Leaning up to
the press’ twenty-eighth year of production, Ottawa’s above/ground press
launches a prose imprint, “prose/naut,” and announces its first four chapbook titles,
which will each become available over the next few weeks:
Earl, Sessions from the DreamHouse Aria (September 2020)
Eaton Hamilton, Would You Like a Little Gramma On Those? (September
mclennan, Twenty-one stories, (September 2020)
Waldrop, from THE LOSS FOR WORDS (October 2020)
Why a prose
imprint? With more than one thousand poetry-specific publications produced over
the past nearly thirty years, why branch out into prose? I suppose the
straightforward answer is that there appear to be fewer possibilities for
publication for lyric prose than even there were five ago, despite the wealth
of materials being produced. There is some incredible work being done, and my
own frustrations as a reader has brought us, one might say, to this.
The series hopes
to include single-author chapbooks of prose, from fiction to other forms, all of
which will be included as part of the regular above/ground press annual subscription
package. Review/media copies will also be available upon request (while supplies
If you wish to
pre-order all four titles, I would be open to that: $20 for all four (add $3 postage
for American orders; add $10 for international).
If you would rather, you could simply
subscribe to above/ground press RIGHT NOW and all four would be included: 2021
annual subscriptions (and resubscriptions) to above/ground press are available:
$75 (CAN; American subscribers, $75 US; $100 international) for everything above/ground press makes
from the moment you subscribe through to the end of 2021, including chapbooks,
broadsheets, The Peter F. Yacht Club and G U E S T [a journal of guest editors] and quarterly poetry journal Touch the Donkey [a small poetry journal].
Just what else might happen? Currently and
forthcoming items also include new poetry chapbooks by Julia Drescher (two this year!), Billy
Mavreas, ryan fitzpatrick, Sarah Burgoyne and Susan Burgoyne, Paul Perry, Jérôme
Melançon, Ava Hofmann, Alexander Joseph, David Miller, Sa’eed Tavana’ee Marvi
(trans. Khashayar Mohammadi), katie o'brien, Nathanael O’Reilly, Amelia Does,
Andrew Brenza, Genevieve Kaplan, Geoffrey Olsen, Franco Cortese (four over the
next few months), Zane Koss, Dennis Cooley, Barry McKinnon and Cecilia Tamburri
Stuart as well as a whole slew of publications that haven't even been
decided on yet.
Why wait? You can either send a cheque
(payable to rob mclennan) to 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 7M9, or
send money via PayPal or e-transfer to rob_mclennan (at) hotmail.com (or
through the PayPal button at robmclennan.blogspot.com).
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