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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.



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,, 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

URB $10 summer sale!

This is a pretty great deal, you guys. Why is it a great deal? Well, normally these books sell for $13 to $16 (depending on the title)—plus shipping, so a total of around $17-20. But since I’m selling them directly to you, I can afford to lower the price and eat the shipping costs (and sales tax, if applicable). Please help me clear out some space in my library!


Titles available:

$10/anthology via PayPal to joanne-at-upperrubberboot-dot-com (specify the book you want and your mailing address; includes shipping via media mail only; U. S. residents only).

5 August 2015

Doing an AMA!

I’m over at Reddit right now doing an AMA – come ask me questions!

14 March 2015

Imbolc update.

Just learned that today is Imbolc, a Gaelic festival for the beginning of spring! So, happy Imbolc, and here’s some news about our Spring 2015 catalogue:

  • Our Kickstarter campaign for How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens closed with $3,488 pledged, which, after we pay Kickstarter and Amazon (for credit card fulfillment) and contributor royalties, netted us about $2,500, allowing us to order a very small print run of the anthology, and pay for some promotional materials (business cards, flyers, etc.) for the AWP conference in Minneapolis in April. Look for us at Table 1919.


Also, as always, there’s new reading out from, and news for, Upper Rubber Boot authors since our last round-up at New Year’s!

Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributor Brian Evenson has translated Incidents in the Night Book 2, by French artist David B.

His fellow contributor Kelly Link has a new collection of short stories: Get in Trouble, which has been reviewed quite favourably.

hustler-kneeland Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good contributor Andrea Kneeland‘s How to Pose for Hustler is out in a month and is already getting rave reviews from Roxane Gay (“Kneeland’s remarkable, razor sharp short fictions”) and Lindsay Hunter (“It’s a how-to for people trying to be people, trying to figure out how to live despite the darkness and confused desires that are too often mistaken for light. This book is a headlamp, and it is also the darkness. I could not put it down.”).

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens contributor Ken Liu (who had a very, very short story in 140 And Counting) has a translation of “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang in Uncanny. io9 recently discussed his translation of Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem.

His fellow contributor Daniel José Older‘s new book Half-Resurrection Blues was called “fresh and richly envisioned” in Publishers’ Weekly.

Finally, Sarah Pinsker‘s “Beauty and the Baby Beast” was in Daily Science Fiction.

1 February 2015

“a period or something ;)”

Still ecstatic about the support received through the Kickstarter campaign for HOW TO LIVE ON OTHER PLANETS. At the end of each campaign, you send a survey out to the people who donated to get whatever information you need in order to provide them with their rewards.

Got some heart-warming and some hilarious responses to the open-ended survey question, “Questions? Special instructions? Kickstarter forces backers to answer all questions, so if you’ve got nothing, just put a period or something in the space.” Here are some of the best:

“You guys rock.”

“N/A, Congratulations on a well run campaign! I can’t wait to see what else you may offer in future campaigns! Can’t wait to read the stories!”

“Give yourselves a pat on the back – you deserve it!”

“I’m sorry we didn’t meet the stretch goal. May this book be a bestseller when it comes out.”

“rock on”


“This space not left blank.”

“bloop bloop”


16 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Lots of news to share! First, our Kickstarter campaign for How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens has 10 days left to go—get your pre-ordered copy now!

Secondly, the deadline for submissions to The Museum of All Things Awesome And That Go Boom is coming up on Sunday.

Finally, there’s tons of new reading out from, and news for, Upper Rubber Boot authors since our last round-up over the summer!

Corey Mesler, author of The Sky Needs More Work, was discussed recently in The Commercial Appeal Memphis‘s article “2014 in Review: Remembering the year’s best Memphis poetry“:

As both a producer and a retailer of poetry, Mesler is not only grateful to patron saint of poetry Keillor, but also is well positioned to affirm the accuracy of a quote he recalls by novelist John Fowles: “Poetry, alas, is something you can’t sell.”

But Mesler is dauntless: “If you want to talk magic, I’d like more people to leave their homes occasionally to visit the bookstore to hear a poet read. How nice it is to hear a poet read his or her own words! How nice to know that you can take those words home with you in little packets called books!”


Lyn Lifshin, author of Marilyn Monroe: Poems, has a new book out with Glass Lyre Press entitled Femme Eterna.

Soles author Mari Ness has a poem in Goblin Fruit.

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

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

Hope you all have a happy New Year!

1 January 2015

Kickstarter progress

My Kickstarter campaign was the featured project in Publishing over the weekend, and it’s still up – I guess I’m benefitting from the holiday, which is pretty cool. We’ve passed $2,000!

We’re almost halfway to the stretch goal of $4,500, which would allow me to do an actual print run instead of print-on-demand – so the money goes to a local printer instead of Amazon, and we’ll have more money for advertising/promotion/etc. Upper Rubber Boot Books is ending 2014 with three dollars in our bank account (no kidding) so this is a HUGE boost for us and I’m so grateful for everybody’s support (and the many shares of my statuses about the campaign, so helpful in getting the word out!). I’m sure the authors will enjoy getting a larger royalty check too!

