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Michael Gessner Upcoming Readings


Michael Gessner will read from his work at the follow events:
"Changing Hands," in Phoenix will be Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., a solo reading.
This is the "Changing Hands" page, however, the post for the reading isn't up yet. They post about a month prior. http://www.changinghands.com/page/chb-nov2011
Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona
scheduled for Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the Kiva Room with Jefferson Carter and Meg Files.  http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/author/list
Poems of Michael Gessner have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and as finalists for “Discovery”/The Nation , and the Pablo Neruda Award. Beast Book is his fourth poetry title. His work has been featured in American Letters & Commentary, American Literary Review, The Journal of The American Medical Association, Oxford Magazine, and others. He has read at University College Dublin, and the American-Irish Historical Society (NYC.) His work has been called “Striking,” (David Barber, The Atlantic,) and “Structurally ingenious,” (Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) He lives in Tucson.



Book Information:

· Paperback: 104 pages
· Binding: Perfect-Bound
· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 
· ISBN: 978-1-60964-002-6


Beast Book
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ARTIFICIAL LIFE  by Michael Gessner


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Michael Boughn news!

Michael Boughn has been nominated for a Governor General's Award for Poetry for Cosmographia: A Post-Lucrecian Faux Micro-Epic (Book Thug) read more here:




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He has also launched a mystery novel last week. Maybe you could put up a link to that too:

Business As Ususal


Michael Boughn’s new book Nine Blue Moments for Robin will be out from BlazeVOX [books] in a few short weeks. Pre-order here:




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Departure Delayed mentions Canyonesque by Tom Clark


Should you buy but one book of poetry this year, and not some used anthology of Yeats you find bent and creased in-between the Jamie Oliver cookbooks, we’re talking new poetry, the stuff you’re convinced nobody writes anymore, I would encourage you to consider buying, and not just because he is a friend of our space here, Tom Clark’s new collection, Canyonesque http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/Shop/superstars/canyonesque-by-tom-clark-250/.

-- Brad Johnson, in Departure Delayed, 19 October 2011 

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Aimee Herman reviews _a womb-shaped wormhole_ by j/j hastain

 Aimee Herman reviews _a womb-shaped wormhole_ by j/j hastain at Counterexample Poetics. Read the review here





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a womb-shaped wormhole j/j hastain BlazeVOX [books]

Humans and cyborgs alike! 

Authorize yourselves reading the demand for desire in j/j hastain’s a womb-shaped wormhole. Participate in the co-construction of a new mythos. Graft various inertias of the unicorn. Irrupt while you re-symbolize experience. Find the void; hold it. Engage the if of the pre in the body. Traverse fantasy with libido. Enter a unicorn boudoir. Simultaneously employ polysemous proprioception and negative capability. Become poly-multi-gendered. Manifest sculptural concrete erotic relief. Become the real of body: the coagulation of earth. Permeate the trans imagination. Trace performances of the unicorn. It is so necessary. 

You can do it! Read it! Read it now!

—Jared Hayes 

j/j hastain is a seer. Writing from the liminal space between the ethereal and the corporeal, filled with bestiaries of the soul and spine-broken books, hastain has composed "an activist-narrative of place", where the body is but "a fretted tangle" to be worried apart, and then knotted again. Stitched in the language of sinew and fiber, a womb-shaped wormhole is transcendent, stretching past our mere genders, our temporal selves.

—Benjamin Winkler

In a womb-shaped wormhole j/j is incubating psychic/ biologic language between black and white holes. This book is a tantric system of genders’ sockets. Yearning + its ally= a co. I cannot help but think that I could talk a month on the title alone--here in j/j’s book we get to feel how it feels when walls and woods are pulled away (“though not abandoned”)--we get to skim the tree tips on a bald bed.

—Andy Peterson

j/j hastain’s book a womb-shaped wormhole is one beginning for a world attempting to make itself in advance of its articulation. But it can be articulated by scents, which is to say, “traces”--like musk, patchouli, mustard, "split truffles," or even attar of long-dead altars and imagined memories. In this beginning lie the orgasms of fractals, revealing how fractions require flesh as condition precedent to existence--for who we may not at first recognize is nonetheless not that different from you and me.

—Eileen R. Tabios




j/j hastain lives in Colorado, USA with hir beloved. j/j is the author of numerous full-length, cross-genre works such as: asymptotic lover // thermodynamic vents (BlazeVox Books), our bodies as beauty inducers (Rebel Satori Press), we in my Trans (JMS Books LLC),autobiography of my gender (Moria), ulterior eden (Otoliths), prurient anarchic omnibus (Spuyten Duyvil), long past the presence of common(Say it with Stones), vigorous (Eight Ball Press), verges and vivisections (Knives Spoons and Forks) as well as many chapbooks and artist’s books. j/j’s writing has appeared in numerous journals including Sextures, Trickhouse, Vlak, Unlikely Stories, The Offending Adam, Eccolinguistics and Kelsey. j/j is an Elective Affinities participant, a member of Dusie kollektiv and a regular contributor to Sous Les Paves. j/j’s manuscript extant shamanisms won the Pavement Saw poetry award. In 2011 j/j’s book we in my Trans was nominated for the Stonewall Book Award.




Book Information:


· Paperback: 122 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-075-0

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Stacie Leatherman interview @ Emprise Review

 Interview with Stacie Leatherman | EMPRISE REVIEW: http://disq.us/3mtlpl

Storm Crop Stacie Leatherman BlazeVOX [books]

 In this almanac of love and weather, lyric address sounds a place for the trans-migratory reach of souls.  At once scientific and sensuous, Leatherman's poems celebrate the whim and tug of a body's meshes, how listening inheres through falling apart.  Her questionings urge us to an exteriority, where the commons strike, like "clams cracked on an otter's belly."  If there be an ecosystem to longing, Storm Crop alphabetizes its thresholds and margins, forging a language for the closet of openness.  A book of beautiful transitions, both in and outside the world, and contagiously between, sung with duende.


—Jonathan Skinner



More and more, I see those who want to figure out and document the puzzling emotions that come with an awareness of one’s involvement in global events turn to poetry. Stacie Leatherman’s Storm Crop is part of this. It is a psychogeographical accounting of contemporary experience. She turns to her subconscious in order to attempt an honest accounting of these emotions and then she organizes these with an alphabetical inclusiveness. It is a book of empathy and of longing.


—Juliana Spahr



Stacie Leatherman is the author of two books of poetry and has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, Caketrain, Crazyhorse, Diagram, elimae, and New American Writing, among others. She blogs things literary and ecopoetic at stacieleatherman.com. She lives with her husband and son near Cleveland, Ohio.



Book Information:

· Paperback: 120 pages

· Binding: Perfect-Bound

· Publisher: BlazeVOX [books] 

· ISBN: 978-1-60964-051-4


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