2016 Nyc 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
If you’re interested in providing reviews, hit us up at: nostroviachapbooks[at]gmail[dot]com. Every person who gets their review posted will be thanked with a free print copy, which are being produced by Craig Mullins at Bottlecap Press. Craig helped out last year, spending a ton of time adjusting printing specs to best showcase the chapbooks, & we're stoked to resume working with him thru 2016.
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.
- 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"