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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Greetings all from Austin, TX. A brief update on the goings-on regarding Virgogray. We had a bit of a hiccup recently when the AC Jack on our computer broke. Fortunately, everything was backed up, but having put the machine in the shop and waiting for a part took some precious time. We are now scrambling to get his book out to you now that we are back online. We appreciate the graciousness of the author and his many fans for their patience, but one thing for certain is it is quite a collection to look forward. We are proud to have Justin Blackburn back with us (we previously published his collection “Farting Fire”– our best selling title which is up for a re-release probably next year), and I know there will be much to look forward to once this project gets rolling.
Another new publication that will be quick on the heels of Justin Blackburn’s “You Are Not a Normal Human Being,” is “Sinister Splashplay” by David S. Pointer. I can tell you for a fact, we are very excited about this publication which is a long time in the coming from a very talented poet and writer who has bright future in the writing world. I imagine things are just getting underway for Mr. Pointer, who has been a constant contributor to Virgogray Press for a number of years now. This consummation between poet and press is indeed a long in the coming and something to look forward.
More news coming soon. Stay tuned…
Virgogray Press is currently seeking credited writers to read and review our work. We are open to all types of critique and review. Those interested in reviewing our titles will receive a free .pdf file via e-mail. Should VGP decide to publish your review on our website, we will send you a copy of the title you reviewed. We cannot offer monetary pay, but do hope to gain a perspective from the literary world and our peers. The following is a list of books currently available for review:
NO FEAR by Doctori Sadisco
In the Broken Things by Gillian Prew
Vegas Implosions by Chris D’Errico
By the Banks of the Ajoy Jaideb Vanishes into the Blue by Subhankar Das
Elektra’s Mouth by Suzi Kaplan Olmsted
Please enclose a cover letter, brief bio and physical mailing address. Let us know which title you are interested in reviewing. There is a limit of two titles per submission. We look forward to hearing from those interested in dissecting the art of writing, an effort to grow the layers of understanding in the literature we present.