1913's 1st Book Results, selected by Fanny Howe!

Dear wonderfuls,

I am thrilled to announce the results of 1913's 1st book reading period, selected by Fanny Howe:

-Jane Lewty's Bravura Cool
-Nathaniel Otting's Why Not Pass Easily Through Another's Life--A Book of Hours; or Another Wrong Book

Both fantastically amazing books will be published by 1913 Press in 2012.

It's inane to say how many fabulous manuscripts were submitted...yet it's true. I am humbled to have had the chance to personally read all of them--so much good stuff!--& I'm feeling buoyed by the direction of new writing...there was so much to love & so much wild uncategorizable excellent goings-on!

We'd especially like to single out the remarkable finalists, below:

-Alexandra Mattraw's honest as any treeless place
-Sara Mumolo's You Invent the Weapon I Touch You With
-Matthew Nye's Pike and Bloom
-Amarnath Ravva's American Canyon
-Aisha Sloan's Resolution in Bearing
-Colin Winnette's Ink
-Carolyn Zaikowski's A Child is Being Killed

Big congrats to the many of you whose books were selected for publication elsewhere along the way--& big thanks to those of you who let us know in advance!

Mine, Fanny's, & 1913's gratitude to all those who submitted...


SPD White Sale

1913 A Journal of Forms: Issue 5, Sandra Doller, Editor
Hg-The Liquid, Ward Tietz Dead Ahead, Ben Doller

hey hey hey

summer is hot & SPD is having a white sale. this is exciting for you b/c it means you can get lots of titles with white covers for 40% off, including 1913 titles 1913 Issue 5 & Hg-The Liquid by Ward Tietz, AND Fence title Dead Ahead by Ben Doller.

sweet summery deal. and don't forget to submit for issue six.

Now Reading for Issue 6!

We are now reading for Issue 6 from June 15 through September 15! Please submit via Submishmash. You may submit any form of work, in any form. Evident familiarity with 1913 is a plus. There is a nominal $2.00 reading fee, for which we apologize in advance. Please contact 1913press@gmail.com with any questions.

You can see the fab work that we've already published in Issues 1 and 2, available here and here as PDFs.

1913 @ Boog City in NYC Tuesday 6/28!

Boog City presents d.a. levy lives: celebrating the renegade press...

1913 Press


Event will be hosted by 1913 founder and editrice Sandra Doller

Featuring readings from:
Claire Donato
Ben Gocker
Lucy Ives
Jeff Johnson

and music from Dorit and Friends

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.

Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum


**1913 Press

Founded in 2003 by l’editrice Sandra Doller, 1913 a journal of forms and 1913 Press are committed to publishing the baddest in poetry, poetics, prose, and their intersections with the arts of all forms in handsome book-as-art-objet fashion.

**Claire Donato

Claire Donato writes across genres; lives in Brooklyn; and has taught at Hunter College, The New School, Brown University, and 826 Valencia/NYC. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, and Octopus. She holds an M.F.A. in literary arts from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. In August, she will be in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, N.Y.

**Dorit and Friends

Dorit is a singer songwriter, actor and Middle Eastern Dancer. Also a very proud native New Yorker.

She is currently working on two different music projects. One is her debut solo album hopefully to be completed by August. The second is an E.P. for the hard rock band she is lead vocalist for. This acoustic show will feature original songs from both projects. Joining her will be Chris Medrano and James Gillespie.

Please check out her youtube video and original song tribute to her childhood hero Wonder Woman.
And for more information and updates about both projects please visit the above url.

**Ben Gocker

Ben Gocker was born in Rochester, N.Y. in 1979. He received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa's Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Bushwick and works for the Brooklyn Public Library.

**Lucy Ives

Born in New York City, Lucy Ives is a graduate of Harvard University and of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems and criticism have appeared in 1913 a journal of forms, The Colorado Review, Fence, Ploughshares, Verse, n+1 online, and Wave Books' The Bedazzler. Ives is the author of a chapbook, My Thousand Novel (Cosa Nostra Editions) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at NYU. She lives in Bushwick with her husband, Ben Gocker, with whom she ran the reading series Poetry Time.

