After a recent inventory, we thought to share the current list of titles “in-stock” with Virgogray Press. As you may have noted from our “Chapbooks and Collections” page, most of our stock is currently out of print. We do not have a formal electronic way of purchasing our titles online just yet (except through our printer- see below). So if you are interested in having any of these titles as a member of your collection, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note some of these titles are extremely limited. The editions as such will be out of print once they are sold out. Our newest titles are available online for purchase from our printer, lulu.com. Visit our online bookstore to view the current catalog. Virgogray Books.
1. Vegas Implosions by Chris D’Errico (2nd edition)
2. By the Banks of the Ajoy, Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue by Subhankar Das
3. Carcinogenic Poetry Anthology Vol. 1
4. NO FEAR by Doctori Sadisco
5. Limbo by Michael Aaron Casares (2nd edition)
6. Sad Height by Jacob Gray
7. Nothing. No One. Nowhere. No. 2
8. The Terrorist by Michael Aaron Casares
9. Dear Bela Poetry Anthology
10. VGP National Petry Month Anthology
We are happy to announce that Marc Olmsted will be hosting a poetry workshop entitled “Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake” as part of The Austin International Poetry Festival. “Sketching” was Jack Kerouac’s term for recording images seen and the associations and memories they invoke with a snapshot-like technique of minute particulars and attention to the words that convey them precisely rather than with “editorial” language (generalities of object and emotion). Poets, fiction writers and journal keepers are all welcome to participate in this two hour workshop! The workshop will take place on Saturday April 25th, 2009 at Huston-Tillotson University (900 Chicon St. Austin, TX) in the Evans Building Room 300. The workshop will be held from 10 AM till 12 noon.
Allen Ginsberg said Marc Olmsted was “…one of the few practitioners post-Kerouac that had picked up on the loose and lucid form that Kerouac had developed.”
From this comes the basis of Marc’s workshop, which typically covers a ten week period, but will be tailored for this special presentation during National Poetry Month.
Fresh Lotus Rehabby Marc Olmsted was released on February 11th, 2009. This is the latest poetry chapbook publication from Virgogray Press and is a long overdo peek into the secret planet of someone who could perhaps be the last of the Beat poet generation (maybe one of the founders of the post-beat generation). Now in his 50’s, Marc presents a fresh rendering of verse utilizing the big mind style, that is to say, as Ginsberg’s Buddhist teacher said, “First thought/best thought” or poetry that is uninhibited and honest, unconcerned with over-thinking or over-analyzing. And truly the poetry of Fresh Lotus Rehab takes us into this realm of poetry writing and spices it up with events relevant to today. We learn of the personal tragedies and peeves of the poet, which is always interesting where juxtaposed with Buddhist philosophies, and peer into the poetic thought process over events like the arrival of the Olympic Torch in San Francisco, the fires of South California, the ghosts of the war for oil. For all it’s timeliness, Fresh Lotus Rehab remains personal, a gift from the poet to the reader. And what a gift indeed. Marc Olmsted has released 3 previous books: Milky Desire (Subterranean Press, 1991), Resume (Inevitable Press, 1998), and What Use Am I a Hungry Ghost(Contemporary Press, 2001) which included an introduction by Allen Ginsberg. Marc has lectured at Naropa University and U.C. Berkeley. Pick up Fresh Lotus Rehab and stay tuned for more news from Marc coming soon.