Though our plans for this year have been mostly delayed and we have been temporarily transformed into Zoom-bies, we managed to get our annual journal to the printer, to be released in mid-January. Here's a bit about that, and the other projects in the works:
Travel Agency | Pinsapo Journal Issue III
This journal is rather different from the others, focusing more heavily on visual elements than we have in the past. Alongside the poems, stories, essays and otherwise uncategorizable writings, Travel Agency contains maps, drawings, stickers, temporary tattoos and a full-color foldout poster. Guest edited by Ric Royer and Sarah Reiter. Featured writers and artists include Mike Basinski, Suzanne Goldenberg, Ranee Henderson, Tara Homasi, Robert Kocik, Cyrus Leddy, Mary Macdonald, Shaheen Qureshi, Öykü Tekten, Matt Thurber, Matt Tracy, Tanya Zamirovskaya.
Ghost Talk by Ammiel Alcalay
Borrowing a title intended but never used by Gilbert Sorrentino, Ammiel Alcalay’s Ghost Talk is a lyric sequence dwelling on the recovery of place and emotion that have long passed into other states. With a preface by musician, cartoonist, and writer Peter Blegvad, and a cover image by Alcalay, Ghost Talk is Alcalay’s first book of poems since his 2011 neither wit nor gold (from then).
Other Ongoing and Forthcoming Projects
- We are working on bringing a bunch of other works into being, including an artist's book by Anna Ekros, Kurdish poetry chapbooks, the reprint of David Henderson’s Felix of the Silent Forest, and Sousan Hammad's novella.
- Our first imprint, Model City Books , has just launched, which focuses on books that might not even be books: imagine mystery novels written by your dog, poetry influenced by VCR manuals, comic books set to music, choreographic notation printed on wallpaper, and other such abominations.
- We are also preparing our first ever Zoom event: a public reading and conversation by some of the writers we love.
- Lastly, we dearly hope that before the close of 2021 we will be able to host an epic poetry and performance party, with enough dancing and debauchery to make up for the many months of loneliness. But of course, that's just a dream for now. Once circumstances do allow, believe you us, we will make it happen!
Gifts for you
We will send Pinsapo I: Mourning Tent and Pinsapo II: Creature Verdure to the first 20 people who donate $20 or more to our fundraiser. These two works include writing and art works by Sahar Muradi, James Loop, Claire DeVoogd, Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves, Fernando Quigua, Birhan Keskin, Miriam Atkin, Jeff Benjamin, Nicola Masciandaro, Ethan Gould, Ariel Abrahams, Zaina Alsous, Iemanja Brown, Iris Cushing, William Camponovo, Sahar Muradi, Selim Temo and Haleh Khojasteh
- Conor Tomás Reed
- Jaime Thomas
- ROBERT ROSEN
- Alex Rodabaugh
- Ammiel Alcalay
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