far & away, omnidawn had the best table and the one of the best locations at the book fair. LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE:

speaking of people, let’s play a little game. if you can guess the identity of the person next to rusty, i will send you a prize:

and, if you can identity the person in the scarf, i will also send you a prize.


Omnidawn at AWP: Before the Madness


Stay tuned, all week I’ll be posting pictures from AWP. These first two were taken during construction of the Omnidawn table, before the crazy rush:

ken & rusty deciding where to put the lights.

ken showing off expensive chocolate lures.


Two Exciting Announcements


OCHO 16 is now available

MiPOesias Magazine Print Companion

Guest Edited by Barbara Jane Reyes

Featuring: Tara Betts, Brian Dean Bollman, Ching-In Chen, Sasha Pimentel Chacón, Linh Dinh, Sarah Gambito, Jessica Hagedorn, Jaime Jacinto, Nathaniel Mackey, Craig Santos Perez, Matthew Shenoda, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Truong Tran, Dillon Westbrook, Debbie Yee

Cover Art: “Imperialism, 24″ by Juan Carlos Quintana.


we mentioned Noelle Sickels’ new book in the post below. You can meet Noelle & get a copy of The Medium at:

Local Hero Books
208 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA
Sat., Feb. 23, 3:00 - 5:00 (signing)

Harmony Grove Psychic Fair
2975 Washington Circle
Escondido, CA
Sat., Mar. 1, 10:00 - 5:00 (signing)

South Kingstown Peace Dale Public Library
1057 Kingstown Rd.
Peace Dale, RI
Thurs., Mar. 6, 7:00 (reading)

Teaneck Public Library
840 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ
Mon., Mar. 10, 7:30 (reading)

Teachers & Writers Collaborative
520 E. 8th Ave., Suite 2020
New York, NY
Thurs., Mar. 13, 7:00 (reading with actors)


Post AWP News & Announcements


We’ve survived AWP! But before I begin posting pics and news from the conference, there are a few pieces of news:

Starting March 5th, Laura Moriarty and Brent Cunningham will be team-teaching an evening poetry class on Wednesday nights titled “Martian Poetics.” Open to writers at all levels of their practice, this is a great class for poets and writers looking to try out new kinds of habits and processes.

Class description and sign ups here

The class will meet on 10 Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the warehouse of Small Press Distribution. The dates: March 5th through May 14th, with no class on March 26th. Cost: $200, due by the second night of class.

please repost widely


from K.R. Waldrop at BURNING DECK PRESS

Lisa Jarnot

Poems, prose segments and visual pieces, 112 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN 978-1-886224-12-4, paperback $14
3rd printing, 2008

Lisa Jarnot’s 1st book is a mock-epic of the everyday as it might be discovered through juxtapositions of public and private information.

“Some Other Kind of Mission suggests that Language Poetry may be mutating, back to the modernism of Stein and Joyce, having been permanently inflected (or deflected) by a late twentieth-century sharpness and exasperation…. These are haunting, perplexing narratives of the inenarrable.”—John Ashbery, TLS

“a turbulence-model of language, context-laden and yet future.”— Sherry Brennan, American Book Review

”This impressive newcomer’s sudden jumps and quirky mappings may leave some heads spinning. Her visual poems, in particular are resonant and haunting, requiring and rewarding second and third looks.”—Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle

“a genre-bender of a book, transcending such limiting terms as experimental writing or prose poetry.”—Joseph Torra, Boston Book Review

“Some Other Kind of Mission is not a misnomer…It is a bit like entering Utah’s Canyonlands: the landscape is at first bleak, threatening, otherworldly. But as time is spent…the richness of the land begins to inundate the senses… Like all difficult terrain, it invites active participation, good binoculars and a four-wheel drive.”—John Olson, Sulfur

“Her best effects arrive as you zoom headlong right through her high- energy tangle of dissociation …in a particle accelerator where connective sense is bombarded by shards of broken grammar…”—Albert Mobilio, Village Voice

Copies available from Small Press Distribution


And, check out Rachel Loden’s blogpost on Paul Hoover’s poem & Paul’s response.

