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The Material Word: Saison Poetry Library Open Day

nancy campbell arctic alphabet miel Our edition of Nancy Campbell’s How To Say I Love You in Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet is part of the Saison Poetry Library’s Material Word exhibit. The edition itself is nearly sold out: we have ten remaining copies! We’ll be bringing Nancy’s book and many others to the Small Publishers’ fair in London, November 14-15 (Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, from 11-7 both days—although on Saturday we’ll be leaving early to get the last train back to Belgium).

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All our 2014 and 2015 books have been acquired/will be acquired by the Saison Poetry Library. From the Saison’s website: “[the] Library, whose holdings go back to 1912, was established by the Arts Council in 1953 and speakers at the opening included TS Eliot and Herbert Read. After having homes across London the Library moved to Southbank Centre in 1988. Over the years the focus on poetry from around the world translated into English has increased, as has the children’s collections, poetry on audio and the collection of poetry magazines. The Library now holds over 200,000 items and is the largest collection of modernnancy campbell arctic alphabet miel and contemporary poetry in the UK.” We are pleased and proud that MIEL books will be held in this collection!

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Announcing MIEL’s 2014 open reading period results

Immensely pleased to be able to announce our 2015 list and part of our 2016 list, most of which came to us during our 2014 open reading period.

Poetry:

Rachel Moritz, chapbook
Metta Sáma, chapbook
William Reichard, chapbook
Celina Su, microseries chapbook
Neele Dellschaft, microseries chapbook
Megan Garr, chapbook
Luke Allan, chapbook
Ray Gonzalez, chapbook (2016)

Prose:

Amy Wright, nonfiction chapbook (2016)
Natalie Vestin, nonfiction chapbook
Jesse Keen, nonfiction chapbook

Art:

Andrew Schroeder, photographs
Thomas Sayers Ellis, photographs (2016)

If you’d like to support MIEL as we move forward with the publication of these books, you can purchase a poetry subscription, a nonfiction bundle, our art books bundle, a microseries subscription, or a full-year subscription. Subscribers underwrite the cost of printing, allowing us not only to publish more, but to take more risks about how we make out books—including investment in more costly printing and production processes. Thank you for considering a subscription!

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Call for Submissions: Caesarean Birth Anthology

From Rachel Moritz, author of a forthcoming MIEL chapbook, this call for essays on Caesarean births. (Note that this will not be published by MIEL—just signal-boosting.)

Call for submissions

We seek personal essays from individuals who have had C-Section births for an anthology that will be submitted to publishers in spring 2015.

While birth stories will likely be an important component of many essays, the anthology will focus on reflections during the months or years following a C-section. For instance, how has Caesarean birth, whether planned or unplanned, influenced your perspective on motherhood/parenthood, the body, the medical establishment, or natural birth stories? As three mothers who have noted a dearth in literature about the post C-Section experience after the first six weeks, we are looking for essays that articulate multifaceted perspectives not widely represented in popular or medical writing. We seek fresh conversations across identifications of race and ethnicity, age, class, gender, sexuality, and ability.

Essays should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages and submitted as a Word document to Birthessay@gmail.com. Please include e-mail contact information and a short bio. Questions should also be directed to this email address.

Deadline: February 28, 2015.

Our role as editors will be to discern connections and intriguing dissonance among the essays, as well as to converse with writers about their pieces. Submissions, however, should be polished and in final form. Any revisions we request will be minor.

Editors:

Amanda Fields is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose work has been published in Indiana Review, Brevity, Superstition Review, and others. She co-edited Toward, Around, and Away from Tahrir: Tracking Expressions of Emerging Egyptian Identity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). She gave birth to her daughter via C-Section in 2013.

Kathleen Glasgow‘s work has appeared in The Cimarron Review, Bellingham Review and many other journals. She writes for The Writer’s Almanac and lives in Saint Paul, MN. Her daughter was born in November, 2012; her son was born in June, 2008. Both children were delivered via C-section.

Rachel Moritz is the author of the poetry collection Borrowed Wave, forthcoming from Kore Press. Her work has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Iowa Review, Verse Daily, and other journals. She edits poetry for Konundrum Engine Literary Review. Her son was born via C-Section in 2010.

