Virgogray Press Presents: The Austin Salon Poetic

Virgogray Press and the Austin Poets Association present a new poetry open mic event called Austin Salon Poetic to be held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month beginning August 20, 2012 at Headhunters Club and Lounge located in downtown Austin, TX at 720 Red River Street, 78701. We are glad to be involved in presenting a poetry open mic for the Austin community to enjoy or participate. Headhunters Club is pretty much a classic venue, standing in the Red River District for years on the corner of 8th and Red River. One may associate “headbanging” with “Headhunters,” and Headhunters is a rockin’ live music venue that does serve up metal, rock and alternative local, regional and touring acts,but Headhunters theme is more akin to a Tiki type bar and lounge, with an amiable staff and good drinks.

The Austin Salon Poetic, while primarily a poetry open mic will feature local, regional and traveling poets who wish to share their words with an Austin audience. All are encouraged to come and participate or just spectate, check out your favorite local spoken word artist and poet or just have some drinks and socialize.  The Salon will be held on the intimate “Cannibal Stage” (no zombies, please). Doors open at 7 PM, at which time you may also sign-up for the open mic which shall begin promptly at 7:30 PM, unless we have a feature poet presenting their work.  The open mic will be sign up and round robin till the end of the event. Free speech is encouraged, as well as all styles of poetry.



Upcoming Salons:

August 20, 2012 – Feature Poet: Thom Woodruff aka Headhunter Thom + Open Mic
September 3, 2012 – Feature Poet: Mike D. Knight + Open Mic
September 17, 2012 – Feature Poet: Bill Shute (San Antonio) + Open Mic
Ocotber 1, 2012 – Open Mic
October 15, 2012 – Open Mic

It is our hope to bring  new and familiar voices in poetry to downtown Austin, as well as highlight the rich literary culture of the city by sharing the art of poetry freely and to the general public. If you are a poet interested in setting up a featured reading, please do not hesitate to contact. Further information regarding The Austin Salon Poetic and The Austin Poets Association can be found at the following address http://austinpoetsassociation.blogspot.com/

Virgogray Press: The Next Generation

With so many things going on in today’s society, that’s not even to speak of the supposed publishing industry, we here at Virgogray Press happen to believe these to be very interesting times. The great hiccups of 2011: the cancellation of the Virgogray Press Chapbook Anthology Series (which from its ashes shall bear the fruit of the VGP Chapbook Anthology Series II), the delay of Nothing. No One. Nowhere. No. 2 –now forever lovingly known as, “The Belated,” which will have a rerelease so we can move on to issue 3, and a nearly month-long hiatus on Carcinogenic Poetry (now back in full swing), were definitely unforeseen circumstances, and we are not afraid to admit when we face hardship, for honesty in the face of adversity is strength and necessary to overcome adversity. So, cutting the dramatics, Virgogray Press, in the spirit of any independent, has decided to carry on in spite of any hiccups we’ve had this year. We have been combing the myriads of chapbook submissions received (and there are still many to read), perused the Carcinogenic Poetry subs and posted new works, and are working on new projects to take literature and art to new levels for our young press.

I would like to remind, Virgogray Press is a one-man operation supported by hundreds of writers and poets and an occasional guest editor to help in the production of different titles. Virgogray Press has been, since its inception, a largely not for profit publisher, with all revenue from sales going back into the press to create more books, to pay for packaging and handling, and pay for promotional items like posters,  computer programs to build the graphics for online advertising, etc. Basically we did it all at Virgogray Press from editing, to binding, formatting, book design, typeset, cover design, graphic design, publication coordination, scheduling, warehousing, distributing, promoting, research, accounting, shopping, everything. Recent discoveries of the effects of printer ink on health, as well as for more efficient means of printing and warehousing has led Virgogray Press to new paths, with new technologies that will up the ante in our conquest of secular literature and allows for time to be focused on greater causes, as opposed to actual production (all chapbooks previously released by Virgogray Press were hand-made by yours truly). Virgogray is looking forward to future developments for the press. With the introduction of the next generation of chapbooks, readers will have a lot to look forward to: better quality publishing, accessibility worldwide through the web and brick and mortar stores, driving writing that will spark both conscious and intellectual stimuli, new titles by great names and more projects that will expand our pantheon of writers, poets and artists to the next level of literacy. We are always seeking to push boundaries, especially in regard to style, type and content. I encourage everyone interested in the spoken and written word, anybody just longing to share their work to research some of our venues:

Carcinogenic Poetry, an online poetry blog that is anthologized annually; Nothing. No One. Nowhere.—a literary arts magazine featuring poetry, flash fiction, short story, art, photography, reviews, interviews, and more; The Yellow Elevator (published by Lizard’s Tale, an imprint of Virgogray Press) – a brand new publication dedicated specifically to poetry and the poetic arts that is now accepting submissions. Be on the lookout for the Virgogray Press Chapbook Anthology Series II to start-up sometime before the end of the year. Please look for details on how to submit to these publications by clicking on our submissions tab.

We do not fool ourselves into believing the world will always be a hunky-dory place where nothing changes or ever happens. We are cognizant of the current state our country, government and economy is in—an issue which has also pulled at the attention of this publisher. The status of our economy alone makes publishing, poetry or any other type of entrepreneurial endeavor difficult. The Federal Reserve Note is very close to collapse, the Internet is very close to be locked down with the introduction of Internet II, which would have a series of fees, regulations and requirements to use—there will be no more freedom on the internet; our freedom of speech and freedom of expression is constantly under attack, now more so than ever with mainstream corporate media calling for the end of the United States Constitution, a document which is new compared to tyranny, oligarchy, monarchy and slavery and that secures our right to life, liberty (freedom) and the pursuit of happiness (so long as you harm none). All these issues are very real, and in the face of these issues, in the face of this adversity, we here at Virgogray Press shall carry on sharing the work and wisdom of the poets and writers who pass through our halls and cross our pages. Thank you for joining us on this quest for the dissemination of truth through art and literature.

To that end, I welcome you to stay tuned to new releases forthcoming from Suzi Kaplan Olmsted, who in her sophomore release, will bring a great project to her fans and readers everywhere that will include a couple of surprises. Also, Peter Marti’s Thai Chap, which chronicles his journeys in India and Tibet through poetry and photography. A first for Virgogray, we will be presenting Subhankar Das’  By the Banks of Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue, a bilingual publication presented both in  English and Bengalis . Chris D’Errico will return with a seminal new publication—Ministry of Kybosh, a project I am eager to get started on, and our star child, himself, Justin Blackburn has a new book approaching as well. This is just the beginning. We are not accepting any manuscript submissions at the moment, but if you sent us a manuscript during our submission period and have not heard back from us, we ask your further patience. We are aiming to have all submissions addressed before the end of the summer!

I hope this update was informative and entertaining. Godspeed everyone and god bless—here’s to the future!