2016 N.y.c. Chapbook Series
Oi! Homies, you are bad-ass! After how well last year's contest rounded out, with amazing writers / events, we were confident in launching 2016's. Even with that, we were staggered smiling with the support & 102 submissions that hit our inbox within the 48hr window.
This page is our central hub to share updates in-regards to this year's contest / publishing production, but Christopher Morgan has also started a N! Tavern series exploring under the hood details of how we're running this. Along with this, we've have a lot of new jazz cooked up, but in keeping to N!'s fun w/ last minute giggles, we'll be dropping breadcrumbs (rather than neon flashes) as we move forward, till the right time to leap comes.
Like last year, winners debut at the 2016 N.Y.C. Poetry Festival, & have the option to represent themselves & N! on stage. Following their debut, the books will be distributed online / taken across country with our traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels, at a 'pay-what-you-can' rate. We do this to better provide an accessible amp for our authors, & to avoid clipping potentially excluding price-tags to lit's throat.
With this year's Books & Shovels tour, we do not have a route concreted except for closing out at Lit Crawl San Francisco. We are open to suggestions for cities / events / venues. If you see we're passing thru your residence, we'll trade you a book from our shelves for a shower.
& moving forward, we have decided upon 2016's winners / finalists! We're stoked to begin busting this year open with such talented writers, & to have some old / new faces jumping on-board to bring this all together.
Shout out to Craig Mullins of Bottlecap Press joining up with us again to print + Chuck Young lending his art expertise to help us work with tNY's extensive network of artists to find the right cover for each winner. Love to Pat Perry + Ryan Humphrey + Aniela Sobieski for contributing their art to the chaps <3
Nostrovia! is thrilled to announce our three winners for the 2016 N.Y.C. Chapbook Contest (!) :
I Can Remember The Meaning of Every Tarot Card But I Can't Remember What I Texted You Last Night
Elle Nash is a writer who lives at the foot of the Rockies. She is the founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine, and her most recent work appears in Reality Beach, Hobart Pulp, Enclave/Entropy Mag, and Blunderbuss Magazine. She always puts too much faith in the cards.
Elle's I Can Remember the Meaning of Every Tarot Card But I Can’t Remember What I Texted You Last Night is a collection of vulnerability and love despite rocky times, telling these stories through the tarot's knowing eye.
Order I Can Remember The Meaning of Every Tarot Card But I Can't Remember What I Texted You Last Night
–Juliet Escoria, Witch Hunt (Lazy Fascist Press)
–Sonya Vatomksy, Salt is For Curing (Sator Press)
DIG ELLE READING "THE MOON" FROM THEIR N!P CHAP(!):
Make A Fist & Tongue The Knuckles
Emily O'Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl. Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of YesYes Books' Pamet River Prize. She is the author of two chapbooks: Celeris (Fog Machine, 2016) and You Can't Pick Your Genre (Jellyfish Highway, 2016). She teaches writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and edits poetry for Wyvern Lit.
Emily's Make a Fist & Tongue the Knuckles comes prepared to finish the burial, sharing knives made from ruin to acknowledge the monsters dwelling in ourselves and others.
ORDER Make A Fist & Tongue The Knuckles
–Niina Pollari, Dead Horse (Birds LLC)
–Alexis Pope, That Which Comes After (Big Lucks)
DIG EMILY READING POEMS FROM THEIR N!P CHAP(!):
I was Talking About Love-You Are Talking About Geography
Bob Sykora is a former high school teacher. He is currently an MFA candidate at UMass Boston and the poetry editor at Breakwater Review. He was born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California, but has bounced around quite a bit since then. He still likes Chicago best.
Bob's I Was Talking About Love—You Are Talking About Geography is longing in a digital age, mixing wildness with self-deprecation to create snapshots of love on the decline.
–Emily Jaeger, The Evolution of Parasites (Sibling Rivalry Press)
–Jill McDonough, Where You Live (Salt Publishing)
DIG BOB READING "SEVENTEEN" FROM THEIR N!P CHAP(!):
If you want to get a vibe for how we like to distribute / promote, dig into last year's 6000+ mile journey from Oakland's Beast Crawl to their debut at the N.Y.C. Poetry Festival (here's how that tumbled together), & back west to Lit Crawl San Francisco, down to Tucson, & east east east to New Orleans. We kicked it around the Midwest, regrouping with homies in Kansas City before shooting to Salt Lake City, where vehicular troubles coerced us South back to the desert. I type this in a grungy lil Tucson cafe before rolling into work with those classic dishwasher-janked fingers.
& here's some work from each of our finalists!
- Sara Adams / Swallowing Shark
- Z.Z. Boone / They Whisper
- Catch Business / PREDICTIONS
- Meg Eden / Sometimes I Dream of Drowning
- Francesca Kritikos / It felt like worship
- Elle Nash / i can remember the meaning of every tarot card but i can't remember what i texted you last night
- Emily O'Neill / Make a Fist & Tongue the Knuckles
- Jackson Nieuwland / I Am A___
- David Rawson / The Martian Tends the Tree
- Bob Sykora / I Was Talking About Love--You Are Talking About Geography