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&NOW BOOKS / &NOW updates

1. When’s the next &NOW conference? Glad you asked.

October 2011 (dates TBA), at the University of California San Diego, with our host, Anna Joy Springer.

Look for info as we move closer. You bring the funk, we’ll bring the sun.

2. THE &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing 2. Release date: Fall 2012.

Nominations are now open for contributors to Volume 1, and, for publishers and editors.

3. The 3rd Annual Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers’ Residency Prize (Plonsker Prize) judge: Jennifer Moxley.

We are pleased to announce the judge for the 3rd annual residency and publication award (2011 residency) is Jennifer Moxley.

Jennifer Moxley was born in San Diego, California in 1964. After living in France, she returned to California and studied at the University of California, San Diego.  She later received two degrees from Brown University and, in the 1990s, edited the poetry magazine The Impercipient and an important series of writing on poetics, the Impercipient Lecture Series. After more time in France, she returned to the United States where she and her partner the scholar Steve Evans settled in Maine.  Moxley is the author of Clampdown (Flood, 2009), The Middle Room (Subpress, 2008), The Line (Post-Apollo, 2007), Often Capital (Flood, 2005), The Sense Record and otherPpoems (Edge, 2002; rpt. Salt, 2003), and Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons, 1996; rpt. Salt, 2003), among other works.  Her work has been translated into French, and she herself has translated the works of the French poet Jacqueline Risset.  Her work appeared in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2002, and she is the poetry editor for The Baffler magazine. She teaches at the University of Maine, where she works with the National Poetry Foundation.

Missed this year’s deadline (April 1, 2010) for the 2011 residency?

Well, fear not, next year’s deadline (4th Annual residency) is also April 1 (2011, for the 2012 residency)—for prose and cross-genre.

4. The 1st Plonsker resident’s (2009) debut poetry collection, Hunting in Painting, will be released by &NOW Books on October 15, 2010.  Here’s a sneak peek:

5. The 2nd Plonsker resident’s (2010) debut book, Gretchen E. Henderson, Galerie de Difformité is in its formative period, and now’s the chance to get involved.

In short, you can request a text version of an “exhibit” from her ms-in-progress, and then have at it: reforming, deforming, cutting, shaping, embedding in ice, etc.

‘Tis great fun, and Gretchen is considering ways to integrate these designs into the final deployment of the text by &NOW Books.You can find some great contributions, also, from two of our favorite creative writhers: Tom La Farge and Wendy Walker.

It’s a dj world, baby, and time for you to spin a record.  Essential info below:

My dear Subscriber ~

Thank you for your interest in the Galerie de Difformité: a collaborative offshoot of the hybrid work of the same title, forthcoming from &NOW BOOKS in 2011. Before the book is published, this virtual gallery invites “Subscribers” (a one-time commitment) to materially deform & reform its so-called “Exhibits.”

**Submissions made on or before June 1, 2010 may be considered for inclusion in the published book; all submissions will be included in the online gallery. Further instructions & examples can be found at: http://difformite.wordpress.com/about/. If you know of other artists, writers, colleagues, students, teachers, friends, enemies, bedfellows, strangers, alter-egos, &c. who might be interested, please send them my way!

All good wishes,
the Undertaker

Make shift to de-realize, and the world will beat a path to your door.

6. Is your copy of THE &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing becoming worn and thumbed-addled? Has it lost a bit of its spunk?



Why not pick up another copy, and also adopt the book for your summer and fall courses? This book works best in large lecture courses—say 600 or more students—in subjects such as psychology 101 and Art History (“art in the dark”).

Here are some testimonials:

“This book teaches itself…all sorts of unseemly things. Disgusting really.”

“Ever tried. Ever failed. Fail again. Fail better.”

“Whoa, this is not the Pushcart Prize collection I ordered from Amazon!”

7. New content from or about the following &NOW AWARDS winners:

1. Viral Videos

2. The Napkin Fact Project (Charles Blackstone)

3. Two Interviews – conducted with Jessica Savitz and Stacey Levine

4. Lance Olsen’s Facebook Profile (not really, but sort of…)

5. Internalizing – a photo slideshow featuring Lou Rowan, Keith & Rosemarie Waldrop, Vanessa Place, Jeffrey DeShell, and Stacey Levine

6. The &NOW Reading Series – featuring Joel Felix and Simone Muench

7. Mad Libs (Kass Fleisher, Joseph L. Bisz, Jessica Berger

8. Three Fargings (Tom La Farge)

9. Interview with Christian Bök

10. Mathematica Project (statistical analyses of The &NOW AWARDS)

8. New-ish &NOW BOOKS website.


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