This Is Horror

We’re excited and humbled that Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good was nominated in the anthology category for a This Is Horror Award! Also lovely to see Damien Angelica Walters and Rebecca Jones-Howe, both of whom were in Choose Wisely, nominated for their short story collections – and so many other wonderful writers and presses here. Please go vote!

10 January 2016

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2, containing poetry by Kallie Falandays, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs, and Judy Jordan, was released on 17 November 2015.

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This is the second volume in the Floodgate Poetry Series, an annual series of books collecting three chapbooks by three poets in a single volume, edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. Chapbooks—short books under 40 pages—arose when printed books became affordable in the 16th century. The series is in the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals, and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s.

 

Kallie Falandays‘ debut collection of poetry, Tiny Openings Everywhere, distorts reality and the many ways we perceive it with a raucous, almost violent brand of play in poems more interested in questioning reality than nailing it down. At times breathtaking, others delightfully perplexing, these verses are as quixotic and witty as they are essential and damning. Falandays received her MFA from Wichita State University in 2015. She writes copy by day and runs a small editing business, telltellpoetry.com, by night from her home in Philadelphia.

Score for a Burning Bridge, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs‘ debut collection of poems, examines politics, loneliness, and doubt in poems that startle the intellect and imagination. In these intimate meditations, Jorgensen-Briggs explores the modern world and searches (as so many of us do) for his place in it with a singular voice and vision. Jorgensen-Briggs received his MFA from New York University in 2007, spent two months in Palestine working with the International Solidarity Movement, and currently works with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and live in the Des Moines Catholic Worker Community.

Judy Jordan‘s Hunger chronicles Jordan’s time living in a greenhouse in Virginia that continues (and nearly concludes) the story she started in her first two books, Carolina Ghost Woods and 60¢ Coffee and a Quarter to Dance. Hunger cements Jordan’s status as an expert of the vertical narrative in lyrical style and is the first collection she’s published in eleven years. Jordan teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she lives off the grid in the heart of the Shenandoah National Forest in an eco-friendly, earthbag house she built by hand.

 

Reviews of Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2:

Judy Jordan’s “Hunger” section was the one that struck deepest for me. It was keenly observed lack, hunger but also bills and illness, and yet not in a way that became a drumbeat of woe. It started with my favorite of the section, “These First Mornings Living in the Greenhouse,” and the entire section had the feel of a latter-day imperial fall in real daily terms—not what we imagine an imperial fall would be like, but what it actually was, dragged out, small, particular, personal ways. The greenhouse in the cold is vivid and rich and particular, and Jordan goes on from there to all the other particulars of a fall (not an autumn, a fall), the bulldozers, the algae-clogged ponds.

—Marissa Lingen, “Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2, by Judy Jordan, Kallie Falandays, and Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs,” Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway, 29 September 2015

Welcome to the Kallieverse, which shares the everyday pleasures and perils of our world, but seems to obey slightly different laws of physics and tilts its language in new intriguing ways. It’s the twin of our cosmos, separated from ours at the Big Bang—and happily, Ms. Falandays has reunited them.

—Albert Goldbarth, on Kallie Falandays’ Tiny Openings Everywhere

There is a stillness and attentiveness in Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs’s Score for a Burning Bridge, an abiding quiet, as if the poems are trying not to scare something wild nearby. In this stillness you can hear “the purr of locusts” and “dusk, quiet / as a coat on a hook.” But as you travel deeper into this stunning collection to where “the map is lost / inside the act of folding”—you see, of course, that the poems are wild themselves.

—Maggie Smith, on Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs’s Score for a Burning Bridge

This is a great American poem. Jordan tells the truth of a life as split open by the world—by life on this earth with other kinds of beings, human and other, with dreams and ghosts, machinery, between the visible and invisible. The language is thick, allusive, rich, dense. She turns scalding materials into gorgeous art.

—Adrienne Rich, on Judy Jordan’s Hunger

1 comment 17 November 2015

“Poetry is hard, let’s…read more poetry.”

So I’m working today to get Floodgate Poetry Series​ Vol. 2 promo set up, and I search on Floodgate because I am looking for something else and up pops this really thoughtful review by Marissa Lingen​ that I missed when she published it, probably because I was packing for Kenya and so tremendously distracted by all of that—anyway, these particular chapbooks aren’t 100% her thing, but I am loving how thoughtful she is in her examination of this (“I think it was less ‘these are bad poems’ and more ‘these are not mostly the poems for me.'”) and I love what she has to say about Judy Jordan​’s chapbook:

Judy Jordan’s “Hunger” section was the one that struck deepest for me. It was keenly observed lack, hunger but also bills and illness, and yet not in a way that became a drumbeat of woe. It started with my favorite of the section, “These First Mornings Living in the Greenhouse,” and the entire section had the feel of a latter-day imperial fall in real daily terms–not what we imagine an imperial fall would be like, but what it actually was, dragged out, small, particular, personal ways. The greenhouse in the cold is vivid and rich and particular, and Jordan goes on from there to all the other particulars of a fall (not an autumn, a fall), the bulldozers, the algae-clogged ponds.

