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Birds of Lace is back in 2016 with five new chapbooks from Sade Murphy, Meghan Lamb, Jacqueline Kari, Myriam Gurba & Lily Hoang.
Birds of Lace is back in 2016 with five new chapbooks from Sade Murphy, Meghan Lamb, Jacqueline Kari, Myriam Gurba & Lily Hoang.
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Birds of Lace took a break from publishing new work in 2015 & can't wait to offer you five new projects, as well as some other treats, in 2016! Our 2014 fundraiser was funded and then some, thanks in part to YOU, and we hope you'll join us again this year! Coming out in limited editions, with letterpress-printed covers, will be four new chapbooks, as well as one perfect-bound novella:

Richard by Myriam Gurba (fiction)

Myriam Gurba, Ms. Gurba, if you’re nasty, is a native Santa Marian. She attended U.C. Berkeley thanks to affirmative action. She is the author of two short story collections, Dahlia Season and Painting Their Portraits in Winter. Dahlia Season won the Edmund White Award, which is given to queer writers for outstanding debut fiction. The book was also shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. Gurba is also the author of two poetry collections, Wish You Were Me and Sweatsuits of the Damned. She has toured North America twice with avant-garde literary and performance troupe Sister Spit. Gurba’s other writing can be found in places such as Entropy.com, TIME.com, and Lesfigues.com. She creates digital and photographic art that has been exhibited at galleries and museums.

The End of Something Great by Lily Hoang (poetry)

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2016) and Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press 2008), recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What's Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head and Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.

Litel Myn Tragedye by Jacqueline Kari (poetry)

Jacqueline Kari is the author of The Book of Tell {dancing girl press} and Litel Myn Tragedye (forthcoming on Birds of Lace). Her poems, translations and visual art have appeared in Action Yes, Tarpaulin Sky, RealPoetik and elsewhere. She lives, studies and makes Montessori curriculum materials in Athens, GA.

Self Portrait by Sade Murphy (poetry)

Sade Murphy a poet and artist from Houston, TX. They do not have an accent. Sade is the author of Dream Machine (co-im-press, 2014), a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a Master Artist with Silk Creations in South Bend, IN. Last fall they began pursuing an MFA at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Silk Flowers by Meghan Lamb (perfect-bound novella)

Meghan Lamb lives with her husband in St. Louis where she writes and teaches at Washington University. Her publications include two chapbooks--Letter to Theresa (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and Sacramento (Solar Luxuriance, 2014)--and short works featured in DIAGRAM, The Collagist, The Account, PANK, and Necessary Fiction.

We won't have cover art for our new chapbooks until we're funded, but take a look at  the covers of our last batch of chapbooks and broadsides, all printed on a Vandercook letterpress machine:

Lucas de Lima's TERRAPUTA
Lucas de Lima's TERRAPUTA

 

Danielle Pafunda's WHEN YOU LEFT ME...
Danielle Pafunda's WHEN YOU LEFT ME...

 

Joohyun Kim's AS RHIZOMES...
Joohyun Kim's AS RHIZOMES...

 

broadside to accompany TERRAPUTA
broadside to accompany TERRAPUTA

 

set of 2014 letterpress poetry coasters (front)
set of 2014 letterpress poetry coasters (front)

                                                   

set of 2014 letterpress poetry coasters (back)
set of 2014 letterpress poetry coasters (back)

 

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Photos of a few of the rewards:

Christine Shan Shan Hou's 'before i met you'
Christine Shan Shan Hou's 'before i met you'

 

B&W basic design for enamel pin
B&W basic design for enamel pin

 

YES FEMMES tote + zine
YES FEMMES tote + zine

 

Pafunda broadside & coaster
Pafunda broadside & coaster

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Here's how the $ we raise will be allocated:

$100 honorarium to each author ($500 total)

$75 for letterpress studio rental space for a month (at a woman-owned/operated studio no less!)

$300 to have 100 custom enamel pins made for rewards

~$350 for U.S. shipping costs (seriously, the USPS has become extremely expensive, hence the additional shipping costs for those outside of the U.S.)

~$500 to print a perfect-bound edition of Silk Flowers

~$300 for cover and text paper from Mr. French, a family-owned paper mill

~$200 for letterpress plates from Boxcar Press for each chapbook cover & letterpress print

~$250 for Kickstarter fees

–$72 to cover the cost of our new website for a year

Additional funds will roll over for 2017 projects. 

Thank you for supporting DIY queer, feminist literature and art!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Birds of Lace has been printing chapbooks since 2005, but 2014 was the first year that we raised outside funds for our projects. After a successful Kickstarter campaign that year, and via a one-woman operation, we created all of our letterpress chapbooks and broadsides by the end of the year, and they came out more beautifully than we could've imagined! We look forward to doing the same this year with this stellar line up; while we're no stranger to all kinds of minor snafus, I don't forsee anything getting in the way of producing five new books this year.

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    One BoL 2016 chapbook of your choice PLUS a selection of videos from Brooklyn's Heartless Productions DIY! Including The Plague Doctor, The Girl Gang, The Boy, Grrrl With The Most Cake, Qustom Queer Qummandos, and All Over You. Check out Heartless Productions here: https://www.facebook.com/heartlessdiy/

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    YES FEMMES tote & zine and your pick of any two BoL 2016 chapbooks! The YES FEMMES zine contains contributions from: Amanda Ackerman, Jessica Rae Bergamino, Lily Clifford, Kyunghee Sabina Eo, Myriam Gurba, Johanna Hedva, Lily Hoang, Temim Fruchter, Amanda-Faye Jimenez, Clay Kerrigan, Meghan Lamb, Jade Phoenix Martinez, Sade Murphy & Anna Joy Springer.

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    Tinkypuss is a rad feminist fashion line & zine out of Athens, GA. You'll get their "My Feminism is Transparent" clear backpack, a Tinkypuss tee, and a copy of their newest zine + one BoL 2016 chapbook of your choice! www.tinkypuss.com

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