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Announcing Three New Chapbooks

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We received an astonishing group of submissions this summer through our open reading period–really, the best manuscripts we’ve ever had. And we made a lot of really heart-breaking decisions winnowing down the field. We decided, in the end, on three truly excellent chapbooks: Alix Anne Shaw’s “Contingent,” Russell Jaffe’s “La Croix Water,” and Kay Gabriel and David Pritchard’s “Impropria Persona.” And don’t forget about Cean Gamalinda’s amazing scroll poem, which we’re publishing really soon! Find more info about our new authors — and the finalists from the reading period — after the jump.

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Announcing Cean Gamalinda’s “conversation at a party”

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Poet Cean Gamalinda at his home in Chicago

We are very excited to announce our next chapbook: conversation at a party, by Cean Gamalinda. It will be available in the Fall of 2015; we’ll post a link for a pre-order shortly. conversation at a party is a single continuous poem, stretching 40 manuscript pages–and we’ll publish it as such. Following Cean’s design for the manuscript, conversation at a party will be printed as a scroll. Find his bio and an excerpt from the poem below the jump. (more…)

August Open Reading Period

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We are happy to announce that we will be open for chapbook submissions during the month of August, 2015. Please send us some great chapbooks! We will give preference to manuscripts which interrogate the material form of the chapbook — we want to reimagine the stakes and shape of the chapbook with you. Your chapbook should be approximately 6-24 pages, and should include a title page, a table of contents, a brief bio, and contact information. Please send your chapbooks (and any questions) to damask.press@gmail.com by midnight central time August 31st. (more…)

Announcing “Return.” by Adrienne Dodt

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Dear friends and readers: it is with great pleasure that we announce a new chapbook, “Return” by Adrienne Dodt. Adrienne’s poems engage in rich avant-garde experiments with the material of language. Zir poems are at once physical and metaphysical: examining the stuff of the body and the stuff of thought, “To cave in the face of / permanent,” as ze writes in the stunning long poem, “The Material of Memory.” Ze’s chapbook will be released in the late fall of this year, with a release party in the winter of 2015 in Chicago. Read one of zir’s poems in Fact-Simile and stay tuned for updates and a fund-raising campaign!  (more…)

Photos of Recent Work!

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We’ve been busy over the last year or so building big, innovative books — books which are not just vessels for poetry, but extensions and reflections of the work. Our process is always collaborative: we build books together with our authors to reflect their aesthetic and specification. Here’s a taste of our two most recent chapbooks, by Jay Besemer and Sophie Grimes:

Cover of Sophie Grimes' "City Structures

 

 

 

 

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