Thank you, Marissa. And everybody: go read her reviews! Not just of our books but all of her reviews, because they are always thoughtful and well-expressed, and we need this kind of literary conversation.

14 November 2015

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3

Containing a poetry chapbook by Enid Shomer, another chapbook co-written by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, and a third chapbook co-written by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wi, Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3 will be released in November 2016.

This is the third volume in the Floodgate Poetry Series, an annual series of books collecting three chapbooks by three poets in a single volume, edited by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum. Chapbooks—short books under 40 pages—arose when printed books became affordable in the 16th century. The series is in the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals, and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s.

1 comment 13 November 2015

Goodreads Giveaway of Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2 by Judy Jordan

Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2

by Judy Jordan

Giveaway ends November 17, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

10 November 2015

Contributor news!

It’s been a pretty long time—nine months!—since I’ve shared contributor news, so I have a long list of stuff for you to read and enjoy below.

 
Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

 
Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good contributors:

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How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens contributors:

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The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom (which will be released next year) contributors:

 
Soles Series contributors:

 
The Twelfth Planet book Letters to Tiptree includes many talented writers, including URB authors Rose Lemberg, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo, Nisi Shawl, Lucy Sussex, Rachel Swirsky, and Bogi Takács.

And, finally, Flight 505: A Novella‘s author Leslie Bohem has a TV series with Hulu involving psychics and organized crime that’s going to be awesome.

31 October 2015

Goodreads Giveaway of Flight 505

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Flight 505 by Leslie Bohem

Flight 505

by Leslie Bohem

Giveaway ends September 27, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

20 September 2015

Press release: Flight 505 takes off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Flight 505 takes off

Los Angeles writer Leslie Bohem releases an explosive new novel about the rock and roll life.

Nashville, TN – Upper Rubber Boot Books announces the release of the Leslie Bohem’s book Flight 505, a rock and roll road trip thriller. The story follows three former bandmates, one a mega-star, one a heroin junkie, and one living a quiet suburban life, and chronicles the killer consequences of their reunion.

“I am tremendously excited about Les’ book,” said Joanne Merriam, the Publisher. “We are incredibly proud to publish the work of such a passionate and exciting new talent.”

Legendary post-punk rocker Johnette Napolitano called the book “a great read,” and said, “if you weren’t in L.A. back in the ’80s… well, this is what it was like.”

ABOUT LESLIE BOHEM
Leslie Bohem was part of the early 1980s Los Angeles music scene. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cult hit with their single, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls,” which appeared in Revenge of the Nerds. He was also the bass player of Sparks. His songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Misty Martinez, and others. His new album, Moved to Duarte, will be released soon.

He is also a screenwriter, and wrote and executive produced (with Steven Spielberg) the mini-series Taken, for which he won an Emmy award. He also wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, Dante’s Peak, and many others. Twenty Bucks, which he wrote based on a 1935 script by his dad, Endre Bohem, earned an Independent Spirit Award.

ABOUT UPPER RUBBER BOOT BOOKS
Upper Rubber Boot Books is a small press based in Nashville, Tennessee, specializing in poetry books, novellas, and anthologies.

For more information about Flight 505, please visit www.upperrubberboot.com, or contact Joanne Merriam at joanne@upperrubberboot.com.

Cover: http://www.upperrubberboot.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Flight505-print-frontonly-5-6-15.jpg
Expanded book information: http://www.upperrubberboot.com/flight-505-a-novella/

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4 September 2015

Flight 505: A Novella

Billy Sooner made it big. Mickey and Al were left behind. In a bid to recapture the past, they hope to reunite on stage at Madison Square Gardens, before Mickey’s shady past and bingo dauber heroin send them on a trip they can’t come back from.

Flight 505 is bloody, bleak, meditative, funny, and, on one level or another, all about music, musicians, and the glory and damage of their world.

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Leslie Bohem was part of the great Los Angeles music scare of the early 1980s. His band, Gleaming Spires, had a cultish hit with their single, “Are You Ready For the Sex Girls” (if you ever saw Revenge of the Nerds, you know) and he was at the same time holding down a day job as the bass player with the band Sparks.

After this burgeoning career in rock and roll stopped burgeoning, he found a job writing screenplays about rock and roll musicians whose careers had stopped burgeoning. But no one makes movies about rock and roll musicians whose careers etc, and so he wrote A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5, The Horror Show and bits and pieces of several other memorable epics. Eventually Twenty Bucks, which he wrote based on a 1935 script by his dad, Endre, was made. The movie earned critical raves and several awards, including an Independent Spirit Award. His other screenwriting credits include Daylight, Dante’s Peak, The Alamo, Kid, Nowhere To Run, The Darkest Hour, and the mini-series Taken which he wrote and executive produced (with Steven Spielberg) and for which he won an Emmy award.

