We’re currently preparing to flee Denver, Colorado. We sold books at the 16th Street Mall, the Mercury Cafe, and worked our way around the area exploring.
This IS Poetry: The Literary Underground
The Literary Underground is grabbing the Tree that poetry has evolved into, and ripping and gnawing at the roots, arranging Poets, Publishers, Events, and Poems into beautiful patterns. A grassroots organization, The Literary Underground coordinated with some solid small presses managed by passionate folks breaking fingers over the keyboard organizing the opportunities for us to obtain…
Small Press Roulette
Karen Lillis with Small Press Pittsburgh
Karen Lillis’s pop-up bookstore, Small Press Pittsburgh, was a direct influence on the creation of Books & Shovels. I met her in Erie, P.A. at Poets’ Hall during her feature with Zarina Zabrisky and Simon Rogghe. Her project, Small Press Roulette, is a concept we’re truly digging, both in concept and by trying to shed light on the wonderful work she’s…
If you have funds and believe in their project, consider donating to their Indie GoGo Campaign.
I like this guy. Also, he is publishing a poem of mine in “Fuck Art, Let’s Dance” on July 1st entitled ‘Starfish.’ Stay tuned!
Books & Shovels
Jeremiah Walton is getting ready to start a cross-country travelling bookstore and publisher called ‘Books & Shovels’
check out their indiegogo campaign to learn more, and to help out
I think things like this can be really important for making new friends, building community, and getting more people writing and talking about books
if you’re interested, say hello to Jeremiah on facebook
We’ll spark this issue by sharing Books & Shovels debut at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival, where we raised over $400 for the traveling bookstore, and furthered the IndieGoGo campaign to secure our wheels. Nostrovia! Poetry hosted a rogue open mic, spent sleepless days and nights printing books and organizing events, slamming our skulls against computer screens and empty energy drink cans as we busted ourselves to ensure Books & Shovels debut is a fully loaded gun thrown into a massive game of Russian Roulette.
It was worth it. We’re currently going through the extensive footage we’ve obtained, but we’re including some photographs to provide a better idea and visual concept of what we are doing.
From the festival, we hit Ding Dong bar in West Village for an open mic, filmed, and foamed rabid metaphors from the mouth.
We’ve begun preparing for our upcoming gig in Springfield, I.L., This Is Poetry, hosted by The Literary Underground. We’re still fundraising through IndieGoGo to secure the project, as gas is not cheap, and there are many challenges still stagnant in our mouths as we try to chew them over, and swallow. Your financial support is greatly appreciated. Your faith encourages and secures the mission.
Cheers!Traveling book store spreads rabies throughout the NYC Poetry Festival We’ll spark this issue by sharing Books & Shovels debut at the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival…
Writing on the Road
Holding into 3 poems while driving
cursing this fucking road
8 Self-publishing Platforms
“You listen to me book… you’re supposed to self publish! Get out there!”
Self-publishing is a crash course in how to smash your face against the internet without knowing if you’ll make it out alive. I prefer the D.I.Y. route when it comes to publishing, or at least being involved with the press publishing my book.
I’m not saying if City Lights Book Store came knocking, I’d send them away.…
Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry
“THERE’S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!”
Poems that know that they’re poems, or critique poetry, seem to have harnessed a bad reputation, a ball-gag that tastes like filth.
I dig them though. Poems that are passionate and provoke emotion are good poems, at least in my little corner of subjectivity. I dig writing that employs strong images, and leaves a taste of itself (whether sour, sweet,…
Bombs for digging
We’ve rescued a baby raccoon, wandered the streets of Albany, N.Y., prevented drunken buffoons from wandering into the highway, spent all nighters screaming at the Internet and smashing our skulls against social media, writing and re-writing, interviewing, throwing ourselves around physically, financially, and mentally.
We have no option but to do so. There is no room for surrender, as…
Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire
To ensure Books & Shovels has a successful journey, we have sunk 1000s of dollars into the vehicle, which potentially just fried its motor pulling into the shop. This may have rendered the vehicle useless, and we are waiting on word from the mechanic.
This is a time when we need your assistance more than ever to push our IndieGoGo campaign forward, and with encouraging others to pledge to secure…
Weaseling into the public peripherals
“Poetry has immense power in the community, however it is generally thought of as a dead art. One of the goals of Weasel Press is to help push poetry into a larger light. We have never needed poetry more than we do today…
Weasel Press is not the only one bringing poetry to the masses. I have stumbled upon an intriguing project set out to travel across the United States as a Traveling Bookstore.…
We’re prepping for the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival coming up on July 26th and 27th. We’ll be departing for NYC on July 22nd, and staying through August 1st, before heading out to This Is Poetry, performing with Punk Hostage Press, Citizens for Decent Literature, Red Fez Publications, Zygote in my Coffee, & Blotterature Literary Magazine.
Nostrovia! Poetry, UndergroundBooks, and their child, Books & Shovels are stoked to arrive. Here we are preparing for all this wonderful jazz below!
If you support our cause of encouraging others to make sacrifices for their dreams, please pledge to help securely launch this traveling bookstore into its eternal campaign.Preparing to hit the NYC Poetry Festival We’re prepping for the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival coming up on July 26th and 27th. We’ll be departing for NYC on July 22nd, and staying through August 1st, before heading out to…