A Notice of Current Events

Good evening those who may still be interested in what is developing with this rogue, little press. Virgogray Press strives to bring you some of the best in new and established underground voices in the realms of poetry and literature. Why? Who can say. As the publisher, I can only say this is an interest I have pursued literally from childhood. The creation of books. Words in print. Why? Who knows. I don’t. Yet here I am driven. In 2008, by chance, and also the second attempt, I took the position of publisher. That may cause one to ask, well who can be a publisher? What merits must be earned to take the seat behind the desk and create and share? Indeed, in the wild, wild west of independent and small press and underground, it seems anyone can be a publisher. In 2008, a new voice approached me with a manuscript of poetry. A chapbook was made. The ball began rolling. The many exploits that have ensued in the last five years have been amazing, the people I’ve met and worked with have been phenomenal. But, now the press is at a point where life has necessitated negligence. Bear in mind Virgogray Press has always been a love-labor endeavor, independent in the purest sense of the word. The only credential this publisher holds is the love and appreciation of the work presented. To that end, we find ourselves at a bit of a reset period for the press. And so, until further notice, submissions to all publications have been suspended. If any work was submitted prior to 9/12/13, you should consider your submission released from our que; meaning, we will not be publishing any work submitted prior to 9/12/13. I apologize if this causes any inconvenience. I greatly appreciate the interest in the press, and in choosing our publications as a venue for your work. When submissions open again, at a yet-to-be determined date, all are welcome to re-submit.

This means that all submissions sent to Carcinogenic Poetry, Nothing. No One. Nowhere., The Occupy Poetry Project are currently not accepting submissions. I will, however, be releasing the 3rd and 4th volume of Carcinogenic Poetry encapsulating poetry by various talented underground poets from 2012 and 2013. Also in the works will be a collecting of works published on The Occupy Poetry Project, a re-issue of Nothing. No One. Nowhere. #1, and further issues of the mag.

When will Virgogray re-open to submissions? Therein lies the suspense. Carcinogenic Poetry will continue to publish, but not before the end of the year. To our other humble publications? You know what they say, “It’s the new millennium, downsize…”

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Closing 2012 – Intentions for 2013

 

Good evening. I hope everyone is well at the time of this writing. It has been a crazy year, 2012, that showed very fruitful for poetry and Virgogray Press. Having released several collections, and gratefully with the humble returns of poets like Suzi Olmsted, Justin Blackburn and Chris D’Errico, a core has begun to form. The remainder of 2012 and moving into 2013, Virgogray has plans for the release of only a few more titles of poetry from poets such as Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke and Ayne Francis de la Cruz. The newest collections, A. Molotkov and John S. Williams’ “The End of Mythology” and Mary B. Harrison’s “Beneath our Feet” are virtually upon us.

 

Nothing. No One. Nowhere. No. 5 is still waiting in the wings. Do not fear. We will move forward with the magazine as soon as we are able to. Do not forget, issue number 6 shall be edited by Sonnet Mondal. To have your work considered for publication please be sure to e-mail Sonnet Mondal (sonnetmondal@gmail.com). We will be accepting poetry, short fiction, non-fiction. Carcinogenic Poetry is still publishing and shall anthologize for the third time very soon. The Occupy Poetry Project shall publish through the end of the year and will be laid to rest in 2013. We’ll probably anthologize the series to send it off. It is with great thanks to the writers and readers of the web series that I reflect on it as it has been a fun and interesting ride in publication. That could be said the same for Virgogray in its entirety.

 

Virgogray is producing the Austin Salon Poetic, a free community-based poetry open mic in downtown Austin, Texas at a bar called Headhunters Club, that recently underwent a remodel by Spike TV reality show, “BarRescue.” The Austin Salon Poetic features local and regional poets to raise awareness of local poetry and also features a poetry open mic. Poets we’ve featured so far include, Thom Woodruff, Juan Manuel Perez, Bill Shute, Devorah Winegarten and others.

 

There is certainly more to look forward to, including re-issues of previously out of print collections, such as Marc Olmsted’s “Fresh Lotus Rehab” and A. J. Kaufmann’s “Broke Nuptial Minds.” That is all that can be said. To all others involved, I thank you for your patience and understanding in all matters of the press. Virgogray could not promote and share such vital work without the loyalty and integrity of the poets, artists and readers who support us.