The thick summer weather has felt like a wall of fire that must be bravely pushed through to order to exit from an air conditioned office building and make my way to the corner to board a bus crowded with sweaty citizens.
Janet Holmes, director of Ahsahta Press, based at Boise State University in Idaho, took the time this week to share her thoughts on poetry publishing as part of my ongoing series of publisher profiles. Ahsahta publishes seven full-length collections of poetry a year, including recent works by Kate Greenstreet, Lisa Fishman, Rusty Morrison, and Julie Carr. Like some other small presses, Ahsahta offers a yearly subscription option, which is one of my favorite ways to buy poetry and encounter the work of many poets who are new to me, as well as poets whose newest books I always look forward to reading. Janet says more about this and what it’s like to craft a press’s identity and consistent aesthetic.
Lady Gaga’s influence has gone beyond the stage and the catwalk and penetrated the most unlikely genre—poetry. Lady Gaga has in fact inspired a journal, Gaga Stigmata, which through writings and art endeavors to “take seriously the brazenly unserious shock pop phenomenon and fame monster known as Lady Gaga.”
Don’t miss your chance to snatch up lots of free magazines and journals from small presses in Chicago and around the country at the Poetry Foundation’s Printers’ Ball tonight at Columbia College.
Sommer Browning’s chapbook Vale Tudo published by Jen Tynes’s Horse Less Press is the perfect chapbook for the season of road trips.