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.

 

Blast from the Past: Chris D’Errico Interview on VGP Radio

Here is a blast from the past some may not remember. On January 31, 2009 I interviewed Chris D’Errico, author of Vegas Implosions. Chris reads from his chap betwixt quirky, author to author conversation.  The interview took place on The Virgogray Anonymous Midnight Poetry Radio Show, aired every night at midnight for a few months until I  stopped broadcasting. There is currently a plan to bring back a weekly broadcast. Stay tuned for details and enjoy this interview until then!

Chris DErrico Interview 01/31 by VGP Radio | Blog Talk Radio.

Vegas Implosions by Chris D'Errico (Virgogray Press, 2008)

Publication Opportunity Updates

For some writers it’s all about getting published, for others it is just the thought of sharing their work with others. At Virgogray Press, these opportunities are all possible and to a continuously growing audience. Here’s a note to inform we’ve updated our Submissions Page. Quite typically our submissions expand and contract throughout the year and we recommend regular visits. This latest expansion includes the submission call for a new anthology of patriotic poetry. Here is the skinny:

Patriotic Poetry

We want your patriotic poetry! Join Virgogray Press in a new anthology of verse celebrating your American heritage! We’re looking for all types of poetry, so don’t be afraid to show us your red, white and blue pride! These are the stipulations:

Submit POETRY ONLY! Poems may be up to 100 lines in length. Submit no more than 5 poems. You will not  receive monetary compensation if published! You will receive a contributors copy with our thanks! Your name will be adorned in the annals of this press and, with luck, beyond. When you submit your work, please INCLUDE a BIOGRAPHY not to exceed 4 sentences or five lines.  ALSO INCLUDE your MAILING ADDRESS.

 Subject Line: (Patriotic Poetry / Last name)
To: michael.aaron.casares@gmail.com

Please visit our Submissions page for details on all our current publication opportunities. And don’t forget, we can’t do what we do without you; thanks for your continued support and for being a part of this literary canon.