This morning, we’ve added a new reward level!


Receive a mobi (ebook for Kindle) or ePub (ebook for Nook, iPad, Kobo, most other e-readers) version of the book, a month before the general public, AND a copy of the print version as soon as it’s available. (If – and only if – we reach our stretch goal, you’ll get it before the official release date.)

ALSO, receive a 1:1 coaching session with writing coach, author and anthology contributor Minal Hajratwala to work on your creative goals, blocks and strategies. Suitable for all genders & genres. Available anywhere in the solar system via Skype. $155 value.

If you’ve already donated, you can increase your previous pledge and change to this reward.

This pledge level is limited to 3 people.

29 December 2014

Press release: Campbell McGrath in new Floodgate Poetry Series

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Campbell McGrath in new Floodgate Poetry Series

Campbell McGrath’s Picasso/Mao appears in Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 1, along with short collections by Jenna Bazzell and Martin Anthony Call. The book will be released November 17 in ebook and softcover editions.

Each Floodgate volume will combine the work of newer writers with established poets. This new book is the first in the series.

“I’m so excited to work with such excellent poets,” said Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, the series editor. “Bringing together debut collections by Jenna Bazzell and Martin Call with McGrath’s fourteenth book displays the broad range of poetry being written today. That’s what Floodgate is all about.”

Campbell McGrath’s Picasso/Mao is a short collection of poems told from the point of view of the two historical figures, spanning seventy-five years of history. McGrath is the author of twelve collections of poetry, and has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships. He is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing at Florida International University. Celebrated poet and novelist Denise Duhamel, who guest edited The Best American Poetry 2013, called his collection “dazzling, and elegantly crafted.”

Jenna Bazzell’s Homeland describes a troubled family life, beginning with a drug deal gone bad, redeemed by time and the pleasures of the natural world. Bazzell won the 2010 AWP Intro Journal Award and has received two Honorable Mentions from the Academy of American Poets Prize, for poems included in the collection.

Martin Anthony Call’s The Fermi Sea explores a near future of urban decay, nanobots and holograms against a backdrop of lost love. Call earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2008.

The Floodgate Poetry 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.

Upper Rubber Boot Books is publishing the series. “Upper Rubber Boot” is Nova Scotian slang for a remote, possibly unhip, probably insignificant place. URB Books was founded in 2011 to give a voice to writers working from a (metaphorically) remote place, and to that end publishes primarily poetry, short story collections, and other books which would have a difficult place finding a home in the publishing world.



Joanne Merriam, Publisher
Upper Rubber Boot Books
PO Box 41232, Nashville TN 37204

15 November 2014

Open call for Choose Wisely

Announcing an open call for reprint submissions for our upcoming anthology of fiction, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good, edited by H.L. Nelson and Joanne Merriam, to be published in 2015 by Upper Rubber Boot Books. Authors must identify as female, and stories must feature female protagonists up to no good.

  • Word/page count: Up to 5,000 words/story.
  • Payment: Pro-rated share of 35% royalty for ebook sales and 10% royalty of print book sales; pro-rata share to be based upon page count in the print edition.
  • Publication history: Must be previously published. Non-exclusive reprint rights must be available (but it’s fine if the work is still available to readers online). Unpublished works may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories.
  • Simultaneous submissions: Since we will be asking for non-exclusive rights, this is fine as long as the other market is also non-exclusive; please note that this means we will expect you not to withdraw a submission because it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: 12 August 2014 Holy crap, you guys. We’ve received 16 submissions in less than day and they are all good. Accordingly, I’m closing submissions at midnight tonight (5 August 2014, Central Standard Time).
  • To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
    (a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
    (b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
    (c) a listing of previous publication credit(s) for the work.
    Put “CHOOSE WISELY” in the subject line.
    If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rightsholder that you are authorized to translate it.

4 August 2014

Contributor & Book News, & Review Round-up

Lots of great reading from, and news for, Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

And for 140 And Counting contributors:



Lyn Lifshin, whose persona poetry collection Marilyn Monroe: Poems we published back in December, has a new poetry collection out with Texas Review Press entitled Secretariat: The Red Freak, The Miracle.


Corey Mesler‘s The Sky Needs More Work will be released on Thursday, and is already available for pre-order at Kobo! Here’s a sample:


Mesler’s book was recently reviewed by Susan Cushman at Pen & Palette, who wrote, in part, “…the subject matter is dripping with delicious verbal concoctions… This book is not to be missed.”


Speaking of reviews, Upper Rubber Boot titles are getting some great reader reviews!

Bicycle Girl is not for the faint-hearted, as it includes some brutal scenes of interrogation, but this is a fascinating depiction of an all-too-credible future played out in a convincing (and refreshingly non-standard) setting. reader VikingS, on Tade Thompson’s “Bicycle Girl

Best 99 cents I’ve spent in a long time. …It left me with the feeling that my brain had just been set afire (in a good way). reader Barbara A. Varacalli, on David M. Harris’ “Changing the World

This was a lovely, quick read with some powerful imagery! reader Colleen B., on Shira Lipkin’s “The Selves We Leave Behind

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