If you were wondering about my heart,
it is not generous, but it meets my needs, which are small and petty
and full to the brim with un-lit fireworks.

Sasha Fletcher, “ask me no questions i’ll tell you no lies,” published in Swarm (via bostonpoetryslam)

(Source: -teesa-)

Banango Editions: Flash Reading Period (Women Only)


we’re running a flash reading period for female-identified writers through Tuesday night 8/12, midnight CST. We welcome chapbook manuscripts of up to ~35 pages from women, queer, and non-binary writers.


In Place Podcast: Mark Cugini


As promised, a few from Mark Cugini’s recent set at Eastern Point Lit House. NSFW and LOUD!


10372959_10152868810316102_8255181812851536164_oOur eighth episode of the In Place Podcast features selections from Mark Cugini’s recent set at Eastern Point Lit House in Gloucester, MA. Mark is a long-time friend and we are so…

Here’s a recording of some reading I did. I don’t remember if it was any not-bad and I hate hearing myself, so if you wanna listen to this and tell me how I did, please okc me.

Has staying away from New York (by which I mean: mainstream publishing) helped you to take more risks, to say, “Fuck ‘em,” to not feel like you have to ascribe to anything?

Scott McClanahan: No, it hasn’t helped me at all. I know how to do it. The path is fairly easy in terms of New York publishing. It’s called networking. You write a manuscript about living in Europe and how you struggled there, or you write a novel about your vacation to somewhere or a book sort of like another book and then you start dreaming about the bland cover you want for the hardcover edition and your quirky author photo. Then you also think about the non-fiction book or collection of short stories you can package with it in a contract. Writers should work on their networking skills. I think everyone knows this, though. 

People think books are holy or something, but books are products. They’re no different than shitty television shows or shitty movies. But shit saves us. It’s what keeps us going. It’s fertilizer. I love books of all kinds.

Yeah scott tell’em