Guest Post: The Next Big Thing…Jose Perez Beduya

Thanks, Davis Schneiderman, for inviting me here to participate.

What is the working title of the book?

Throngfrom &NOW Books, winner of the Madeline P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Award.

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&NOW announcements

&NOW 5 at UCSD as a wild, raucous ride, courtesy of our many participants and the world’s best organizers: Amina Cain and Anna Joy Springer. HERE are some responses. Now, more news:

1)   &NOW 6: Paris, June 7-10, 2012:
2)   &NOW releases the second Plonsker Prize book, from our 2010 winner: 
3)   Madeleine P. Plonsker Writer’s Residency Prize 2012 (Year 5)–open for submissions! 
4) The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing / 2, October 2012, needs your nominations/submissions

1)   &NOW 6: Paris, June 7-10, 2012:
Check, and submit HERE by Dec 1, 2012.
Question we’ve received: Hey, this is just months after UCSD. Is &NOW messing with it’s biennial schedule?
Answer we offer: No, consider this a smaller special conference. We expect &NOW 7 to occur during the Fall of 2013 in the US. Exact location, TBA.

#AuthorFail 3: Gretchen E. Henderson

Are you a failure?

Do your loved ones turn their heads away in shame when you walk in the room or go off to “work” on your “writing”? Is the blank page better for you when it’s blank?

Ok, ok, I kid. I exaggerate.

So welcome, anyway, to this week’s installment of #AuthorFail.  Check here for guidelines to submit your own story of complete and utter failure.

Our brave cosmonaut of this week’s rocket ride is the inimitable Gretchen E. Henderson, winner of the 2nd annual Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize at Lake Forest College. I’ve been working non-stop on her forthcoming, Galerie de Difformité, a startling success-of-a-hybrid-novel, but here, in the depths of abandoned-projects-past, you are treated to her secret work of vowels.

See you next week.

For over a year, I dedicated time (including a month-long artists’ residency) to research, write, and almost complete a first draft of Ultra Sounds, an extended illustrated essay.  Using a linguistic spectrogram as its central metaphor, the abandoned book in nine chapters meditated on language, music, (dis)ability, personal and cultural identity. It began as follows:

I said HAND out loud.

I said HAZE out loud.

I said HOUSE out loud.

I said out loud, out loud, out loud.  Through 67 repetitions, I spoke sentences that varied by a single word: HAND, HAZE, HOUSE.  Almost caesuric in their mid-sentence placement, the words fed into a tiny microphone clipped to my lapel.  Over the course of 15 minutes sitting in the book-filled office of Matthew Gordon, a linguist at the University of Missouri (where I am a doctoral student in English), I articulated each sentence, followed by a short story whose phonetic similarities rolled around in my mouth each time I pronounced Dawn, Uncle Don, Dawson Street.

From the Department’s graduate student auction, I had won a Personalized Portrait of your Vowel Space, described on the inventory list: Continue reading

Deform this book!

Lake Forest College hosts The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize.  The deadline for the 2011 residency–which comes with $10,000, 2-month room and board at Lake Forest, and first book publication by &NOW Books–is April 1, 2010.

The genre is poetry or cross-genre, and there is NO ENTRY FEE!  That’s right.


We also have a guest judge–to be announced soon–and she is earth-shattering in her awesome-ness.

In the meantime, the 2010 resident, Gretchen E. Henderson, is engaged in a fascinating project for her Galerie de Difformité manuscript.  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–as my senior writing seminar can attest–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 my 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: 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.