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:

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.

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.

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.

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... 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... 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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Monday, February 02, 2015

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

The Last Days of the Microsaurs by Kelsie Hahn of Houston, TX
When He Comes Home from the War by Dennis James Sweeney of Corvallis, OR
Untitled 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 Missoula, MT
Beast by Meg Tuite of Santa Fe, NM

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.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Trailer for In the Circus of You

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. 

Preordering will begin in February!

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Introducing In the Circus of You

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."

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