**Jeff T. Johnson

Jeff T. Johnson’s poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in 1913 a journal of forms, Boston Review, Slope, VOLT,Caketrain, and The Laurel Review, among other publications. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, is the poetry editor at LIT, and is an editor at Dewclaw.


C/E to 23rd St., 1/9 to 18th St.
Venue is bet. 10th and 11th avenues

1913 Reads Again. Anybook. Anygenre. May.

May might be grey, but don't let that get you down. 1913 is reading again, oh my.

From May 1-May 31, ANY NON-FIRST BOOK, ANY GENRE! Please submit your work via the submission button below. There is no page, genre, or other limitation. Collaborations, translations, and other animals are welcome & encouraged. Writer(s) must have previously published at least one full-length book or equivalent (chapbooks not included). Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The reading fee is $10. One or more books will be selected for publication by 1913′s l’editrice Sandra Doller. Please email 1913press@gmail.com with any questions. 1913press@gmail.com

1913 rides/reads...again!

1913 Press reads again!

From May 1-May 31, ANY NON-FIRST BOOK, ANY GENRE. Please submit your work via the Submishmash submission button on the website.

There is no page, genre, or other limitation. Collaborations, translations, and other animals are welcome & encouraged. Writer(s) must have previously published at least one full-length book or equivalent (chapbooks not included).

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. The reading fee is $10. One or more books will be selected for publication by 1913′s l’editrice Sandra Doller.

Please email 1913press@gmail.com with any questions.

1913 interviewed by Octopus

l'editrice Sandra Doller & managing editrices, Courtney Killian, Jennifer Tatum-Cotamagana, & myself, interviewed by Octopus in honor of our soon to be closing April reading period of first book manuscripts.

thank you thank you to Octopus for yr love! check out the interview on facebook. get some insight into the mind of 1913. then take advantage of these last two days and SUBMIT to us AND to Octopus!

The 1913 Prize countdown...

So here's something:

1913's reading period for The 1913 Prize--first book, any genre, selected by Fanny Howe--ENDS after April 30th...that's like this Saturday!!!

We don't have many submissions so far, so your odds are way better than the odds for so many other things...(like James Franco teaching at your cousin's daughter's MFA)...really, send us your work!

ALL manuscript submissions to The 1913 Prize will be simultaneously considered for publication in 1913 a journal of forms. 1913 Press reserves the right to select more than one book for publication.

Cheerio to each & every--& pass it on!

An Interview with the lovely editors of Octopus

HEY. It's April 20th. Have you submitted to the 1913 first book prize yet? You have ten more days, ladies & gents, poets & poetesses, novelists & novellaistas. GET ON IT.

TURNS OUT, our friends over at Octopus Books ALSO have an April-only open reading period. April is a good month for small-press loving, manuscript-sending writers! Details on their reading period here. Also, they have this lovely option to get an Octopus book for $6 w/ your submission fee. Good deal! Send to them, send to us, get that hot manuscript out of yr hands & into ours!

Without further ado, 13 questions with the editors of Octopus Books/Octopus magazine, Zachary Schomburg, Mathias Svalina, and managing editor Alisa Heinzman. Thanks so much guys!

1) Octopus, like 1913, publishes a journal & full length books. How do you think about the relationship between Octopus the journal & Octopus Books?

They're like cousins, I guess. When they're at the same house, they're kinda expected to take out the garbage, even though they don't really live there. What I am talking about? I have no idea. They share some of the same authors, they like the same poems, and they have the same image, the same style and voice. And they have the same editors: Mathias, Alisa, and myself. But other than that, they have their own lives--one doesn't necessarily inform the other. We have to think about Octopus Books, in part, as a business--there is a benefit to its promotion, a chance to sustain itself, to keep printing books. The online journal doesn't come with that pressure. Its pressure lies only in its poetry. They are both fun to make. I am proud of them both.

2) What's a recent book cover that you love?