He’s had songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Randy Travis, Freddy Fender, Steve Gillette, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), Alvin (of the Chipmunks), and the awesome Misty Martinez. His short stories have appeared in some rather embarrassing men’s magazines, in several magazines including Sanitarium and The Lost Coast Review, and on Derek Haas’ site, Popcorn Fiction, where two of them, “DMT” and “Honeymoon” have been optioned and will hopefully be coming to a theater near you soon. Right now, he’s developing his series Shut Eye for Hulu. His new album, Moved to Duarte, will be up and out soon.

Follow him on instagram @movedtoduarte.

 

What People Are Saying About Flight 505:

…a no-bullshit and captivating peek false-glam/true-grit world of being a rock musician in LA. Bohem’s amazing and the fact that he is consistently creating is a beautiful thing.

—Heather Drain, Mondo Heather, 5 September 2015

If Rod Serling and Alfred Hitchcock showed more interest in the new wave scene out of Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 1980s instead of the French new wave films by Truffaut, they might have been two of the characters in the Les Bohem underground classic Flight 505. If you missed the scene, then this is your chance to get a taste of the noise, the buzz and the nazz, while flying high in the clubs in Chinatown and everywhere else in this God forsaken landscape. If you were there, the unpredictable storytelling will take you by surprise. Fasten your seat belt and take a quick ride to the dark side of town, where the bands played sloppy and loud and the Hollywood girls and boys lived as if there was no tomorrow. Flight 505 is boarding now. All seats are sold out. Stand by is no longer available.

Get your copy before it’s too late.

Marvin Etzioni

A generational voice of singular resonance—elevating what in other less skilled hands is simply genre, becomes a minor classic that fully captures a moment in our culture, one that will always look different to those who take the time to read this.

John Steppling

Les Bohem writes a story with the same easy style that people share them in conversation. In Flight 505, he brought me back to the noir and punk rock-informed Los Angeles of my youth, with recognizable characters and situations as though he were describing an actual night we’d been at the same place at the same time. This is no romantic memory; it is, instead, a richer, in-depth portrayal of a scene and late 20th Century American Dream of “making it” in rock n roll. Much more than “rock n roll fiction,” Flight 505 is a cautionary tale about knowing oneself and being able to live to tell.

Theresa K.

Flight 505 pays dark homage to the Southern California post-punk music scene. Through the story of three band-mates drawn to Los Angeles during its rock club heyday, Les Bohem skillfully deconstructs the adolescent male’s archetypal dream of rock and roll stardom. Bohem’s prose carries the cautionary weight of his having been there. The problem with most rock and roll fiction is that it invariably falls prey to its own self-importance. Flight 505 begs to differ.

Rodney Crowell

I’m not one for reading rock and roll writing. I find it either terribly clichéd or over-fantasized. Having definitely been there and definitely done that, I was immediately familiar with and felt real affection for Les’ dysfunctional family of characters.

Every dirty club floor, cheap beer and chronic loser truly lives and breathes in this story, and Les’ amazing recollection of and attention to detail are so impeccable if you weren’t in L.A. back in the ’80s, you’ll certainly feel as if you are… and if you weren’t in a band, well, this is what it was like. A great read.

Johnette Napolitano

1 September 2015

Kickstarter for Floodgate 2

We’re currently running a Kickstarter campaign for Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 2.

This is the second in an annual series of books collecting three chapbooks by three poets in a single volume: in this volume, Kallie Falandays, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs, and Judy Jordan.

floodgate_coverart_no2_2015_6x9_front

 

Kallie Falandays‘ debut collection of collection, Tiny Openings Everywhere, distorts reality and the many ways we perceive it with a raucous, almost violent brand of play in poems more interested in questioning reality than nailing it down. At times breathtaking, others delightfully perplexing, these verses are as quixotic and witty as they are essential and damning. Falandays received her MFA from Wichita State University in 2015. She writes copy by day and runs a small editing business, telltellediting.com, by night from her home in Philadelphia.

Score for a Burning Bridge, Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs‘ debut collection of poems, examines politics, loneliness, and doubt in poems that startle the intellect and imagination. In these intimate meditations, Jorgensen-Briggs explores the modern world and searches (as so many of us do) for his place in it with a singular voice and vision. Jorgensen-Briggs received his MFA from New York University in 2007, spent two months in Palestine working with the International Solidarity Movement, and currently works with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and live in the Des Moines Catholic Worker Community.

Judy Jordan‘s Hunger chronicles Jordan’s time living in a greenhouse in Virginia that continues (and nearly concludes) the story she started in her first two books, Carolina Ghost Woods and 60¢ Coffee and a Quarter to Dance. Hunger cements Jordan’s status as an expert of the vertical narrative in lyrical style and is the first collection she’s published in eleven years. Jordan teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she lives off the grid in the heart of the Shenandoah National Forest in an eco-friendly, earthbag house she built by hand. Adrienne Rich said of Hunger, “This is a great American poem.”

Donate here for a copy of the book!

26 August 2015

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