Writing on the Road

Writing on the Road

Holding into 3 poems while driving
cursing this fucking road
wait
that’s 4,
shit.

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8 Self-publishing Platforms

"You listen to me book... you're supposed to self publishing!  Get out there!"

“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.…

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Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

Self-aware Poems & Poems About Poetry

"THERE'S A POEM IN THE MIRROR! I SEE IT!"

“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,…

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Hi! I'm a travelling poet and publisher who makes a living street performing and selling books & zines through Books & Shovels, a traveling bookstore : books

I’m doing an AMA at r/Books on hitchhiking, poetry, and the 21st century.

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Bombs for digging

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Meet Meko

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…

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Innards of my car scream with smoke and fire

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…

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Weaseling into the public peripherals

Weaseling into the public peripherals

weasel press

“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.…

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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…
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Poets, come out of your closets

“Books & Shovels was not initially a station wagon. It was a frame pack on the back of founder Jeremiah Walton, a 19 year old poet from New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Hitchhiking at the time, Jeremiah operated a small distribution operation, street performing and hitting shows to spread the publications he released through his indie press, Nostrovia! Poetry, and for UndergroundBooks, a New York City publishing house. Books & Shovels had not even been named yet at this point. It was simply a new adventure for the recent high school graduate.”

Writer’s Edit, an Australian publication, covers the history of Books & Shovels, where it’s going, and how we are taking 21st Century Poetry by the throat.

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Passion Wars

Q: When you first approached me with your project, you mentioned Passionate Living over Making a Living. I love this concept. Can you tell me about your own journey to passionate living?

A: To be honest, it happened before I had the words for it. It’s simply how my brain is wired. Poetry clicked. Since it’s clicked, I’ve thrown myself recklessly against it. It’s what I’ve decided to do with my…

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Brain synapses broken

Brain synapses broken http://wp.me/s4EuwS-overload

I have 10 email accounts, multiple Facebook accounts, Tweet (@NostroviaPoetry), manage Nostrovia Poetry, Walking Is Still Honest Press, and The Traveling Poet, work for UndergroundBooks, am preparing for the 2014 NYC Poetry Festival, launching Books & Shovels, writing book reviews, have 7 blogs active, multiple blogs prepping, another publishing press preparing to launch, 3 books to publish, a…

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Poets, come out of your closets

Poets, come out of your closets

passion

“Books & Shovels was not initially a station wagon. It was a frame pack on the back of founder Jeremiah Walton, a 19 year old poet from New Hampshire, U.S.A.. Hitchhiking at the time, Jeremiah operated a small distribution operation, street performing and hitting shows to spread the publications he released through his indie press, Nostrovia! Poetry, and for UndergroundBooks, a New York City…

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21st Century Poetry & Literatyre

21st Century Poetry & Literatyre

by Scott-Patrick Mitchell for inclusion in #005 Fuck Art, Let's Dance

by Scott-Patrick Mitchell for inclusion in #005 Fuck Art, Let’s Dance

Like; share; comment; post; tag; hashtag; repost: these are the terms by which our social media allows us to communicate. But how can we adapt poetry, a form of expression that actively adapts to and challenges the constraints of language, to this social network?

Scott-Patrick Mitchell is a modern poet taking advantage of…

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10 Horrible Writing Habits

10 Horrible Writing Habits

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10.  Recycling Counter Cultures

I played this game for a long time, and I’m trying to edge off of it.  I wrote Ginsberg-esque poems that were poor imitations.  The Beats have nearly vanished, and yes, they are amazing writers, but their voice is not that of today, their America has withered, it is today, the 21st century we must engage with.

9. Re-creating Dead People’s Sound

Okay, this is…

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Literary Manhattan grabs a shovel

Literary Manhattan grabs a shovel

Previously published at Literary Manhattan
by Richard Templeton 

“UndergroundBooks, located in the Paul Laurence Dunbar building in the literary heart of Harlem occupies its time putting together some of the best poetry the city and world has to offer. And now they’re joining forces with two New York poets to create Books and Shovels, a mobile bookstore like no other.

Independent poetry press,…

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