Monday, March 21, 2016

RMP at AWP Los Angeles

We're looking forward to seeing many of you in sunny California next week for the Annual AWP conference, being held this year in Los Angeles March 31-April 2. We will be at Table 1525 in the book fair from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2. Please stop by the table and say hello!

We'll be having a number of book signings by RMP authors at our table and we'll be hosting both an offsite reading and a panel. Here's what RMP and its authors are up to at AWP so you can add these events to your conference schedule:

Thursday, March 31
2:00 to 3:00 pm: Nicelle Davis will be signing copies of In the Circus of You at our table (1525).

7:00 to 9:30 pm: Nicelle Davis, Rosie Forrest, and Anthony Michael Morena reading at Rose Metal Press's AWP Offsite Reading Crossing the Line: Genre-Curious Readings at Wolf & Crane in conjunction with The Cupboard Pamphlet and DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Free and open to the public.

Wolf & Crane
366 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, California


Friday, April 1
12:00 to 12:30 pm: Sierra Nelson will be signing copies of I Take Back the Sponge Cake at our table (1525).

1:00 to 2:00 pm: Family Resemblance editor Jacqueline Kolosov and some of the anthology contributors will be signing copies of Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres at our table (1525).

2:00 to 3:00 pm: Rosie Forrest will be signing copies of her contest-winning chapbook Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan at our table (1525).

Saturday, April 2
10:00 to 11:00 am: Anthony Michael Morena will be signing early release copies of his book The Voyager Record: A Transmission at our table (1525).

1:30 to 2:45 pm: Why We Innovate: The Case for Hybrid Genres, a panel on the RMP anthology Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, with panelists Jacqueline Kolosov, Jenny Boully, Tung-Hui Hu, Mary Szybist, and Kathleen Rooney. Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level. Check out the Facebook event here.

3:00 to 4:00 pm: Post-panel signing party at our book fair table (1525)! After the Family Resemblance panel, the book's editors, panelists, and other contributors will be signing copies of Family Resemblance at our table. Come by and get your copy signed!

Please support our authors at AWP by buying their books, coming out to hear them read/speak, and getting your book signed at the table. Thank you!

We will have pre-release copies of Anthony Michael Morena's The Voyager Record for sale at our book fair table (1525). In honor of these special early copies of the book, we'll be offering space-age golden star drink koozies to the first 25 people who buy the book at the table. Be among the first to own this fascinating book! 


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Monday, February 08, 2016

The Winner of the 10th Annual Chapbook Contest Is…

Superman on the Roof by Lex Williford of El Paso, Texas.

Contest judge Ira Sukrungruang selected Superman on the Roof out of a field of 120 strong 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:

Runner-up: Mistransformation by Tori Bond of Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Untitled by Anonymous by Andrew Farkas of Billings, Montana
Tuck the Story Away by Lisa Romeo of Cedar Grove, New Jersey
What to Say to Aliens by Marc Sheehan of Grand Haven, Michigan

Our semi-finalists include:

Properties of Life by Jody Brooks of Decatur, Georgia
The Names Change Every Time I Tell the Story by Aubrie Cox of Knoxville, TN
Revelations by Jasminne Mendez of Houston, Texas
Insomnia Veritas by Jennifer Met of Troy, Idaho
The Long Bridge by Anji Reyner of Missoula, Montana
Lies and Saturdays by Cinthia Ritchie of Anchorage, Alaska
Lost John and Other Stories by Joseph Young of Baltimore, Maryland

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

We are also thrilled to announce that Amelia Gray will be the judge for our Eleventh Annual Short Short Chapbook Competition. Submissions will be accepted here from November 1st through December 1st, 2016. 

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The Chicago Launch of Family Resemblance this evening at Women & Children First...

...was a standing-room only success. Thanks to W&CF for their abundant rose-themed signage. both outdoors..
...and inside:
...and thanks to Bella for the lovely introduction...
...and to Caro Macon for reading Maggie Nelson's contribution to the anthology...

...and to Jewells K Santos for reading Brenda Miller's contribution...

...and to Rachel Tenuta for reading Ander Monson's contribution...

...and to Barrie Jean Borich for reading Julie Marie Wade's contribution...

...and finally to Tim Jones-Yelvington for reading Kazim Ali's contribution:

Thanks too, to everyone...

...who came out to hear hybrid literature on a balmy November Wednesday...

...and to Eric Plattner for taking all these lovely pictures, including this one of RMP editor Kathleen Rooney, emceeing the night:

If you couldn't attend, you can still add Family Resemblance to your cart here.

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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!

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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's Ghost 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 Vandercook press.

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!


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

RMP at AWP Minneapolis

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!

We'll 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:

WEDNESDAY
Nicelle Davis reading at AROHO's Night of Glittering, Vocal Expansiveness offsite reading on Wednesday, April 8, from 7:00-10:00 pmat the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.

THURSDAY
Nicelle Davis reading at the Bayou Magazine Contributors Reading offsite reading on Thursday, April 9, at 8:00 pm at Mason's Restaurant Barre at 528 Hennepin Ave. South.

FRIDAY
Kelcey Parker signing copies of Liliane's Balcony at table 732 on Friday, April 10 from 10:30-11:30 am.

Pamela Painter and Sean Lovelace speaking on the panel "Exploring the Contours of Flash Fiction," Friday, April 10 from 12:00-1:15 pm.

Gregory Robinson signing copies of All Movies Love the Moon at table 732 on Friday, April 10 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

William Todd Seabrook signing copies of The Imagination of Lewis Carroll at table 732 on Friday, April 10 from 3:30-4:30 pm.

SATURDAY
Nicelle Davis speaking on the panel "Two Can Play That Game: Techniques for Composing Collaborative Poetry," Saturday, April 11 from 9:00-10:15 am.

Nicelle Davis signing copies of In the Circus of You at table 732 on Saturday, April 11 from 10:30-11:30 am.

Aaron Teel and Margaret Patton Chapman signing copies of My Very End of the Universe at table 732 on Saturday, April 11 from 12:00-1:00 pm.

Kelcey Parker speaking on the panel "From Gothic Ghosts to Gogol's Nose," Saturday, April 11 from 1:30-2:45 pm.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

On the night of Saturday, February 26th, author Nicelle Davis brought the Poetry Circus...

...to the Griffith Park Carousel in Los Angeles California to celebrate the launch of her book with visual artist Cheryl Gross, In the Circus of You: An Illustrated Novel-in Poems, forthcoming from Rose Metal Press later this month.


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.




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