TWTKCD gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly!

We were thrilled to see a review for That’s When the Knives Comes Down in Publishers Weekly today, and even more so when we saw the red star next to the title!

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“Morgan debuts his refreshing talent in a collection of 12 short stories that are as bizarre as they are brilliant. Germanely punctuated by Robin E. Mork’s playful graphite drawings, the collection is driven by an idiosyncratic and absurd mind… ‘Experimental’ would be a misleading term for this one-of-a-kind book.”

Read the full review here, then pick up your own copy today!

Dolan Morgan in The Believer and Selected Shorts

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Exciting TWTKCD news!

Dolan Morgan talks with Nelly Reifler at The Believer. An excerpt:

“I’m super tired of the sort of traditional, twentieth-century-style void, where people feel a “dead emptiness inside the brain,” and where they get dizzy and sick at the edge of a life without meaning. Blah, blah, blah. Buncha babies. I simply don’t understand what’s so scary about nothingness. In fact, I find it uplifting and invigorating. It makes me happy. And I feel like throughout my life, I’ve always been handed an artificial set of social choices: either 1) “Things are absurd and that’s terrible,” or 2) “Things are imbued with purpose, and that’s fantastic.” But really, what about: Things are absurd, and that’s great? And how about: Purpose is terrifying. Purpose is oppressive. Get that junk out of here. Rather, we’re all flying through a pointless expanse and that’s amazing. Lucky us. Our ability to comprehend the world is imperfect, limited and often incorrectand that’s gorgeous.

You can read the full interview here.

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And, for those of you who live in New York (and its surrounding environs), the roster for next month’s Selected Shorts is as follows: Heather Burns reading a story by Aimee Bender, Alex Karpovsky reading a story by Kurt Vonnegut, and Dave Hill reading a story from That’s When the Knives Come Down! You can (and should!) buy tickets here—a steal at eight dollars! Since this is part of the 30th anniversary of Selected Shorts, it may sell out (so don’t delay, etc.).

And if you still haven’t picked up a copy of TWTKCD, you can order it by clicking the link in the sidebar, or following us through this magic internet portal.

Danielle Jones-Pruett receives a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award!

djpWe have had the distinct pleasure of working with Danielle Jones-Pruett on a number of occasions—we were thrilled to have two of her poems on the apt site last year, and another for this year’s print issue.

We’ve hosted her as a reader at Literary Firsts, and she was among the readers we had at our amazing release party for the Surveillance Issue of apt in January.

A few weeks back, we were so happy to hear that she’ll been included in the 2014 Best New Poets anthology.

And, just this morning, we learned that Danielle is one of six recipients of the 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award! Danielle’s work is meditative and wry, honest and captivating—qualities indicative of fine literature. She deserves every accolade she gets, and we’re so proud of her.

Barrelhouse on AP

“What is Aforementioned Productions? Everything….what Aforementioned Productions is all about—publishing great writing that affects a reader.”

Barrelhouse had such kind words for us in their latest missive. They’re hosting us tomorrow night at Petworth Citizen in DC. Won’t you join us?

AFFORDED PERMANENCE is now available for presale

Aff_perm_cover_frontIn early summer 2011, we published a group of four poems by Liam Day, each inspired by a bus route in Boston. Since then, Liam has worked to produce a group of thirty poems, encapsulating the city’s history, then expanding beyond it, as the speaker moves within and without Boston’s city limits.

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Liam’s book is now available to preorder, and the array of presale incentives include:

  • a spread of AP poetry titles,
  • a bus ride with Liam,
  • Red Sox v. Yankees poems written just for you,
  • a donation in your name to 826Boston,
  • a one-on-one basketball game with the author (a former pro baller in Northern Ireland),
  • and, for the flush and opulent-minded, a gala at the Boston Public Library wherein Liam will be named Honorary Poet Laureate of the MBTA, and will present a new poem dedicated to the donor. (Because who among us wouldn’t love to spend $5,000 in the name of literature?)

The presale will last through December 17, so get in now, and spread the word!

Upcoming TWTKCD readings!

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On Thursday night, we had the pleasure of visiting WORD in Greenpoint for the release party for Dolan Morgan’s That’s When the Knives Come Down. (Check out photos from the reading on WORD’s Tumblr, and a short video of Dolan’s reading on Instagram!)

If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of hearing Dolan read, we strongly encourage you to go to one of the following events:

Friday, Sept 5
Washington, D.C. – Petworth Citizen – 7pm
Barrelhouse Presents Aforementioned Productions…Dolan reading with Carissa Halston and Randolph Pfaff (that’s us!)

Saturday, Sept 6
Akron, OH – Annabell’s Bar & Lounge – 6pm
The Big Big Mess Reading Series…Dolan reading with Natalie Eilbert and Caryl Pagel

Monday, Sept 8
Brooklyn, NY – Franklin Park – 8pm
Franklin Park Reading Series…Dolan reading with Marie-Helene Bertino, Scott Cheshire, and Justin Taylor

Hope to see you at one of the readings!

New blurb and book cover for AFFORDED PERMANENCE

The praise has been rolling in for Liam Day’s debut poetry collection, Afforded Permanence. Most recently, from Mary Pinard, author of Portal:

“Liam Day’s very fine first collection, Afforded Permanence, traces select bus routes (roots) in and around Boston in poems that tell stories, evoke memories, and capture histories of the heart and mind. His speaker throughout is streetwise and tuned to the rhythms of the city, its various environs, and beyond: this is someone you want to know, both for his sense of direction and for his ways with words. These are beautifully crafted poems—formally accomplished and lyrical, with details that chart the pleasures and complexities of urban life. This is the best, most necessary kind of map.”

We couldn’t agree more.

We’ve also made a snazzy new cover for the book, which includes kind words from Simeon Berry. Check it out below, then go see all the other details for Liam’s book, and keep your eyes on this space for the presale, kicking off next week!

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Dolan Morgan interviewed at Electric Literature

923189_10102802822797449_2474154495711510166_nDolan talks inspiration with Matthew Thompson for Electric Literature’s WAX column.

An excerpt:

I like breaking rules, and you can’t break them if there aren’t any. Ads, spam, dismissed genres, how-to guides and brochures all provide such rules. These rules each amount to a kind of game that one can enter into and play. For me, the process is distinctly human: we recognize limitations or obstacles in the world and endeavor to circumvent or undo them. There’s great satisfaction in creating and reading works that mimic this process. It is inherently playful, yes, but I don’t think play is childish. Play is an almost spiritual undertaking. When we give ourselves over to a set of rules, or follow them to their conclusion (or engineer a way to use them in a manner beyond their initial intention), we access something new or even impossible.

Read the whole shebang over at EL.

TWTKCD giveaway winners!

8126166641_49ff1c7815_zWe’re thrilled to announce the winners of the That’s When the Knives Come Down giveaway!

The winner of the READER PACKAGE, receiving one free copy of the additional ebook, For Promotional Use Only, is Jim Ruland!

The winner of the GENESIS PACKAGE, receiving one free copy of the first print annual of apt (wherein we published the story that launched a thousand ships, Dolan’s “Investment Banking in Reverse”): Lawrence Schwartz!

And the grand prize winner of the IMMATERIAL PACKAGE, receiving the gift of NOTHING (as generously donated by IMMATERIAL Journal): Nancy Dunetz!

Nancy correctly answered our question on Facebook:

Q: What is Jennifer Coughlin afraid her son will someday ask her?

A: What the hell were you doing when the whole world was falling apart?

Congratulations to all our winners!

If you haven’t yet, check out all the great press TWTKCD has received in the past week:

Karina Vahitova interviews Dolan at IMMATERIAL Journal 

Nothing Works Until It Does, works inspired by TWTKCD, at Sundog Lit

“Nuée Ardente,” an excerpt from TWTKCD, published at Recommended Reading

Michael Maiello reviews TWTKCD at Dagblog: “Morgan is a poet and its shows in his prose…[and] Morgan is a true original.”

THE KNIVES HAVE LANDED


It’s August 20!

Dolan’s book is alive!

You can buy it here!

And you can read an excerpt, “Nuée Ardente,” today at Recommended Reading!