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UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS
We've done it! Thank you to all of those who helped us reach our goal in just six days. Since we still have until February 26th before our campaign ends, we've decided to add some stretch goals. Money raised beyond our goal will help us pay for the costs of publicizing these books, go towards making additional rewards, and help with printing costs for our next season of books.
MET! $5100 - We'll make a postcard from The Everyday Maths that EVERYONE will get.
MET! $5300 - We'll make a set of 3 postcards from the books that EVERYONE will get.
MET! $5500 - We'll make Anomalous buttons using images and text from the books that EVERYONE will get.
MET! $6000 - We'll make the postcards, buttons, and get to give token payment to our contributing artists (authors, cover artists, and composer). Not what they're worth, but a gesture of thanks for their contributions.
Anomalous Press has six fantastic books that the members of our widespread editorial team have donated their time and talents to cull, proofread, edit and design. Since the creation of our press in March 2011, we've been an on-line literary journal for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translation, but we're ready to expand into the world of book publishing. All we need to do is raise $5000 to cover the costs of printing and shipping the books, buying ISBN numbers for the print, ebook, and audio versions, and paying Kickstarter and Amazon their dues, and these books will become a reality.
“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety” – these words weren’t first written for Alice Spider, but they should have been. She is a heroine for our times – a multitasker of the human spirit and a joy in all her manifestations. Cherish her, and take her to your hearths.
-Mary Cresswell, author of Trace Fossils
Alice Spider is a spinner of words, dancing them around until some spill on to the page. She’s both your one true friend and a trollopy little tart. Alice the Webster is weaving herself a wild, wild life. This prose poem sequence includes drinking champagne in a hot air balloon, an exploration of surrealism and an unusual encounter with a burglar. Welcome to Alice’s labyrinthine web.
Janis Freegard is the author of the poetry collection Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus (Auckland University Press, 2011) and co-author of AUP New Poets 3 (2008). She was born in South Shields, England, and lived in South Africaand Australia before her family settled in New Zealand when she was twelve. She lives in New Zealand’s windy capital city, Wellington, with an historian, a cat and various spiders.
An Introduction to Venantius Fortunatus for Schoolchildren is manifestation of the sheer and adventurous wit of Mike Schorsch as much as it is a strange, beautiful, and meditative song to society. It’s an absolute wonder to be summoned into this book--or "workbook," as the entirety of the title offers--and now you too have been summoned—no backsies. Schorsch’s tenacious voice is one of modern energy and doubt engaging with antiquity. He mines the kind of authentic care it takes to hold parenthetical action--“(pending supernatural intervention and/or time travel)"--while also considering “even / the bishop, that honored man who thinks / I have so many female friends.” Some of the questions asked here will only be answered with difficulty; the key of Mike Schorsch’s generosity is that they are always explicitly addressed to all of us.
-Amanda Nadelberg, author of Bright Brave Phenomena and Isa the Truck Named Isadore
From beginning to end, this is a book of telling contrasts between vastly different sensibilities, values, beliefs, customs, and modes of expressing and interacting with the world. This much one might expect from a book of translated poetry by a forgotten medieval saint. That it should, at least indirectly, critique the crass materialism of contemporary middle-class life might also not be terribly surprising. What, after all, could show more profoundly our weddedness to things than prayerful rumination on the immaterial spirit? That it should be hilarious and marvelously irreverent in achieving all of this is its greatest virtue, better even than a DeLonghi sandwich maker. Compare and contrast.
-Russell Valentino, translator of Materada by Fulvio Tomizza and The Other Venice: Secrets of the City, by Predrag Matvejevic among many others
Mike Schorsch writes poems and essays about God and dead people. He also sues debt collectors in the Boston area, where he lives with his wife and children.
Venantius Fortunatus (d. ca. 600 AD) was an early medieval troubadour, eventual Catholic bishop of Poitiers, and saint by popular acclamation. His Latin hymns and poems won him the admiration of eight centuries of monks and the scorn of six centuries of classicists.
Liat is a master of the non-sequitur, knowing just how to put two completely unconnected statements together in a way that reveals their complete affinity. Inventive, humorous, and very, very smart, this is a book truly like no other—and a sheer delight.
The Everyday Maths reinterprets diagrams and figures collected from advanced mathematics textbooks that Berdugo came across in her studies as a mathematician. Over the course of forty-seven figures, Berdugo looks at the tension between what the mathematician has the capacity to understand and what the layperson has the capacity to imagine. Sometimes the text points to the obvious associations, yet other times the connections and new interpretations are more obscure. These diagrams provide an access point to the specialized material (topology, set theory, abstract algebra) that would otherwise remain quarantined behind the boundaries of knowledge-based access. The Everyday Maths a statement about the delight of incongruity and about the beauty and accessibility of mathematics.
*Because the printed edition is so engaged with the visual elements, the audiobook will have specially composed musical interpretations. In Berdugo's words: "I'm working with a brilliant composer and multi-media artist Peter Bussigel to create sonic elements / interpretations for the diagrammatic elements of the page that will weave through each piece."