I like how those new Otis/Seismicity Editions book look. And the Letter Machine Editions books. I like the idea of creating a catalog through a repeating design element. For the most part, poetry makes pretty unattractive books. Fiction books are, in general, cooler looking.

3) How do you feel about the song "Eight Days a Week"? How about "Sweet Little Sixteen"? Maybe Octopus should release a mix-tape.

They're ok songs. I like the number 8, but those songs are just ok. If we made a mix-tape, it would just be 45 minutes of drone metal. It would have one song on it. It wouldn't really be a mix. You would only be able to listen to it once. It would jam up your tape players.

4) If Octopus had a land-bound-creature best friend to snuggle up to & hold its hand, what would it be?

A mammoth. Or a land-bound whale.

5) Octopus "is named after a sea creature that is intelligent, lives in dens, and uses ink as a defense mechanism." What is your most trusty defense mechanism?

Pretty much just punching in the face.

6) Reading periods in April seem to give new hope to manuscript-submitting poets in the great tradition of Spring. What are your favorite spring-y, spring-ful, spring-ish poems?

I'm going to have to say "Fat" by Dorothea Lasky, which doesn't necessarily strike me as "hopeful", but I have been thinking about it this Spring, and in the rain. It ends:

And no one kisses this paper
And in the end no one will protect
This paper from the rain

7) By organizing your issues around factors & multiples of 8 you seem to be honoring (or at least respecting) constraint. What is your relationship to constraint as a reader/writer/human?

I don't know. I don't know if constraint is the exact right word for what we're doing with 8s. We started using 8s primarily as a way to be less arbitrary about our structure. We needed a way to organize. In issue 10, we had 88 poets, which feel like the total breakdown of constraint. So, I guess I could talk about the illusion of constraint. I feel, as a human, unconstrained, and at times, in search of constraint, but I want to seem as though I've mastered it, that constraint. I feel constrained by my body, by my job, by the size of the earth, by the heavy elements, by the shape of the roads, but its all an illusion. Sometimes, for about 1 minute every 24 hours, another constraint, I remember that there is really no such thing.

8) ALSO, speaking of factors & multiples & numbers, how do you feel about math?

I'm for it.

9) What would Octopus' drink be?

I like milk with ice in it, sometimes, and diet cola. Mathias likes the purple stuff. Alisa has never had anything to drink.

10) 1913 is the year it became illegal to send children through the mail. Weirdest/most surprising/most pleasant thing you guys have received or sent through the mail/email?

When we used to receive more manuscripts by mail, I loved it when people would use barrettes as binder clips, especially sparkly barrettes.

11) What's a word that you really love?

12) 1913 is the year the first crossword puzzle was printed. What are your favorite GAMES?

Alisa, likes SET, the card game. I hate monopoly, but I like chess. Mathias has never before played a game. Though he did write a chapbook outlining a bunch of rules for games. It is called Play.

13) Make up a title of a manuscript you would love to read/jump up & down & up if you saw in your submissions pile.

The uncollected short poems of Anne Carson

HOME/BIRTH #1 on SPD's March Poetry Bestsellers

Congrats congrats to Arielle Greenberg & Rachel Zucker on Home/Birth being the #1 bestselling poetry book at Small Press Distribution during March. 1913 is super ecstatic & super proud. Check out the whole list over at SPD & if you haven't read Home/Birth yet hop over to our website and order it. Once you start reading it you will want to order it for yr Mom & yr expecting friends & sisters & brothers & doctors & lovers. I'm not kidding--I did!

April: A Little Less Cruel Thnx to 1913's First Book Prize

We know, we know. You've been loving on all our 1913 pubs for yrs & hoping hoping that one day this would happen. And now it is . . . . it is some April Fool's love.

ALL MONTH 1913 is accepting submissions via submishmash for a first book of any genre. Judged by the honorable, delectable, delightful FANNY HOWE. OFFICIAL DETAILS:

The 1913 Prize lives! 1913 Press will be collecting submissions for a FIRST BOOK, in ANY GENRE during the month of APRIL.

