Some events in and around NYC this weekend and next. Also a new journal.

One of the great things about being so close to NYC is the plethora of literature events that occur almost weekly.  I’ve copied a few URL’s to several events that might be worth checking out.

Fence/Fence Books

An excellent journal as well as a publisher of some fine poets.

On Saturday, Fence is having a Garden Party (even if it rains) to celebrate the A Best of Fence anthology, featuring readings by contributors and editors (Lynne Tillman, Peter Gizzi, Sarah Gambito, Stacy Doris, Matthew Rohrer, Max Winter) between 1 and 6 pm.

On Sunday, Fence & Fence Books will share a table (#76) with the fabulous Open City at the Brooklyn Book Festival.

On Saturday and Sunday Fence & Fence Books will be at Boog City’s Small Press Fair.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Dear Black Lawrence Press Friends, Fans, and Family,

Just a friendly reminder.

Please join us this Sunday Brooklyn Book Festival.

“The Brooklyn Book Festival is a huge, free public event presenting an array of literary stars and emerging authors who represent the exciting world of literature today. One of America’s premier literary and literacy events, this hip, smart, diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages. The festival is organized around themed readings and devoted to timely and lively panel discussions. The inclusion of top national and international authors and new partners has expanded the festival’s reach while continuing to celebrate and enhance Brooklyn’s contemporary and historic literary reputation.”
– From the Brooklyn Book Festival Website

We will be there from 10 AM to 6 PM rain or shine. Some come on by and say hello. Here are a few great reasons to make the trip:

1) All of our books will be 30% off of the cover price.

2) In response to popular demand, we will be giving away printed copies of Diane Goettel’s “How to Get Published by a Small Press” lecture to the first fifty people who purchase one or more of our books.

3) We will be hosting a raffle to win a complete set of Black Lawrence Press’s titles. That includes three chapbooks (one fiction, two poetry), three novels, six short story collections, and thirteen poetry collections. Basically, it’s everything that you see on the BLP website now plus a few more titles that we be out by the time of the book fair. That’s a total of 25 books at a retail value of $367.95. The raffle ticket, howeveronly costs you one dollar and one business card.

4) If you are planning on submitting to the Fall, 2009 Black River Chapbook Competition, you can bring your manuscript to us in person and we will waive the entry fee.

We hope to see you there!

All the best,
Your Buddies at Black Lawrence Press

An interesting event on September 24th in NYC.
I’m pleased to announce and invite/welcome you to attend a very innovative two-day event being held at CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan (5th Ave/34th St), September 24,
8:30PM/September 25, 9:30 to 8:30 PM:

Belladonna Series, in collaboration with The Center for Humanities, celebrates ten years of publishing and supporting the
feminist avant-garde with a conference on feminist poetics and
activism. Participants include Ammiel Alcalay, Caroline Bergvall, Tonya Foster, Dodie Bellamy, Hoa Nguyen, Marcella Durand, Sarah Gambito, Kathy Park Hong, Rodrigo Toscano, Anne Waldman and about 95 other activist thinkers, writers, presenters. Opening and closing performances will feature Kathleen Fraser, Erica Hunt, Eileen
Myles, Carla Harryman, Catriona Strang & Christin Stewart, Sally
Silvers, Lila Zemborain & Cecilia Torino. The organizing collective has worked toward open and participatory session design and the whole gathering is free, with registration required onsite (though Belladonna Series needs money and is requesting donations). Please come!
The full schedule can be found at:

a new journal

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to inform you about a wonderful new literary magazine. The Collagist, an online literary journal, is edited and e-published by the great folks at Dzanc Books. The debut issue is available for your reading pleasure at:

The Collagist is edited by Matt Bell with Matthew Olzmann as Poetry Editor.  The debut issue includes fiction by Chris Bachelder, Kevin Wilson, Kim Chinquee, Matthew Salesses, and Gordon Lish, plus an excerpt from Laird Hunt’s forthcoming novel Ray of the Star. Charles Jensen, Oliver de la Paz, and Christina Kallery each contribute several new poems, and Ander Monson and David McLendon offer  unique takes on the personal essay. The Collagist‘s first book review section includes coverage of Terry Galloway’s Mean Little Deaf Queer, Michal Ajvaz’s The Other City, and Brian Evenson’sFugue State, as well as a video review of Jonathan Baumbach’s You, or the Invention of Memory.

This issue will also extend onto a blog, which will feature interviews with contributors and audio and video readings of work found in the issue, all of which will also be available as a podcast through iTunes. The blog can be found

I hope you enjoy the read!

Diane Goettel
Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press

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