Augury Books Featured at the 10th Annual Printers’ Ball in Chicago
This year marks the 10th annual Printers Ball, a day of performances, live printmaking demos, and exhibitions surrounding poetry and literary culture. Founded in 2004 by Poetry magazine’s Art Director Fred Sasaki, Printers’ Ball takes place each year in Chicago and has seen a number of venues spanning across the city. This year, the Ball will be hosted by Spudnik Press Cooperative at the Hubbard Street Lofts, with a central theme of CHATTER, focused on “the energy and chatter of concurrent creative practices.”
Augury Books is honored to be a selected publication at this year’s Ball.
For more information, visit the event website.
PICS & VIDEO: “Bonus Round” at Fowler Project Space
Last week, Luke Degnan and BOMB Magazine put on the reading, Bonus Round, a final event in the Game Show exhibition at Fowler Project Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The reading included poetry and fiction by presenters Frances Justine Post (BEAST, Augury, 2014), Jack Christian, Michael Coffey, Vincent Katz, and Micaela Morrissette. The exhibition itself displayed work spanning several mediums by Ted Carey, Susan Fang, Kurt Freyer, Elizabeth Hoy, Shanjana Mahmud, Emilie Selden, and Cecelia Post. Enjoy the video and photos documenting the night’s events.
Frances Justine Post reads “Heart Hunted” (Video: Cecelia Post):
PICS: Frances Justine Post Reads for Sundown Poetry Series, Blogs for Gulf Coast About Seeking Publication
Last Tuesday, Frances Justine Post (BEAST, Augury Books, 2014) read in Charleston, SC, at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Heath Wentworth. The reading, part of the Sundown Poetry Series, was held at the historic Dock Street Theater. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the reading. Here are some pics from the event.
Also, don’t miss out on Post’s three-part blog series for Gulf Coast, in which she talks about writing her first book of poetry, the road to getting published, and how an independent press can be just the answer an author is looking for:
Independent poetry presses are publishing the most daring, mind-blowing work. As a whole, they are not concerned with making money like the publishing behemoths of yore. They are interested in finding voices that speak to them. One of those voices may be yours.” —Frances Justine Post’s Blog Series for Gulf Coast, Part II.
Read Part I of the blog series here.
Read Part II of the blog post here.
Stay tuned for Part III….
PICS: Maureen Alsop Wins Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, Reads at Berl’s in Brooklyn
Augury’s own Maureen Alsop (MANTIC, Augury Books, 2013) is the new recipient of the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, which, in conjunction with the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities (HCH), annually recognizes an accomplished poet with an outstanding body of work . HCH and Tony shared the vision that:
“the words we know, all the words we have acquired along the ways of connecting them in all our respective cultures, are nothing less than the irreducible expression of a singular nature we call human.” —Tony Quagliano
Poet Devreaux Baker, last year’s winner of the Tony Quagliano Award and primary judge for this year, had this to say about Maureen Alsop’s work:
“Maureen Alsop creates a world where language and rhythm form a perfect ‘fusion.’ This poetry that is both inventive and elegant and yet never loses emotional depth…. As a reader I felt I was being taken on an extraordinary journey in which I was offered new and unexpected ways to experience the world. Throughout all the poems there is the underlying beauty of expression; a sense of real joy that is felt by a poet pushing the limits, bypassing boundaries, creating whole new territories of the mind, heart, and voice.”
Also this week, more pictures from Maureen’s recent reading with fellow writers Julie Carr, Sasha Steensen, and Graeme Bezanson at Berl’s Poetry Shop in Brooklyn. Thanks to everyone that came out, and congratulations again to Maureen Alsop!
Find out more about the readers and the event here on Berl’s site.
Augury Books Welcomes Our New Assistant Editor and Summer Intern
Augury Books is happy to announce that Nicolas Amara and Rhett Jones will be joining the press this summer as assistant editor and summer intern, respectively.
Nicolas Amara is a student at the New School for Liberal Arts where he is pursuing a degree in Literary Studies: Writing, with a focus in fiction. He has published poetry in Bards Annual (Local Gems Press) and issues 2 and 3 of Eleven and a Half, where he was previously a production manager (Eugene Lang College). An eastern Long Island native, he now resides in lower Manhattan, working with Augury and Bookforum. He looks forward to working on the press’s editorial board.
Rhett Jones is a current law student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, but she is originally from Boulder, Colorado. Rhett was an English and Government double major at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, and the editor of her high school’s literary magazine. She plans to work in publishing and entertainment law after she graduates.
PICS: Augury’s Frances Justine Post Reads at Brazos Bookstore
Posted May 24, 2014
This week, Augury author Frances Justine Post (author of BEAST, 2014) read at Brazos Bookstore in Houston with Elizabeth Lyons, David Tomas Martinez, and Karyna McGlynn. Thanks for everyone who came out. Enjoy the pics!
PICS from Federal Dust and Cabin/Fire’s Joint Reading
Posted May 22, 2014
Two Baltimore reading series, Federal Dust and Cabin/Fire, joined forces earlier this month to throw “Federal Fire,” their first joint reading and cook-out. Hosted by Justin Sirois and Matthew Zingg, the reading featured Michelle Dove, Mark Cugini, Eric Nelson and Adam Wilson.
There were well-crafted words. There were hot dogs. There were marshmallows, a fire pit and a giant Mother’s Day card. A good time was had by all—see the pics below!
PICS: Justine Post Talks at Houston MenilFest Indie Book Panel
Posted May 17, 2014
This year the Houston MenilFest, an annual one-day festival of visual, literary and performing arts (“Art, Words, Noise”), featured Augury Books’ Frances Justine Post (author of BEAST, 2014) in its Indie Book Panel, Approaches to Publishing Your First Book, with fellow participants Martin Rock, David Tomas Martinez, Matthew Salesses and Jonathan Wells.
If you’re in the Houston area, see Justine next read at Brazos Bookstore’s Monday night event (May 19th, 7 p.m.), “I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Hustle a Beast.” She will be reading with Elizabeth Lyons, Karyna McGlynn (I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl: Poems, Sarabande Books, 2009), and David Tomas Martinez (Hustle, Sarabande Books, 2014).
Read this great blog post about the upcoming Brazos reading from Inprint’s Open Book Blog.
PICS: Halina Duraj Reads at D.G. Wills
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday night to see Halina Duraj—2014 O.Henry Prize recipient and author of THE FAMILY CANNON (Augury Books, 2014)—read at D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla, CA. Thanks to Dennis Wills for the amazing venue and the wonderful audience for their enthusiasm. See photos from the event below.
Augury Books at PEN World Voices Festival Book Fair
Posted: May 5, 2014
On Friday we went to the PEN World Voices Festival Book Fair in Washington Mews, the secret little cobblestoned street just north of Washington Square Park. CLMP arranged a great group of publishers, and we were particularly happy to share a table and make new friends with Little Star Journal and n+1.
Little Star even had gummy star candy! Maybe next year we’ll make gummy foxes to bring.
It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and let people know about our reading period, currently open. Please send us your manuscripts!
Augury at AWP 2014
Posted: March 7, 2014
This year’s AWP offsite reading, Augury Books and Friends in Seattle, was a resounding success. We had a wonderful night of wine, snacks, readings, and socializing at the stunning Noble Gas Neon Company venue. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to attend the reading.
Special thanks to Lia Hall and Cedar Mannan for providing the space, as well as our 12 incredible Augury and guest readers, Maureen Alsop (Mantic), Halina Duraj (The Family Cannon), Alison Espach, Lia Hall, Lauren Hunter, Cynthia Lowen, Karyna McGlynn, Patrick Moran (The Book of Lost Things), Frances Justine Post (Beast), Alicia Jo Rabins, Camille Rankine, and Diana Spechler.
- Patrick Moran and Camille Rankine Read for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014
- Halina Duraj Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014
- Frances Justine Post Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014
- Maureen Alsop Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014
- Patrick Moran Reads for Augury Books and Friends Offsite, AWP 2014
2014 Launch Party for BEAST and THE FAMILY CANNON at Berl’s Poetry Shop
Posted: January 30, 20014
A sincere and enthusiastic thank you to everyone who came out on Friday night, despite bitter cold and hazardous ice, to celebrate the launch of Augury Books’ 2014 poetry collection, BEAST, by Frances Justine Post, and debut fiction book, THE FAMILY CANNON, by Halina Duraj.
A special thank you to Berl’s Poetry Shop for an ideal venue, friends and family who traveled far, photographer Dave Bledsoe, and guest readers Timothy Donnelly and Ely Shipley, who added their considerable talents to a wonderful evening.
Augury Books Parties with Phoenix Park
September 26, 2013
Last Thursday night, Augury board and friends kicked back over a few pints with the good people of Phoenix Park in New York.
Drink specials, a book sale (thank you all!) and hours of good conversation later, we were already speculating about turning this into a fine, lasting tradition.
Thanks to everyone (esp. David Joel Friedman, Viv for her Shriners fez and Phrenology bust, and Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography for the wonderful pics) for joining the party, lifting a beverage, and building your book collection. Won’t be long until we have two more to add to it ….
Launch Party Loveliness
Thanks to all of you who made Augury Books’ launch party on Monday night a huge success. Here are a few highlights from the wonderful readings offered by Maureen Alsop, author of Mantic, and David Joel Friedman, author of Soldier Quick with Rain and the winner of our 2012 Editors Prize. Thanks also to Mark Connell and Botanica Bar, and our fabulous photographer, Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography. To order the new titles by Alsop and Friedman, click here.
Rubin Museum Reading
Augury Books is co-curating an evening of poetry at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan.
150 W. 17 St., NYC 10011
Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 7:00 PM
Member Price: $10.80
Poets Kimiko Hahn, Saskia Hamilton, Noelle Kocot, David Lehman, Ben Lerner, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Stacy Szymaszek read poems by themselves and others on the themes of absence, emptiness, and…nothing.
“if there’s nowhere to rest at the end how can I get lost along the way?”
For more information and to buy tickets in advance please visit the Rubin Museum website.