What we do
BlazeVOX [books] presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. Our books push at the frontiers of what is possible with our innovative poetry, fiction and select non-fiction and literary criticism. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. We seek to publish the innovative works of the greatest minds writing poetry today, from the most respected senior poets to extraordinarily promising young writers. We select for publication only the highest quality of writing on all levels regardless of commercial viability. Our outlets of publication strive to enrich cultural and intellectual life, and foster regional pride and accomplishments. BlazeVOX consciously acquires a collection of titles providing focus, continuity, and a basis for the development of future publications. BlazeVOX is committed to the dissemination of knowledge.
BlazeVOX16 Fall 2016
In this issue we seek to avoid answers but rather to ask questions. With a subtle minimalistic approach, this issue of BlazeVOX focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, space that is economically uninteresting. The works collected feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise literary history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies these piece appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’, the texts reference post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.
BlazeVOX is a haven for undervalued writers to convene with readers worldwide, delivering the contemporary through books-in-hand and ebooks-in-a-minute.
Enjoy the recent issue of our Online Journal BlazeVOX16, which is published in the Spring and the Fall! Come and stop by our Bookshop for a good read. Bring a beverage with you because we have a good-sized preview of all of our titles on site. We also have art galleries, free ebooks, Kindle books, podcasts and YouTube poetry readings from our book authors. So do come over and see what all the fuss is all about! Sign Up for BlazeVOX [books] Newsletter here, you can find out about new publications and other bits of BlazeVOX [books] news, hurray!
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The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry
It is my great pleasure to congratulate Geoffrey Gatza on being named as one of The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013) @ the Huffington Post. This list, complied by Seth Abramson, includes Bob Dylan, President Obama, Michelle Obama, Patti Smith, and Stephen Colbert. This is a huge honor and we all at BlazeVOX are very proud of Geoffrey's hard work. Please take a moment to read the whole article:
Huffington Post: The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013) http://huff.to/1eHIK79
We are implementing a new series at BlazeVOX, Author Interviews. In fifteen questions we hope to introduce you to our authors and poets. Each writer has a story that brought him or her to write their book. Through in-depth interviews with detailed questions and searching topics being covered as writers from all walks of life talk about the highs and lows in their writing. So make a new connection, BXtraordinary
Forthcoming Interviews: Anne-Adele Wight, Carlo Matos, Kristina Marie Darling, Jared Schickling, Travis Cebula, Mark DuCharme, Barbara Henning, James Berger, Christopher Shipman
Wednesday is once again, anything can happen day. Every Wednesday BlazeVOX will feature, in our new BXtraordinary series, a poem from a new book, a short video poetry reading, a fiction story or anything else that seems relevant to the day. We will choose from one of the hundreds of titles of great works in the BlazeVOX catalog. Anything can happen, so tune in each week!