Posts Tagged ‘AWP’

Lunar Savings Time at the Kenyon Review Online

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The latest issue of the Kenyon Review Online features seven stories from Alex Epstein’s new collection, Lunar Savings Time, which we’ll be publishing this spring, also in Becka McKay’s superb translation. Fans of Blue Has No South, take note. And everyone else—well, just read the stories:

On the Metamorphosis

Once upon a time there was a tree who, of all the trees in the forest, fell in love all the way to his roots with a woman who passed through the forest. The metamorphosis was his only escape: he had to turn into a man and go out into the world to find her. (He was stabbed during a fight in a port city in the east. When he started to bleed he could no longer feel his legs. He didn’t die. He boarded a ship that was lost in the Straits of Gibraltar. When he drowned he found a remedy in the intoxication of the depths. He didn’t die. In one of the versions of this legend, which ends after many years of wandering and hardship, the tree returns to the forest of his birth, where he hangs himself.) He could not forget her, even when the wind blew.

Read the rest here.

And don’t forget to come here Becka read this Friday at the Asylum Bar in DC, with readers from the Kenyon Review, Monsters of Poetry, and the fantastic new Rescue Press.

Come find us in DC

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Clockroot is ramping up for the AWP conference next week at the Marriott Wardman Park — Omni Shoreham Hotels in DC. Come find us at the bookfair at table H5 with panels, translators, and books! And please join us for these Clockroot-strong events:

Clockroot’s own Pam Thompson will be moderating the panel “The Experimental and the International” on Friday, February 4 at 10:30 in the Nathan Hale room of the Marriott.  This panel will feature Karen Emmerich, Scott Esposito, Steve Dolph, Anna Moschovakis, and Jill Schoolman, and will consider  why literature in translation is often described as experimental, touching on such questions as: What issues arise as foreign literary traditions enter the U.S. milieu? What can happen when highly language-focused (thus experimental?) work moves between languages?

Afterwards, back at our booth, Karen Emmerich will be signing books from 1:30–2pm.

Later that evening, Kenyon Review Online, Monsters of Poetry and Rescue Press sponsor readings by Clockroot’s Becka Mara McKay, along with Julia Story, Christie Ann Reynolds, Zach Savich, Shane McCrae, Jess Lacher, Hannah Sanghee Park, Daniel Khalastchi, Kevin Gonzalez, and Adam Fell. 7:30 at the Asylum Bar, 2471 18th Street.

On Saturday at 1:30, back at our booth, Becka will be signing books.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Notes from AWP (1): Be a fan

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Pam and I are just back from an excellent AWP that hit all the notes (warm embraces of, cold drinks with those we’d only known virtually—readings at which we grinned and others cringed, hands over their faces—mysteriously missing books—bureaucratic red tape and the trials of the little man in the face of UPS—glimpses of adored writers of our pasts, writers to be newly adored in our futures—snarkiness, sentiment, tears, chase scenes)—there will be plenty to say of it, but this quickly: I had the pleasure of being someone’s “first fan” (I hope, first at the fair, not ever so encountered)—I spotted the amazing Nina Shope at the Starcherone table, and stopped to tell her how much I had loved her Hangings and how I always stopped at Starcherone at whichever fair to see if there was anything forthcoming from her.  I’m waiting for the new book, I said.  My first fan! she said.  I read the stunning three novellas in Hangings three years ago, and had one of those glorious moments where you realize, Ah, so this is possible.  At a lovely dinner that evening with Pam and Jed Berry (also of the fantastic Valley-based Small Beer Press), I recounted my fandom, and how inspiring it had been especially compared to the glummer moments of the conference (the aftermath of the economic downturn, the occasional sinking feeling that somehow there may be more writers than readers…).  Jed said that he too had just gotten to meet someone and in expressing his admiration, be their first fan.  (The writer’s name, like too much else right now, escapes me.)

And so I thought, a goal for times & book fairs to come: To be someone’s first fan.  Loudly, sweetly, embarrassingly, pushily, humbly—as readers and writers, to keep the myriad paths of fandom well trod.

More soon!  Good to see you all in Denver—

Our books are even better at high altitude

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Come visit us this week in Denver at AWP 2010!  Exhibit hall A, table D14.  You may even catch Alex Epstein and Becka McKay signing Blue Has No South.  (And we’ll be featuring a special guest appearance from Akashic Books.)

On Saturday, April 10th, Alex is giving the introduction at the Denver Film Society’s Evening with Etgar Keret.  Hope to see you there—


(OK, a few minutes on Wikipedia educates me that “Mile-High” isn’t high altitude. So I can’t prove my title claim yet. But I can say that we will have truly stunning literature in translation, one heck of a banner, and we would love to see you.)