Editor’s Desk – Week of June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015


Dear Intrepid Readers,


Let’s continue with the trend of good news & celebration this week, shall we?


We wish we busted moves this sweet.

Last weekend, Zoetic Press & Lithomobilus had a booth at the first Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, CA—this 2-day event was a street fair where publishers, authors, poets, printers & book vendor celebrated the written word & engaged with the community. We had some lovely weather, sold some Zoetic Press shot glasses, got some new readers signed up for our monthly e-mail updates, had some other readers download the free app, & sold some copies of Mythmaking, the event-exclusive print sampler of the first 4 issues of NBR, all while making new friends in our community (like Winter Binary Press. Seriously. THOSE GUYS!) We ate some kettle corn, bought some books, collected stickers, listened to readers at the Naked Lightbulb reading series, and yes, in case you were wondering, Editor-in-Chief Lise Quintana completely nailed it at her sold-out panel,  “New Views of Narrative: How Technology Interfaces with Story”. So all in all—it was a fantastic way to spend a weekend. Surrounded by books, authors, publishers, book lovers, and kettle corn vendors.


Our booth was way cool. Duct tape on the ground for artistic expression.


This week, we completed the last round of revisions for NonBinary Review #5, The King in Yellow—once the issue makes through Apple’s app review, we’ll be delivering the new issue to your devices! We’re especially happy with how this issue turned out, because the source text was a little more niche than we’ve ever done—and we have to say that the risk paid off and then some. This issue contains some of the most innovative, character-driven, multi-textured work from new contributors & authors we’ve loved working with in previous issues. This week, we also brought you new blog posts at Rhizomatic Ideas—we hope you had a chance to pop over & read them, and if they sparked some ideas of your own, send them to us. This week’s Alphanumeric feature was also a little bit different, in a way that we hope you’ll appreciate. Last week, we wrapped up the last of the Bulfinch’s Mythology features, and this week, instead of launching directly into the King in Yellow Alphanumeric features, we decided to segue with a piece that touches on some of the themes, but isn’t directly related to the source text—but it’s an excerpt we just couldn’t pass up. If you haven’t already, make sure to bookmark this piece—we’re honored to be the first place you’ll read this excerpt, from Kleft Jaw Press author Frankie Metro’s forthcoming novel, The Professional Donor.


Seriously, go read the excerpt.

We promise you, it’s awesome. Have we ever led you awry?


We feel like all the heaviness of the past few weeks has been set to the side for a blessed moment of celebration this week, because if you haven’t already heard, Juan Felipe Herrera has been named the next Poet Laureate of the United States. There are a lot of reasons we’re particularly delighted about this, not the least of which being that Herrera is a fantastic poet. But he’s more than just a great poet who’s been given a tremendous honor—he’s also a groundbreaker. Herrera is the first Latino poet ever appointed to the prestigious position of Poet Laureate of the United States. The Californian poet represents the first time the Chicano voice & migrant worker experience has been welcomed as an authentic part of the American narrative in poetry. This is monumental. Perhaps more monumental than it should be, given that this is 2015, but we’re not here to nitpick over should & oughts—this week is to celebrate the IS. We’re also thrilled to see Herrera named Poet Laureate because his work doesn’t live in a poetic binary—like the man himself, his poems occupy the liminal spaces that are more common to the true America than the white picket fence ideals that no one ever really manages to find. Herrera’s work is also poetry that bridges the divide between page and stage—while inarguably powerful on the page, hearing the pieces of his collection 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border (City Lights, 2008) read is a truly transformative experience. So we hope you’ll pick up one of his poetry collections this weekend, and celebrate the honor he’s been bestowed.


Here’s to all the poets who celebrate the unsung, all the Working Class Heroes


Want more? We’ll have a brand-spanking new Alphanumeric feature for you on Monday, and new Rhizomatic Ideas posts throughout the week. We’re also launching book reviews, so if you’re at a loss for what to read….have no fear, we bought enough stuff at AWP to keep you in reviews until NEXT year’s AWP haul. Or you can hit us up on Facebook (Zoetic PressLithomobilus), Twitter (@ZoeticPress and Litho) and Pinterest, or see some of our authors reading their work on our YouTube channel. If you’re interested in hearing more from us, sign up for our monthly newsletter. We’re serious about your privacy, and promise not to flood your inbox. If you haven’t already seen what we’re about, download the app and get to reading—it’s free, and available for your iPad and iPhone.


Until next week,




Allie Marini, Managing Editor