Her entry is:

A couple of years ago I fell hard — first for a single poem called “Poem in Spanish,” by Paul Hoover, and then for the collection it names.

I wanted to know how Hoover came to write this book, which I envied for the extravagance of its gestures and its deft feints and parries with the post-avant rules.

So I asked him to say a little something about it here. His comments follow the poem:

Poem in Spanish

I have two coffins but only one wife,
who loves me like a neighbor.
I have one wing and a long flight scheduled.

I have two sons and the time of day,
its late hour dark in a brilliant landscape.

I have a small religion based on silence
and a furious heart beating. I have a map
of the region where the kiss is deepest,
a duplex cathedral for my hells and heavens,
and one oily feather. No matter how I settle,
the world keeps moving at its famous pace.

I have two minds and an eye for seeing
the world’s singular problems as my self-portrait.
I have fuzzy lightning and a pair of old glasses.

I have two radios but only one message,
subtle in transmission, arriving like wine.
I have yo tengo and two tambiens.
The world between them creaks
like distance and difference.

I have two fires and a very sleepy fireman,
immortal longings and one life only,
unliving and undying.

Paul Hoover writes:

The poems “Poem in Spanish” and “Corazon” were the last two poems in Winter (Mirror), published by Flood Editions in 2002. I wrote the rest of the sequence in 2003, while going through an excrucriating separation from the Chicago college where I’d taught for 28 years. I had always loved Latin American poetry for its warmth, daring, and sense of humor. The project developed out of this attraction. Why not be Latin American for a few poems? After a while, I realized that I could express certain things through the mask of style that my writing could not directly address: the death of parents, feelings of love, and so on. In discussing Poems in Spanish this summer at a literary conference in Rosario, Argentina, I stated that, as postmodern artifice, the concept of writing in Spanish gave me “permission” to speak forthrightly. As soon as the session ended, Hector Berenguer, the conference organizer, leaped to the stage to ask, “Why do you need permission?” He had invited me to the conference because of the directness and openness of the poems, not for the charm of their postmodern artifice. At the same time, Marjorie Perloff sent an email stating that the sequence is a “breakthrough” work. To some degree, apparently, the poems are like tea leaves; you can see in them whatever you desire to see. But I suspect a stronger force is present. The poems stand on essential ground and address essential matters. When I read them in Argentina, as well as at Omnidawn book events, I could literally hear the attention in the room. I could also feel attention in myself as a speaker. There was no doubt in me or in the audience about what the poem was after; even the poem knew.

We live at a time of crisis in expression, when subjectivity is broadly challenged, constructivism is increasingly triumphant, and the concept of unity of being is considered laughable. Our postmodern psychology is more or less: no artifice, no authenticity. The word “imagination” is no longer used. Poems are “constructed” rather than divined. By this standard, my poems break all the rules established against Romanticism, except for one thing they appear to have been written in another voice than my own. This minor irony sets the work gently back into the postmodern camp. The reader is allowed to think: “Oh, they’re constructed, after all, and stand at a safe distance from sincerity. What a relief!”


Last but not least:

Noelle Sickels, whose story “The Tree” appeared in Omnidawn’s anthology Paraspheres, has just had an historical novel released by Five Star Publishing to good reviews. The Medium is the coming-of-age story of a young woman struggling to understand and best use her psychic abilities while also facing the challenges of life on the American home front during World War II.

