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Convulsive Editions has been publishing contemporary poetry since 2012. We need your help to put out our next batch of chapbooks.
Convulsive Editions has been publishing contemporary poetry since 2012. We need your help to put out our next batch of chapbooks.
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Convulsive Editions is a small literary press that has been successfully producing handmade chapbooks since 2012. Our mission is to publish affordable, well-designed chapbooks and broadsides of contemporary poetry, especially by early and mid-career poets. Since our inception, we have operated on a volunteer, non profit basis. 

We are raising funds to defray the costs of designing, printing, and assembling our 2016 titles. These titles will include digitally printed guts (interior text) with letterpress-printed covers and hand-sewn binding. 

More about our forthcoming titles and authors:

Small Wars by Hai-Dang Phan

Hai-Dang Phan’s Small Wars superimposes the grotesque militarism of American everyday life on the cultural dislocations of first- and second-generation Vietnamese immigrants. The poems are at once lyrical, darkly humorous, and chilling as they chart the startling collisions of our private and public conflicts.
Hai-Dang Phan
Hai-Dang Phan

Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam and grew up in Wisconsin. A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Florida, he teaches at Grinnell College.

Phan's "A Brief History of Reënactment" was featured in the New Yorker and "My Father's Norton" appeared recently in Poetry Magazine. Both will appear in Small Wars.

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The Sexual Organs of the IRS by Bernadette Mayer and Jennifer Karmin

Jennifer Karmin and Bernadette Mayer’s Sexual Organs of the IRS was conceived and written together in East Nassau, NY from 2009 - 2014. Sections of their project are based on the 3:15 Experiment, a yearly collaborative-consciousness writing experiment exploring hypnagogic and hypnopompic sleep/dream states. In these poems, Karmin and Mayer explore the universes inside and outside the alphabet skull. When they turn their open minds to one another, the potential of all meaning ricochets and blooms.

Jennifer Karmin and Bernadette Mayer in 2009 (working on the collaboration!)
Jennifer Karmin and Bernadette Mayer in 2009 (working on the collaboration!)

Bernadette Mayer is the author of over 27 collections, including Ethics of Sleep (2011), The Helens of Troy, New York (2013), Eating The Colors Of A Lineup Of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer (2015), as well as countless chapbooks and artist-books. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and was the recipient of the 2014 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. From 1980-1984, she served as director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project. She founded and edited 0 to 9 journal, in addition to United Artists books and magazines. She has taught at the New School for Social Research, Naropa University, Long Island University, and Miami University. 

Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary projects have transpired across the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Kenya, and Europe. Venues for these pieces include: the Poetry Project (NY), the Walker Art Center (MN), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (CA), and Woodland Pattern Book Center (WI). A founding curator of the Red Rover Series, she is author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (2010). Her poetry is widely published and featured in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, and the Iraq War chronicle 4000 Words 4000 Dead + Revolutionary Optimism: An American Elegy. She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and has been a Visiting Writer at Naropa University, Oberlin College, California Institute of the Arts, plus a myriad of sites. 

Poems from Karmin and Mayer's forthcoming book appeared recently in Fence, Delirious Hem, and Matter Monthly.

Only Sunshine by Michael Robins

"Only Sunshine" is a three-part poem that memorializes the Newtown Massacre. All proceeds from “Only Sunshine” will be donat- ed to Sandy Hook Promise, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and practices that protect children from gun violence. www.sandyhookpromise.org

Michael Robins
Michael Robins

Michael Robins is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. For more information, visit www.michaelrobins.org

Cottonmouth Incarnate by Joseph Bienvenu

Cottonmouth Incarnate is a quartet of long poems written in couplets that delight in the ornate miscellany of language in all its sounds, bombastic and at times a bit silly, for readers who like their poetry ornate and ragged, funny and sublime. 

Joseph Bienvenu
Joseph Bienvenu

Joseph Bienvenu is a poet and classicist with a B.A. in Classics from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Books include The Poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus (2013, Dialogos), Atom Parlor (2010, BlazeVox), Cocktail Poems (2011, Hobby Horse Press), Catullus: Selected Translations (2010, Verna Press), and Pool Hall Quartet (2008, Verna Press). 

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After years of work on the part of our authors -- and countless hours of work on our part -- we are very close to finishing these books! All our past publishing projects have been successfully completed -- now we just need your help to push us over the top!

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