Category Archives: General Announcement

Remembering Dr. Barry H. Leeds

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Dr. Barry H. Leeds (1940-2015)

Last month, on April 15, 2015, the distinguished professor and writer Barry Leeds passed away at the age of 74. Known for his biographies on Norman Mailer and Ken Kesey, Leeds provided significant insight into some of America’s most prolific minds of the mid 1900s.

Back in 2004, we published a series of audio recordings that took place between Leeds and Norman Mailer in 1987. In the wake of Leeds’s death these recordings become important artifacts of the post war generation and their effort to reflect back on American history as well as their personal lives.

To hear these recordings follow this link: http://www.drunkenboat.com/db6/

 

To read Leeds’s obituary click here: http://ahernfuneralhome.com/condolences/?p=4153

 

To read a tribute from the Norman Mailer Society click here: http://normanmailersociety.org/post/116846892309/to-barry-leeds-a-tribute

 

 Contributed by: Samuel Brown

Coming shortly – DB’s Interview with Poet Collier Nogues!

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Collier Nogues has lived everywhere from Texas to Japan, teaching poetry and writing at  UC Irvine, Laguna College of Art and Design in California, Lingnan University, and the Institute of Education in Hong Kong.  In her most recent collection of poems, Nogues explores the colonization and militarization by Japanese and U.S. forces in Okinawa where she grew up living in a U.S. air base.

The work stands as an important post colonial commentary that erases passages from old historical documents related to the development and aftermath of the Pacific War in order to elicit a new, more human, meaning.  The book is also coupled with an interactive web app which shows the original documents and the specific lines Nogues decided to erase. Searching through the old texts draws the reader into Nogues’s creative process while extracting a hidden beauty from the staunch and often deceitful documents.

Nogues’s work can be found on her website, http://colliernogues.com/, and  the web app for her book can be found at http://thegroundistandon.com/.

Samples of her poetry can also be located at Pangyrus, The Academy of American Poets, or in the 20th edition of Drunken Boat.

Descent of Alette Performance and Campaign

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In the realm of cool news, there’s this:

A poet play called The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley with Alexis Almeida, HR Hegnauer, Yanara Friedland, Serena Chopra, Andrea Rexilius, and Sommer Browning. This is their third poet play – last year, they performed five Gertrude Stein plays.

Alette will have performances in Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, and Colorado Springs. The group is trying to raise money for flights to Los Angeles. People who donate $75 will receive a hand drawn, framed comic by Sommer Browning. What a deal! Yeah art.

If you want to learn more about the group, the play, and their fundraiser go to this website: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gasp-performances

 

Drunken Boat Announces Inaugural Poetry Book Contest Winner

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COLLIER NOGUES
The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground
selected by Forrest Gander

Drunken Boat proudly announces the forthcoming publication of The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground by Collier Nogues. Congratulations to all of our finalists and contest entrants, some of whom will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the journal.
The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground will be published in print and e-book format in 2015 and distributed through Small Press Distribution, with a publication launch party to take place on April 9, 2015 at 7 pm at Honey (@ 205 East Hennepin Avenue) in Minneapolis during the Associated Writing Programs annual conference (where it will be offered for sale at table 1928). Collier Nogues will also be reading selections from her award-winning book during this multi-journal extravaganza at Honey. Drunken Boat invites you to join us in congratulating Collier at this time!

Acclaimed poet, translator, novelist, essayist, and contest judge, Forrest Gander said of The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground:

“…this is the best book of erasure poems since Srikanth Reddy’s Voyager. They are meant to include an ‘interactive online version’ of disappearing texts. They don’t necessarily read as erasures, but as lyric poems— even managing rhyme and epistolary. Like Reddy’s Voyager, these carry powerful political implications, regarding Japan and Japanese/US relations before, during, and after WWII. Terrific language: ‘All of us were in a position to suffer a/ temporary safety.’ Despite that they are derived from a dazzling array of incongruous texts, the manuscript manages to sustain a consistency of tone and form. Significantly, the technique— erasure— is well matched to a poetry of war, (re)constructing events through absences and aporias— the missing.”