Here’s what the reviewers are saying:

“This is an exhilarating historical paranormal thriller starring a fascinating lead character. A strong, unique 20th century tale.” — Harriet Klausner,

“Sickels’ in-depth portrayal of a young woman with an unusual gift sheds light on psychics, a little-understood group, and offers a vivid view of the home front.” — Patty Englemann, Booklist Review

“A compelling paranormal love story with deft historical detail and timeless characters.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“THE MEDIUM contains enough mystery, suspense, romance, and paranormal premonitions to keep the reader fascinated, intrigued and breathtakingly waiting to turn the next page.” — Viviane Crystal, Crystal Reviews

“The story’s conceit (what if psychics weren’t just charlatans preying on the gullible?) is intriguing, and Sickels captures the era in all its innocence and paranoia.” —Roger Ito, Los Angeles Magazine

“No matter what beliefs one holds about an afterlife, Helen’s story and America’s are realistically done and sure to fascinate. THE MEDIUM is a highly unusual tale set during important moments in our history; it’s also a heartwarming love story that conveys a hopeful message for all. If that sounds a bit stuffy, I assure you it’s not.” Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today

“A highly enjoyable, meticulously researched coming-of-age tale with an intriguing twist.” Barbara Samuel,

“This book grabs hold and sticks like a magnet. There were moments that tore into my heart. Exceptionally well-crafted, this highly recommended read shouldn’t be missed.” Linda L., The Romance Studio

This riveting novel threads the background of war in a storyline filled with well-developed and memorable characters. This is a poignant, well-researched and well-writtten story.” Mary Montague Sikes, Reader to Reader


Omnidawn at AWP & Other Exciting News


If you will be in NY this Saturday, please note that the AWP Bookfair will be OPEN to the general public and FREE of charge on Sat, Feb 2, (8:30-5:30).
Come see us at our tables! All books 50% off, plus author signings!

If you are planning to attend the NY AWP conference (Jan 30-Feb 2), we hope you’ll come to our table and to our open reception. See information below.

Omnidawn’s tables in the Bookfair are #63, 64, 65
(on the main floor of the bookfair, Hilton’s 2nd floor Rhinelander Gallery).
All our books will be 50% off for the entire conference.

Omnidawn’s Reception, Friday 7pm:
Please also come to Omnidawn’s (hosted bar) Reception, Hilton Nassau Suite, 2nd Floor. Brief readings by Chris Arigo, Justin Courter, Paul Hoover, Laura Moriarty, Bin Ramke, Donald Revell, Randall Silvis, and Tyrone Williams.

Author Signings at our tables, Saturday 1-2pm:
Chris Arigo, Justin Courter, Paul Hoover, Laura Moriarty, Bin Ramke, Donald Revell, Randall Silvis, and Tyrone Williams will be signing their Omnidawn books at our Omnidawn tables.

Also, for those of you interested in a panel on non-realist fiction:

Ken Keegan will be moderating
“Reeling Beyond Realism: But to Reel in What?”
The panelists are: Kate Bernheimer, Rikki Ducornet, Brian Evenson, Theodora Goss, Kelly Link.
Friday, Feb 1, 10:30-11:45,
Sheraton, Lower Level, Executive Conference Center, Rm D


And for those interested in poetry, here are at least some of the many things Omnidawn folks are doing:

Paul Hoover will be participating in
“Newlipo: Proceduralism and Chance-Poetics in the 21st Century,”
Thursday, Jan 30, 10:30-11:45

Bin Ramke will be participating in
“Poetry and the Environment,” Thursday, Jan 31, 4:30-6:15
“Lyric Postmodernisms,” Friday, Feb 1, 1:30-2:45

Don Revell will be participating in
“Alice James Books’ 35th Anniversary Reading,” 12-1:15
“The Art of Writing on Craft,” Saturday, Feb 2, 10;30-11:45

Rusty Morrison will be signing for her new book, the true keeps
calm biding its story, at the Ahsahta table in the Bookfair, Sat, Feb
2, 1:30-2:30.

And she’ll be reading with the Ahsahta poets at The Bowery Poetry
Club, 308 Bowery (at 1st St.) Thurs, Jan 31, 8pm.

And with the Colorado Prize poets at NYU Lillian Vernon Creative
Writers House, 58W. 10th St., Sat, Feb 2, 4pm


If you want to see me, please go to Table 499, where Achiote Press and Tinfish Press are sharing a table.


Hank Lazer will be reading from his brand new collection of poetics:

Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008 (Omnidawn, 2008).

