Apostrophe Books @ AWP Seattle 2014


Ghost Proposal, Lettered Streets Press and Apostrophe Books are teaming up to bring you an excellent Friday evening reading at AWP. The reading is at the Black Coffee Coop 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 on Friday 2/28 @ 6:30pm. Featured readers:

Tony Trigilio
Joshua Young
Alexis Pope
Thomas Patrick Levy
Brian Oliu
Daniel Scott Parker
Gina Abelkop
Jessica Baran

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And, once again, Apostrophe Books will be part of the AWP Book Fair. Our booth will be located with New Mexico State University: BB4 & BB5. Come by and say hello and peruse all our titles! Stay tuned for information about book signings and other author events.

White Noise by Tony Trigilio is Now Available through SPD & Amazon!


Click here to buy White Noise through SPD

Click here to buy White Noise through Amazon

Paul Foster Johnson Reading & New Poem by Jessica Baran


Apostrophe poet Paul Foster Johnson will be reading in St. Louis on Friday, April 12th in a series co-curated by another Apostrophe poet, Jessica Baran. The reading is at fort gondo compound for the arts. Details HERE.

Also, Jessica has a great new poem published in AWL.

The Next Big Thing: An Interview with Tony Trigilio

Great short interview with Tony Trigilio whose book, White Noise will be published with us this spring. Have a look:

Tony Trigilio: The Next Big Thing Interview

2013 Open Reading Period Begins Now!

Apostrophe Books is pleased to announce our current open reading period. We will be accepting manuscripts from January 1, 2013 to March 31, 2013.

While we define ourselves as a press that publishes innovative poetry, our prior titles represent a broad spectrum of approaches to contemporary poetry. To get a sense of the kind of work we are interested in as editors, just read our books by Catherine Meng, Johannes Göransson, Paul Foster Johnson, Jessica Baran, Gina Abelkop, and soon, Tony Trigilio. We invite those who are unfamiliar with our press to purchase copies of our titles before submitting to us.

We view Apostrophe Books as a series, so our book covers are designed to reflect a community of authors with shared values. We are distributed by SPD Books.

It can take anywhere from three to nine months for us to respond to submissions. If you are interested in submitting, please follow the guidelines below:

When submitting your manuscript, we request a reading fee of $15.00. This fee supports the rising printing costs of doing print runs that sustain distribution through SPD and sales through the usual online retailers. The fee also supports promotion of the press through our presence at book fairs and hosted readings at small art galleries.

In order to submit please click on the link below:


Author News

Apostrophe authors have been quite active recently. Here are just a few noteworthy items:

  1. Jessica Baran won the first annual Besmilr Brigham Women Writers Award for her manuscript EQUIVALENTS (Lost Roads Press)
  2. Paul Foster Johnson’s second book, Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms is available from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs
  3. Johannes Goransson’s recent translation of Aase Berg’s Transfer Fat (Forsla fett), nominated in 2002 for Sweden’s prestigious Augustpriset for the best poetry book, is available from Ugly Duckling Presse

Stay tuned….more to come later from our other authors and more about our upcoming reading period.

Tony Trigilio’s White Noise Selected for Publication

Apostrophe Books is happy to announce that Tony Trigilio’s White Noise has been selected as our next manuscript for publication this year.

Thank you to all who submitted during our 2011 reading period. Once again we received a large number of excellent manuscripts, which always makes the decision process difficult. We certainly think you will be very pleased with our selection. . . .

White Noise by Tony Trigilio

Tony Trigilio’s White Noise blends the political and the personal in an unsettling amalgam of prose fragments that have been disassembled and reassembled through a variety of strategies that are almost Oulipian in their peculiar constraints and methodology. From a unique ‘deformation’ of Don DeLillo’s White Noise to a collocation of speech culled from Usenet bulletin boards to scattered material originally posted on the web, Trigilio stitches, reassembles and re-weaves the rhetoric of fear and politics with the language of literature and personal narrative. The book examines the poignant and disturbing intersection between the underground Usenet forums existing before 9/11 and post 9/11 terroristic paranoia. Trigilio reveals that everything these forum-users were ‘paranoid’ about since the Cold War has, in a sense, come true. This dystopian vision is becoming an increasing reality, Trigilio shows, because we have openly accepted this bizarre and chilling world of “kill lists” and mass surveillance.  White Noise is a quintessentially pataphysical response to our current milieu, but it is also, ironically, approached in utterly realist terms.

Please check back for more announcements, publication dates, author events, and our next reading period.


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