Pig Ear Press
New release, old(er) releases and an Alligator Stew update
Fire Island- Joseph Ridgwell
Firstly, I am pleased to announce the release of Joseph Ridgwell’s poetry collection ‘Fire Island’. Limited to only 25 copies, it is hand sewn into letterpress printed wraps (red ink offset over gold) and is housed in a black envelope with the title letterpress printed in gold. The collection contains 14 poems about Joe’s experience of the Cape Verde Islands and includes an introduction by the poet. A hardback edition will be released later this year, but for now you can snap up a copy of the soft cover for £6.00 (including postage to anywhere worldwide). You can purchase this book through www.pigearpress.co.uk
Maintenance and death- Harry Calhoun
The first publication by an individual poet to be released through the Press was Harry Calhoun’s collection ‘Maintenance and death’. This is the first mailing regarding this book, yet of the 50 produced only 10 copies remain. The book has received universal praise:
“Maintenance and Death is one of the best chapbooks I’ve seen and read–the beauty of the book itself and the poetry within just blew me away. I just got back from a writing retreat and couldn’t help but bring it along and show it off.” — Kevin Ridgeway, poet, California, USA
“I think what I appreciate most, and what draws me to your poetry, is the way you seamlessly write about the layers of what on the surface appears like mundane daily occurrences. Truly enjoying Maintenance and Death.” — Julie Taylor, North Carolina, USA
36pp, Letterpress printed cover in gold, vellum paper title page, and handsewn binding. Each copy has pages from a 1960’s DIY magazine pasted onto the reverse of the cover, making each copy unique. The book is £10.00 (including postage to anywhere!). Visit http://www.pigearpress.co.uk to purchase.
This year saw the third issue of Alligator Stew released and it contains some excellent poetry and illustration by both established poets and artists and some new faces too (see contributors in photo below). Limited to 50 copies, there are still some copies remaining, so pop along to http://www.pigearpress.co.uk as there will be no re-prints.
Later this year will see the release of a poetry collection from NYC poet Howie Good, ‘The Death of Me’, and a collection of short stories from Canadian writer Stephen Hines (title to be confirmed). In addition, I will once again be opening for submissions in the near future for issue 4 of Alligator Stew. If you have submitted for Alligator Stew since the release of issue three, then I apologise if you have not received a response. I will be responding to those submissions later this week.
I wish everyone, who has been kind enough to read this far, a very happy second half to the year!
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