More praise for The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground:

“Collier Nogues, who grew up on a U.S. military base in Okinawa, explores how war has shaped the island of her childhood. She gathers a wide range of historical, political, touristic, cultural, and literary texts about Okinawa, and then she “erasures” these documents to unearth new poems. Moreover, QR codes accompany each poem, transporting the reader to a companion website that features digital and visual renditions of the work. Taken together, these poems not only express a desire to erase violence, but they also attempt to map the topography of islands and nations, caves and embrasures, weapons and flags, grace and dread. Nogues is a brave poet who disassembles the official discourses of empire to articulate a dream for an island of peace.”

—Craig Santos Perez

Collier Nogues’s first book of poems, On the Other Side, Blue, was published by Four Way Books in 2011. Her writing has been supported by the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Fishtrap. She teaches creative writing at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and co-edits poetry for Juked.

“Drunken Boat has promoted hybrid and online poetry since its beginnings as a journal,” Collier Nogues said. “I couldn’t be happier that The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground, with its dual print and interactive online poems, has found its home here. Drunken Boat’s commitment to publishing new media poems and other innovative writing makes more room in the world for the kind of writing I most love to read. It’s an honor to be part of the journal’s move forward as a press. Thank you, Forrest Gander, for choosing this book, and thank you, Drunken Boat!”

Announcing Finalists for the Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest

 

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Drunken Boat would like to announce the completion of our 2014 Poetry Contest. A big thank you goes out to all the poets who participated, making this event the huge success that it was.

As you can imagine, we received hundreds of entries and the competition was impressive to say the least. Each entry received the intimate attention it deserved, having been read by no less than two discerning readers. Our competition judge Forrest Gander considered this role as both a great privilege and responsibility. Our winner will be announced soon!

The winning manuscript will be launched in 2015 at AWP with a special DB-hosted reading at Honey in Minneapolis. Excerpts from finalist manuscripts will be published in an upcoming DB folio.

Finalists are as follows:

Words on Edge by Michael Leong
If You Love Error So Love Zero by Stephanie Anderson
Nine Dragon Island by Eleanor Goodman
Alias Irene by Elisabeth Murawski
Hospital Series by Diana Thow
My Hypertropes: Twenty-One Minus One Programmed Poems in Translation and Transversion by Amaranth Borsuk
A Skin, Tendered by Haley Larson

The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground by Collier Nogues

My Cage Is the Size of the World: Selected Poems by Catherine Hammond

[It] Incandescent by Amy Pence

KAFKA, OUR ANIMAL by Meredith Stricker.

Thank you for supporting Drunken Boat and for demanding that we toe the line by publishing the very best in American letters. We hope to hear from you all again in the future. For those contest entrants who purchased one of our books, we are currently at work processing orders.

Congrats again to our finalists, and thank you to everyone who supported this contest!

Positions at Drunken Boat!

Drunken BoatDBlogo_3, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web Award, is adding to our staff. We’ve been publishing an immense variety of work, especially innovative and experimental literature and arts, since 1999. We are an entirely volunteer staff, dedicated to literature and art and the internet (well, more like literature and the art on the internet, but we’re fans of the medium too). According to The Review Review:  “Drunken Boat is, or should be, central to any discussion of literature online or online literature . . . Drunken Boat is a . . . beautifully presented, carefully maintained space.”

Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. If you’re interested, please send a CV and a note describing your interest to Managing Editor Erica Mena at editor@drunkenboat.com

Non-Fiction Reader

This position requires a time commitment of approximately 3 hours a week. Responsible for reading assigned submissions in a timely manner and making appropriate recommendations for acceptance or rejection to the Genre Editor using the submission manager; editing accepted work as requested by Genre Editor and according to house styles and best practices; proofing section during production process as requested by Genre Editor.

Publicity & Marketing Director

This person would be responsible for implementing our publicity and marketing strategy through traditional and new media outlets. This is a senior level position, requiring a time commitment of approximately 5-7 hours a week. Responsible for overseeing promotion and social media staff in collaboration with the Assistant Managing Editor; scheduling issue-launch publicity; maintaining the organization’s Twitter and Facebook accounts according to best practices; and developing and maintaining ongoing social media campaigns.

AWP/Readings Coordinator

This person would be responsible for managing logistics related to AWP, including readings, recordings, promotions, creating a schedule to staff the DB table, collating info about DB staff member panels/readings, organizing the DB staff cocktail gathering, and other tasks.

Deadline extended to July 25 for DB poetry book contest!

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You still have time to submit your first book manuscript to Drunken Boat! Our deadline has been extended to July 25. For more details about the book contest, please see below.

Poetry Book Contest

$25.00 USD, $28.00 USD

Drunken Boat Book Contest: Poetry (Hybrid & Translation Welcome)

Judge: Forrest Gander

Deadline: July 25, 2014

Drunken Boat seeks entries for our inaugural book contest in poetry, open to any work of poetry in English (hybrid, multi-authored, and translations into English are welcome). Winner receives publication, $500, 20 author copies, a debut reading at AWP and ads in print and online sources. Though we welcome multi-author and translation projects, we can only afford to pay one honorarium (which may be split as authors / translators prefer). Drunken Boat books are distributed by SPD. Excerpts from all finalists judged in house by the Drunken Boat staff will be featured in a special folio in an issue of Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts.

Eligibility

Open book competition for all writers with no limitations on the amount of work a writer has published. Manuscripts must be between 30 and 120 pages. Manuscripts are judged anonymously. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished as a whole (including self-publishing), but individual works may have been published.

Colleagues, current and recent students, and close friends of the judge, Forrest Gander, are not eligible. Current Drunken Boat staff and interns are not eligible. Entries must be received by June 25, 2014. Reading fee is $25.

For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest’s winning book or any Drunken Boat book. The winner will be announced to our email list and on our website in September, 2014, and we expect to publish the winning book in April of 2015.

How to Submit

Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents, between 30 and 120 pages. No manuscript will be rejected simply because it’s shorter or longer.

Submit as a single document a cover page with the title of the manuscript only, a table of contents, acknowledgements of previous publications if applicable, and the complete finished paginated manuscript. Do not include any identifying information in the submission, including acknowledgements. (If your name is an integral part of your work, please contact us for guidelines on replacing it with a pseudonym for the purposes of judging the contest). Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify us promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate reading fee.

Upload complete submission, and pay reading fee here.

(We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help with, but do not entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts, and publishing and publicizing the winner. If for reasons of financial hardship you cannot afford to pay the reading fee, please email us at editor@drunkenboat.com and we will try to help.)

Submit today!

https://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit/27945

 

Drunken Boat seeks entries for our inaugural book contest in poetry, open to any work of poetry in English (hybrid, multi-authored, and translations into English are welcome). Winner receives publication, $500, 20 author copies, a debut reading at AWP and ads in print and online sources. Though we welcome multi-author and translation projects, we can only afford to pay one honorarium (which may be split as authors / translators prefer). Drunken Boat books are distributed by SPD. Excerpts from all finalists judged in house by the Drunken Boat staff will be featured in a special folio in an issue of Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts.

Eligibility

Open book competition for all writers with no limitations on the amount of work a writer has published. Manuscripts must be between 30 and 120 pages. Manuscripts are judged anonymously. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished as a whole (including self-publishing), but individual works may have been published.

Colleagues, current and recent students, and close friends of the judge, Forrest Gander, are not eligible. Current Drunken Boat staff and interns are not eligible. Entries must be received by June 25, 2014. Reading fee is $25.

For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest’s winning book or any Drunken Boat book. The winner will be announced to our email list and on our website in September, 2014, and we expect to publish the winning book in April of 2015.

How to Submit

Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript with a table of contents, between 30 and 120 pages. No manuscript will be rejected simply because it’s shorter or longer.

Submit as a single document a cover page with the title of the manuscript only, a table of contents, acknowledgements of previous publications if applicable, and the complete finished paginated manuscript. Do not include any identifying information in the submission, including acknowledgements. (If your name is an integral part of your work, please contact us for guidelines on replacing it with a pseudonym for the purposes of judging the contest). Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address.

Individual poems in a contest manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. If applicable, include with your manuscript an acknowledgments page for prior publications.

Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify us promptly if a manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are accepted, so long as each submission is accompanied by a separate reading fee.

Upload complete submission, and pay reading fee here.

(We are an independent, nonprofit literary press. Reading fees help with, but do not entirely cover, the cost of reviewing manuscripts, and publishing and publicizing the winner. If for reasons of financial hardship you cannot afford to pay the reading fee, please email us at editor@drunkenboat.com and we will try to help.)

Submit today!

https://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit/27945