Friday, December 3, 2010

Small Press Holiday Recommendations: Day 23

Congratulations to Doug Mathewson and tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, who will be receiving review copies from Bottom Dog Press. Doug is a Connecticut-based writer and editor of the lovely Blink-Ink, my favorite journal of micro fiction (featuring stories of approx. 50 words). He’ll be reviewing Degrees of Elevation, a compilation of Appalachian short stories, and says, “Several years ago I read Breece D'J Pancake. His writing impressed me immensely. His style, his cadence, changed (or perhaps validated) my own writing style. Breece Pancake, to me, has been the voice of Appalachian short fiction. I would be fascinated to read more from the region.” Doug is also providing us with three small press publisher recommendations today.

tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE is both a one-man avant-garde movement, and an eclectic and obsessive archivist. A Baltimore native, Tent and his impressive collection of small press books and underground films have resided in Pittsburgh for the past few decades. Last I checked, he creates in the media of film, poetry, performance art, and music, but I’m probably forgetting a few more. I recently had the pleasure of attending an evening of short films curated by Tent, from his stash of underground reels collected over the last thirty-odd years. Tent’s two most recent books are HiTEC Systems Management from Encyclopedia Destructica,
and footnotes from Six Gallery Press. I’m happy that he will be reviewing the prose-poetry novel, The Mermaid Translation.


1. Small Beer Press
Fantastic small publishing house. Gavin Grant and Kelly Link offer many new titles for the Holidays from well known and newer writers. They also publish "Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet” on a bi-annual basis. Free shipping and discounted "Remainders."

2. Right Hand Pointing
On-line indie publisher. See links to their other ventures Left Hand Waving and White Knuckle Press. Dale Wisely and company put out some incredibly good writers and poets in a clean well formatted environment. Nice friendly people to work with.

3. The Boston Literary Magazine
Editor Robin Stratton published more high quality chap-books than anyone I know. My favorite of her many delightful ventures is a quarterly literary journal, The Boston Literary Magazine. She achieves a remarkable level of inclusiveness (which I admire), without the least compromise in quality. The artwork is consistently complimentary and strangely attractive.

Recommended by
Doug Mathewson, editor of Blink-Ink and author of "True Stories from Imaginary Lives"

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