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.

 

Suzi Kaplan Olmsted & Peter Marti at Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts

 

 

Suzi Kaplan Olmsted and Peter Marti will be reading for Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts on Friday September 28, 2012 at the Beat Museum (540 Broadway, San Francisco).  Suzi and Peter will be reading from their new publications: Elektra’s Mouth (Olmsted) and Elephants I Didn’t Ride (Marti), both Virgogray Publications. Poet, Marc Olmsted hosts, other poet guests include,  Sky Smith and Kathleen Wood. Poetry open mic lottery to take place!  7 PM, brought to you by Marc Olmsted and Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts.

 

 

Deena Metzger on “Elektra’s Mouth”

Poet extraordinaire recently sent us some thoughts on Suzi Kaplan Olmsted’s newest release, Elektra’s Mouth:

“Tortured by too many gifts to serve each well, Suzi Kaplan decided, to our great benefit, to pour what she knows of this impossible life into the very heart of story.  Also, in a time when almost everyone lies, she has decided to tell the truth, in poetry, no less.  And so, this book and the ones that will follow.  I have been fortunate to have known her so many years and to stand by her as we are all so honored to do. ”

– Deena Metzger, author of Ruin and Beauty, New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press, 2009) and Writing For Your Life (HarperCollins, 1992).