New book by t’ai freedom ford, & more black

Augury Books is pleased to announce that t’ai freedom ford‘s second collection, & more black, is now open to pre-sale orders. Check out the blurbs by Terrance Hayes and Patrick Rosal, then read or download an excerpt of the collection by clicking on the link.

Why two covers? Because the book is actually double-sided.

From the Press Release: t’ai freedom ford’s second collection of poems, & more black, is direct, ingenious, vibrant, alive, queer, & BLACK. By turns tough and sexy, wrapped up in the evolving language and sonics of life, these poems take their cue from Wanda Coleman’s American Sonnets as they rhapsodize and dialogue with artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, and Wangechi Mutu, along with many other musicians, artists, and writers. The kinetic energy of ford’s words leap off the page in rebellious, stunning, and revelatory fashion—poems that mesmerize with sheer velocity and telling pauses.

FRUIT GEODE by Alicia Jo Rabins Announced as Finalist for National Jewish Book Awards

National Jewish Book Awards, 2019

Today we are very pleased to announce that Alicia Jo Rabins’ second collection of poems, Fruit Geode, has garnered a Finalist spot in Poetry at the National Jewish Book Awards.

If you haven’t checked out the book yet, dive in here: https://augurybooks.com/fruit-geode-by-alicia-jo-rabins/

A big shout-out to Kate Angus, her editor, & Moshe Schulman, her publicist, for all the good work they’ve done with the collection.

Alicia Jo Rabins tour dates for Fruit Geode

Upcoming Performances

Saturday October 6 – Portland, OR
Fruit Geode book launch/performance!
@ Mother Foucault’s Bookshop with fiction writer Mat Johnson
523 SE Morrison St.
7 pm, free

October 20-21 – Seaview, WA
Airstream Poetry Festival @ Sou’wester!
Alicia reads, performs & teaches @ this festival at the inimitable Sou’wester Lodge
more details here
$15, call (360) 642-2542 for lodging or more info!

Thursday, October 25 – Northampton, MA
Fruit Geode launch reading/performance
@ Iconica Social Club, 7 pm door, 7:30 show
BYOB, snacks & drinks available for purchase

Sunday, October 28 – Fruit Geode NYC launch reading/performance!!!
14th St Y Theatre, 344 E 14th St
An evening of Jewish Women Writers from the West
with novelist Rebecca Clarren & poet Lynn Melnick
Q&A to follow
free and open to public, details coming shortly

Saturday, November 10 – Portland, OR
Alicia reads @ the Portland Book Festival!

Thursday, November 15 – San Francisco
Fruit Geode launch reading/performance
at Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative
3130 24th St, SF (in the Mission)
a double book-launch with the wonderful Jake Marmer!!!
free!

Sunday, November 25 – Baltimore
Fruit Geode book launch reading and performance!!!!
at The Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
5 pm, free and open to the public ** note this is an afternoon reading**

Monday, November 26 – NYC
Alicia reads & performs at The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street @ 2nd Ave
w/Vi Khi Nao
8 pm, $8/$5 members, tickets here

Wednesday, November 28 – Hadley, MA
class visit, Mt Holyoke college

Thursday, November 29 – Exeter, NH
@ the Word Barn
66 Newfields Rd, Exeter, NH 03833
details tba, open to the public!

December 23-27, Birmingham UK
Alicia reads & performs at Limmud UK!
Open to conference attendees only

Free Books for Do-Gooders

Welcome, do-gooders! You’ve landed here because you’ve donated your time or money to a progressive cause and are looking for some summer reading!

Augury Books and Brooklyn Arts Press want to thank you for your good work. We are attempting to find ways we can make a difference, which means supporting individuals and organizations that resist, stand strong, speak out, demonstrate, and support each other. Not just in a single way, but in whatever myriad ways we can, because a lot of what we care about is under attack and it won’t end by utilizing one solution.

So in the spirit of supporting those who are helping others, we invite you to:
*visit the Augury Books and BAP websites and make your selection from the authors listed below
*let us know if you prefer an ebook or a pdf of your selected book
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*get a free book!

Please allow up to 2 weeks for books to arrive.

Some of our favorite orgs: Ali Forney Center, Coalition for the Homeless, Doctors Without Borders, Equal Justice Initiative, The Innocence Project, Lamda Legal, Planned Parenthood, National Center for Trans Equality, RAINN.org, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Sierra Club, Social Justice Fund, Southern Poverty Law Center, World Central Kitchen.

Thank you!

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Alexander Boldizar
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Martin Ott
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Matt Shears
Michael Ernest Sweet
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Announcing Our 2019 Titles

Augury Books is delighted to announce our 2019 titles! Congratulations to t’ai freedom ford whose poetry collection & more black, chosen from our January Open Reading Period, will be published in the spring, and Arisa White, whose hybrid-memoir Who’s Your Daddy? will be published in the fall. 

