framing the absence at the center of her language."

And this review by Daniel M. Shapiro of But Our Princess is in Another Castle by B.J. Best in Arsenic Lobster: "Even though video games inspired the poem titles of But Our Princess Is in Another Castle and give the book its distinctive thread, the book has much to offer for people who have no interest in Googling “Kid Icarus,” “Astrosmash,” or “Grim Fandango” (although doing so would reveal hidden riches). At times, only a faint trace of a game is detectable, as when the speaker of “Loom” recalls his mother ironing while footage of the Challenger explosion replays on TV, or when “Excitebike” incorporates pathos in its depiction of parenting."

And this review by Pauline  Masurel of Kelcey Parker's Liliane's Balcony in The Short Review: "The building blocks of Liliane’s Balcony are the words themselves, and the words are beautifully handled, the layers well-constructed.  Adventurous and worth the risk, like Fallingwater itself, this book is sound. As Frank Lloyd Wright said: ‘The truth is more important than the facts.’"

And this one by Micah McCrary, also of Liliane's Balcony in The Nervous Breakdown: "She wants a story weighted by words—words we won’t discard or mistrust, with a fusion of ideas and language that can’t be ignored. If we indeed write the stories we want to read, with the words we know we need to hear, then she’s given us what she must be longing for: a story that more than falls at our feet. She’s given us a story that, like water, falls ever so timidly—so slow at the start, and then, all at once, in a rush."

Thanks to all the reviewers and magazines for the excellent coverage.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Book Trailer for All Movies Love the Moon

We are thrilled to present the book trailer for Gregory Robinson's All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film, launching March 18!

Much admiration and many thanks to Adam Davis and Gregory Robinson for creating this trailer!

Pre-ordering for All Movies Love the Moon will begin in February.

Details about the book:

Anyone who watches silent movies will notice how often crashes occur—trains, cars, and people constantly collide and drama or comedy ensues. Gregory Robinson’s All Movies Love the Moon is also a collision, a theater where prose, poetry, images, and history meet in an orchestrated accident. The result is a film textbook gone awry, a collection of linked prose poems and images tracing silent cinema’s relationship with words—the bygone age of title cards. The reel begins with early experiments in storytelling, such as Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon and Edison’s The European Rest Cure, and ends with the full-length features that contested the transition to talkies. Of course, anyone seeking an accurate account of silent movies will not find it here. Through Robinson’s captivating anecdotes, imaginings, and original artwork, the beauty of silent movies persists and expands. Like the lovely grainy films of the 1910s and 20s, All Movies Love the Moon uses forgotten stills, projected text, and hazy frames to bring an old era into new focus. Here, movies that are lost or fading serve as points of origin, places to begin.

MARCH 2014
Prose Poetry and Original Artwork
ISBN: 978-0-9887645-5-2

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Goodbye, 2013; Hello, Reviews

There are only 13 days left in 2013, and the end of the year has been a flurry of good reviews.

In Front Porch, the online journal of the Texas State University MFA program, Chelsea Campbell writes of Kim Henderson's The Kind of Girl that, "Henderson’s prose is crisp and precise, as is requisite of short-short fiction. This collection, with its lovely limited-edition letterpress cover, is another fine addition to Rose Metal’s growing catalogue of short shorts. Pick one up.You can read the whole thing here. Thanks, Chelsea.

And over in The Small Press Book Review, Christy Crutchfield writes of Kelcey Parker's Liliane's Balcony that, "Sometimes historical fiction feels like reporting, like biography with flowery description.  But Parker seeks to answer questions that can’t be answered with research.  She pulls out the brightest elements from the real story—some so heart wrenching I wished she’d made them up—and then considers, just as Frank Lloyd Wright did, the interior alongside the exterior.You can read the whole thing here. Thanks, Christy.

At Gapers Block, Ines Bellina writes of Liliane's Balcony, that "Because Liliane's Balcony alternates from one narrative to the other, I felt myself forced to go back to certain flashes in order to piece together each character's story. (Is "flashes" the correct term? I'm using it anyway.) This is not necessarily a strike against the novella; in fact, I believe it encourages it. After all, there are certain streams of consciousness that drop off one page only to be retaken a chapter later. It requires an active reader and, as such, a reader that will also be the architect of all the narratives that are scattered between the pages." You can read the whole thing here. Thanks, Ines.

At Sundog Lit, Robyn Ryle writes of Liliane's Balcony that, "In short passages switching between multiple points of view, including that of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ahi Opilhele–the spirit of the river itself, the characters come to full and vivid life. This is the accomplishment that holds the novella together and keeps it from teetering over the edge into just an interesting exercise in craft. The people and their stories lift the precarious structure of the narrative up. Like Liliane’s balcony, you find yourself wondering how it manages to float so beautifully in space." You can read the whole thing here. Thanks, Robyn.

Last but not least, Ryan Sanford Smith has a very brief positive review of Liliane's Balcony on his blog here. Thanks, Ryan.

Also, the end of the year means 'tis the season of our annual support and subscription drive. Join us in our mission by subscribing at any level here.

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