1913 Press is especially delighted to announce that the winning book will be selected by FANNY HOWE.

We will accept ONLINE submissions only from April 1-April 30, 2011. The winning writer may not have previously published any book-length collection in any genre (chapbooks are ok).

The reading FEE is $20.00. Click on PayPal link below. NO paper submissions will be accepted; save a tree.

1913 abides by all fair & sensible guidelines in its reading of submissions. Email l’editrice with any questions: 1913press@gmail.com



We hope you will submit submit submit & give us lots of love.


Have you seen 1913 #5?

Contributor Cody Rose Clevidence's 13 favorite places in this world:

1) under bridges.
2) dense woods, esp. in the pacific northwest esp. for chanterelle season.
3) on moving objects (trains cars trucks bikes boats airplanes subways.)
4) apparatus (new orleans.)
5) nyc esp. brooklyn esp. by the water looking over & across at the city esp. at night.
6) university libraries.
7) any Temporary shelter/ construction.
8) pnw/ n. california coast w. cliffs &/or crabbing docks.
9) my idea of arkansas in the ozarks.
10) fancyland (n. california.)
11) coney island.
12) front porches.
13) public land that's gone to seed & exists as secret wildernesses inside cities.

Read the journal. Go to these places. Write poems while in these places but not about being in these places. Thanks Cody!

Thx to John Gallagher fr the 1913 & Diane Wald shout-out!

Cheers & happy spring break & all:

"A few things that you shouldn't miss!

Spring Break Bookshelf:


Diane Wald, Wonderbender. 1913 Press.

Another very small, new-ish press. This is Wald’s third book of poetry and if you don’t know her work, it’s a good place to start. “[T]hese small things we need” she writes, and that seems a perfect philosophy to me. Wald has seemed to me one of the poets who should be talked about a lot more than I feel she is. Next year 1913 Press will bring out a collaborative book, titled Conversities, by Dan Beachy-Quick & Srikanth Reddy that I’m looking forward to. "

Home/Birth reading party!

Please join us to celebrate the publication of "Home/Birth: a poemic" by Arielle Greenberg & Rachel Zucker

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7-8 pm @ Book Culture
536 West 112th Street (Between Broadway and Amsterdam)

There will be a short reading, books to buy and have signed, and wine and cookies.

Rachel & Arielle hope to see you there.

(Please pass this invitation along to friends and students!)


"Home/Birth: A Poemic is an empowering, honest, generous, painful must-read for mothers-to-be and those who love them.” -Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein, producers of The Business of Being Born & authors of Your Best Birth

“Years ago I gave birth to three children in a hospital, each one spilling forth in a genre unlike the one before. Natural, epidural, endless. This book would have been of great interest to me then. Now it is here in time for my daughters, not just the ones who are poets or prose writers, but the daughters who are students and workers and mothers to be. These daughters live in great peril and fight their way through to the consolation of a home that is safe. Home/Birth represents that consolation, and the bravery required to secure it.” —Fanny Howe, poet

“Greenberg and Zucker have written an intimate, raw, beautiful book. Home/Birth lets you in on a conversation, a most important conversation, between friends, between women, between a woman and herself. It feels like the ancestor midwives are listening in, too, chiming in with reassurance, stories, outrage, wisdom. In a culture that so often silences this conversation with fear and shame and smiles and nods, Greenberg and Zucker sustain it through the interruptions and soundbites, including them in the discourse but never letting them shut it down. Like birth itself, this conversation is not linear or predictable; it is messy and real and powerful, and a gift to be privy to. ‘We haven’t even begun to talk about…’ is one of the book’s refrains, but there’s so very much here.” — Jennifer Block, journalist, author of Pushed

Support 1913!


It's 1913's occasional funding call!

