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.