It’s that time of year when I overstuff my suitcase and board a plane, train, or automobile to the biggest small press book party in the US. Minneapolis, here I come! If you’re going to AWP and thinking, “you know what I should do? I should say hi to Kit!” (obviously), here’s where you’ll find me:
Selling broadsides, chapbooks, and full-lengths at the Black Lawrence Press table in the book fair Thurs – Sat (table 2030)
Speaking on “The Rise of the Chapbook” panel on Thursday @ 3:00 pm (Room 101 J, Level 1)
Co-hosting BLP’s THE SPOON IS TOO BIG reading Thursday night @ 8:00 pm, Kieran’s Irish Pub
Reading for Slope Editions at the Big Friendly Giant Reading Friday night @ 8:00 pm, The Nicolette
See you in Minneapolis!
April is Chapbook Month! (Or at least…it is for me!)
To kick things off, my interview on all things chapbook is now live on the Poetry Society of America website. Happy to be representing Black Lawrence Press & the chapbook form!
Speaking of BLP and chapbooks, we’ll be at the CUNY Chapbook Festival book fair tomorrow (Thurs, April 2) from 10 am – 7 pm with our chapbooks and broadsides. And if that isn’t enough chapbook goodness for this first week of National Poetry Month, the Black Lawrence Press Spring 2015 Black River Chapbook Competition is now open and accepting entries of poetry & short fiction through May 31.
Chapbook with us!
I’m reading next Tuesday @ Cake Shop in NYC with Aaron Burch, Caleb Curtiss, and Dave Housley. Come on out — words, beers, good times.
This past weekend the Party Fawn hit Lot 10 in Ithaca in all her galavanting, glittering, party-hat wearing glory.
There were readings by Kit Frick, Hajara Quinn, Gina Keicher, and Dave Nutt, (as pictured). The Party Fawn was too shy to read, in uncharacteristic Party Fawn style. But I did see her down an Ithaca Amber ale.
There were tunes & croons by J. Robert Lennon & the Starry Mountain Sweetheart Band.
There is the sweet, sweet promise of more Party Fawn Salons to come. LONG LIVE THE PARTY FAWN!
I have a poem from Kill Your Darlings, Clementine and a tale of supreme adolescent cruelty in the latest podcast of the Talus, or Scree Poetry & Cruelty Hotline. More poems & more cruelties by Seth Landman, Sommer Browning, J Hope Stein, and more! Because Eliot said that April is the cruelest month, and we believed him…Happy Poetry Month!
In a few hours, I will join the droves of writerly and editorly types boarding planes, trains, and automobiles to Seattle to celebrate all things small press and literary in a big old convention center and around town at the annual AWP litfest. This will be my fourth AWP conference, and I’m excited to be there with my fellow Black Lawrence editorial bad assess and also representing Slope Editions at an on-site book fair tented reading experiment. Here’s where to find me at AWP Seattle:
* I made a set of beautiful limited edition broadsides for 3 new / forthcoming Black Lawrence chapbooks (Nick McRae’s Mountain Redemption, Shane McCrae’s Nonfiction, and Simone Muench’s Trace), and they will be making their debut at the BLP table (B24) at the book fair tomorrow! Read all about the new BLP Chapbook Broadside Series here. Find me at table B24 during most of the book fair Thurs. – Sat.
*I’ll be reading from my chapbook Echo, Echo, Light at the Slope Editions reading experiment The Unconfessional, taking place in a tent on site at the book fair! My reading is scheduled for 12:00 noon on Friday, but there will be covert, one-on-one readings happening all day Fri & Sat in The Unconfessional tent, so there’s always sure to be something mysterious and juicy going on. Thanks to Slope author mastermind Mary Austin Speaker for giving birth to this brilliance.
*Black Lawrence Press will be hosting our annual off-site reading event on Friday night at 7pm at Left Bank Books. Join us for readings & wine in one of Seattle’s historic bookstores!
See you in Seattle…
Helen Vitoria at Thrush Press made a gorgeous set of broadsides from one of my poems in the Kill Your Darlings, Clementine series. My copies arrived yesterday, beautifully done (and beautifully wrapped)! They’re available for purchase (for only $3.50 which includes shipping, you really can’t beat that) on the Thrush website, and here’s a preview of Helen’s beautiful work!
A new review of Echo, Echo, Light on the Green Mountains Review website calls the chapbook’s poems “evidence of mystery and chaos ordered by language through prose poetry…Whether the landscapes we feel inside us or observe outside us, the moon-world Kit Frick has brought to light is challenging and compelling. Echo, Echo, Light revises the moon’s place in poetry, revitalizes the long admired image and entity.”
Many thanks to Gina Keicher for writing and to the GMR editors for running this generous and lovely review of the chapbook!
One summer: two chapbooks! Kill Your Darlings, Clementine is out now from Rye House Press, and the books are just beautiful! A world of thanks to editor and visionary Jeremiah Gould at Rye House Press for turning my manuscript into a beautiful, hand-stitched chapbook featuring both a textured, letterpress cover and an offset printed dust jacket with a portrait of the artist (that’s me!).
Books are available for sale from the Rye House Press website, or you can contact me directly to purchase.
Rye House has this to say about Kill Your Darlings, Clementine:
“Set in a location of unknown but strongly felt isolation, Kill Your Darlings, Clementine observes the actions, attitudes, of a group of men again and again, echoing its opening refrain throughout: The men here, the men here…
Kill Your Darlings, Clementine speaks not only to the constructs of masculinity, fatherhood, and small town life, it works with the themes of observation, isolation, potency, and forgiveness. The language is powerful and chiseled. Kill Your Darlings, Clementine is both anthropology and archeology. Uncover it for yourself.”
Please help me welcome my two chaps ECHO, ECHO, LIGHT and KILL YOUR DARLINGS, CLEMENTINE into the world! (And, hey, it’s also almost my birthday, so three birds, one stone!) Readings by EMILY BRANDT, GINA KEICHER, LILY LADEWIG, and KIT FRICK. No cover, cash bar, books for sale, joy to be had.
Monday 9/16 from 6-8pm at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow St., New York, NY).
Enter Cake Shop @ street level, reading will be held in the downstairs bar. Friends & loved ones welcome.