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111O/7

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111O/7 came out in May, but did it get enough fanfare then? No. How could it have? It is really the sweetest issue of the journal so far (although I do tend to think that about every one as it comes out), and it’s gotten great feedback from everyone who’s received it. The main thing I hear, besides appreciation for the writing and photo? I love the size. This issue of the journal is small. Not just small in the usual way—one image (a great photo of a school, by Andrew Schroeder), one piece of prose (a pair of indices by Sarah Ann Winn), and ten poems—but small physically. It can almost fit in one hand. Maybe if your hands are bigger than mine it would completely fit. And the poems in particular are atomic, brittle, shard-like.

It fits in a greeting-card-sized envelope, and it’s €10. You can get your copy here. Shipping’s included in the price.

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Details

This issue of our Little Magazine returns to a (tiny) book form—printed and stapled by our trusty Nottinghamshire printers, Tompkin Press.

There is FREE SHIPPING on this issue of 111O; the issue ordered in combination with other books/issues will not incur extra shipping charges.

We’re pleased to present writing by Anna Lena Phillips, A K Beck, Sarah Ann Winn, Joel Allegretti, Luke Allan, Aaron Anstett, A. Bennet Jacob, Elosham Arkady Vog, and others.

Cover photo by Andrew Schroeder, and it’s beautiful.

Edition of 150.
Dimensions: 150 mm x 90 mm

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Recent publications (elsewhere) by MIEL authors

bottomland laressa dickeyLaressa Dickey’s collection Bottomland is out from Shearsman (UK). Her chapbook, [apparatus for manufacturing sunset], is available from dancing girl press and is the most delicious use of footnotes.

Neele Dellschaft has a poem in Lighthouse‘s summer 2014 issue, and a chapbook, Call it an Immersion, forthcoming from dancing girl press.

Metta Sáma, whose work appears in 111O/5, has a new dos-à-dos chapbook out from Nous-Zot Press; it’s called After Sleeping to Dream/After After.

111O/6 contributor Willie Lin has a collaborative broadside out from Broadsided Press.

We love hearing good news from our writers and artists. Drop us an email if you’ve got something new coming out!

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the Germans are coming!

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 17.39.11Well…just a few of them, and they’re all fictional. We should definitely welcome them. After all, what do we know of that shadowy nation, Germany? Our textbooks and philosophers have little to say. It is a land shrouded in mists, populated by men and women whose customs are unfamiliar and whom we should, were we ever to encounter one of these marvellous creatures, surely find strange and bizarre. In the fragments that comprise Germania, George Szirtes provides us with the most astute psychological, geographical, anthropological, and theological survey of Germany yet. Should the place be one day proven to exist, this is your guide.

Germania is available for pre-order now, with an estimated ship date of September 23.

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Coming this September

jonterri gadson interruptions miel chapbook

 

Jonterri Gadson’s chapbook Interruptions is part of our microseries. It contains three poems—two short poems, one an excerpt from a long poem—which walk the tenuous line between safety and danger. The excerpt from the long poem, “Everything Else Requires My Approval”, is stunning in its despair and its sense of the imminence of danger in the speaker’s son’s life; it is also stunning in its ferocity and love, in the speaker’s desire to protect that son. Here are a few lines.

and then I will take in too much air or not enough of it too much then not enough of it / not enough and then too much like drowning me taking and taking and giving / too much of it away while my mother listens and this world without my son in it / forms itself around her. If he ever goes thro… how dare the air join us here in this new world / where there is room for nothing but air and his absence his absence and the cruelty of air / to move through him then stop

You can find out more about Jonterri on her author page, and pre-order the chapbook here.

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still reading…

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This morning was spent designing Jonterri Gadson’s chapbook. This afternoon was all re-reading of work that came in during our open reading period in June—the hardest part of running a tiny press, because reading lots of good work inevitably makes me want to publish everyhing, when realistically we can only publish a few chapbooks, maybe a book, every year. So that’s to say I’ve been sending out rejection letters again, and I’m sorry about that. Writers, rest assured—and I bet this applies to most small presses—that very often the rejection has nothing to do with how ‘good’ your work is (‘good’ meaning ‘publishable’). It has everything to do with the material circumstances of being a small press, wanting to do right by our authors (meaning having the energy and means to promote their books, not to mention design and bind them) with the limited resources I have. To the twenty or so of you who are still waiting to hear, I’m aiming to finish re-reading and deciding by the end of next week. In the meantime, please enjoy this view of our garden.