In its first 5 issues, 1913 has had the great fortune to publish some of the most egregiously exciting literary-art & art-art work being made right now... & With 1913 Press, we're amping up the machine with books of poetry, cross-genre, collaborative, and visual work by John Keene & Christopher Stackhouse, Shin Yu Pai, Biswamit Dwibedy, Arielle Greenberg & Rachel Zucker, Diane Wald, and books forthcoming from Mendi & Keith Obadike, Ward Tietz, Srikanth Reddy & Dan Beachy-Quick, and Karena Youtz. In collaboration with Tamaas, 1913 is putting out a stunningly good annual inter-translation anthology entitled READ, the results of the Paris translation seminars each June.

Unfortunately, given the state of the world (& yes, 1913's anti-capitalist "business" model, which entails getting these works into the hands that read them rather than trying to hock wares for a profit), 1913 is not only woefully underfunded, but plain UN-funded (which simply means that 1913's publications are paid for out-of-pocket by the Dollers, whose name doesn't necessarily signify what it signifies...).

...And so! 1913 is calling on YOU in its every-three-or-so-years way in case you are inclined, interested, intrigued, or impertinent enough to give yr generous & much needed support to 1913 a journal of forms/1913 Press & its project(s).

Your support will earn you rank among the saints of 1913, alongside the likes of Stein, Eva & Picasso, Braque, de Zayas, Goncharova, Tagore, De Sitter, Delaunay-Terk, Cendrars, HD, the Black Fives, Apollinaire, Harriet Tubman, Sung Chiao-jen, Duchamp, Rosa Parks, Loy, Paz, Prada, Vivien Leigh, Jimmy Hoffa, the rioting masses, and yes, the Armory Show & the Ford assembly line (sort of).

Donations may be made via PayPal, credit card, or semi-good check at:
& acknowledged as Anonymous or by Pet Name, Pen Name, Real Name, or in Someone Else's name...(we hear Alice B Toklas IS s quite a fan).

A donation of $500 entitles the giver to rank of low-modernist, undying 1913 thanks, AND a lifetime subscription to 1913 publications (which, at the rate we're going, is actually sort of a deal).


I do:

Heather Knight, a social roboticist (what?!) makes robots that engage in performance art. It seems super cool, but honestly I can't say I completely understand it. As soon as I started thinking about it I realized I don't actually know what a robot is (as opposed to a "machine" or a "computer"). The definition I found in my head was "a machine that has some human characteristics." I asked a more technologically inclined friend and she said "a machine that can do things autonomously. but I just pulled that out of my ass."

Man. What is a robot and what could we poets do with one?

Happy Valentine's Day from 1913!


(in no particular order) (by Meg Ronan) (with outrageous product placement)

Check out official details for all the 1913-related AWP events in the post below. We are going to be crazy busy.

1) Go to a bunch of amazing-looking readings at Bridgestreet Books, including the Song Cave reading Saturday afternoon and the Edge Reading Series Friday night.

2) Wear my coolest poet outfits and make other poets think I'm cool.

3) Hang out at Table X, read through the new 1913, smoke some candy cigarettes, read some WRITER'S TAROT (from 11:00-1:00 on Thursday).

4) Go to the George Mason University Poetry Faculty reading to hear Jennifer Atkinson, Susan Tichy, Ben Doller, and Sally Keith. Friday at 1:30.

5) BUY/GET DISCOUNTS ON/BE GIVEN a million books/journals. One good thing about living in the host city: Don't have to restrict myself to what I can fly home.

6) Get some free booze compliments of my alma mater, GMU, on Thursday night. Thanks for the reception! Drink tickets are the best way to spend the first 1/2 hour of your night at AWP!

7) Go to the "Beyond Times New Roman: The Literary Journal as Object" on Thursday, Feb 3 from 4:30pm - 5:45pm. Learn about how some journals are just so damn beautiful.

8) The Journal Porn Reading, on Thursday night at The Black Squirrel. Get blind and friendly with some of those beautiful journals: Versal, Trickhouse, Lumberyard, 6x6 and 1913.

9) The Ahsahta Press Reading @ Big Bear Cafe on Thursday night.

10) Have Rachel Zucker & Arielle Greenberg’s sign my copy of Home/Birth: A Poemic at 12:15 at Table X.

