Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We have a winner for our chapbook contest!



Imaginary Friend Press is happy to announce that Yu-Han Chao’s book One Woman Fruit Stand is the winner of our chapbook contest! We received one hundred entries and we’re amazed at how difficult they made this decision. Our judges will surely concur.

 Here is a list of finalists to be on the look out for in the future (in no particular order):
Christina Peña’s After                        
Jim Elledge Martinis (& Mister)                     
Pamela Taylor My Mother’s Child                 
Erica Mena Featherbone                                            
Quentin Baker Open Mouth/Hidden Mouth               
Doris Davenport Request                                           
Kristin Abraham Swallow Your Archetype                

Imaginary Friend Press would also like to announce the publication of Doris Davenport’s Request and franciszka voeltz’s P O E T X T S.

Be on the look out for  these amazing books starting in May! Also be on the look out for us to run this contest again in the winter!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

black hands of a morning calm by Ayshia Stephenson

Imaginary Friend Press is happy to release black hands of a morning calm, by Ayshia Stephenson!

This is the winner of Imaginary Friend Press's Inaugural Full Length Poetry Contest. This is Stephenson's first collection of poetry which chronicles exile, loneliness, and finding comfort in the strangeness of strangers.

Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year says:
"In black hands of a morning calm, Ayshia Stephenson explores a complex nexus of expatriate otherness. Layered within multiple subjectivities of blackness, language, gender, and class, Stephenson writes from a perspective that is simultaneously bewildered and bewildering. In spare and tautly intense poems, the fact of blackness is renegotiated and recontextualized within the frenetic streets and subways of Seoul, within bathhouses, taxicabs, restaurants, and academic institutions. From an unfamiliar outpost of the new global economy, these remarkable poems speak from a body that is repeatedly scripted and inscripted, and thereby alienated - adjunct commodity, spectacle, taboo, fetish, woman, daughter, friend - yet from this space of alienation there emerges a silent yet liminal freedom, a space for keen observation and reflection, a blank page from which to write back.

Shane McCrae, author of Mule and Blood says:
"In black hands of a morning calm, Ayshia Stephenson limns the difficulties of translating one's sense of oneself as racialized other from one's own country to a country in which one's otherness is even more pronounced. Immediately she asks - she begs - to be allowed to "lie in black," but the black she's looking for, the blackness one lives in America, is nowhere to be found in her new home, South Korea, and as a consequence she feels alienated not only from her native land, but also from herself. This is a powerful and moving book."


Here is an excerpt from the book:

"my student
the last day of class
she talks and talks
the words
push through her throat
and pinch us
she speaks, she speaks
a different opinion
she is a woman
i am a woman
we bleed once
a month, and
do not want to say sorry"


$15 includes shipping. Email only questions about orders to imaginaryfriendpress(at)gmail(dot)com.
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Second Annual Full Length Book Contest

Submissions will be accepted between February 15, 2014 and May 1, 2014. The winner will be announced in July or August.

The winning book will be published by Imaginary Friend Press. The author will receive an honorarium of $250 and 25 copies of their book. Imaginary Friend Press may also select other books for publication.

To submit the entry fee is $12 for entry or $17 dollars for entry and a copy of the winning book (US addresses only) (We’re also adding a dollar onto our submission fee to pay the fine folks at Submittable) . Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as IFP is informed of publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed with entry fees for each submission.

Manuscripts must be between 48-96 pages in length. Manuscripts must be paginated, have a table of contents and an acknowledgements section (if poems have been published individually).

Manuscripts may have individual poems published, but they should not be published as a whole elsewhere.

Style and theme are open.

There should not be any art, photographs, images included in the manuscript.

This is not a first book contest, but authors seeking their first full length book publication are encouraged to submit. Multi-authored collections are acceptable, but IFP can still only award one honorarium.

Questions? Please email us at imaginaryfriendpress@gmail.com.

Submit to Imaginary Friend Press

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Redesigned & Re-released Paper Guillotines by Anthony Frame

We've re-released Anthony Frame's Paper Guillotines with a brand new cover design, a revamped interior, and all the same great poems.

You can order the book here!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Title to Pussy Riot by Doren Robbins


Imaginary Friend Press is happy to release Title to Pussy Riot, by Doren Robbins!

This chapbook includes 7 brand new poems by Doren Robbins. These poems are full of rancor, rebellion, and a demand for social justice.


$7 includes shipping. Email only questions about orders to imaginaryfriendpress(at)gmail(dot)com.
 Order through Paypal or order and submit using Submittable here

 
 


An excerpt from the poem "Letter From the Southern D":


"Tuesday's temperatures, the approximations,
I didn't need a weather voice to know which coat to wear
in Dinfield, permeable to cardinals,
a tendril eating through the siding kind of singing,
Through our life in Dinfield.
Dinfield was a condition.
It went away enough."

Monday, December 9, 2013

2013 Subscription

Now you can own every chapbook Imaginary Friend Press has put out in 2013. For $23 (shipping included) you can add these four books to your collection. That's a $5 savings!
These chapbooks include:
Jeff Alessandrelli's People are Places are Places are People
Michelle Menting's Myth of Solitude
J. Bruce Fuller's Notes to a Husband
and Grace Bauer's Cafe Culture

Order here:

2012 Subscription

Now you can own every chapbook Imaginary Friend Press has put out in 2012. For $23 (shipping included) you can add these four books to your collection. That's a $5 savings!
These chapbooks include:
Patty Paine's Feral
Tom C. Hunley's Annoyed Grunt
Keith S. Wilson's Kinder Meal
and Christopher Shipman's I Carved Your Name

Order here: