Distress Tolerance is the chapbook for running into your own shadow. It is 7.25x8.5. It is poems that glitch and solidus through form and heart, "funnysad/charming," human-to-bursting, humming with the embodiment and canopy of love and fear and race and money, sparkling with unpolished nails and small fluorescent woodpeckers.
Natalie Eilbert says:
"In Distress Tolerance’s world building, Hilliard infests language itself with a self-aware brutality, and his forms are slanted, stunned, and ripped by a geography wherein 'to mark is to destroy is to court danger.'
Even the destroyed body can flirt with how we’ve ruined one another. But in the wreckage, something—a Yonkers star, a Virginia Slim, a small salmon, a pigeonhole—is glimmering. And it’s remarkable, remarkable."
Click the video below to see and hear two interactive spinning poems from Distress Tolerance!
That's the newest news, but it's not the only news. We're still rocked far and wide for Simon Joyner'sOnly Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics (1990-2014). We received the following mysterious alien tape to our office, and by some lucky coincidence it turned out to be a book trailer:
This book features a handsome, focused collection of Simon's lyrics, a foreword by Dennis Callaci, illustrations, and some other surprises.
Click the cover below to learn more and to order!
Back in the ancient days of 2015, we held an open reading period with some categories. It was fun! Here are the open reading period selections!
First off, thank you to everyone who sent us manuscripts! Wow—so much great stuff out there, and it was so great to read work by people we've never read before, as well as discover new work by folks who turned out to be old friends.
And special thanks to Assistant Editor Rebekah Hewitt for her help reading poetry and chapbook manuscripts!
And we also had a satisfying time putting together approximately 4,863,453,629 custom PDF catalog samplers as thanks for everyone's reading fee support. Our reading fees were a choice of $2 to $5, and in turn everyone got to choose three MHP titles to form a 30 to 60 page sampler of excerpts.
Our series selections below will form the bulk of our 2016 catalog, which we couldn't be happier about! Instead of having one "winner" for each series and then a list of "finalists," we decided to embrace the fact this was never a contest and just publish all our favorites as series selections.
We hope to introduce each author and manuscript to you with a special interview series that we'll be running through the rest of this year.
Without further ado, the selections (and a little about the people behind the names of each series):
THE TED HAWKINS INNOVATIVE POETRY SERIES
Object Permanence Hossannah Asuncion
AVANT GAUZE Christine Friedlander
When There is No One and There is Everyone Rex Leonowicz
Ted Hawkins was an American singer and songwriter. He was born in Mississippi, but he did most of his singing as a busker in Venice Beach, California. Once he claimed the rasp in his voice came from the sand in the wind of the beach. Because of a damaged left hand, he wore a glove and did not bend notes.
But it's not like he didn't also live in England, play the Montreux Festival in Switzerland, and have a Top 20 hit in Australia. When Ted Hawkins was fifteen, he stole a leather jacket.
A good choice for your favorite Ted Hawkins song begins "Good morning my darling" and ends "You can be sure you won't suffer no more."
THE ADA LOVELACE INNOVATIVE CHAPBOOK SERIES
Holodeck One Jessica Baer
Distress Tolerance Kamden Ishmael Hilliard
The End Part One MC Hyland
Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and the inventor of computer programming. When she was very young, she found a dead crow and invented a flying machine.
As an adult, she called herself a Bride of Science. She was addicted to opium, played the harp, ice skated, flirted with Charles Dickens, and ran up debts at the horse track. Her admirers include the Department of Defense and cyberfeminist Sadie Plant.
At the age of thirty-six, dying of uterine cancer and overzealous bloodletting, Ada spent many of her last hours folding and measuring her handkerchief.
THE MAE YOUNG INNOVATIVE PROSE SERIES
Gladness & Other Stories Amy Bergen
Johnnie Mae Young was a pioneer in women's wrestling, competing in the ring for over seven decades and training dozens of wrestlers. She is in the WWE Hall of Fame. One thing she said was "Anybody can wrestle clean, but the heel steals the show."
In Reno, she was arrested for beating up a man who made improper advances. In California, she tried evangelism, but she went back to wrestling.
When Mike Young's dad was a kid, he hung onto Johnnie Mae's bicep, and she pulled him up, because he was her half-brother. That makes Mike Johnnie Mae's nephew.
Her best friend, The Fabulous Moolah, described her this way: "She used to like to go out drinking till all hours, smoking cigars and picking fights with big, bruising men in dark honky-tonks. Shed always laugh later about that expression on their face, a mixture of surprise and shame, just before they hit the floor after shed conked them upside the head."
Phew, that's all pretty exciting! What else is exciting? 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.”
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:
What if, for now, until the official press release, I just invite you to click the picture below and see a video of the legendary Ben Hersey, performer, poet, professor, novelist, resident of Easthampton, MA: