Fall UpDates…

 Greetings everyone in the world who can read this! Just a few updates for the fall. Things have been very busy here at Virgogray, but a good busy. With releases from great poets and writers like Peter Magliocco, Joseph Goosey and Kevin Brown and two new anthologies, the summer has proven to be quite fruitful. Often I found myself working by the hair of my chin, and even had a printer crisis to avert, but still the Virgogray library expands as does its catalogue of writers. Most importantly are the poems (with no offense to the writers!). Each individual gem, from the collected chapbooks, to the anthologies, to those found in Carcinogenic Poetry, which by the way celebrated its 100th entry yesterday, has given life to a meaningful literary canon that has only just begun. Looking forward to the fall, there are many great things in store. But I shall not simply leave it at that. We have new collections from Sara Crawford and Felino Soriano coming just around the corner. These two power houses of creativity are both, respectively, talented and prolific. It is a great honor to share their work with the readers of the world.  Sara Crawford’s release, Coiled and Swallowed is a collection of personable and dainty poetics hinted by the curveballs of realism and practicality.  These poems weave together almost seamlessly from a young writer who has a burgeoning voice that is altogether recognizable with a touch of Southern charm. With a clear love of music, this is a collection I think many will be able to appreciate, from the young and inspired to the traveled and wise. Be sure to check this one out–it’s available September 7, 2010. 

Sara Crawford


You can also check Sara live. She will be doing a reading for Coiled and Swallowed next month, more details soon. Till then you can catch her music act and visit her at http://www.saracrawford.net

You can catch her live, in person, at music events in Atlanta, Georgia.  Sunday, August 22 at 10:00 pm at Be Atlanta’s Acoustic Sundays Be Atlanta House Party: 197 Howell Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA. Admission is FREE.  Also Friday, September 3 at 9:00 pm. Sara Crawford and the Cult Following  will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar: 1578 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Coiled and Swallowed is out September 7th, 2010. 

I am also proud to be releasing a collection by Felino A. Soriano, whose ekphrastic series “Painters’ Exhalations”, is undoubtedly an asset to the literary and visual art world. We will help continue this mammoth undertaking with the release Faculties of Interrelated Understanding. “Painters’ Exhalations” is series of poetry based on paintings.  The series thus far includes over 600 poems. Look for Faculties of Interrelated Understanding by Felino A. Soriano on September 14, 2010. 

Finally, we will have new releases by Michael Mc Aloran, Doctori Sadisco and a brand new anthology edited by Marc Olmsted and Carlye Archibeque entitled Dear Bela. As the publishing year closes for 2010, Virgogray is looking forward to more live occurrences and readings from Virgogray authors and those who’ve participated in our various publications. We are also looking forward to expanding with more auditory and visual projects, more details as they become finite, as well as the addition of prose and short story chapbook submissions opening soon. We will be open to entertaining new ideas in chapbook publication and are looking forward to adding to the Virgogray team. There are a few more possible surprises before the end of the year; come on back  follow along!

Joseph Goosey’s Mostly Spinach

Mostly Spinach by Joseph Goosey. Art by Luca Dipierro

Very glad to announce the release of Joseph Goosey’s latest collection of poems, “Mostly Spinach.” A 29 page collaboration of light and ornate verse, layered with anecdotal profundities that subtly smirk at literacy and everyday life. One of the highlights for me was the poem “Print Media,” which, as a publisher, caught my attention immediately (as was intended???) I found it funny this state of seeming lack of balance, sad as it is to be “more concerned / with the continued survival / of print media / than… with the contents of any bank account.” The zinger, however, was as the end of the poem where, in a rueful promise to one day edit The Book Review, would be the same day the front lawn would catch fire. Heh. I also quite enjoyed “Difficult to See the Bicyclists This Time of Evening.” It is just this type of poem, should a type even be given, I enjoy. It tells a story, has a point and yet at the same time maintains all these abstractions and images. But you get the point of the poem. Perhaps it is in the compilation of images, “a London born Statistician,” the increase of cigarettes with no decent warning, a ninety pound Russian with a harsh urinary tract infection, and a sun that just won’t stand still. Yes, for its coital profundity, Mostly Spinach is light and entertaining and will easily commute readers from page to page in its brief meander through the realms of Mr. Goosey’s mind and may come out as puzzled with life as they were before reading the book. But, hey, if the job of the poet were not to answer the mysteries of life, would it not be to provoke the mysteries of life? Mostly Spinach was no mystery for me, but was an entertaining book that sometimes makes reading poetry worthwhile and a nice addition to the Virgogray library. Cover art by Luca Dipierro. 29 pages. $7

Virgogray Press & Make It New Media


Make it New Media, LLC

Make It New Media, an independent distributor and printing haus will now be carrying Virgogray titles through their storefront. Now, you the curious reader can pick up almost any Virgogray collection with or without a paypal account! When an opportunity arose to form a wayward union between MINM and VGP (with a special thanks to Donna Snyder), we thought, sure, why not! That is not to mention Jonathan Penton–owner, operator and creator of the well-versed Unlikely Stories, is quite a fine gentleman, making the union all the more palatable. Make It New Media also carries titles by publishers like: Ahadada Books, Beneath the Underground, Mouthfeel Press, Noble Swine Press, The Tumblewords Project, and Unlikely Books, so be sure to swing by and see what’s going on over there. Make It New Media will also be carrying newer titles as they come out, at least for the foreseeable future. “America Remembered,” “Mostly Spinach” and “Nude Poetry Garage Sale” will most likely be available late July.  Here is a list of what is currently available at Make It New Media:

VG 03 – Limbo by Michael Aaron Casares
VG 05 – Vegas Implosions by Chris D’Errico
VG 06 – The Terrorist by Michael Aaron Casares
VG 07 – Fresh Lotus Rehab by Marc Olmsted
VG 08 – Farting Fire by Justin Blackburn
VG 09 – Institutional Wallet by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted
VG 10 – VGP Chapbook Anthology: Valium
VG 11 – Broke Nuptial Minds by A.J. Kaufmann
VG 12 – VGP Chapbook Anthology: So it Goes
VG 13 – Dreaming Quick by Brendan Kirk
VG 14 – Mind Static Volume 1 by Anne McMillen
VG 15 – Mind Static Volume 2 by Anne McMillen
VG 16 – Storms at the Edge by Gail Gray
VG 17 – Mind Static Volume 3 by Anne McMillen
VG 18 – I am South by Donna Snyder
VG 20 – VGP Chapbook Anthology: National Poetry Month 2010

And don’t forget! America Remembered! Order before Thursday July 1, 2010  to get your copy by the 4th of July! Also Joseph Goosey will be out on the 13th with Peter Magliocco’s new one on the 20th! Wait till you see the cover art on that collection as Justin Jackley presents a new vision on the face of a Virgogray chapbook! And finally, we are proud to announce our first chapbook of prose, “Ink on Wood” by Kevin Brown–you will definitely want to read this one! More details soon! And also finally, please ask about Virgogray titles at local retailers and independent book stores and perhaps one day soon you will see us there!