Liat Berdugo is an American artist and writer whose work focuses on the strange, delightful and increasingly ambiguous terrain between the digital and the analog, the online and the offline, and the scientific and the literary. She has performed throughout North America and her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally. She studied mathematics at Brown University before returning to Providence to pursue her M.F.A. in Digital + Media at the Rhode Island School of Design.
An act of obsessive ekphrasis and aleatory transcription, Éric Suchère’s Mystérieuse mirrors, in its procedural elegance, the intermedial space of comic books, a form that hovers between writing and drawing, word and image. With Sandra Dollar's beautifully paced translation from the French, attentively redrawn on the page by Sarah Seldomridge, it becomes wonderfully clear that delight proliferates—the raison d'être of translation—when media jumps thru media.
—Christian Hawkey, translator of Ventrakl and author of (most recently) Citizen Of
A sort of theoretical ekphrasis, Éric Suchère’s Mystérieuse is an image-to-text “translation” of collaged pages from Hergé’s Tintin comic books, rendered in painstakingly conceptual detail: each frame of each comic—and even each stroke of each drawing inside each frame—are accounted for linguistically, from Tintin’s unforgettable drops of sweat, to Snowy’s emoticon-esque reactions, to the broad stroke backgrounds of the comic squares.
Eric Suchère is a poet, writer, art critic, and art historian. Based in Paris, he is the author of many books of conceptual prose and poetry and a major player in contemporary French letters. His works have been translated into English by Lisa Robertson and Carrie Noland.
Sandra Doller’s books are Oriflamme (Ahsahta, 2005), Chora (Ahsahta, 2010), and Man Years (Subito, 2011). Newer projects include a forthcoming prose chapbook from CutBank called Memory of the Prose Machine (2013), part of a longer book-length and performance piece. The founder & editrice of 1913, Doller lives in San Diego with man & dogs.
*Note: This chapbook will include two chapters from the exciting full-length manuscript.
As sophisticated and purely strange as Roberto Bolaño, as vulnerable as Salinger, and as smart and funny as only Askold Melnyczuk can be, Smedley's Secret Guide to World Literature makes you feel, without the least bit of strain, that you're in the hands of a comic genius. The off-handed virtuosity of Melnyczuk's style is perfectly suited to Smedley's rueful, bemused, and often hilarious understanding of himself and the adults around him. This book gives so much pleasure page to page than I can't imagine the reader who wouldn't love it.
—Tom Sleigh, author of Space Walk, The Far Side of the Earth, and many more books of poetry
Hyper-savvy and cyber-sexed, fifteen-year old Jonathan has more than just female troubles. Suspended from school thanks to an inexcusable misstep—and with his family imploding around him—he’s packed off to Manhattan to care for his high-living, once- glamorous godfather, who’s had a stroke. Formerly attorney to the dimmer stars, the “GF” has skeletons that refuse to stay in the closet. Jonathan’s own family also has secrets he wishes he didn’t know. To forget them he dives into an assignment forced on him by his father. A poet who teaches at the “Big H,” he’s tasked Jonathan with writing a history of literature in the age of Twitter. But the siren song of the city keeps him distracted. In a penthouse over Central Park, Jonathan meets the nubile (and worldly) Mirabai, and his life threatens to take a sharp turn. Along the way, he has his say about parents, love, sex, friendship, art, and the world at large.
Askold Melnyczuk has published three novels and one novella. Stories, poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in Poetry, The New York Times, The Threepenny Review, The Nation, The Antioch Review, and APR. He has taught at Harvard and currently teaches the University of Massachusetts Boston.
"The worst of all offenses was that I did not even know he was upon me, if he ever was upon me."
Less a book than a a hollowing, a keening, an excavation, an echo chamber, suffused with doubt and dread and longing--haunted and gorgeous.
An unusual enigme-à-trois,
deftly told. An intriguing young writer.
A ghost, a human, and endless dogs inhabit a house in the desert. Isolated, unable to understand or even fully see each other, and unsure of how to exist unheard, they search desperately for the one person who could hear them. This is a book of voices longing not just to speak but to communicate.
Sarah Tourjee’s fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, PANK, The Collagist, Wigleaf, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of the John Hawkes fiction prize and an &NOW award for innovative writing. She earned her MFA from Brown University and lives in Northampton Massachusetts.
Risks and challenges
There's always the chance the world will end or that computers will turn against us and use our files as fuel to later discard as evil computer waste (perhaps in the shape of a floppy disk?). If this were indeed to happen, well, than I guess all of us would have bigger problems than our Kickstarter campaign.
Realistically, though, I suppose the biggest challenge will be packaging and mailing the rewards, but I trust the post office, so we should be okay. Anomalous Press will be attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference March 6-8, so we will do our darnedest to have the books printed by then for our book fair table. We're on-track to meet that goal! Our editors will be standing by to package up and ship the rewards that week.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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