11) Go to Rachel & Arielle’s panel “Unite!: Radical Acts of Collaboration" on Friday at 10:30. Super excited. Teaching collaborative writing these days, so I need the radical inspiration.

12) The Ping! Pong! Po! Happy Hour Reading on Friday @ Comet Ping Pong. Beer? Ping Pong? 1913, Action, Letter Machine Editions, & Octopus? Yes please.

13) ART IS SQUARE reading/reception/exhibit at the Artisphere's Dome Theater on Friday night. Presented by Articles Press, SpringGun, and Interrupture, this looks like an unstoppable amalgamation of poets, visual artists, and musicians.

1913 @ AWP!

Please join 1913 for our teenish events & launches @ AWP:

1913 will be in the Table X area of the Book Room! We’ll be sharing a table with La Presse & Subito Press. Come on by…


NEW publications launching @ AWP:
1913 a journal of forms’ Issue 5
Home/Birth: A Poemic by Arielle Greenberg & Rachel Zucker
Wonderbender by Diane Wald

We’ll also have copies of Ozalid by Biswamit Dwibedy (2010) & Seismosis by John Keene & Christopher Stackhouse (2007) on hand; past issues of the magazine are available for FREE download on our website.

ALL 1913 books & journals at AWP will sell for the special poor poets price of $10!!!


"Beyond Times New Roman: The Literary Journal as Object" on Thursday, Feb 3 from 4:30pm - 5:45pm, Nathan Hale room, Marriott Wardman Park

Join 1913 a journal of forms, 6x6, The Lumberyard Magazine, Ninth Letter, and Versal for this ridiculously beautiful AWP panel . . .

From curatorial art teams to the hand-bound letterpress, to pages upon which art and words are nearly indistinguishable, the literary journal is so much more than paper and font choice. Attention to design will turn a journal into an art object that sets it apart from the masses. Editors from five innovative journals share concrete strategies for incorporating art and design: getting submissions, working with an art editor, and how to redesign the literary journal from scratch.


Journal Porn Reading, Thursday Feb 3 from 7:30-10:30pm @ The Black Squirrel, upstairs lounge, 2427 18th Street NW, http://www.blacksquirreldc.com/

We hope you'll come down to this (free!) fun-times offsite event with Versal, Trickhouse, Lumberyard, 6x6 and 1913. We've put together an amazing and incredibly wide-ranging line-up of readers. Please come join us!

. . . A reading from five of the best designed journals on the planet . . . Free entry and a (Belgian-esque) beer selection on tap . . . Buy the editors a beer and they may just kiss you . . . Versal's first-ever readi...ng on US soil . . . UPDATE! Video storms from Brandon Downing . . .

1913 a journal of forms

Lee Ann Brown
Katie Byrum
Julia Cohen
James Copeland
Brandon Downing
Lucy Ives
Joanna Klink
Matthew Lippman
Sawako Nakayasu
Elizabeth Frankie Rollins


Friday Feb 4 @ 12:15, please swing by Rachel Zucker & Arielle Greenberg’s book signing of their NEW 1913 Press book, Home/Birth: A Poemic @ our table shared w/La Presse & Subito Press in Table X after Rachel & Arielle’s panel “Unite!: Radical Acts of Collaboration" Friday from 10:30-11:45am in the Delaware Suite Room


Ping! Pong! Po! Friday Feb 4 from 4-6pm Happy Hour @ Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Avenue, http://www.cometpingpong.com/

Join 1913, Action, Letter Machine Editions, & Octopus @ AWP for a Happy Hour Reading-Ping Pong event:

Cynthia Arrieu-King
Claire Becker
Julie Carr
Lara Glenum
Joe Hall
Jeff T. Johnson
Juliana Leslie
Farid Matuk
Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Sawako Nakayasu
Kathleen Ossip
Abe Smith
Ronaldo Wilson


We invite you all to be guests at this here international exhibition. This is where 1913 hangs out, our own little 69th regiment armory building. Hang out with us.