Magic Helicopter Press


7 22 2015

Thanks to everyone who met us at the Book Fort at Pitchfork Music Festival! We had a blast, we didn't die in a tornado, and it was great to meet so many new and cool readers!

Exciting news coming soon, including pre-orders for Simon Joyner's book of selected lyrics, Only Love Can Bring You Peace.

For now, check out our newest release: Mike Krutel's chapbook Fogland!

I'll let Catherine Wing describe this sucker:

Fogland is about making music and it’s about making noise, and it’s where the seams of music and noise and making come together. The book percusses and plumbs us as it spreads its quiver-nerves from brain to spine to hand. Full of streak and wonder-ridden, it bleats, it burns, it lights, and it lightnings. The poem resonates as it reverbs. Using Hopkins and Stein as a launch site, Krutel chooses sound over sense as his primary tool for making meaning and in the full sense of the transitive he fathoms the world as he fashions it.”

It's out now! Order it!

What was it like tabling at the Pitchfork Music Festival from July 17th through July 19th under the grand tent of the Book Fort?

Well, we had a lot of fun, we saw great music we already knew we were going to like (hi Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett, New Pornos, and Chance the Rapper), and we discovered new music (hi Bully and Natalie Prass)!

We also had books from some of our Portland press friends who couldn't make it:

Burnside Books
Future Tense Books
Perfect Day Publishing
Octopus Books
YesYes Books

In fact, we had so many books that MHP Art Director Jenelle Stafford bought two new fancy blankets from a thrift store in Louisville, KY to display them.

And hey, thanks so much to everyone who sent in a manuscript for our new set of series: the Ada Lovelace Innovative Chapbook Series, the Ted Hawkins Innovative Poetry Series, and the Mae Young Innovative Prose Series. We're excited to read through the pile and fall for some amazing work!


We're also excited to announce that poet and librarian Rebekah Hewitt will be joining our staff as a reader and Assistant Editor. Mike's worked with Rebekah in several online workshops before, and she is an insightful, voracious reader and fabulous poet. She makes her home with her family in historic Black Mountain, NC, so maybe some of that legacy will float off onto our helicopter blades. We're thrilled to have her on the team!

And hey, if you're still here, you might want to read about our three newest titles:

Mike Krutel's Fogland — July 2015
Ben Hersey's The Autograph of Steve Industry — Coming Fall 2015
Simon Joyner's Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics 1990-2014 — Coming Fall 2015

Of Ben Hersey's debut novel The Autograph of Steve Industry, I can't give away too much yet, but what if I say "North Shore Massachusetts Barry Hannah doing jumping jacks in his own heart?"

What if I drop this teaser link?

What if, for now, until the official press release, I just show you this video of the legendary Ben Hersey, performer, poet, professor, novelist, resident of Easthampton, MA:

Finally, I'm so incredibly skippered to announce that we are releasing Omaha singer-songwriter Simon Joyner's Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics 1990-2014. Simon has been a longtime musical hero of mine, so the chance to release this book is like a lake suddenly turning from blue to pink.

Simon is a pillar of all that’s come out of the classically fruitful scene down there in Omaha, as well as a longstanding figure in interesting up-and-down-the-country music in general. His praises have been sung by Conor Oberst, Gillian Welch, Beck, and DJ John Peel to name a few.

His voice is a wine-bottle-full-of-sand kind of voice. One time that voice sang the line "I danced on a knife all my life because I thought it was honest," which is in the song "Nocturne."

And there are a lot more lines where that rises from, and I think it’s a beautiful idea to collect those lines in a book, to have that particular way of those lines passing through the world alongside the passage they make in the songs themselves.

This book will feature a handsome, focused collection of Simon’s lyrics, a foreword by Dennis Callaci, illustrations, and some other surprises. Stay tuned for pre-order information, including special goodies like a set of Blues Broadsides.

Of course, you're not kicking me out without me reminding you of the book we just put out: Jordan Stempleman's fabulous new collection Wallop! It's still new!

Jordan Stempleman's most accomplished collection to date, these new poems crunch through the dirty snow of trying to love when love is gone, heaving from room to room, humming from joke to dark, car to gym, chainsaws and milkweed, bathroom faucets that fall apart in your hands, history private and public, men shaving in the public water fountain.

There you have it. See you at Pitchfork!

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