Here are some upcoming dates in the Northwest:

February 4 – radio show with Leonard Schwartz (Olympia, WA)

February 4 – Evergreen College / w/ Lissa Wolsak / 7pm SEM 2 E1105

February 5 – University of Washington (Bothell) – w/ Lissa Wolsak-3:30-5:00pm, Library, Room 205

February 6 – Subtext Reading Series (Seattle) – with Leonard Schwartz –
Good Shepherd Center Chapel Performance Space: 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N in Wallingford (suggested donation: $5)

February 8 – Portland State University (with Marjorie Perloff, Lyn Hejinian, and Joan Retallack); 2-4 pm, 238 Smith

February 10 – Spare Room Poetry Collective (Portland)7:30 pm / New American Art Union – 922 SE Ankeny (one block south of Burnside, between 9th and 10th)


Video: Laura Moriarty


Embedded is a 5 minute video of Laura Moriarty reading from her new Omnidawn book: A Semblance: Selected & New Poems 1975-2007, which includes an introduction by Norma Cole.

In this reading, she talks about the literary group A Tonalist and reads a few incredible poems from A Semblance. you can find the A Tonalist Notes Blog HERE. Read what Ron Silliman had to say about Laura’s book HERE. Laura even makes very enlightening comments in the comments section of Silliman’s post. A Semblance also received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, which you can read HERE.

The reading was on September 20, 2007, hosted by Steve Dickison and the San Francisco State Poetry Center in conjunction with Omnidawn, held at the Unitarian Church on Franklin St in San Francisco, CA. Other readers that night were Christopher Arigo, Bin Ramke, and Donald Revell. Stay tuned for more videos of these poets reading in the coming weeks!


Laura Moriarty has published eleven books of poetry, a short novel, Cunning (Sputyen Duyvil 2000), and a novel of science fiction, Ultravioleta (Atelos 2006). She has been a very active member of the Bay Area community for 25 years, has traveled extensively to do readings and workshops, has had her work translated into half a dozen languages, has taught at Mills College, Naropa University and Otis Art Institute, and has been a nonprofit literary organization director for 20 of those years. Her work in nonprofit literary organizations include her current position as the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution, and her previous position as the Archives Director for the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University from 1986 – 1997. She received a Poetry Center Book Award in 1984 for Persia (Chance Additions). She has also been awarded a Gerbode Foundation grant, a residency at the Foundation Royaumont in France and a New Langton Arts Award in Literature.



Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that your new year has started well. we have some wonderful announcements from a few of our friends:

Paul Hoover, author of Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), has a new poetry video at The Continental Review, edited by Nicholas Manning. The video contains four works from Paul’s
“Sonnet 56”: Tanka, Course Description, Ghazal, and Epic (plus the original Shakespeare).


Thinking about poetry & new media, our friend Carol Novack has some great audio recordings online that you can hear here and here.


If you are in the Bay Area, check out this poetry reading:

Sunday, January 13, 4pm, Anna’s Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley: Stephen Kessler reads from his new book, Burning Daylight. Written between 2001 and 2006, these poems are characterized by a combination of the lyrical and the speakable, the romantic and the ironic, the intimate and the journalistic, and are structured in the form of a journey beginning and ending in California, with stops in Chicago, New York, Seville and points between. Of Stephen Kessler’s previous book, D. J. Waldie wrote: “Dense, reflective and unflinching, Tell It to the Rabbis takes marvelous risks with language and with memory.”

Stephen Kessler, editor of The Redwood Coast Review and contributing editor of Poetry Flash, is a longtime presence in the Bay Area literary ecosystem as a poet, translator, critic, essayist, editor and publisher. He is the author of eight books and chapbooks of original poetry and more than a dozen books of poetry and fiction in translation, most recently Written in Water: The Prose Poems of Luis Cernuda (City Lights, 2004), for which he received a Lambda Literary Award.

For more about Stephen Kessler, go here.


Finally, check out a poem by our fearless leader Rusty Morrison at Poetry Daily.


Please continue to send us your announcements and if you’re not yet our friend / affiliate, email me: cperez [at] omnidawn [dot] com