This year we received over 550 submissions during our open reading period and were thrilled to discover so many manuscripts of great promise. We commend the many talented authors who sent us their work and are grateful for the opportunity to read their manuscripts!

About the author:

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Obsidian, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.

About the book:

From the author: & more black is a collection of what ford calls “Black-ass sonnets” that take their cues from Wanda Coleman’s American Sonnets. For ford, the word “American” conjures the spirit of her ancestors. In that way, the poems are rebellious, outspoken and, as she says, “take no shit.” They investigate Black art, Black bodies, Black sexuality, and Black language, unapologetically and with a capital B.

 

About the author:

Cave Canem graduate fellow Arisa White is the author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, A Penny Saved and Black Pearl. Her book You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened was nominated for the 29th Lambda Literary Award and the chapbook “Fishing Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won the inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. As the creator of the Beautiful Things Project, Arisa curates cultural events and artistic collaborations that center narratives of queer and trans people of color. She serves on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is an assistant professor at Colby College. arisawhite.com

About the book:

Arisa White’s Who’s Your Daddy?, a hybrid memoir combining poetry and creative nonfiction, is a meditation on paternal absences, intergenerational trauma, and toxic masculinity. Who’s Your Daddy? asks us to consider how the relationships we are born into can govern us, even through absence, and shape the dynamics we find and forge as we grow. White lyrically moves across distance and time, from Brooklyn to California to Guyana. Her book enacts rituals that plumb the interior reaches of the heart to assemble disconnected and estranged parts into something whole, tender, and strong. 

AWP 2018, Tampa

Thanks for everyone that stopped by our booth at AWP in Tampa this year, we had a blast meeting new folks, seeing some old friends, dining in Ybor City, and selling a lot of Augury books!

Thanks also to everyone who brought soaps and other toiletries from their hotels to our booth, as we were able to drop off several donation bags at the Bonnie Center at Alpha House, which helps homeless pregnant woman and women with children. You can find photos over at the Brooklyn Artists Helping tumblr.

 

 

Over the Rainbow Book List Selection for Arisa White

We are very proud to announce that Arisa White’s You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened has been selected to appear on the 2018 Over the Rainbow Recommended Book List. This list of outstanding books is selected by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. The Over the Rainbow committee has this to say about You’re The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened: “A gorgeous, intelligent poetry collection from Lambda Literary Award-nominated White. These poems burst with emotion, soaring to ecstatically loving highs and capturing the sorrows of longing and black lesbian life in a vicious world. A beautifully realized and joyful read that deserves a place in poetry collections and the canon of lesbian literature.”

Congratulations to Arisa White and our heartfelt thanks to the Over the Rainbow committee.

Submit to Augury Books during our Open Reading Period

January 1-31, 2018

We will for the entire month of January accept submissions for full-length collections of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. There are no restrictions on length. We cannot accept anthologies or translations at this time, nor can we accept work from current and former students of editor Kate Angus, but anyone from anywhere in any stage of their career can send any manuscript they otherwise feel fits within these parameters.

To submit, click here to go to our Submittable page!

Big News!

We are now an official imprint of Brooklyn Arts Press! We couldn’t be happier about this new collaboration and the innovative and beautiful books we look forward to bringing into the world as part of the Brooklyn Arts Press family.

As BAP’s imprint, Augury Books will continue to publish two new books each year under our name. In fall of 2018, we are excited to publish Fruit Geode by Alicia Jo Rabins, and we will open for submissions for our second book beginning January 1st. We’ll be looking at poetry, short story collections, and creative nonfiction so if you have a manuscript you’ve been polishing up, we’d love to read it.

Augury Books’ editorial board remains the same. You can continue to reach Founding Editor Kate Angus, Associate Editor Kimberly Steele, and Assistant Editor Nicolas Amara at augurybooks@gmail.com or through Augury’s social media accounts. Our back catalog books will continue to be available through Small Press Distribution (SPD), in bookstores, on Augury Books’ website, and on Amazon.

You're the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened Featured on HocTok

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Taken from HocTok’s website.

Arisa White’s You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened recently received a review, as well as a featured poem, on HocTok. Based in DUMBO, Brooklyn, HocTok is structured as a round table group, where artists convene communally on a piece to discuss and record their findings. Of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, it was noted that

Arisa White is a lover, a wordsmith, a connoisseur of real life in all its hues and shades, ups and downs, smiles and cries of joy and sadness. She does not promote herself as an authority on matters of perfection in finding love, being in love or holding on to love.  But her poetry certainly gives a crispy clear picture of the immensely rich world the author embodies.

To read more of the feature, and to learn more about HocTok, you can visit their website.


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