Indolent Books is a small nonprofit poetry press based in Brooklyn, NY with a staff of editors and college interns who work remotely from all across the country. (Indolent Books is an imprint of Indolent Arts Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.)
Indolent Books needs your help to produce and launch 12 new books of poetry in the first six months of 2018.
The 12 books we are producing are:
- The Inside Room, by Lisa Andrews
- Translucence, by Samar Abdel Jaber and Nicole Callihan
- Headline News, by John Deming
- This Someone I Call Stranger, by James Diaz
- Painted Blue With Saltwater, by Logan February
- Mr. &, by Jameson Fitzpatrick
- Crossing Pleasure Avenue, by Karen Hildebrand
- The Fire Lit & Nearing, by J.G. McClure
- Circus, by Dante Micheaux
- bell lap, by Laura Winberry
- Safe Danger, by Stephen Zerance
- Poems in the Aftermath, an anthology of 73 poems by 73 poets from the 2016–17 presidential transition period, edited by Michael Broder
IMPORTANT UPDATE AS OF 03/15—In addition to the titles listed above, we are producing a new edition of Jenna Le's award-winning poetry collection, A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora. Le's critically acclaimed collection was in danger of going out of print when its original publisher shuttered its doors a few months ago. With your backing, we will be able to keep this stunning book in print. We are thrilled to have this opportunity. NOTE that Le's book is now included as an reward option at the $15 tier and is included in the complete set of 2018 titles offered at the $150 and higher reward tiers.
These titles, like all Indolent titles, are by poets from underrepresented communities doing innovative, provocative, and risky work that addresses urgent racial, social, & economic justice concerns.
Each in their own way, our poets deploy the full range of poetic craft to address urgent issues from fresh perspectives. Abdel Jaber and Callihan's collaborative book, Translucence, includes 14 poems by each poet—Callihan's poems in English, Abdel Jaber's poems in Arabic—as a way to explore issues of nationality, migration, and diaspora at a time when the United States is flirting dangerously with ethno-nationalism; Logan February writes as a young Black gay man in Nigeria, where it is very dangerous to be openly LGBTQ, violence against LGBTQ people is frequent, and same-sex sexual activity is often punishable by death (for these reasons, February publishes under a pseudonym); Dante Micheaux invokes T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land (with perhaps some echoes of American Horror Story) to address the history of racism in America; John Deming builds poems around real newspaper headlines to dramatize the impact of the news media on contemporary society, culture, and politics as they increasingly blur distinctions between reality and surreality; Laura Winberry uses poems about cyclocross (an arduous form of bicycle racing over pavement, trails, hills, and obstacles that requires frequent and rapid dismounting and remounting) to articulate a queer feminist vision in which the personal is still very much the political. These are only a few examples of the urgent themes our poets are working with.
The costs associated with producing our books include editing (acquisitions, production, and copyediting), design (covers and interiors), printing, shipping, postage, publicity, promotion, and marketing. In addition to the vendors who provide these services, we pay for web development, web hosting, desktop publishing software, submission management software, and email marketing automation (this list is representative, not exhaustive).
Presence at bookfairs is essential to the success of a small poetry press, and securing exhibit space is a major cost associated with producing and marketing our books. We will be giving the world a sneak peak at our 2018 titles-in-progress at the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair in Tampa, March 7–10, 2018, where we will have an exhibit table and (in partnership with other presses and journals) an offsite event. AWP is the largest annual event for writers and readers in the United States, attended by some 12,000 people each year. We also pay for exhibit space at the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, the Brooklyn Small Press Flea, and the New York City Poetry Festival, among other events.
These 12 titles are scheduled for publication in the summer and fall of 2018. If you back our project, you will get these books early and at a discount, before anyone is able to buy them through any retail outlet.
Risks and challenges
Designing these 12 titles has been—and continues to be—a great financial challenge to Indolent Books, and printing, publicity, promotion, and marketing will present further challenges.
Your support is essential not only to the successful production of these 12 titles, but for the continued health and well being of Indolent Books throughout 2018 and beyond.
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